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The Maestro Project

Only 1 out of 5 new businesses survive the first five years of business. The Maestro Project, our in-house education and productivity center, was developed to help entrepreneurs beat these odds. A comprehensive, three-pronged division that offers classes, coaching and mentoring, The Maestro Project enhances performance and ensures productivity by helping entrepreneurs overcome obstacles to jump start and maintain business success. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely.  Having allies and resources to turn to for advice, support or to test an idea is critical to your company’s growth.  The Maestro Project, led by executive coach and management consultant Don’Angelo Bivens, knows what entrepreneurs need at different stages in their development and provides it with very focused classes, coaching and mentoring.
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"Being a small business owner is about learning enough about yourself, your audience and your competition. It's imperative to understand these core elements in order to achieve a sustainable business."

Cheni Yerushalmi, Co-founder

Sunshine Bronx

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"The challenge at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator was to create a hybrid work space that would support traditional business processes and promote the new way of working by fostering collaboration among the diverse members of the community. We wanted the space to reflect Sunshine's core values about what it takes to succeed in business: transparency; innovation; flexibility and inspiration."

Harel Edery, Founder

Studio Mosza

(Shiner from June 2010 to Present)
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"Buzzd, Inc flourished at Sunshine when we first started out company in the summer/fall of 2007. The atmosphere was electric with startup entrepreneurs - everyone trying to "do the impossible" altogether which created a culture of camaraderie and sharing experiences...We'll never forget our roots, and Sunshine Suites was the place we called home."

Nihal Mehta, CEO & co-founder

buzzed inc.

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"Aspiring business owners will learn from experts and other Shiners who have used these techniques to grow their own small businesses"

Don Angelo Bivens

"The Maestro" | Education and Productivity

"Just four years ago, we were in a double cube at Sunshine. I truly believe that going from a home office to Sunshine Suites was a big step in our development enabling me to share ideas with my other two co-workers daily and be in a work environment as opposed to being tempted to turn on the TV every morning. We're closing in on 150 full time employees now."

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Michael Kirban, founder of Vitacoco

(Shiner from March 2006 to May 2007)

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

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Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College has been serving students and the community since 1993 and today we enter the next phase of that service. By combining forces with Sunshine Suites, we are injecting a shot of reality into the classroom and giving our students additional chances for experiential learning as they help real-life entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground."

Monica Dean, Administrative Director

Field Center for Entrepreneurship

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"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"Our partnership with Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator reflects President Obama’s vision -- to out-innovate and out-educate. By supporting early-stage urban and ethnic entrepreneurs, we aim to strengthen our local economy, create sustainable economic opportunities in the Bronx, and compete globally."

Michael Marinaccio, Dean

Monroe’s School of Business and Accounting

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"Cheni Yerushalmi of Sunshine Suites has been a tremendous asset to the Kauffman FastTrac program we run in partnership with NYC Business Solutions. Not only does he share his own experiences and insights, but he offers our participants encouragement in their endeavors, provides information about the tremendous resources available in New York City, and urges them to learn to network and "get out there". Cheni has clearly become an integral player in the NYC start-up scene and would be an asset to any region embarking on entrepreneurial programs as an engine for economic growth..."

Helene Rube, Director of Educational
Programs

Levin Institute

Classes Offered

Relationships are the cornerstone of Maestro Projects’ ability to provide interactive and quality education for Shiners and fellow entrepreneurs.

We build alliances and manage relationships with colleges, universities, business leaders and foundations. From a mix of full-day, half-day and hourly classes to seminars and semester-long courses curricula is developed with our education partners to hone in on areas like business development, raising capital, marketing, people management, productivity and technology. We aim to supplement and strengthen skill sets the community determines are critical to its progress. Every course and class is interactive and provides applicable information to address the needs of startup and growth venture entrepreneurs and assist them in advancing to the next level.

And to ensure that you are not going it alone, we’ve also created an internship program that provides Shiners access to interns through our academic partners.

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"Being a small business owner is about learning enough about yourself, your audience and your competition. It's imperative to understand these core elements in order to achieve a sustainable business."

Cheni Yerushalmi, Co-founder

Sunshine Bronx

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"The challenge at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator was to create a hybrid work space that would support traditional business processes and promote the new way of working by fostering collaboration among the diverse members of the community. We wanted the space to reflect Sunshine's core values about what it takes to succeed in business: transparency; innovation; flexibility and inspiration."

Harel Edery, Founder

Studio Mosza

(Shiner from June 2010 to Present)
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"Buzzd, Inc flourished at Sunshine when we first started out company in the summer/fall of 2007. The atmosphere was electric with startup entrepreneurs - everyone trying to "do the impossible" altogether which created a culture of camaraderie and sharing experiences...We'll never forget our roots, and Sunshine Suites was the place we called home."

Nihal Mehta, CEO & co-founder

buzzed inc.

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"Aspiring business owners will learn from experts and other Shiners who have used these techniques to grow their own small businesses"

Don Angelo Bivens

"The Maestro" | Education and Productivity

"Just four years ago, we were in a double cube at Sunshine. I truly believe that going from a home office to Sunshine Suites was a big step in our development enabling me to share ideas with my other two co-workers daily and be in a work environment as opposed to being tempted to turn on the TV every morning. We're closing in on 150 full time employees now."

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Michael Kirban, founder of Vitacoco

(Shiner from March 2006 to May 2007)

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

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Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College has been serving students and the community since 1993 and today we enter the next phase of that service. By combining forces with Sunshine Suites, we are injecting a shot of reality into the classroom and giving our students additional chances for experiential learning as they help real-life entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground."

Monica Dean, Administrative Director

Field Center for Entrepreneurship

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"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"Our partnership with Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator reflects President Obama’s vision -- to out-innovate and out-educate. By supporting early-stage urban and ethnic entrepreneurs, we aim to strengthen our local economy, create sustainable economic opportunities in the Bronx, and compete globally."

Michael Marinaccio, Dean

Monroe’s School of Business and Accounting

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"Cheni Yerushalmi of Sunshine Suites has been a tremendous asset to the Kauffman FastTrac program we run in partnership with NYC Business Solutions. Not only does he share his own experiences and insights, but he offers our participants encouragement in their endeavors, provides information about the tremendous resources available in New York City, and urges them to learn to network and "get out there". Cheni has clearly become an integral player in the NYC start-up scene and would be an asset to any region embarking on entrepreneurial programs as an engine for economic growth..."

Helene Rube, Director of Educational
Programs

Levin Institute

Coaching

Our coaches utilize a five-step process to help entrepreneurs define their vision, set and realize objectives, assess and build skills and stay on track when their performance falters.

Shiners have the opportunity to hire Maestro Project coaches for one-on-one or small group coaching sessions at an affordable price. Large group coaching sessions are also held for the entire Sunshine community.  Topics will be based on Shiners’ interests and needs.  They include:

  • Define your business strategy
  • Develop a career and life game plan
  • Identify pertinent learning and action-oriented goals
  • Avoid burnout by maintaining a healthy work-life balance
  • Achieve personal mastery via self-awareness

Are you looking to take your business and personal performance to the next level? If yes, setting up a conversation with a Maestro Coach is the 1st step. A coach will hold you accountable for producing results. We will assist you in breaking through barriers to reach your summit. Get ready to climb!

If, you are stuck or simply want guidance, speak to a Maestro Project coach. Conversation is the 1st step to taking your company to the next level.

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"Being a small business owner is about learning enough about yourself, your audience and your competition. It's imperative to understand these core elements in order to achieve a sustainable business."

Cheni Yerushalmi, Co-founder

Sunshine Bronx

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"The challenge at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator was to create a hybrid work space that would support traditional business processes and promote the new way of working by fostering collaboration among the diverse members of the community. We wanted the space to reflect Sunshine's core values about what it takes to succeed in business: transparency; innovation; flexibility and inspiration."

Harel Edery, Founder

Studio Mosza

(Shiner from June 2010 to Present)
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"Buzzd, Inc flourished at Sunshine when we first started out company in the summer/fall of 2007. The atmosphere was electric with startup entrepreneurs - everyone trying to "do the impossible" altogether which created a culture of camaraderie and sharing experiences...We'll never forget our roots, and Sunshine Suites was the place we called home."

Nihal Mehta, CEO & co-founder

buzzed inc.

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"Aspiring business owners will learn from experts and other Shiners who have used these techniques to grow their own small businesses"

Don Angelo Bivens

"The Maestro" | Education and Productivity

"Just four years ago, we were in a double cube at Sunshine. I truly believe that going from a home office to Sunshine Suites was a big step in our development enabling me to share ideas with my other two co-workers daily and be in a work environment as opposed to being tempted to turn on the TV every morning. We're closing in on 150 full time employees now."

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Michael Kirban, founder of Vitacoco

(Shiner from March 2006 to May 2007)

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

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Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College has been serving students and the community since 1993 and today we enter the next phase of that service. By combining forces with Sunshine Suites, we are injecting a shot of reality into the classroom and giving our students additional chances for experiential learning as they help real-life entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground."

Monica Dean, Administrative Director

Field Center for Entrepreneurship

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"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"Our partnership with Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator reflects President Obama’s vision -- to out-innovate and out-educate. By supporting early-stage urban and ethnic entrepreneurs, we aim to strengthen our local economy, create sustainable economic opportunities in the Bronx, and compete globally."

Michael Marinaccio, Dean

Monroe’s School of Business and Accounting

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"Cheni Yerushalmi of Sunshine Suites has been a tremendous asset to the Kauffman FastTrac program we run in partnership with NYC Business Solutions. Not only does he share his own experiences and insights, but he offers our participants encouragement in their endeavors, provides information about the tremendous resources available in New York City, and urges them to learn to network and "get out there". Cheni has clearly become an integral player in the NYC start-up scene and would be an asset to any region embarking on entrepreneurial programs as an engine for economic growth..."

Helene Rube, Director of Educational
Programs

Levin Institute

Mentoring

The Maestro Project works closely with industry and business leaders to support Shiners in various areas of business from marketing to finance to legal matters.

For those who want or need guidance in a particular area or field of business, we will match you with a mentor.  Mentorships are informal relationships. Our mentors come from a variety of backgrounds and many of them are or were former Shiners.

The Maestro Project’s mentors serve entrepreneurs in various stages of business and helps them find the support and guidance they need to build productive, meaningful lives and to create sustainable businesses.

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"Being a small business owner is about learning enough about yourself, your audience and your competition. It's imperative to understand these core elements in order to achieve a sustainable business."

Cheni Yerushalmi, Co-founder

Sunshine Bronx

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"The challenge at the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator was to create a hybrid work space that would support traditional business processes and promote the new way of working by fostering collaboration among the diverse members of the community. We wanted the space to reflect Sunshine's core values about what it takes to succeed in business: transparency; innovation; flexibility and inspiration."

Harel Edery, Founder

Studio Mosza

(Shiner from June 2010 to Present)
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"Buzzd, Inc flourished at Sunshine when we first started out company in the summer/fall of 2007. The atmosphere was electric with startup entrepreneurs - everyone trying to "do the impossible" altogether which created a culture of camaraderie and sharing experiences...We'll never forget our roots, and Sunshine Suites was the place we called home."

Nihal Mehta, CEO & co-founder

buzzed inc.

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"Aspiring business owners will learn from experts and other Shiners who have used these techniques to grow their own small businesses"

Don Angelo Bivens

"The Maestro" | Education and Productivity

"Just four years ago, we were in a double cube at Sunshine. I truly believe that going from a home office to Sunshine Suites was a big step in our development enabling me to share ideas with my other two co-workers daily and be in a work environment as opposed to being tempted to turn on the TV every morning. We're closing in on 150 full time employees now."

image description
Michael Kirban, founder of Vitacoco

(Shiner from March 2006 to May 2007)

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

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Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"The Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College has been serving students and the community since 1993 and today we enter the next phase of that service. By combining forces with Sunshine Suites, we are injecting a shot of reality into the classroom and giving our students additional chances for experiential learning as they help real-life entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground."

Monica Dean, Administrative Director

Field Center for Entrepreneurship

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"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sunshine Suites to create the first City-sponsored business incubator in the Bronx. Already operating two locations in Manhattan, Sunshine Suites has the proven track record to make this new Bronx incubator a success. With over 11,000 square feet of space, the Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator will accommodate up to 400 entrepreneurs over the next three years. This facility will lead to more Bronx-based startups and serve as a catalyst for job creation across the borough."

Seth W. Pinsky, President

NYCEDC

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"Our partnership with Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator reflects President Obama’s vision -- to out-innovate and out-educate. By supporting early-stage urban and ethnic entrepreneurs, we aim to strengthen our local economy, create sustainable economic opportunities in the Bronx, and compete globally."

Michael Marinaccio, Dean

Monroe’s School of Business and Accounting

image description

"Cheni Yerushalmi of Sunshine Suites has been a tremendous asset to the Kauffman FastTrac program we run in partnership with NYC Business Solutions. Not only does he share his own experiences and insights, but he offers our participants encouragement in their endeavors, provides information about the tremendous resources available in New York City, and urges them to learn to network and "get out there". Cheni has clearly become an integral player in the NYC start-up scene and would be an asset to any region embarking on entrepreneurial programs as an engine for economic growth..."

Helene Rube, Director of Educational
Programs

Levin Institute