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NEW YORK CITY

Department of City Planning

  • The Department of City Planning (DCP) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) - together with regional leaders - has released a new report - Life Sciences in the NYC Metro - showing that the NYC Metro area is leading the nation on jobs and funding in the life sciences industry. The report compares the NYC Metro region to other metro areas and shows the full scale and strength of the region’s life sciences ecosystem.
     
  • The New York City Department of Planning has posted the second edition of its Geography of Jobs Report. Originally published in 2018 this report explores regional employment, labor force, and housing production trends.  A tracking report, NYC Metro Region Monthly Employment Changes Since January 2019, on the impact of COVID-19 is also available. 
     
  • The Department of City Planning's August 2019 report -Assessing Storefront Vacancy in NYC: 24 Neighborhood Case Studies - offers a detailed exploration of current retail trends and storefront vacancies in the five boroughs.

Department of Consumer and Worker Protection

Department of Design and Construction  

Department of Health + Mental Hygiene 

Department of Sanitation 

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch announced on September 19, 2023 that - effective March 24, 2024 - all New York City businesses will be required to containerize all their trash, the next phase in the Adams administration’s war on rats.

  • As part of New York City's Skip the Stuff program, the Department of Sanitation's Restrictions on Providing Utensils, Condiments, Napkins and Containers regulations are effective as of July 31, 2023 for all New York City food service establishments providing takeout and delivery service.
     

Department of Small Business Services 

Department of Transportation  

  • The New York City Department of Transportation’s Dining Out NYC is New York City's permanent outdoor dining program. The requirements for how sidewalk and roadway cafes are designed, built, and operated are available on New York City’s Official Rules website. Restaurants will be able to apply for roadway and sidewalk cafes in March 2024.

  • The New York City Department of Transportation oversees the City's Open Restaurants program.

  • The New York City Department of Transportation announced the release of Streets for Recovery: The Economic Benefits of the NYC Open Streets Program - a report developed in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates - which for the first time uses data from the New York City Department of Finance to highlight the economic benefits of the Open Streets Program on the City’s critical hospitality industry during the height of the pandemic.

  • The Department of Transportation's June 2018 New York City Mobility Report highlights key indicators of the City's vibrancy and how DOT is supporting this vibrancy to improve travel by foot, bus, or bicycle. Previous reports are archived and available.

Human Resources Administration 

Mayor's Office of Contract Services 

  • The Mayor’s Office of Contract Services has launched PASSPort, New York City’s end-to-end digital procurement platform, managing every stage of the procurement process from vendor sourcing – who we purchase goods and services from, releasing and responding to solicitations (referred to as “RFx” in the system), and contract award, development, registration and management.

Mayor's Office of Management and Budget  

Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment 

NYC Business

  • Mayor Eric Adams has signed Executive Order 34 which standardizes data collection from city-affiliated agencies that will help facilitate the city’s full M/WBE performance outcome tracking in real-time and ensures that city agencies have a senior staff member — with a dual reporting relationship to the citywide chief business diversity officer and their respective commissioner on M/WBE outcomes— empowered to prioritize M/WBE programming. The newly created agency chief contracting diversity officer will ensure accountability across agencies and help to further centralize shared, city-wide M/WBE goals. 

  • NYC BEST [Business Express Service Team] assists diverse small businesses across the five boroughs by providing one-on-one expert support to help business owners resolve or avoid fines and violations, save time and money navigating city government rules and regulations, and expediting permit and licensing processes.

  • If your business needs help with a commercial lease issue in New York City, you may be eligible for FREE legal services. These services are available through New York City’s Commercial Lease Assistance Program designed to assist eligible businesses with signing a new commercial lease; amending, renewing, or terminating an existing lease; or addressing a commercial lease related issue.

  • NYC Business details resources and services available to New York City business owners and entrepreneurs: license and permit assistance; FREE workshops, seminars, and advisory services; and business preparedness information.

New York City - MyCity

  • Integrating his administration’s efforts to embrace responsible AI tools that can streamline and improve government services within the groundbreaking MyCity portal, Mayor Adams and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim - on October 16, 2023 - launched the new MyCity Business site, which features a pilot for New York City’s first citywide AI chatbot. Building on the first phase of MyCity – launched in March 2023 to help New York City families access child care – MyCity Business will connect business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to content to help them start, operate, and grow businesses in New York City. With the AI chatbot, business owners will more easily be able to access trusted information from more than 2,000 NYC Business web pages.
     
  • The MyCity portal is a one-stop shop for New York City services and benefits, that will make it easier for New Yorkers to interact with and access the support of a multitude of city agencies. MyCity users will be able to easily check eligibility, apply for, and track services and benefits in the city’s 10 most common languages, as well as securely save their information and documentation for future applications as they apply for business, child care, and career services.

New York City Council  

  • A City Council bill – released on Thursday May 18, 2023 - is calling for the creation of a licensing structure that would allow outdoor dining structures to exist in roadways, but only from April through November. Sidewalk cafes would be allowed year-round. The bill - which is supported by Mayor Eric Adams and still requires the approval of the full Council - aims to strike a balance between retaining a mostly popular program while taking steps to control its outgrowth.

  • City Council Releases Pay Equity Report Ahead of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Pay Equities in NYC: Analysis of Pay Differences in the New York City Municipal Workforce -  from the New York City Council.

New York City Economic Development Corporation

  • On November 1, 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President and CEO Andrew Kimball, and The Fedcap Group celebrated the opening of Civic Hall at Union Square, a tech and digital hub training New Yorkers and creating an inclusive talent pipeline for family-sustaining jobs in the city’s tech sector. Civic Hall at Union Square combines accessible entrepreneurial space with digital skills training for diverse and traditionally underserved communities to allow all New Yorkers to participate in the opportunities this sector offers. It is expected to serve approximately 750 people in its first year.

  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has launched the next phase of the Women.NYC initiative, The Women.NYC Network. “The Network,” is a social capital building platform designed to connect women in New York City with resources to help them excel and identify opportunities in emerging industries namely, offshore wind, life sciences, technology, and green economy. The Network will offer three types of programs to connect women to industry leaders and gain real world experience in new fields, including: virtual one-on-one office hours, small group discussions, and a shadowing experience, in addition to quarterly large-scale events.

  • The Department of City Planning (DCP) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) - together with regional leaders - has released a report - Life Sciences in the NYC Metro - showing that the NYC Metro area is leading the nation on jobs and funding in the life sciences industry. The report compares the NYC Metro region to other metro areas and shows the full scale and strength of the region’s life sciences ecosystem.

  • ​​​Locate an affordable incubator, co-working space or wet lab that meets your needs by visiting the New York City Economic Development Corporation's [NYCEDC} Incubators and Workspaces Network.
     
  • If your business is working on - or hoping to work on - a project with a City agency or with the New York City Economic Development Corporation [NYCEDC] the New York City Department of Small Business Services can help you secure the financing you need via their Contract Financing Loan Fund.

New York City Office of Special Enforcement  

  • On January 9, 2022, New York City adopted Local Law 18, also known as the Short-Term Rental Registration Law. The law requires short-term rental hosts to register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE). Booking service platforms will be prohibited from processing transactions for unregistered short-term rentals.  OSE will not begin enforcement of the registration law requirements until July 2023. The Short-Term Rental Registration Law also requires OSE to maintain a Prohibited Buildings list.  This list is comprised of buildings where short-term rentals are prohibited, either by the law or by the leases and occupancy agreements for the building.  Owners can notify OSE that short-term rentals are prohibited in their building.

New York City Police Department 

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that the city is issuing new rules setting forth a permitting process and guidelines for the take-off and landing of unmanned aircraft in New York City. Managed by the New York City Police Department, the rules include building inspections, infrastructure inspections, and capital project planning.

  • The New York City Police Department [NYPD] has launched a web portal enabling New Yorkers involved in traffic accidents to find their collision report online.
     

Office of Technology and Innovation

  • On October 16, 2023, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Chief Technology Officer Matthew Fraser released the Adams administration’s comprehensive New York City Artificial Intelligence Plan, The broad plan — the first of its kind for a major U.S. city — will develop a framework for city agencies to carefully evaluate AI tools and associated risks, help city government employees build AI knowledge and skills, and support the responsible implementation of these technologies to improve quality of life for New Yorkers.
     

Office of the City Comptroller 

  • The Office of New York City Comptroller Brad Lander has launched a new digital resource to enhance transparency into the City’s contracting and budgeting for service provision to support asylum seekers. The resource - Accounting for Asylum Seeker Services - brings together the most comprehensive publicly available set of the City’s known emergency contracts, budget projections, and high-level data on the asylum seeker population.

  • The Office of New York City Comptroller Brad Lander has launched the NYC Climate Dashboard to track the City’s progress in meeting its climate goals. The Dashboard assesses how effectively the City is reducing carbon emissions and how prepared neighborhoods are for the impacts of climate change. Each Dashboard section includes key climate indicators and data on City policies and programs designed to improve these outcomes.

  • The Office of New York City Comptroller Brad Landler has published the 2023 LGBTQ+ Guide of Resources and Services, a comprehensive citywide directory of resources for LGBTQ+ communities. Over 200 organizations that provide programs and services by – and for – LGBTQ+ New Yorkers are included in the directory.

  • The Office of New York City Comptroller Brad Lander released a new report – Understaffed, Underserved -- that identifies areas where direct services to New Yorkers - and the City’s long-term planning and risk management - are being affected by high agency vacancy rates. The FY 2024 preliminary budget includes the impact of several rounds of savings initiatives, primarily through blunt vacancy reductions. Among the 15 agencies with the highest vacancy rates, the Comptroller found that the Department of Small Business Services, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Housing Preservation and Development are falling farthest behind on the critical indicators they set for themselves in the Mayor’s Management Report. 

  • New York by the Numbers: Monthly Economic and Fiscal Outlook provides a profile of the US and New York City economies. Click on website's ARCHIVES  to read the reports.

  • The Office of City Comptroller Brad Lander has published the 2022 edition Annual State of the City's Economy and FinancesArchival editions are available.

  • New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's September 2019 report - Retail Vacancy in New York City: Trends and Causes, 2007-2017 - details changes in the retail environment in the five boroughs and selected zip codes.

Office of the Mayor  

 

NEW YORK STATE
 

Department of Environmental Conservation 

Department of Health  

​​​​Department of Labor  

  • New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York State Department of Labor is helping  connect newly-authorized migrants and asylum seekers with businesses looking to hire these workers.

  • The New York State Department of Labor’s Cannabis Employment and Education Development (CEED) Unit is designed to assist both job seekers and businesses who work in the adult-use, medical cannabis, and cannabinoid hemp industries. They connect workers to a variety of employment opportunities in this emerging field. The Unit also support businesses so they may thrive in the New York economy.

  • Business Support Services provides Hiring Incentives, Tax Credits, and Funding Opportunities that give employers that do business in New York trim labor costs through workforce and economic development programs.

Department of State 

  • On December 13, 2023 New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed an updated credit card surcharge law that went into effect on Sunday February 11, 2024. This consumer protection law requires businesses that impose a credit card surcharge to post the total price of transactions – including surcharges – prior to sale. To help businesses the New York State Department of State has created a Credit Card Surcharge Guide and Video. Additional information is available in the Department of Consumer Protection’s Credit Card Surcharge Legal Update Letter.
     
  • Effective June 20, 2023, all businesses selling gift cards are required to display a notice at or near where any gift card or gift certificate is displayed or sold to caution consumers about gift card fraud. The Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection has created and published model notices that gift card sellers can download and post to comply with this new law. Businesses are encouraged to access these downloadable signs and post them where they sell gift cards. 

Empire State Development 

  • Business Mentor NY is a FREE easy-to-use social network that allows entrepreneurs and volunteer business mentors to connect.
  • Empire State Development's Small Business Hub provides assistance for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • The Global NY Loan Fund is open to New York State companies seeking financing to create or expand direct exports, or to serve as suppliers to larger exporters. Loans are available to purchase equipment, inventory, working capital to support foreign accounts receivable, export lines or credit, or long-term financing. ESD is also offering interest-free loans for Distilled and Fermented Beverage industry businesses to promote New York State’s thriving beverage industry on a global scale.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority [NYSERDA] 

  • Governor Hochul Announces More than $3.7 Million to Bring Climate Tech Manufacturing and Products to New York State Through M-Corps Program. The M-Corps Program will connect startups to local supply chain partners to scale climate technologies and support Climate Act goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050.

New York State Gaming Commission 

  • Every Friday, the New York State Gaming Commission publishes weekly mobile sports wagering reports from all of its operators online.

New York State Office of Cannabis Management 

New York State Office of Children and Family Services 

Office of the New York State Comptroller 

  • On November 18, 2021, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released the 2020 Census: Municipal Population Shifts in New York State report tracking New York’s local demographic changes based on 2020 Census data, and an  interactive online map that breaks down population statistics by age, race and ethnicity, along with housing trends, in New York’s cities, counties, towns and villages. DiNapoli’s report provides a snapshot of New York state’s population, which totaled more than 20.2 million in 2020, up 4.1% since 2010.

State University of New York [SUNY]  

  • New York State Small Business Development Centers [SBDCs] - funded via a partnership with the US Small Business Administration are available to assist entrepreneurs looking to start a business in New York State. Virtual counseling is available at locations throughout New York State. 
     
  • The New York Small Business Development Center’s BidLinx Service helps small businesses find appropriate government contract opportunities and sends them right to their desktop. The service is entirely web-based. BidLinx monitors more than 3,000 bid source sites daily. Automated search capabilities enable your business to efficiently locate procurement opportunities from multiple sources: Federal agencies; New York State; county/local governments; all 50 states; U.S. territories; and International government websites. BidLinx is FREE for SBDC clients.
     

FEDERAL  AGENCIES

Census Bureau  

Department of Labor 

  • 2020 data is now available from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics' American Time Use Survey detailing the amount of time people spend doing various activities such as paid work, child care, volunteering, and socializing.

Department of Health and Human Services  

Federal Aviation Administration 

  • Effective December 21, 2015: anyone who owns a small unarmed aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System [UAS] Registry before flying outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 16, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties. Drone owners can also call 1-844-FLY-MY-UA.

Internal Revenue Service  

Small Business Admimistration 

  • The Small Business Administration has launched Ascent, an interactive digital platform with resources women business owners need to set and achieve their business goals. Ascent is designed for  women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase, generating revenue, and looking to grow and scale.  
     
  • The Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus - COVID-19.
     
  • T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined  is an executive-level training series intended to give ambitious small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate their growth through targeted training led by motivating leaders in small business development. 
  • Effective December 21, 2015: anyone who owns a small unarmed aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System [UAS] Registry before flying outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 16, 2016. People who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties. Drone owners can also call 1-844-FLY-MY-UA.

US Global Change Research Program 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES -- NONPROFITS, PRIVATE SUPPORT,  ETC.  

  • Accompany Capital released the results of their 2022 survey of women entrepreneurs in New York City, The Accompany Capital NYC Women Entrepreneurs SurveyNew York City is unique in many ways, including the growth rate of women entrepreneurs, which increased 64% from 2015 to 2020. The survey’s findings offer perspective about how lenders can further advance opportunities for women entrepreneurs so that they, in turn, can contribute in even more significant ways to the economy and the culture of New York City.
  • The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants - $1000 or the local equivalent - come out of the pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. Every chapter interprets "awesome" for itself. As such, awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more.

  • Tha Cannabis Workforce Initiative has created a career guide detailing the options available for pursuing a career in cannabis.

  • Clara Wu Tsai, co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets, is launching the largest business accelerator for minority founders of early-stage startups. The BK-XL Accelerator plans to invest up to $500,000 in 12 startups founded by Black, Indigenous, and other minority founders in 2023.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

  • CUNY Startups - The program's mission is to improve the economic mobility of CUNY students through entrepreneurship while stimulating small business growth and economic development in New York City. CUNY Startups launched in 2014 as a CUNY program to provide central entrepreneurship resources to all 270,000 students across the 25 colleges. Located on the Baruch College campus, CUNY Startups programs - New Venture Accelerator and CUNY Hackathon - facilitate student and volunteer engagement through broad and meaningful recruitment and outreach to traditionally marginalized groups. Students learn the skills they need to propel their careers through a combination of instruction, mentorship and practice.

  • Center for an Urban Future policy brief - Preparing Today's Asylum Seekers for Tomorrow's Workforce - September 2023

  • Center for Urban Future report -  In Good Company — What NYC’s Employers Should Do to Expand Access to Good Jobs

  •  Center for an Urban Future new report - Starting Up and Staying Out  How New York City could give former prisoners an entrepreneurial push.

  • Center for an Urban Future new report - HARNESSING CUNY AS A LAUNCHPAD INTO TECH CAREERS

  • Deloitte Deloitte’s second Women @ Work 2022: a Global Outlook aims to better understand how women’s experiences in the workplace impact their engagement and career progression.
     
  • Experian - Questions about your business credit? Visit Experian's BusinessCreditFacts.
     
  • Freelancers Union | Black Freelancers Web Directory - This service from the Freelancers Union. Right now information is listed only by individual name and specialty - neither alphabetical.

  • Hello Alice - in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and with funding from Etsy and Progressive – has opened the application portal for the Small Business Growth Fund. The Fund provides small business owners the capital they need to make their next move. Check website for various funding information.

  • nyc domain name web address - Any person, business, or organization with a physical address within the five boroughs can register for a .nyc domain name web address.
     
  • The New Jersey Business Action Center is the one-stop for entrepreneurs looking to start a small business in New Jersey. Their Office of Small Business Advocacy supports small businesses - startups and established - throughout the state.
     
  • The New School : Center for New York City Affairs For One in 10 New York Workers, 'Independent Contractor' Means Underpaid and Unprotected - a new report from the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs (CNYCA) - reveals that 873,000 workers in many of New York State’s major low-paying industries are wrongly classified as “independent contractors.”
     
  • ​Looking for New York City Statistics? Visit  NYC Data NYC Open DataNYC Census FactFinderand AllTransit.
     
  • New York University - Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public ServiceNew York City’s Open Restaurants outdoor dining program began in June 2020. Open Restaurants in New York - a Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service report -compares New York City’s old Sidewalk Café outdoor dining program with its replacement: Open Restaurants. IThe report highlights how Open Restaurants has led to new outdoor dining opportunities outside  Manhattan, in communities that had no prior outside dining, and in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods as well.

  • New York University's Entrepreneurial Institute's list of Incubators, Co-Working Spaces, and Accelerators  includes NYU-Affiliated Programs, Non-NYU Co-working Spaces, and Non-NYU Startup Accelerators.

  • New York’s New Jobs Engine – a July 2022 report prepared by the Center for an Urban Future – explores the challenges and headwinds that the tech sector will face as it strives to create a larger, more sustainable, and more inclusive tech ecosystem in New York City.

  • The Pace University Small Business Development Center partners with a range of State and Federal agencies in the area of international trade to help small business owners access the financial resources and technical assistance needed to export their goods or services.

  • Pace University Small Business Development Center - Interested in government procurement opportunities? Pace University's Small Business Development Center's BidLinx is a FREE, web-based bid-matching service for SBDC clients that monitors thousands of bid sources and emails notices of opportunities tailored to a firm's products, services, and capabilities.

  • Run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and Accenture, FinTech Innovation Lab New York is a highly competitive, 12-week program that helps early- to growth-stage tech companies refine and test their value proposition with the support of the world’s leading financial service firms. Running in parallel to the fintech track, New York also operates an insurtech track, enabling insurtech entrepreneurs to elevate their technologies to leaders within the industry. Applications are accepted on a rolling basisThere is no fee to apply.

  • The Queens Economic Development Corporation [QEDC} has launched their Entrepreneur Space - a food and business incubator - in Long Island City. The incubator offers a fully equipped kitchen, storage and coaching. Classroom space and private / semi-private office space is also available Information on how to apply - and more details - are available at the Entrepreneur Space website and via their FAQs.

  • Service Corps of Retired Executives [SCORE] - SCORE's New York Women in Business Directory - an online directory for women-owned businesses only - is OPEN for registrationInclusion in the directory is FREE.

  • Start Small Think Big  - SSTB - is a nonprofit organization that focuses on pairing entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses with top pro bono attorneys and financial and marketing experts. Complete their online application form and SSTB will contact you to schedule an online appointment. Call 646-723-4053 or email hello@startsmallthinkbig.org. if you have any questions about SSTB's legal, financial, and marketing services.

  • Tory Burch Foundation - The Tory Burch Foundation empowers women and women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education, and digital resources to help them grow their business.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce - The 55 Grants, Loans and Programs to Benefit Your Small Business - a list compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce - is updated weekly. Whether you are starting a new small business - or looking to grow the one you already own - finding funding can be a challenge. If you're looking for a small business grant or loan, the Chamber's list is one place to start.
     
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has launched a new digital platform  CO-  to help small businesses start, run. amd grow. 
     
  • Verizon Small Business Digital Ready Grant – Verizon - in partnership with LISC - has rolled out their brand-new round of grant opportunities and your small business could be eligible to apply for $10,000 -, funding that could be used to help power up your marketing, purchase equipment, grow your team, and more! To apply for the current round of grant funding, complete any combination of two courses, coaching events, and community events.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
     
  • WeWork and Bunker Labs have partnered on a nationwide initiative Veterans in Residence Program This initiative provides space, services, business mentorship, and community to help veteran and military family member entrepreneurs. 
     
  • WomensNetWomensNet invites you to apply for their $25,000 Amber Grant for Women. In recognition of the diversity of businesses owned by women, WomenNet has expanded their grant-giving to include “Marketing Grants,” “Business Category Grants,” as well as two “$25,000 Year End Grants.” Two $10,000 Amber Grants are awarded each month, and two of the monthly winners get an additional $25,000 Year-End Amber Grant.