BUSINESS

June 13, 2019

VSB Bancorp Declares 47th Consecutive Cash Dividend

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (June 13, 2019) – VSB Bancorp, Inc. (VSBN), the holding company for Victory State Bank, has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 13 cents per share, payable on July 1, 2019, to stockholders of record on June 21, 2019. “We are pleased to announce our 47th consecutive cash dividend,” said Joseph J. LiBassi, […]
May 31, 2019

Free SCORE-Staten Island Workshop to Spotlight ‘Diversity and Inclusion for Competitive Advantage’

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. –  “Diversity and Inclusion for Competitive Advantage” is the theme of a SCORE-Staten Island business seminar set for Tuesday, June 18. The free “lunch & learn” workshop, hosted by the Northfield Bank Foundation, will guide attendees toward acknowledging, understanding and leveraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The seminar’s featured speaker will be […]
November 21, 2017

Victory State Bank Marks 20th Anniversary

Formed with initial capitalization of $7 million, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank now has total equity of $32.7 million and nearly $400 million in total assets STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (November 2017) – Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank has marked its 20th anniversary, flourishing in tandem with the borough’s vibrant business sector […]
July 5, 2017

SCORE Staten Island: Small Businesses Have Advantages Over Bigger Competitors

STATEN ISLAND. N.Y. – As an entrepreneur, not every day may go as smoothly as you’d like, but that’s OK. As you face obstacles while building your enterprise, experts emphasize the importance of reflecting upon the many advantages small businesses have over their bigger competitors. “Keep the pluses of business ownership in mind – not only during […]
June 14, 2017

9 Prerequisites of Turning a Hobby into a Business

If you are considering to transform your hobby into a money-making enterprise, the small-business mentors of SCORE Staten Island are sharing this sound advice: Don’t rush into things. Running a successful business centered on doing something you love is the dream of many entrepreneurs. What could be more gratifying than making a living sharing your talents […]
May 15, 2017

VSB Bancorp 2017 1st Quarter Gains $21.2M in Assets

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – (April 2017) First-quarter results of VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) show an increase of $21.2 million in assets, or 6.4 percent, at March 31, 2017, from December 31 of the last year. Also up, is the net income of $619,820 for the first quarter of 2017, which signifies an increase of $70,424, or […]
April 17, 2017

Small Business Workshop May 2: ‘Breaking Through Online – Making Digital Marketing Work’

Free seminar to highlight brand-building strategies, tactics for connecting with customers, and tips for driving traffic   (CLICK HERE TO EASILY PRE-REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (APRIL 17, 2017) – An upcoming Staten Island seminar featuring two leading marketing experts will explain how established businesses and startups can greatly enhance their online presence. The […]
February 24, 2017

SCORE Staten Island Relocates to Staten Island Advance Building

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2017) – SCORE Staten Island is relocating from Castleton Corners to Grasmere as of Feb. 28. The prominent small-business mentoring organization is resettling its operations within the iconic Staten Island Advance building, 950 West Fingerboard Road. The updated facility is conveniently located, with ample parking for visitors. Dedicated to providing cost-free […]
February 16, 2017

SCORE Staten Island Suggests 5 Technologies to Give Small Businesses an Edge

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – New businesses abound throughout Staten Island – from St. George to New Dorp to New Springville to Tottenville. But as a recently published Staten Island Advance article points out, not all new enterprises succeed. The article, “7 Reasons Why Staten Island Small Businesses Fail,” addresses such common entrepreneurial errors as: Not properly […]
January 14, 2017

Staten Island Board of Realtors Inducts 55th President

Greg A. Sokol takes helm of borough’s largest professional organization STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Greg A. Sokol of Cangiano Estates has been inducted as the 55th president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR). Sokol was sworn into office Jan. 12 by Dawn M. Carpenter, president of the New York State Association of Realtors and a […]
January 10, 2017

SCORE Staten Island Showcases 4 ‘Financial Ratios’ Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (JANUARY 2017) – While numerous small businesses succeed on Staten Island –  from Stapleton to Tottenville, and across the borough – there are some that seemed doomed from the start. Some of these failed businesses may have attracted a healthy flow of customers, but faltered because their owners didn’t have a handle on […]
December 7, 2016

Staten Island Small Business Mentors Spotlight 6 Tips for Content Marketing Success

The small-business mentors of SCORE Staten Island are pointing to content marketing as a powerful tool for growing an enterprise. “One of the most effective – and affordable – ways for highlighting a business is using content marketing, a way of promoting an enterprise or brand online,” said John Amodio, SCORE Staten Island first vice-chair and […]
June 4, 2015

5 Pre-Digital Business Protocols That Still Make Sense

By BARTON HOROWITZ PRESIDENT, RELEVANT PUBLIC RELATIONS Even though the Internet and cutting-edge mobile devices are affecting the way we conduct business, modern technology will never replace the human touch when it comes to building solid relationships. Although most of us now click, type or text to communicate, it’s beneficial to recall the way we used […]
August 3, 2011

Timely Project Underscores A Tough Economy As It Spreads Through New York City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 201  As Staten Island’s 350th Birthday Nears, Nationwide Initiative Holds Special Appeal For Locals  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. –  A  Minneapolis-born campaign seeking to enliven local businesses is taking root in the boroughs of  New York City. Most recently embraced by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, “The 3/50 Project” is a […]
August 3, 2011

Push is on to support neighborhood businesses

Local businesses need your support — and deserve it. They are at the heart of each community in this borough and represent the livelihoods of your family and friends. Though Staten Islanders have grown to be loyal customers of the mega-retailers that have put down roots in the borough, the nationally-based stores have not been nearly […]
July 27, 2011

Free Staten Island Credit Fair Is A Must For Business Owners

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In business?  Thinking of making your mark as an entrepreneur? You won’t want to miss the Staten Island Credit Fair on Aug. 2 Here’s What You Need To Know:   NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN, COUNCIL MEMBERS DOMENIC M. RECCHIA, JR, CHAIR, FINANCE COMMITTEE; DIANA REYNA, CHAIR, SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE; […]
July 27, 2011

12 Ways To Secure Your Place As An Expert In Your Field

By BARTON HOROWITZ PRESIDENT, RELEVANT PUBLIC RELATIONS LLC STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — For many entrepreneurs, the growth of a business depends upon the answer to these two questions: Are you an expert in your field? If so, do potential clients know how good you really are?  Here is some advice for qualified individuals who want to build a reputation […]
July 19, 2011

Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Embraces National Business Initiative On A Local Level

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  — The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is participating with a nationwide program to promote locally owned businesses across the borough. The 3/50 Project is a grassroots campaign that has spread across the nation to support and save local businesses.  The concept behind the program is for consumers to pick three independently owned Island businesses and spend a […]