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Small businesses in the U.S. are often plagued with many challenges. A number of small businesses lack the wherewithal to interpret state and federal regulations, keeping up with technology, distribution channels, and economic uncertainty. There are 129,329 Black-owned businesses in New York. It is also estimated that there may be 10,000 or more Black small business owners in Community Boards 9 (West Harlem), 10 (Central Harlem) and 11 (East Harlem). In the wake of the "Harlem Renaissance" or "Harlem's Gentrification" depending on who you ask: The number of Black-owned business collectively in Harlem have dramatically decreased over the past ten years. This decrease may be attributed to escalating leases, changing demographics, zoning, and "Harlem's Gentrification."
Ten African-American male high school students aged from 16-20 who have been identified by the New York City Board of Education or New York City Department of Corrections as "at -risk" will be recruited for this project. Those selected will acquire training in MS Office and quality improvement over the course of 18 weeks at 9 hours per week.
Considering innovation can be considered as a major driver in the economy; introducing quality improvement services grounded in Six Sigma methods to Black-owned small businesses with "at-risk" students serving as primary stakeholders in Central Harlem is a radical concept. PIMUSA plans to offer black-owned businesses in Central Harlem with the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) of 44-45, 62 and 81 a consortium of consulting services.
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