The de Blasio Administration today announced Small Business First, a new initiative led by the Mayor’s Office of Operations and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), in coordination with multiple City agencies, to improve the regulatory climate in New York City and help businesses avoid penalties and fines.
Collaborating with more than ten City agencies, the initiative will build upon existing regulatory reforms by reaching small businesses and underserved New Yorkers across the five boroughs, promoting education and compliance as part of enforcement, and reducing violations by focusing on cross-agency collaboration to simplify rules and compliance processes. The first inter-agency meeting was held on Thursday, July 24th, with First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen in attendance.
"Through simplification, collaboration, and education, Small Business First will help small businesses comply with the City’s rules and regulations, and as a result reduce fines and violations on small businesses," said Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “The Department of Small Business Services is proud to lead this multi-faceted and far-reaching effort with the Mayor’s Office of Operations and our partner agencies to remove regulatory hurdles and facilitate the growth of small businesses throughout the five boroughs.”
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Photo courtesy Rob Bennett, Chief Photographer, NYC Mayoral Photography Office

The de Blasio Administration today announced Small Business First, a new initiative led by the Mayor’s Office of Operations and the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), in coordination with multiple City agencies, to improve the regulatory climate in New York City and help businesses avoid penalties and fines.

Collaborating with more than ten City agencies, the initiative will build upon existing regulatory reforms by reaching small businesses and underserved New Yorkers across the five boroughs, promoting education and compliance as part of enforcement, and reducing violations by focusing on cross-agency collaboration to simplify rules and compliance processes. The first inter-agency meeting was held on Thursday, July 24th, with First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen in attendance.

"Through simplification, collaboration, and education, Small Business First will help small businesses comply with the City’s rules and regulations, and as a result reduce fines and violations on small businesses," said Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer. “The Department of Small Business Services is proud to lead this multi-faceted and far-reaching effort with the Mayor’s Office of Operations and our partner agencies to remove regulatory hurdles and facilitate the growth of small businesses throughout the five boroughs.”

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Photo courtesy Rob Bennett, Chief Photographer, NYC Mayoral Photography Office

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Did you know? Approximately 95% of NYC businesses are considered small businesses, or businesses with fewer than 100 employees.
Tune in to Thirteen WNET New York tonight at 8:30pm when Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services, tells us why they’re important to the city’s economy: http://bit.ly/1mourHN.

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Did you know? Approximately 95% of NYC businesses are considered small businesses, or businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Tune in to Thirteen WNET New York tonight at 8:30pm when Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services, tells us why they’re important to the city’s economy: http://bit.ly/1mourHN.

Getting Ahead – Credit Repair Assistance Workshop Series

Learn how to achieve your personal financial goals.

This five-session workshop series, held once a week for two hours each session beginning Tuesday, July 29, will provide a basic overview of how to manage one’s personal finances. It is designed to empower individuals to take control of their financial lives and to give individuals the tools needed to achieve their financial goals.

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014 is here! Enjoy three-course prix-fixe dining at nearly 300 of the City’s finest restaurants from now through August 15.

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014 is here! Enjoy three-course prix-fixe dining at nearly 300 of the City’s finest restaurants from now through August 15.

NYC Business Solutions Bronx Center Information Session

Join us for a detailed overview of the NYC Business Solutions set of services and discover which is most suitable for your business. Attendees will also receive information about accessing financing for their businesses.

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Location: NYC Business Solutions Bronx Center, 400 East Fordham Road, 7th Fl. (entrance on Webster Avenue), Bronx, NY 10458

RSVP: Natalie Williams at (718) 960-7916 or via e-mail (please include your name, business name, phone number & e-mail address)

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It’s Paid Sick Leave Day.
Employees covered by NYC’s new Paid Sick Leave law will be able to begin using accrued leave on July 30, 2014.
Under the law, certain employers now must provide sick leave so employees can care for themselves or a family member.
Know your rights and responsibilities, find more information from New York City Department of Consumer Affairs here.

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It’s Paid Sick Leave Day.

Employees covered by NYC’s new Paid Sick Leave law will be able to begin using accrued leave on July 30, 2014.

Under the law, certain employers now must provide sick leave so employees can care for themselves or a family member.

Know your rights and responsibilities, find more information from New York City Department of Consumer Affairs here.

Experts Address Concerns of City Small Business Owners | City & State

Maria Torres-Springer, the commissioner of the city’s Department of Small Business Services kicked off the event with brief remarks, pointing out that small businesses represent nearly 95 percent of all businesses in the city, and employ nearly half of the private sector workforce. Torres-Springer also ran through a list of new initiatives from the de Blasio administration that included a new tech talent pipeline, the creation of the Jobs for New Yorkers task force, a business mentorship program, and a craft entrepreneur program in Spanish, as well as more aggressive outreach to immigrant communities.

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Expanding NYC Business Acceleration to retail and industrial businesses will help even more businesses start, operate and grow in New York City,” said Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services.