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Commerce Plaza
"The Childrens Business Center"
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Our mission is to provide children with a truly unique experience that combines both education and employment in an effort to help build upon financial literacy skills and develop a stronger future for the Long Island Business Community “one child at a time.”

" This program is truly an asset! One of the best experiences (and memories) they will have in their academic years!"

Commerce Plaza Parent, 2022

What is Commerce Plaza?

A simulated business community that promotes an understanding of the world of business and economics. Working together in partnership with Long Island’s school districts, students are exposed to the basic principles of economics during a six- week preparatory period where the Commerce Plaza curriculum is introduced. A full day field trip to the site integrates lessons learned from the classroom with actual work experience. In this simulated work environment, students act as retail operators, producers of services, and consumers for a full day, while meeting the NYS standards for higher learning. Commerce Plaza was Initially funded by the New York State Department of Education through its School to Work Initiative, Commerce Plaza has hosted over 73,000 students from over 35 school districts across Long Island since the program’s opening in May 2000.


The Hofstra University space at Commerce Plaza teaches 4th and 5th grade students the ins and outs of running an Admissions Office, University Relations Office, and Financial Aid Office. 

Goals for Career Literacy

To Understand the role of small and big business, students will:

Write Checks

Make Deposits

Operate a Business
Balance Checkbooks

Apply for Bank Loans

Prepare Cost Sheets
Fill out Job Applications

Price for Profit

Work as a Team

Apply Problem-Solving Skills


Communicate Effectively

Thank you to our sponsors!

To find out more information about opportunities to sponsor or support Commerce Plaza contact us a

Contact Us


152 Center Ln, Levittown, NY 11756


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Opening Hours

Mon - Fri

9:00 am – 2:00 pm





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