Publications & Reports

The following reports cover various topics related to businesses, careers, and neighborhoods in New York City.

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2017 Small Business Progress Report cover with photo of commercial corridor and copy from the report
New report highlighting Mayor Bill de Blasio's record championing the needs of small businesses. Through the leadership of SBS and its partners, the City has reduced fines by 40%, cut red tape, provided new legal assistance, and helped level the playing field for minority, women and foreign-born business owners.
Building Your Business in New York City: A Guide for Immigrant Entrepreneurs
This guide offers step-by-step advice for immigrant entrepreneurs planning, launching, or growing a small business. Topics include: signing a commercial lease, navigating government, and understanding the rights of immigrant New Yorkers. Developed by SBS in partnership with Citi Community Development, the guide will be accessible in six languages. The guide is part of the City's Immigrant Business Initiative, launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014 to support immigrant entrepreneurs.
Working Together: A Report on the Second Year of the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative
This report highlights the accomplishments of the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, which helps New Yorkers to build and own businesses together, and gain access to upward mobility and better working conditions.
View the Fiscal Year 2015 report.
Unlocking the Power of Women Entrepreneurs in New York City
Commissioned by SBS and funded by Citi Community Development, this research report engaged more than 1,500 women business owners through an online survey, focus groups, community forums, and in-person conversations to uncover the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing women business owners in New York City today.
Unlocking Potential: Empowering New York City's Immigrant Entrepreneurs
A look at immigrant entrepreneurs in New York City, the de Blasio administration's commitment to supporting immigrant New Yorkers, and specific programs and initiatives designed to strengthen immigrant communities.
Storefront Improvements: A Guide for Neighborhood Commercial Districts
This guide to storefront improvements will help you understand the parts of a traditional storefront — the sign, awning, lighting, display window, and security devices — and make good design decisions. It also includes an overview of some costs and regulations related to storefronts and guidance to start a storefront improvement program in your neighborhood.
Business Improvement Districts Annual Trends Report: Fiscal Year 2016
Each year, we compile a report on the revenues, expenses, and impacts of NYC's Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). This information is collected to monitor and communicate the impacts of BIDs across the City, as well as share the information with the BID community to better inform their decision making.
View the Fiscal Year 2015 report.
View the Fiscal Year 2014 report.
Small Business First
A comprehensive plan to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses in New York City.
Learn more about Small Business First.
A Roadmap for Supporting Veteran-Owned Businesses
A look at veteran-owned businesses in NYC, and how the City can help strengthen these businesses and better prepare them for City contracting opportunities.
Opportunity Rising for Minority and/or Women-owned Business Enterprises
A resource booklet highlighting M/WBE programs and services, success stories, best practices for working with City agencies, and more.
Career Pathways
A vision for transforming the City's workforce programs to reduce the emphasis on basic "rapid attachment" job placement employment services and increase efforts that support long-term employment and career building.

Neighborhood 360° Commercial District Needs Assessments

Downtown Flushing Commercial District Needs Assessment
Downtown Staten Island Commercial District Needs Assessment
East Harlem Commercial District Needs Assessment
East New York Commercial District Needs Assessment
Inwood Commercial District Needs Assessment
Jerome Avenue Commercial District Needs Assessment

M/WBE Compliance Reports