In 2008, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center established the Columbia Community Business Program (CCBP), a program designed to support the growth and development of businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Upper Manhattan.
The two year program fosters a business community and offers participants access to Columbia University resources from the Business, Law and Engineering Schools, as well as group and individual meetings featuring professionally facilitated peer learning.
Twelve owners of local businesses that make at least $250,000 or more were accepted into the pilot group (Watch the CCBP video). Now in its third cohort, twenty businesses were admitted into the program. The companies represent a range of industries including construction, food services, retail, fitness, technology and media. The participants, listed below, met as an inaugural group this month and are expected to meet regularly over a two-year period:
Harlem Flo, Inc
Louis Gagliano and Stefan Handi
5 and Diamond Restaurant
Selene Martinez/Lia Sanfilippo
Kirsten Palacios Agency, Inc.
Park North Physical Therapy, PLLC
Right Brain, IT/Jin Ramen Corp
No Crusts Interactive LLC
Vision Education & Media
PearTree Center, Inc.
All Things Traffic, Inc.
Harlem Pediatric Associates
Christopher Phang, MD
Tbro's Renovation Inc.
Michael Tarachand and Christopher Tarachand
Innovative Therapy Solutions
Majora Carter Group, LLC
K.D.S. Developers, Inc.
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Ron Gonen '04 EMBA
Gonen came up with the idea for RecycleBank, a start-up that pays households for recycling, when he was a student at Columbia.
Andrea Wenner '05
Wenner considered several other ventures before developing Out2Play, a nonprofit that builds and refurbishes playgrounds at New York Public Schools.
Andrea Miller '02
After graduation, Miller launched Tango, a multimedia company focused on love and relationships. "Think Sex and the City meets Oprah."