Flushing Biz Boot Camp Starts Up

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The first meeting of One Flushing’s business boot camp packed the room, with around 40 people showing up to learn about E-Commerce and online platforms for their businesses.

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

A new, free business boot camp has begun in Flushing.

One Flushing, a community-based economic development center founded by Asian Americans for Equality, announced the creation of the monthly program at the end of February, shortly before the first meeting on Feb. 27. The boot camp’s purpose is to assist entrepreneurs gain access to the resources they need, in order bring their products and services to the Internet and beyond.

“This program is essential to the mission of One Flushing. One Flushing was launched to bring together the Flushing community, especially expanding economic opportunities,” One Flushing director John Choe said. “We felt one of the problems not being addressed in Flushing was the lack of information about resources entrepreneurs could access. We’ve been developing this boot camp to bring this information to the Flushing community.”

Each program will focus on a different aspect of business. February’s class centered on E-Commerce and online platforms for local business owners. According to Choe, the March 27 meeting will look at social media fundamentals, trying to help business owners use platforms like Facebook and Yelp. Future topics will include Internet marketing, how to build a website and search optimization.

Besides helping business owners find the digital means they need to succeed, Choe said the boot camp is also meant to draw attention to Flushing’s growing entrepreneur scene.

“One of the goals for us is not only to bring resources to the Flushing community, but also to make the high-tech community aware of Flushing,” he said. “We want to build relationships with groups like Yelp and Google and bring experts from those companies to meet our entrepreneurs.”

Choe added that despite the rough weather in February, 30 to 40 people showed up, packing One Flushing’s office for the first class.

One Flushing is located at 39-01 Main St., Suite 511. The March 27 meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required to attend. To reserve a spot, visit flushingbootcamp.eventbrite.com, email Maple@OneFlushing.org or call (646) 820-5163.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.