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SBS Announces Winners of the Neighborhood Challenge Initiative
SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop and NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer announced the six winners of this year's Neighborhood Challenge initiative during a press conference held at an empty storefront in Brownsville that will be transformed into Brownsville Labs through Neighborhood Challenge funding. Neighborhood Challenge is a competitive grant initiative designed to encourage innovation and service delivery improvements from Business Improvement Districts, Community-Based Organizations, and Community-based Development Organizations that will support small businesses, generate economic activity, and attract more jobs and investment to local commercial corridors.
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SBS Announces Inaugural Class of Mentors to Support Underserved Women Entrepreneurs in NYC
A diverse group of women entrepreneurs from across all business sectors will be mentoring women entrepreneurs from underserved communities in a new City program called WE Connect Mentors, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced.
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Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation To Increase Assessment Funding for Nine BIDs and Expand MetroTech BID
Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the following pieces of legislation related to Business Improvement Districts into law: Intro. 1007 in relation to increasing the amount expended annually on nine Business Improvement Districts; and Intro. 1030-A, in relation to increasing the amount expended on the Metrotech BID as well as expanding its services.
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Help Strengthen the City's M/WBE Program
Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ensure that the City levels the playing field for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses (M/WBEs) to fairly compete for City contracts. This administration has set aggressive goals, including a commitment to award more than $16 billion to M/WBEs over the next decade, and is changing agency practices to ensure that M/WBEs are receiving the full benefits of the program by increasing the number and size of awards to qualified firms.

As part of the effort to strengthen the City's M/WBE Program, the City has contracted MGT of America, Inc. to conduct a new disparity study to explore potential changes to its M/WBE Program.

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Compete to Win

Mayor Bill de Blasio named Gregg Bishop Commissioner of Small Business Services, a promotion from his previous role as Deputy Commissioner of the agency's Business Development Division.

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