Save Small Businesses Community Forum to be Held March 5th at Judson Church

It has built to such a point … the endless closing of every other neighborhood business… that people can’t stop talking about it. But the time has more than come to DO something about it. Attend a community forum sponsored by The Villager and the Village Independent Democrats this Thursday, March 5th, 7 p.m. at Judson Church, across from the park.

Solutions to Save Small Businesses

A Community Forum

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South

Thursday, March 5; Doors open 6:30, Event begins 7 p.m. 

Join neighbors, local business people, and a panel of experts to save and protect the small businesses that are the lifeblood of our community and enter into a discussion about how to move forward to do so.


Sung Soo Kim – Called the “Godfather of Small Business” due to his founding the Korean American Small Business Service Center, the oldest small business service center in NYC; co-founding the New York City Small Business Congress and Coalition to Save New York City Small Businesses; creating the Small Business Bill of Rights given to elected officials since 1993; and chairmanship of the Mayor’s Small Business Advisory Board, appointed by Mayors Dinkins and Giuliani.

Alfred Placeres – Founder NYS Federation Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and former member of USA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce chair of eastern US district; member of both City and State advisory committees on small business over the past 25 years.

Jenny Dubnau – Spokesperson for The Artist Studio Affordability Project – coalition of arts groups fighting to preserve our city’s arts and cultural organizations.

Jack Segan – Spokesperson and community affairs for Jetro Foods: city’s largest wholesale supplier to restaurants and grocery stores, with warehouses in 4 boroughs. Mr. Segan has worked daily for 19 years in addressing the problems of the mostly immigrant owners. His 17,000 clients are all independently owned and represent approximately 10% of the city’s small businesses.

Mark Crispin Miller– NYU professor of Media, Culture, and Communication. Known for his writing and activism on behalf of democratic media reform; a strong voice and organizer for the Village community’s fight against the proposed NYU expansion; an outspoken critic of overdevelopment and the social consequences of rapid gentrification of a community which follows aggressive unchecked speculation.

Robert Perl – President of Tower Brokerage, and a real estate specialist in the East Village. Mr. Perl’s company has rented thousands of apartments and stores and have sold scores of buildings and development sites. He has been active in civic matter affecting the community and appeared on several panels dealing with neighborhood development and has given an accurate assessment of the role real estate plays in changes to a community.

Moderated by Lincoln Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, The Villager 

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Also visit the new website Save NYC to learn more about other efforts and join in.

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