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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.

Via nycedc:

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.

Down to Business: Making Your Restaurant/Bar Last

Do you own a restaurant or bar? Join us on Tuesday, July 29, for a free business course that will get you well on your way of becoming a successful restaurant/bar owner. Class participants will explore the top 10 things they should know in order to continue to grow their business.

Solutions To Help Immigrant Entrepreneurs

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By Rodrigo Camarena, NYC Business Solutions Program Manager

For decades New York City has been at the center of global innovation, entrepreneurship, culture, and creativity. From innovative new tech and media companies to trendsetting fashions and world-class cuisine, New York City is home to some of the world’s most dynamic new businesses and game-changing ideas. An important ingredient in our City’s ingenuity and economic success are New York’s foreign-born entrepreneurs who own more than a third of the City’s more than 200,000 small businesses and 1 in 6 businesses nationally.

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What is a Trademark? And How Do You Get One?

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You may have seen in the news that the Washington Redskins had its trademark registration canceled on the grounds that it was “disparaging to Native Americans.”

But what is a trademark, anyway? And who should get one?

According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a trademark is, “a word, phrase, symbol, or design or combination thereof that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.”

While you don’t necessarily have to register your trademark, owning a federal trademark on the Principal Register (the registry of trademarks maintained by the USPTO) has important benefits like:

  • Public notice of your claim of ownership of the mark
  • A legal presumption of your ownership of the mark and your exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration
  • The ability to bring an action concerning the mark in federal court
  • The use of the U.S. registration as a basis to obtain registration in foreign countries
  • The ability to record the U.S. registration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Service to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods
  • The right to use the federal registration symbol ®
  • Listing in the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s online databases.

Businesses often consider registering for trademarks to better protect intellectual property and products.

You can file for a trademark through the online TEAS system. Keep in mind, the registration process requires you to satisfy strict requirements and deadlines, so you may want to consider working with an attorney on this.

To get the basics on all things trademark, check out this video. You can also share your ideas about how to improve the Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure.

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WEBINAR: Your Path to Successful Financing

During this webinar, the Financing Team of the NYC Business Solutions Bronx Center will review the credit and financing opportunities available for your business.

Additionally, the course will give insight and best practices on what lenders are looking for in the current credit environment so you can be best prepared when applying for financing.