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Community fair coming September 12

In the face of an ongoing recession, businesses nationwide have been forced to scale back on their operations. Brooklyn industry has been no exception, evidenced by restaurant closings, factory layoffs, and mortgage delinquency rates 1.5% higher than the national average (Crain’s New York).

Some institutions, however, are fighting to set the gears spinning once again on the Brooklyn economy — an economy that had been in the midst of a tremendous surge when the country ran into its current financial speed bump.According to Ken Rosenbaum, executive director and president of Brooklyn’s Milestone School for Child Development, the secret is innovation: “When times are tough, the same old thing just won’t cut it anymore — people need to see something better before they’ll come out of their shells.”

To help boost the visibility of companies seeking to get the borough back on track, under the sponsorship and financial support of New York Life Insurance and Brooklyn Hospital, Rosenbaum has organized the Downtown Community Fair to be held September 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15 Hanover Place in downtown Brooklyn. This event will highlight the best of Brooklyn’s up-and-coming business.

The fair seeks to entertain, educate, and aid locals who are looking for something better. There will be education specialists as well as health and child development specialists on location providing consultations. There will be an assortment of games, raffles and prizes. In addition, there will be other innovative companies setting up shop seeking to join Rosenbaum’s effort in placing Brooklyn back on the positive track.

“We’ll have games and prizes to keep the children happy, and Brooklyn Hospital will be offering free blood pressure tests and consultations, but the real key to the fair will be the local companies who will set up shop and introduce themselves to their neighbors,” says Rosenbaum.

One company that has signed on is Brooklyn start-up Personnel Options, a staffing company that attempts to bring a new angle to the job hunt. David Lee, director of Business Development, thinks that, “The fair was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. The mission of our company is, specifically, to find employment for local residents — I couldn’t think of a better way to say hello and meet potential employees.”

Personnel Options will be offering free consultations to help individuals understand how to harness their talents and market themselves to employers.

With entertainment for all and a genuine desire to help the community, the Downtown Community Fair is an exciting development at a difficult time.

For more, or to find out how you can participate, Rosenbaum can be contacted via his website,

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