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NYC Business Solutions

NYC Business Solutions is at the forefront of the Agency's effort to provide direct assistance to business owners throughout the five boroughs. Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Business Solutions in 2004, to ensure that the City's more the 200,000 small businesses have easy access to free, quick, and reliable information on a range of critical business issues.

We'll work with you if you have a new business or if you have been in business for years. We'll answer your questions, help you develop a business plan, secure financing, and access City benefits. We'll support your expansion by working with you to locate available space, identify money-saving incentive programs, access procurement opportunities, and recruit qualified employees.

Businesses can access NYC Business Solutions at locations in each of the five boroughs, by going to 311 Online. Visit NYC Business Solutions to see how we can help you start, operate and expand your business in New York City.

FastTrac®

Learn about and apply for FastTrac® NewVenture™ or FastTrac® GrowthVenture™: Hands-on intensive business courses to help entrepreneurs and existing businesses hone the skills needed to start, manage or grow a successful business in the changing economy. Visit NYC.gov/FastTrac to find out more.

NYC Business Acceleration

NYC Business Acceleration can help you cut the red tape, making it easier and faster for you to open and expand, operate within the City's rules and regulations, and recover from disasters. Business Acceleration provides a variety of services to help your business including free one-on-one client management, plan reviews, consultations with inspectors, and inspections from City agencies including Buildings, Fire, Health and Mental Hygiene and Environmental Protection. Contact an NYC Business Acceleration Client Manager today to learn how we can help you.

NYC.gov/Business

NYC Business helps businesses identify their City, County, State, and Federal requirements to start, operate, and expand in New York City. Visit NYC.gov/Business to learn more.

Community Cornerstone Business Initiative

New York City's long-standing small businesses are essential to the commercial vitality and cultural character of their neighborhoods. The Community Cornerstone Business Initiative is part of the City's efforts to celebrate the role played by these long-standing businesses through targeted support and educational services. The nomination cycle will be open through Friday, March 18, 2016.

The following officials and stakeholders are eligible to nominate long-standing small businesses in their respective communities:

  • NYC Council Members
  • NYC Borough Presidents
  • NYC Community Board Chairs / District Managers
  • NYC Chambers of Commerce
  • Business Improvement Districts

Community Cornerstone Business Initiative Nomination Process and Key Dates

*Final Community Cornerstone Business awardees will be notified in early May 2016.

Business Owner's Bill of Rights

SBS encourages Business Owners to view the Business Owner's Bill of Rights so they are aware of their rights while conducting business with the City. Business Owners are encouraged to display this Bill of Rights in their place of Business.

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