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Meet the Industrial Growth Initiative Program 2014 Finalists


We are proud to announce the 2014 finalists for the Industrial Growth Initiative Program.

The program, developed and run in partnership with Next Street Financial, provides small industrial businesses the opportunity to learn specialized growth and development strategies from industry experts in New York City. 

The Industrial Growth Initiative is comprised of two phases of workshops which precede the business plan competition. In the first phase, NYCEDC partnered with Next Street to lead business growth workshops across the five boroughs where industrial business owners received tools that enabled them to take a close look at the current state of and future goals for their businesses.

Of the 33 businesses that completed the workshops, 14 companies entered Future Focus, the second phase. Future Focus workshops, developed and executed by Next Street, provided a balance of group learning and exercises to assess and improve leadership style, preferences, and practices. The second phase participants were judged on their business plans, with the three winners receiving $50,000 each in prize money to be put toward executing their business growth plans.

Congratulations to the three winning businesses:

  • P.A.C. Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning: A disabled veteran and family owned and operated premier plumbing and HVAC company, incorporated since 1979 and located in Staten Island. Their initial work was on one and two family homes, but they later expanded into commercial, medical, and public sector work. In 1998 they merged with an HVAC company adding air conditioning service and sales. P.A.C. Plumbing, Heating, & A/C services New York City’s five boroughs and New Jersey, focusing on residential, commercial, and governmental projects.
  • Casa Kids: A Red Hook, Brooklyn-based company which designs and fabricates contemporary children’s furniture including cribs, bunk beds, loft beds, and complete custom storage solutions. Their focus is on developing efficient designs that are durable, locally made, and as "green" as possible.  In the past, Casa Kids has sold furniture through prestigious companies such as the Museum of Modern and Crate and Barrel, among others. Founder Roberto Gill started designing and manufacturing wooden children's furniture in 1992.
  • Joya: A Brooklyn-based fragrance house that designs and produces scented artifacts (perfume, personal care, home ambiance). Joya works with other companies and artists to manufacture innovative, co-branded, or private label fragranced goods in a number of different applications and delivery systems.



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