By providing a platform from which growing businesses across the city can be engaged in the policymaking process, GoBizNYC aims to make New York a place where startup and small businesses can survive and thrive. As part of this effort, GoBizNYC intends to engage the small business community to support the following priorities from the NYC Jobs Blueprint:
- More & Better Jobs: The cost of doing business in New York City is the highest in the country, owing to a heavy tax burden and a tough regulatory and legal environment. Every time the City passes another requirement on employers, it means more resources go to compliance instead of job creation. Government regulations should not get in the way of creating jobs by adding unnecessary burdens on small businesses. Instead, the city's leaders must strive to grow the small business ecosystem by creating incentives and resources for new companies to start up and existing companies to scale up.
- Better Educated & Skilled Workers: Small business is where many, if not most, public school students get their first jobs and tangible work experience. However, there remains significant unemployment and underemployment of New York City high school and college graduates. To ensure that our students are ready for us to hire them, the education and workforce development systems must collaborate with the small business community to ensure that their graduates are receiving quality placement and training opportunities.
- Greater Connectivity & Accessibility: Business continuity remains one of the chief concerns of small businesses throughout the city, especially in light of the disruptive impact of Superstorm Sandy. In order for small businesses to conduct business in both good times and bad, infrastructure and transportation systems must be upgraded with the needs of small businesses in mind. In particular, small business corridors should be consulted in transportation planning (e.g., bike lanes, Bus Rapid Transit routes, etc.) and services to developing small business areas should be expanded (e.g., access to redundant broadband).
- Safe & Affordable Living Environment: New York City is the safest big city in the country. However, security must remain a top concern, as small businesses are most vulnerable to crime. Furthermore, many small businesses serve residential communities and in order for these businesses to thrive, these communities must remain attractive and affordable places for people to live and visit.
- Efficient, Disciplined & Well-Run City Government: Many small businesses cite escalating fines, penalties, and ticketing as a key challenge to growing a business in New York City. On top of that, small business owners find it difficult to navigate the city bureaucracy to obtain the necessary approvals to start and run their businesses. To ensure that the city's leaders are responsive to the needs of small businesses and work to reduce the barriers we face when working with the city, we advocate for the formation of a Small Business Caucus within the City Council.