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NYC Department Of Small Business Services Announces Recipients Of Fiscal Year 2015 Avenue NYC Grants
The Department of Small Business Services today announced the 39 recipients of $1.4 million in Avenue NYC funding for FY15. Avenue NYC is a competitive grant program that provides funding for non-profit economic development organizations to implement commercial revitalization activities in the low and moderate-income districts they serve. Avenue NYC also offers a number of capacity building initiatives to support the efforts of organization staff and Board Members throughout the City. Capacity building trainings include topics such as financial management, program evaluation, fundraising and strategic planning. In FY14, organizations that received Avenue NYC funding attracted 53 new businesses to their corridors, recruited 355 new merchants to new and existing merchants associations, and improved 12 storefront facades.
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NYC Department of Small Business Services, Citi, and Etsy Congratulate the First Graduating Class of the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship Program
SBS, in partnership with Etsy and Citi, congratulated the 53 graduates of the first cohort of the NYC Craft Entrepreneurship program. Since launching a pilot program in September 2013, a total of 98 New Yorkers have graduated from NYC Craft Entrepreneurship. With a contribution of $155,000 from Citi Community Development, the program takes place on a quarterly basis in all five boroughs, and will be expanding this quarter to include courses taught in Spanish.
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Mayor Announces Tech Talent Pipeline
In his remarks kicking off Internet Week, the Mayor announced the Tech Talent Pipeline, a collaboration between businesses, community groups, training providers, and government that will work together to grow the tech sector in NYC, and ensure that all New Yorkers have a fair and equal chance at these living wage jobs through employer informed training opportunities.
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City Announces the Immigrant Business Initiative

City Announces the Immigrant Business Initiative
The City of New York announces the Immigrant Business Initiative, in partnership with Citi Community Development, which will work with up to five community organizations to design and execute new solutions to help strengthen immigrant-owned businesses, and raise awareness of available services.
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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 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.
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