On the Record
by Jeffrey Harmatz
Dec 30, 2008 | 23422 views | 0 0 comments | 1534 1534 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2006 creation of the Long Island City Industrial Business Zone was a boon to local businesses in Western Queens, and Debra Mesloh has been responsible for a number of the benefits that local business owners have enjoyed.

A long-time employee of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation and recent Queens resident, Mesloh has facilitated millions of dollars and countless hours of assistance to the thriving industry that fills the neighborhoods of Southwestern Queens.

“I act as a conduit between the businesses in the area and city agencies like the Department of Transportation and the Department of Sanitation,” said Mesloh of her official capacity.

But in addition to that role, she provides other essential services like helping owners receive government grants and incentives for expansion, holds seminars, and serves as “matchmaker” between businesses.

“I’m familiar with what’s happening in the area, so I can help put businesses together,” se explained. “For example, one business owner wanted to make dog clothes, and asked me if I knew anybody that could do that. I did, and put them in touch with the right company.”

Mesloh said that the current economic downturn has negatively affected some of the businesses in the LIC IBZ, but that she is actively working with them to counter the loss in income.

“We had a meeting with the NYC Economic Development Corporation and all of the IBZ managers recently, and we are all trying very hard to find ways to help out,” she said. Mesloh explained that government grants and incentives for moving or expanding were key ways that businesses could save on production costs and bring in new revenue.

Despite the economic hardships many businesses are facing, Mesloh remains confident that business will continue to grow in Long Island City, and that she will be there to help them.

“I probably have the best job in the world,” she said. “I get to talk to a lot of people everyday, find out their problems, and help solve them.”
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