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    During National Preparedness Month, SBS announced the availability of free resources and tips to help small businesses prepare for hurricane season and other emergency events. SBS can help business owners develop an emergency preparedness plan, receive a free risk assessment, and apply for emergency readiness grants.
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    SBS is seeking appropriately qualified vendors to operate Workforce1 Career Centers to meet the hiring, training, and other employee needs of New York City employers, and provide New Yorkers with access to quality jobs, training opportunities, and career advancement. This RFP is available to prequalified providers through the HHS Accelerator system.

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    As part of City Hall in Your Borough, Mayor de Blasio announced the launch of a new storefront improvement program that will provide $20,000 grants to dozens of businesses in Jamaica to upgrade signs and window displays, part of the ongoing $153 million Jamaica NOW Action Plan of 26 strategic action items.
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    The de Blasio administration announced that the Strategic Steps for Growth program has helped more than 100 Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) win $93.5 million in City contracts, including a record high $28.6 million in City contracts over the last year alone. Participants have also reported adding nearly 800 new jobs after completing the program.

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