February 28th, 2023

Today, Verizon and the Small Business Digital Alliance will release a discussion Verizon hosted on the role of small business community partners in helping to ensure the success of small business in New York. Participants also discussed local and federal policies pertaining to small and mid-sized businesses, and how those policies work to help achieve greater economic success.

The discussion will highlight the value of local partnerships and resources available from the Small Business Administration. Panelists will discuss how to strengthen community-based relationships, utilize local and federal policies, and implement digital tools to enable businesses to engage with their communities, reach new markets, and find diverse talent.

“At the core of Verizon’s commitment to small businesses, is our focus on meeting and delivering resources to small business owners where they are,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Verizon. “We were pleased to host the SBA Administrator and several NYC small business community partners as part of our membership in the Small Business Digital Alliance. Small businesses play an essential role in driving our nation’s economic growth, and through resources such as Verizon Small Business Digital Ready, we’ll help 1 million small businesses achieve digital transformation by 2030.”

Speakers include:

  • SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman
  • Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon
  • Jim Doyle, President, Business Forward
  • Blondel Pinnock, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Carey King, Director, Uptown Grand Central
  • Diana Larrazabal, Aroma d’Angel
  • Linda Baran, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Lisa Sorin, Bronx Chamber of Commerce
  • Marlene Cintron, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 2
  • Oma Holloway, Bridge Street Development Corporation
  • Quenia Abreu, New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Sam Berg, Next Street

To tune into the conversation, visit:

To access Verizon’s free digital tools, visit:

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The Small Business Digital Alliance (SBDA) is a joint co-sponsorship agreement between the SBA and Business Forward, Inc. that brings together major players, influencers, and companies in the tech, e-commerce, benefits, and other industries to help small businesses connect with digital tools and reach new customers through expanded opportunities through trainings, tools, and expansion of their digital networks – free of charge. To learn more, visit


Citizen Verizon is the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement. Citizen Verizon empowers Verizon to deliver on its mission to move the world forward through action by expanding digital access and resources, protecting the climate, and ensuring people have the skills needed for jobs of the future. Through Citizen Verizon, and the key pillars of Digital Inclusion, Climate Protection and Human Prosperity, the company is committed to providing 10 million youths with digital skills training by 2030, supporting 1 million small businesses with resources to help them thrive in the digital economy by 2030, achieving net zero emissions in its operations by 2035, and preparing 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future by 2030. Learn more at


Business Forward has helped more than 270,000 local business leaders make the “business case” for climate action, affordable healthcare, immigration reform, diversity and inclusion, sensible tax laws, criminal justice reform, infrastructure investment, new trade deals, and other pro-growth reforms. Our leaders brief policymakers, work with local media, publish op-eds, submit testimony, and advocate online. We also promote their recommendations through issue briefs, survey reports, training manuals, podcasts, and social media. More than 800 mayors, governors, members of Congress, and senior Administration officials have participated in our briefings, including three presidents. Learn more at


The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow, expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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