A Look Back at the Past Six Months
GoBizNYC continues to work to strengthen the voice of small, immigrant, and minority-owned business. We want to create an environment where small businesses can flourish, generating jobs and strengthening our city’s neighborhood economies. Here is a recap of what we have accomplished over the past six months:
- Minimum Wage Resolution: On April 30th, GoBizNYC supporter Dan Powers, owner of Real Brave Audio music school in Queens, testified before the City Council Committee on Civil Service & Labor on the proposed minimum wage resolution, which called upon the state to allow local governments to set higher minimum wage levels. Mr. Powers served as the sole dissenting opinion at the hearing, remarking: "Efforts to improve the livelihoods of employees are admirable, but they shouldn't be undertaken at the expense of small businesses."
- Paid Sick Leave Expansion: On February 14th, GoBizNYC testified with the Five Borough Chamber Alliance, the New York City Hospitality Alliance, the National Supermarket Association, and the Bodega Association before the City Council Civil Service & Labor Committee on the impact of the proposed paid sick leave expansion. The expanded Earned Sick Time Act was passed by the City Council and took effect on April 1st, but our joint efforts secured a six-month grace period for small businesses with 5-19 employees before they face fines for unintentional violations of the new law.
- Cure Period Introduction: On December 12th, GoBizNYC testified before the City Council Committees on Small Business and Governmental Operations in support of legislation to introduce cure periods for certain small business violations, calling it "an important first step...toward a policy of education and compliance."
- May 21st: Collaborated with the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Small Business Services to host a workshop for the leaders of the city’s business improvement districts on the .nyc domain initiative, which allows businesses to apply for a .nyc domain address.
- May 15th: Collaborated with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to organize and promote their first-ever “Summit on Small Business Credit Innovations” to educate small business intermediaries about the range of new ways to access capital .
- March 13th: Presented with Sal D’Aguanno, owner of Phil & Sons Pizzeria & Restaurant in Queens’, in a webinar at the Workforce Professionals Training Institute on the challenges small business owners face in recruiting and retaining talent
- February 3rd: Participated in a small business roundtable at City Hall hosted by Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Maria Springer-Torres
- December 8th: Participated on the “Issues Facing Small Business and Minority/Women Owned Businesses” panel at the City & State “Incoming Councilmembers Retreat” along with GoBizNYC supporter Ryan Walsh, owner of Walsh Electrical Contracting on Staten Island
Crain’s New York: Businesses win small concessions in sick-leave bill
Daily News: NYC Paid Sick Days Bill Tweaked To Give Grace Period To Small Businesses
Capital NY: Paid sick bill adds grace period for small businesses
Crain's: Biz bemoans rushed paid-sick expansion
WSJ: Sick Leave Expansion Effort Derided
Capital NY: Business owners ask Council for a paid-sick delay
NY1: Small Businesses Question Whether City Is Moving Too Fast on Paid Sick Leave Legislation
If you support the work we do, here are ways in which you can get involved with GoBizNYC:
- Testify: Have a greater voice in the legislative process by working with us to help inform local policymakers of the impact proposed bills may have on small businesses
- Press/Media: Work with us to highlight small business issues through interviews or op-eds in local media outlets
- Events: Learn about relevant events where you can participate on panels dealing with small business issues or hear from and network with fellow thought leaders
- Outreach: Meet with us to discuss the issues and concerns that are most important to you
For more information, contact Victor Wong, Director of GoBizNYC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GoBizNYC, a small business initiative of the Partnership for New York City, represents over 25,000 small businesses across the five boroughs – that’s more than one in ten of the city’s small businesses. The GoBizNYC network includes chambers of commerce, local development corporations, merchant associations, business improvement districts, and industry associations. GoBizNYC’s 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. To learn more, visit www.GoBizNYC.org. Follow us at @gobiznyc.