Last week, NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh announced the opening of a new Workforce1 Career Center in the Rockaways, marking the 17th center since 2002 to open across all five boroughs.

In 2012 alone, Workforce1 Career Centers helped job seekers access 29,000 jobs through partnerships with public libraries, community colleges, and community organizations, and working directly with businesses to better understand workforce training needs and connect the supply of labor to the demand for labor.

The new 1,120-square-foot center in the Rockaways is managed by Urban Upbound and located at the Queens Library branch on 1637 Central Avenue. The announcement was made during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the new center, joined by NYC Council Member Donovan Richards; NYS Senator James Sanders Jr.; NYS Assembly Member Phillip Goldfeder; Bishop Mitchell Taylor, CEO of Urban Upbound; and Queens Library President and CEO Thomas W. Galante.

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The Wednesday Biz: NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program

via- Workforce1

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"In partnership with Etsy, a leader in e-commerce for creative entrepreneurs, the NYC Department of Small Business Services has developed the free NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program to help crafters like you establish an online business so you can sell your products to the world and earn income. Previous graduates have already begun to increase their sales as part of Etsy’s online business community.”

Click here for eligibility requirements, to apply and to peruse the FAQs.

His mission continues.

Daniel Ward did two tours as a Marine in Iraq, came home, earned a bachelor’s degree on the G.I. Bill and struggled to find work.

Ward went to Workforce1, a veterans’ advocacy program that in the last year has placed 800 veterans and their spouses in jobs and served some 4,500 vets in various other ways at seven career centers across the city.

On March 16, Workforce1 helped Ward land a permanent job with Supportive Services for Veteran Families, a nonprofit outfit funded by the Veterans Administration.

Gregory Brandon, left, got advice from Carlos Fernandez, a counselor at a Workforce1 Career Center, before a big job interview. Photo credit: Ángel Franco/The New York Times

On a frigid January morning, Gregory Brandon, who had been unemployed since August, nervously went on a job interview, hoping to call home with good news.

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Never doubt the power of the pen/ keystroke!

Today has been horrible! Im STILL looking for a job and people have been giving me the runaround! I have had enough with being treated like a 2nd class citizen and having people not take me seriously or  look their nose down at me because they are working and I am not. I have been working with a employment agency to find work. I did everything they told me to do and things looked great, i was told i would start working Monday, and that either way i would hear back within 48 hours (Sunday) all of this happened last week. I did not hear anything back (Problem!!) so i called yesterday and i called today and nothing happened!Not only that but i was given attitude and they refused to give me the contact information of the man i interviewed with!  Why do these incompetent people have jobs?  Mind you this is a Government run establishment and people are paid with TAX dollars! More importantly why the hell do they think its okay to cop attitudes and talk to people however they want? Enough is Enough! I fought back!

I went right to Google and Yahoo and left them Horrible reviews and detailing my experience. (i found others have done the same) I then proceeded to send Emails when my phone calls were being ignored! Detailed emails as to how my service was Horrible and why i wont be using them again!

The point of this mini story is: Never doubt the power of the pen! (or these days the key stroke) Don’t let these companies and corporations treat you like whatever! The biggest mistake you can make is staying silent! Hit them where it hurts! Stop their flow of business and get the word out about them! If you don’t nothing will change! Check out sites like Glassdoor.com Leave reviews on Google and Yahoo! Make a difference!

Personally I feel like its time for these no good mofos to start losing their jobs! Time for people to be replaced! Tired of seeing people with jobs who dont do their damn jobs! I wont stand for it! From now on if a place does not treat me right Heads will ROLL!! im putting shit on blast! I will write blogs and tweet and mass email people if I have to telling them to stay away from places that screwed me over or treated me wrong! I wont take the disrespect and maltreatment in silence! Hopefully I have inspired you to do the same!

Remember Your Voice Has Power!!

Unemployed and receiving disability payments since 2010, Tracey Hamilton was determined to weave her knitted and crocheted beaded necklaces and bracelets into a steady income stream.

So, recently, she took a five-session course to learn the how-tos of building a business around them.

"It’s a tough market, and if you have any kind of gift, you need to know how to market it, said the Bronx resident.

Held at the New York City Department of Small Business Services’ Workforce1 Career Center in Harlem, the course was part of the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program, an ongoing venture of SBS in partnership with Citi Community Development and e-commerce firm Etsy.

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With the lowest unemployment rates since 2010, the Workforce1 Career Center in the Bronx has been doing its part to put people back to work.

Aaron Smith told News 12 that he was out of work for two months before he came to the career center on Fordham Road. He says Workforce1 offered him workshops and career counseling that helped him get back on his feet. He recently started a new job.

Others who use the resources at the career center say they have been out of work longer than Smith, but his story gives them hope.

Work at the High Line This Summer!

Friends of the High Line and its food vendors are looking to hire, friendly professionals to staff the beautiful, community park located in Manhattan. This recruitment initiative is presented by Friends of the High Line in partnership with Workforce1.

Open Seasonal Positions Include:

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Under Armour is Hiring for New Location in SoHo

Under Armour is hiring sales associates, stock associates & cashier associates for its brand new location in SoHo.  All candidates will be expected to provide excellent customer service experience in a fast-paced, athletic environment.

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Legends Hospitality Hiring Food Service Staff at SI Yankee Stadium

Legends Hospitality is hiring for the following food service positions at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees:

Legends Hospitality

  • Concession
  • Cashiers
  • Merchandise Cashiers
  • AYCE Line Wrappers
  • AYCE Line Workers
  • Concession Runners
  • Concession Cooks
  • Suite Attendants

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Old Navy Hiring Sales Associates, Overnight Stock Associates & Maintenance Positions

Workforce1 has partnered with Old Navy to fill open sales associate, overnight stock associate & maintenance positions.

Providing customers with an optimal shopping experience is the Old Navy team’s number one priority. They work as a team, and team members are expected to perform a variety of cross-functional tasks as assigned by the leader on duty or as needed to ensure overall customer satisfaction.

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The NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, the Department of Education, New York City College of Technology, and the City University of New York announced the graduation of the fifth class of Scholars at Work, which has served more than 900 students since its initial launch in 2010. The program helps both Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students and college students prepare for high-demand manufacturing and transportation careers. Scholars at Work positions students for employment through supplemental, sector-based career exploration and work experience that enables students to develop necessary skills, knowledge, and professional networks.

Congratulations to all of this year’s graduates!

References (Still) Matter!

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I originally wrote this piece back in March of this year. Last week, I was talking with the hiring manager of one of the largest, most well-known big-box retailers. When I asked him what his biggest hiring challenge was he immediately said, “References! Hands down, references!” He went on to tell me that 75% of the entry-level applicants he and other major retailers see do not have proper references and are rejected immediately … 75%!

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Legends Hospitality Hiring Food Service Staff at SI Yankee Stadium

Legends Hospitality is hiring for the following food service positions at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, home of the Staten Island Yankees:

Legends Hospitality

  • Concession
  • Cashiers
  • Merchandise Cashiers
  • AYCE Line Wrappers
  • AYCE Line Workers
  • Concession Runners
  • Concession Cooks
  • Suite Attendants

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