Siedc Announces Plans For The 21st Annual Business Conference

Staten Island, New York, March 8, 2019: The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) today announced its plans for the 21st Annual SIEDC Business Conference to be held on April 16, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island NY from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Conference, devoted exclusively to discussing the economic future of Staten Island, is expected to attract 2,500 participants to a variety of free seminars, networking sessions, career workshops, and a 125-booth vendor room.

“The SIEDC Business Conference is a unique event that brings together professionals from small businesses to large organizations,” said Barrington Burke-Green of Visiting Nurse Association and SIEDC Business Conference Ambassador. “There’s no place a local professional can go to learn this much from so many, all in one day.”

Investors Bank is the presenting sponsor of the 21st Annual Conference. The host sponsor is Staten Island University Hospital. Corporate Sponsors include Capital One, Chase, Con Edison.  Conduent, National Grid, Northfield Bank, New York Building Congress, Pratt Industries, Richmond County Savings Bank, Sandy Hook Pilots Association, Staten Island Visiting Nurse Association, Kimco, The Angiuli Group, and Island Auto Group.  Extensive support for the Conference youth education initiative comes from ADCO Electric, Island Borough President James S. Oddo, New York City Councilman Steven Matteo, New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli, Puddin’ Kids First, and United Activities Unlimited. The Staten Island Advance is the media partner of the SIEDC Business Conference.

This year’s Conference highlights include the following:


  1. Keynote Breakfast – (9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Trevi Tent) SIEDC has been hard at work with a world-class consultant team to plan for the future of transit in the borough – the Staten Island to Bayonne Aerial Gondola. Join representatives from SIEDC, SE Group, Hatch Urban Solutions and Cable Car Consultants who will discuss the project to connect Staten Island to the Hudson Bergen Light Rail in Bayonne. The system will be able to move thousands of people per hour, reduce wait times for transit and finally link the borough to Manhattan by rail. There will also be a special virtual reality simulator of an aerial gondola system presented by Leitner Poma of America.


  1. Keynote Lunch – (1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Trevi Tent) The SIEDC will be hosting a ticketed lunch. Presentation and speakers to be announced.


  1. Cocktail Reception – (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Above Rooftop) The 21st Annual Staten Island Business Conference will conclude with a ticketed cocktail reception. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the borough’s top corporate business leaders, small business owners, and emerging entrepreneurs.


Please contact Jodi Guagliardo for ticket information at or 718-477-1400 ext. 815.



  1. Networking Done Right – (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Wisteria Room) Jill Merriman, creator of the Networking Done Right system, will teach business owners how to network effectively and increase their bottom line. Her 3-step method promises to help increase sales and confidence.  Certified and licensed in the proven BANK methodology, Jill teaches how to predict a prospect’s buying behavior in less than 90 seconds, master the art of communication and close more sales.


  1. Barriers and Solutions: Matching Job Seekers to the Industrial Business Sector – (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Cherry Willow Suites) The SIEDC SI Works Employment Program will host a seminar to address the issues and solutions needed to connect out of work Staten Islanders with companies hiring for positions in the industrial arena. Moderated by a Human Resources professional, a panel of representatives from local industrial firms will share the skills needed for employment and the challenges they face securing qualified candidates. Job seekers and employment service providers (directors, trainers, counselors) are invited to attend.


  1. Cyber Security Training – (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Wisteria Room) Learn about the top cyber security threats and how they can affect a business. One in five businesses hit with ransomware are forced to close down, and no one wants to become a statistic. The four cornerstones of protecting a business from breaches will be shared by the experts at Tekie Geek.


  1. Disrupt Ordinary Marketing – (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Cherry Willow Suites) Over the last decade, social media has become a powerful and necessary marketing tool for small businesses. However, getting real results through these platforms is not always as easy as many think. In this training presented by the Staten Island Small Business Development Center in Partnership with the Disrupt Ordinary Marketing group, attendees will walk step-by-step through the three elements that must be managed to turn strangers online into paying customers.


  1. The Next Big Idea for Staten Island– (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Ivy Room)

With the status of the NY Wheel now in flux, the Staten Economic Development Corporation is looking to Staten Islanders for the next “Big Idea” for the borough.  Drawing inspiration from the highly anticipated Empire Outlets and Lighthouse Point developments, the SIEDC envisions similar projects being implemented throughout the borough to draw tourists and boost the local economy.  SIEDC believes that additional projects will spark further investment that will propel Staten Island to new heights.  The SIEDC collected ideas from the public and selected the premier ideas to present at this seminar.


  1. “20 Under 40” and “Top 31 Small Business Award” Ceremonies – (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge) Each year, SIEDC recognizes outstanding young businessmen and women working or living on Staten Island at the “20 Under 40” Award Ceremony. Immediately following the recognition of young professionals in the borough, the “Top 31 Awards” Ceremony will begin at the 2019 Conference; SIEDC will acknowledge the “Top 31” Businesses Scaling Up on Staten Island. All honorees are encouraged to invite their families, friends and colleagues.


  1. Women at the Top Symposium – (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Wine Room) The Women at the Top Symposium is an empowering forum for women in business that will feature Analia Gerard, Staten Island Borough Representative for the United Federation of Teachers. Analia will share her professional experience transitioning from the business world to the education sector and then moving up the ranks in the union of she serves.


  1. The A.R.T. of Connecting – (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Wisteria Room) In this leadership development program, hosted by Lion’s Pride Leadership, learn practical tools to help connect at a deeper level with team members and clients. The good thing about connecting with others is that it can be improved upon with practice and with great training.  Successful individuals share one common theme, they are effective communicators who connect, inspire and empower others around them to succeed.


  1. Healthy Housing RFP Information Session – (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Cherry Willow Suites) Join presenters from SIEDC who will discuss the new Healthy Housing Request for Proposals which seeks ideas from developers, architects, engineers and planners for new housing options for young professionals. Healthy Housing is focused on creating new, modern and efficient spaces that focus on Green living, transit oriented development, resiliency and cultural access. Housing and economic development are tied together and SIEDC needs your help to advance the effort.


  1. How to Tell Your Brand’s Story – (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Wine Room) In this workshop, Julio Vincent Gambuto of Borough Five Pictures will teach business professionals the best way to market their business through creation of a marketing plan that tells a relatable or incising story to the consumer.


  1. Local Needs Assessment Public Visioning Session – (1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Cherry Willow Suite) Join Hatch Urban Solutions and their team to help guide the future of the borough through the Local Needs Assessment. This first phase of a master plan for Staten Island has been funded by Senator Diane Savino and National Grid and will help address issues related to land use, transportation, site development, infrastructure, housing and more. The seminar will be an interactive discussion and visioning session for Staten Island and will address how the study can be shaped to answer the study to answer the needs of businesses and residents. To take the survey,


  1. Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing – (3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Cherry Willow Suites) Learn the benefits and how to navigate the intricacies of online marketing with the Staten Island Advance. The Advance is a community leader in the marketing sector and will teach attendees how to take their brand from print to online effectively.



  1. SIEDC Marketing Club Meeting – (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Lobby Lounge) The SIEDC Marketing Club gathers the principals or marketing professionals from local businesses to share strategies and techniques to successfully market to the Staten Island community. During the club’s meetings members discuss a specific marketing strategy with the group and how it applies to each business; share success stories related to this specific strategy and uncover cross-promotional opportunities member-to-member and SIEDC-to-member. This meeting of the SIEDC Marketing Club is open to the public.


  1. SIEDC Creative Club Meeting – (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Wine Room) The SIEDC Creative Council is designed for creative and talented individuals to come together and exchange new ideas, learn about a variety of innovative fields, and support each other’s endeavors by networking and inspiring one another. Join the SIEDC Creative Council at this open meeting at the SIEDC Business Conference.


  1. Meet & Greet for Educators – (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Brittons Oak Room) The SIEDC has allotted time for educators to mix and mingle amongst each other to learn more about education tactics and strategies.
  2. Faith Based Organizations Seminar & Mixer – (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Brittons Oak Room) The SIEDC will meet with faith based organizations to uncover opportunities to work together for the community.


  1. Speed Networking – (2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Lobby Lounge) Interact with SIEDC members and local business owners during a round of speed networking. This speed networking session will be hosted by the Executive Club of Staten Island.


  1. SIEDC Executive Women’s Council Meeting – (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Wine Room) The SIEDC Executive Women’s Council will meet to discuss mentorship and educational opportunities within Staten Island’s business community.



  1. “Born to be Great” Leadership Talk– (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Teahouse Garden) How we act is based on what we believe. In this leadership talk, the co-founder of “I Am Empowering,” Chad Reyes, will be discussing with the emerging leaders in attendance why it’s important for them to find their “talent” at a young age and utilize it to positively impact others. He will be discussing the following formula for greatness: Talent + Time + Impact = GREATNESS.


  1. Investors Bank Financial Literacy Seminar – (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Teahouse Garden) Investors Bank will share their financial literacy program with local high school students.


  1. Collegiate Symposium – (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Teahouse Garden) A panoply of business research, entrepreneurship, and creative ideas featuring the boroughs talented collegiate scholars.


  1. “Born to be Great” College Panel – (2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Tea House Garden) In this panel discussion, attendees will hear firsthand from many of Staten Island’s community and business leaders about what is takes to be great and the impact of making good decisions over a long period of time.



PRESS Announcements

Press announcements will take place throughout the 2019 SIEDC Business Conference in the Trevi Tent Lobby. Press conferences will feature unveiling of the SIEDC incubator program supporting Veteran & Immigrant Owned Businesses as well as Women Entrepreneurs; Empire Outlets, Broadway Stages, and Gotham Trinity Productions.

Attendance at the SIEDC Business Conference is free for the general public.  For businesses interested in participating, SIEDC offers several levels of vending and sponsorship packages. To learn more visit or call 718-477-1400.

SIEDC is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit corporation, the mission of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) is to enhance a thriving Staten Island economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities.