Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of a new small business outreach effort, led by the New York State Department of Labor, to help connect entrepreneurs to no-cost supports and services. As part of the Governor’s continued commitment to these vital economic contributors, representatives from the New York State Department of Labor, Departments of State and Tax and Finance, the Workers’ Compensation Board, and Empire State Development will traverse the state to provide important information to small business owners on licensing, regulations, taxes, grants, training, and more.
“Small businesses are the core of New York’s economy – creating local jobs, reenergizing neighborhoods, and bringing communities together,” Governor Hochul said. “We are excited to bring no-cost resources directly to small businesses across the state to ensure they get the support they deserve.”
New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “Our small businesses are the heartbeat of communities and play a vital role in our economy. The New York State Department of Labor offers a variety of no-cost resources that can help small businesses remain competitive in the global market. I encourage entrepreneurs to attend one of these sessions to learn more about how New York State can help you be successful.”
The tour features stops in Utica, Troy, Rochester, and Buffalo, and is part of New York State’s effort to advance, support, and strengthen smaller operations that continue to have a significant economic impact in their local communities.
Small Business Tour
Small businesses interested in attending can register via the Small Business Tour registration form.
NYSDOL offers several services to support businesses of any size across New York State. Its Business Services Representatives work with entrepreneurs to create customized solutions to help meet their business goals. The Department also offers free human resource service consultations and assists with workforce recruitment to help employers find skilled workers. NYSDOL offers guidance on hiring incentives, tax credits and funding opportunities that can help employers curb costs.
Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Supporting small business growth is core to our mission at Empire State Development, and we’re excited to join this multi-agency effort to showcase all of the resources and services we offer to help them thrive. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the New York State economy, and their success is our success.”
New York Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez said, “The Department of State is proud to partner with our partner agencies in bringing government resources straight to the people of New York. Our Licensing and Corporations Divisions provides opportunities and resources to our small businesses to enable them to grow while also contributing to our economy.”
New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Chair Clarissa M. Rodriguez said, “The Board is dedicated to helping New York’s small businesses succeed by educating them on their rights and responsibilities under the Workers’ Compensation Law, and supporting them if issues arise. We’re proud to have the opportunity to work alongside other State agencies to ensure small businesses have the tools and information they need to thrive.”
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Amanda Hiller said, “At the Tax Department, we want to make sure that small business owners, who are such vital players in our economy, are able to compete on a level playing field, so we strive to ensure that tax compliance is as straightforward as possible.”
Governor Hochul continues to back initiatives designed to make New York the most worker-friendly and small business-friendly state in the nation. The Governor invested more than $1 billion to support New York’s small business community and accelerate the state’s pandemic recovery, including the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, $200 million Seed Funding Grant Program, and $550 million federal State Small Business Credit Initiative. The Governor also secured an additional $1 billion in funding to invest in local economies as part of the FY 2024 Budget, including $225 million in grant funding and tax credits for the Regional Economic Development Councils, $100 million each to fund an additional year of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward, $50 million for the RESTORE New York Communities Initiative, $400 million for the NYWORKS Economic Development Fund and almost $200 million for projects that support community growth and enhancement.