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  • GoBizNYC

    Testimony Before the Committee on Civil Service and Labor of the New York City Council

    By Victor Wong, Director, Business Outreach

    Good morning/afternoon. My name is Victor Wong and I am the Director of Business Outreach at the Partnership for New York City. Today, I am speaking on behalf of a new network of small business leaders known as GoBizNYC.

    GoBizNYC already represents over 25,000 small businesses across the five boroughs – that’s more than one in ten of our city’s small businesses. Our network includes chambers of commerce, local development corporations, merchant associations, business improvement districts, and industry associations. Our mission is to strengthen the voice of small, immigrant, and minority-owned business and to create an environment where small businesses can create more jobs and build our city’s neighborhood economies.

  • GoBizNYC

    The Bronx, Tourism, and Small Business

    By Alexandra Maruri

    Now more than ever, New York City is a global tourist destination. The city's tourism industry attracts over 52 million visitors from around the world each year, generating $55 billion in economic impact and accounting for over 360,000 jobs. Yet, while the industry has grown at an average rate of 4.1% per year, according to the Partnership for New York City’s NYC Jobs Blueprint, this increased activity hasn’t been felt in all parts of the city – least of all here in the Bronx. With a stagnant 11.8% unemployment rate – the highest in New York State – the Bronx stands to gain more from such economic activity than anywhere else. 

  • GoBizNYC

    City Contracts, MWBEs, and Small Business

    By Sandra Holtzman

    Seeking contracts to do business with the city is a difficult proposition for small businesses. We often have to compete with large, multi-national companies for the same work. This is simply an unfair playing field. That’s why, in 2005, the city created the Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Program in the Department of Small Business Services to help MWBEs compete successfully for city contracts. Last year, the city took this one step further by passing legislation to eliminate the $1 million cap on MWBE program-eligible contracts, enabling MWBEs to compete more effectively for higher-value contracts. 

  • Nosotros New York

    Family Businesses Support the BID

    By Araceli Bastida
    Re-printed from Nosotros New York

    Para leer la versión en español, haga clic aquí.

    Earlier this year, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras unveiled a “New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue,” which includes a proposal to expand the boundaries of the existing 82nd Street Business Improvement District to 104th Street to create the Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District. Given the benefits of being part of a business improvement district, this expansion will strengthen and protect small businesses across Jackson Heights and Corona.

  • GoBizNYC

    Testimony Before the Committee on Small Business & the Committee on Governmental Operations of the New York City Council

    By Victor Wong, Director, Business Outreach

    Good morning/afternoon. My name is Victor Wong and I am the Director of Business Outreach at the Partnership for New York City. Over the past six months, we have been working to develop GoBizNYC, a coalition of small business groups representing over 25,000 small businesses across the five boroughs—that’s more than one in ten of all our city’s small businesses. Our supporters include prominent small business leaders as well as chambers of commerce, local development corporations, industry associations, and community-based organizations.

  • Staten Island Business Trends

    GoBizNYC needs input from Staten Island

    By Tim Ronaldson

    There hasn’t been a time like this in more than 10 years. The last time New York City replaced almost every citywide elected official and most of the City Council was in 2001.

    Last month, New Yorkers went to the polls for a similar changeover, highlighted by the election of Democrat Bill de Blasio as the city’s new mayor.

    While the new politicians, and those who were re-elected, won’t take office until the new year, business leaders throughout the city have been preparing for this passing of the torch all year. At the beginning of 2013, the Partnership for New York City released a report called the NYC Jobs Blueprint to understand how the city is currently positioned and what the opportunities are for the next administration.

  • GoBizNYC

    Testimony Before the Committee on Small Business of the New York City Council

    By Victor Wong, Director, Business Outreach

    Good afternoon. My name is Victor Wong and I am the Director of Business Outreach at the Partnership for New York City. Over the past six months, we have been working to develop GoBizNYC, a coalition of small business groups representing over 25,000 small businesses across the five boroughs—that’s one in ten of all our city’s small businesses. Our supporters include prominent small business leaders as well as chambers of commerce, local development corporations, industry associations, and community-based organizations.

  • Staten Island Business Trends

    Starting Up Staten Island Tech

    By Lyle Foxman

    New York City has been the fastest growing tech hub in the country. According to the Center for an Urban Future’s New Tech City report, during the recession, “information technology jobs in the city have increased by 28.7 percent, from 41,100 to 52,900, an amazing surge during a time when there were few other bright spots in the city’s economy.” The Bloomberg administration has supported the city’s tech sector at every turn and launched initiatives that promote its growth. With the planned tech campus on Roosevelt Island and the proliferation of incubators and co-working spaces, every borough has seen some level of growth in their local tech scenes. That is, every borough except for Staten Island. 

  • Queens Courier

    Op-Ed: Stop the fines

    MAUREEN REGAN

    It is harder than ever to run a small business in New York City. The cost of doing business here is the highest in the country. On top of that, the number of violations and fines imposed on small businesses throughout the city, and especially in the outer boroughs, has skyrocketed. To make matters worse, it seems unlikely that this trend will reverse anytime soon.

  • Maker's Row

    Strengthening Small Businesses with GoBizNYC

    It comes as no surprise that the cost of doing business in New York City is extremely expensive, especially for small business owners. In an effort to strengthen the voice for NYC’s startup and small businesses, our friends at GoBizNYC have started a new initiative.

    GoBizNYC is a coalition of small business owners and entrepreneurs that aim to reinforce the efforts of existing business advocacy organizations and to push for the formation of a Small Business Caucus in the City Council. GoBizNYC will be a resource to government leaders who are dedicated to the pursuit of policies that promote small business growth.

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