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Good Jobs, Stronger Businesses and a Fairer Economy: An Update from Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer
This week, SBS launched the Immigrant Business Initiative to fundamentally change the way government provides services to New York City’s immigrant entrepreneurs. This exciting initiative is just one of the many we are undertaking to fulfill the Agency’s goal of ensuring that every entrepreneur and every jobseeker in our City has the resources they need to thrive. I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on our work and describe our key strategies going forward.
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SBS and Citi Announce Immigrant Business Initiative Partners

SBS and Citi Announce Immigrant Business Initiative Partners
SBS Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, in partnership with Citi Community Development, announced the five community-based partners selected to participate in the Immigrant Business Initiative, which was first announced in May and funded through a $250,000 contribution from Citi Community Development. The selected community partners include the Business Outreach Center Network, Brooklyn Public Library/HABNET Chamber of Commerce, Make the Road New York, Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, and Shorefront YM-YWHA.
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SBS Congratulates Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program Graduates

SBS Congratulates Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program Graduates
SBS, in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, DUMBO Business Improvement District and New York City College of Technology (City Tech), congratulated the 50 graduates of this summer's Brooklyn Tech Triangle Internship Program during a ceremony held at the BRIC Arts Media House in Downtown Brooklyn.
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de Blasio Administration Announces Small Business First Initiative

de Blasio Administration Announces Small Business First Initiative
The de Blasio Administration 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.
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Everything You Need to Know About Paid Sick Leave
On March 20, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed New York City's Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Bill) into law, which requires certain employers to give their employees sick leave that they can use for the care and treatment of themselves or a family member. For more information please visit www.nyc.gov/PaidSickLeave or click on any of the following links:
Paid Sick Leave FAQ
Notice of Employee Rights
What Employees Need to Know
What Employers Need to Know


Business Recovery Zones

Business Recovery Zones Announced
The Mayor's Office announced the creation of Business Recovery Zones (BRZ) and a set of initiatives to help small businesses in areas most impacted by Hurricane Sandy. BRZs will identify neighborhood specific needs, coordinate action plans and follow-up, organize City resources, and provide a central point of contact for businesses and agencies. View maps of each BRZ below.
Brooklyn Queens Waterfront DUMBO BRZ Map
Brooklyn Queens Waterfront Greenpoint Newtown BRZ Map
Brooklyn Queens Waterfront Red Hook Sunset Park Impact BRZ Map
South Brooklyn BRZ Map
Southeast Queens Howard Beach BRZ Map
Southeast Queens Rockaways BRZ Map
Lower Manhattan BRZ Map
Staten Island Midland Beach BRZ Map
Staten Island Tottenville BRZ Map




Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Information
New York City, including SBS and The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYEDC) is coordinating a set of services to help New York businesses in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Visit nyc.gov/nycbusiness for more information

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