Photo by NYC Department of Small Business Services

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the successful implementation of the 30 commitments under the Small Business First (SB1) initiative.  These programs, which spanned across 10 City agencies, are designed to save small business owners $50 million annually.

“When business owners have access to resources and tools that help their businesses thrive, the city as a whole will share the benefits of their success,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press release. “That’s why we’re putting small businesses first by implementing policies and programs that expand economic opportunity and cut red tape, helping small businesses establish themselves and grow. Focusing investment on small businesses makes New York City’s economy stronger and fairer for everyone.”

Small Business First aims to ensure city regulations are easy to navigate while still protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers. New programs launched within the initiative include the NYC Business Portal, an online platform that allows business owners to view licenses, permits, and violations all in one place. In addition, over 80 regulations were simplified to positively impact small businesses. The City also trained its staff to provide information in a more accessible manner.

Public Works Partners played an instrumental role in launching several SB1 commitments in 2015. As the initiative’s project management office, our team worked closely with the NYC Department of Small Businesses to oversee day-to-day project coordination and to directly conceptualize and implement a few of its signature programs such as the launch of the Small Business Support Center in Jamaica, Queens and the creation of a new team – Compliance Advisors – who help business owners to avoid common violations. We also helped develop metrics to measure the progress of Small Business First, identifying specific metrics for each of the 30 commitments and exploring methods for calculating key metrics for businesses, such as reducing the time needed to open a business in New York City.

Click here to read more about our role in the Small Business First initiative.