Age Smart Employer Awards

Watch the video below for information about the awards and previous winners. 

This award, begun in 2014, recognizes New York City businesses and non-profit organizations who have policies and practices that help to hire, retain, and engage four generations of workers. Examples of such practices include providing: flexibility in work hours and settings; training opportunities for workers of all ages; opportunities for older workers to transfer their skills and knowledge; or modification of work processes and assignments.

In 2014, one of the Age Smart Employer Award winners – Settepani Restaurant and Bakery – was invited to the White House!

Every year applications can be found at Also on that site are great resources – examples of New York City employers who solve some of their biggest staffing challenges with older workers – and tips for you from those employers. For more information, see the Age Smart Industry Guides for manufacturing/skilled trades, restaurants/food services, family-run businesses, and non-profits. There are separate applications for large and small businesses – you will find easily at

Age Smart Employer is a project of the Columbia Aging Center and The New York Academy of Medicine. This prestigious Award is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Should you have questions or need assistance, you may email them at or call 212- 419-3560. 


Age Smart Industry Guides
Small businesses are NYC’s largest employer. In 2014 and 2015, Age Smart Employer asked 100+ small business owners and advisors about their older workers. The Age Smart Industry Guides: How NYC Small Businesses Use Older Workers to Solve their Staffing Challenges are the result of these conversations. They are filled with peer-to-peer advice on solving staffing challenges and thinking about age as an asset when building a small business team. Businesses in the guide come from all boroughs and include city landmarks, neighborhood stalwarts and up-and-coming destinations.