Bronx, NY – The Business Initiative Corporation of New York and the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr., hosted the 11th Annual Bronx Bankers Breakfast “Celebrating New Beginnings”, the largest networking event for financial services and businesses in The Bronx.

Over 400 bankers, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and city officials are part of this event prompting numerous business opportunities. Bankers used this occasion to better familiarize the business community about financial products, and small businesses capitalized on this opportunity to forge relationships with the financial community.

“We must continue to create opportunities to vigorously pursue new business investment in The Bronx. The successful business people here today represent what makes The Bronx a great place to live, work, and visit,” said Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli was the keynote speaker. DiNapoli, as chief fiscal officer for the State, is responsible for managing the State’s pension fund, auditing the spending practices of all State agencies and local governments, overseeing the New York State and Local Retirement System, which serves over one million members and retirees, reviewing the New York State and City budgets, approving State contracts, and administering the State Oil Spill Fund.

The Business Initiative Corporation is a Certified SBA 504 Lender who has quickly expanded to the surrounding counties of The Bronx.

“We are very excited to be able to serve all the communities surrounding The Bronx and provide access to capital,” says Madeline Marquez, Executive Director of The Business Initiative Corporation of New York.

The 11th Annual Bankers Breakfast is sponsored primarily by HSBC Bank, Capital One Bank, Citibank, Rite Check, Con Edison, and JP Morgan Chase with support from Hudson Valley Bank, New York National Bank, TD Bank, Amalgamated Bank, Apple Bank, Carver Bank, Checkspring Bank, Emigrant Savings Bank, Flushing Savings Bank, LIDC/Greater NY Development Corp., Monroe College, Ponce De Leon FSB, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Signature Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.