Become Financially Literate, Start or Expand a Company

Looking to serve established business owners, emerging entrepreneurs, and immigrants who don’t speak English as a first language, the Queens Economic Development Corporation will partner with the Astoria Worker Initiative to launch two new courses in April.

Both programs are free. They will take place at QEDC’s Entrepreneur Space at 36-46 37th St. in Long Island City.

Ready for Bu$ine$$ is a 10-week intermediate ESL course with an emphasis on business and financial literacy for native Spanish speakers seeking to start or expand small businesses. Classes are on Wednesday evenings from April 3 to June 12. Class size is limited, and all applicants must be interviewed.

Becoming Financially Literate is an eight-week course on ways to budget, save, invest, and plan for a college education, buy insurance, purchase property, and plan for retirement. The goal is help participants make smart financial decisions. Classes are on Thursday evenings, commencing on April 18.

Again, class size is limited, and applicants must be interviewed. To register, aspiring participants should email QEDC Director of Technology Michael Gillen at with their names and phone numbers.

The Astoria Worker Initiative is a program funded by the Consortium for Worker Education to help low- and moderate-income residents get jobs and advance their careers.

More info on these programs and other services is on QEDC’s website: