The de Blasio Administration has taken a giant step towards helping small businesses avoid penalties and fines. With help from the Department of Small Business Services and collaboration from over 10 city agencies, the new ‘Small Business First’ initiative will improve upon existing regulatory reforms by reaching small businesses and underserved New Yorkers across the five boroughs. Goals of the inter-agency initiative include promoting education and compliance as part of enforcement and reducing violations by focusing on cross-agency collaboration to simplify rules and compliance processes. Small Business First will deliver improved services to underserved businesses, provide better government requirement information, and ensure education and flexibility through enforcement. Free services are available to small businesses at every stage of business maturity and include business courses, recruitment, pro-bono legal assistance, employee training and more.
For more information on the Small Business First initiative and free services available, please visit www.nyc.gov/sbs, call 311, or visit an NYC Business Solutions Center, located in all five boroughs.