Company: The Bronx Design Group
2914 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
718-409-9874  |

Type of Business:
A one-stop, full-service print shop and graphic design studio with complete production on-premises.  They offer full-color offset printing, as well as digital printing for all stationery items, booklets, brochures, flyers, marketing materials, educational materials, etc.   Their large format printers produce signs for all types of events, vinyl banners, and posters.  They also scan and copy blueprints in both b/w and color. 

Bronx Design also specializes in beautifully designed custom wedding and social invitations, and all the printed accessories for that special day.

For over 30 years, this family-owned business has been serving customers in every field and occupation such as hospitals, churches, schools, educational institutions, attorneys, architects, engineers, medical facilities, government officials, and numerous non-profit organizations. They are a pillar in their community and proud to support local youth organizations.

Type of Loan: BOEDC Business Continuity Loan

Description: Purchase of finishing equipment to help our staff work more efficiently and improve the quality of our products.

“BOEDC was a lifeline for us during the pandemic. When the city shut down and we were unable to work, we didn’t how we were going to pay our bills and keep the business open once everyone went back to work. BOEDC was there for us with advice on loans, grants and all kinds of programs available to us. And more importantly, their staff was friendly and supportive and helped us through the most difficult time in our life.”

                                             ~ Geri Sciortino, owner.


Company: Chocobar Cortes
141 Alexander Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454
718-841-9310  |

Type of Business:
Chocobar Cortés, the restaurant brand of Chocolate Cortés, a 92-year old family-owned Puerto Rican and Dominican chocolate manufacturing company known for its rich hot chocolate, is a dining and cultural experience that celebrates the company’s Caribbean chocolate tradition, its culture, and the delicious flavors of the Caribbean. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx, Chocobar Cortés offers all-day dining, featuring a chocolate and coffee shop, breakfast and pastries in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, a lively cocktail and dinner atmosphere at night, and brunch on the weekend. The concept is an extension of the original Chocobar Cortés in Old San Juan.

Type of Loan: Business Assistance Initiative (BAI), Empowerment Zone
Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment (EZBIEE) and Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment (BIEE) loans

Description: Purchase of energy-efficient equipment to utilize in food preparation operations.

“The BOEDC is an incredible resource for Bronx-based businesses. Not only did they help us access the best loans available for our business, they also provide invaluable resources and ongoing guidance to make sure we are thriving.”

~ Carlos Cortés, owner


Company: Claudy’s Kitchen
5981 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471
718-884-7378   |

Type of Business:
A Michelin award-winning, family-owned Peruvian restaurant specializing in authentic homemade cuisine.

Type of Loan: Bronx Initiative for Energy and the Environment (BIEE) and Bronx Revolving Loan Fund (BRLF) loans

Description: Purchase of energy-efficient kitchen equipment used in the operations of the restaurant to prepare food and also used funds to renovate the space making it aesthetically pleasing & welcoming.

“Without the help of BOEDC, Claudy’s Kitchen would not exist!”

                                    ~ Richard Berroa, co-owner

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