Publications & Reports
The following reports cover various topics related to businesses, careers, and neighborhoods in New York City.
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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 is available in seven languages:
This report highlights 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A resource booklet highlighting M/WBE programs and services, success stories, best practices for working with City agencies, and more.
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.
This white paper outlines the achievements of Food Business Pathways, a business accelerator program launched in 2015 by SBS, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA).
City of New York Mayoral Agency M/WBE Utilization Plans
Local Law 1 provides that each mayoral agency which has made eligible procurements in excess of five million dollars during the preceding fiscal year is required to develop and submit an Agency Utilization Plan outlining its plan for M/WBE utilization. Based on Fiscal Year 2017 procurement data, 21 mayoral agencies were required to submit Fiscal Year 18 Agency Utilization Plans to the Department of Small Business Services (DSBS). Pursuant to New York City Administrative Code 6-129(g)1, the following document has been submitted to the NYC Council Speaker:
City of New York Mayoral Agency M/WBE Utilization Plans, Fiscal Year 2018
Pursuant to Local Law 44 of 2016, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) created and distributed a voluntary online survey to proposed city goods and services contractors and subcontractors.
Public Hearing on Proposed Rule: Love Your Local Grant Program [5/29/2018]
Public Hearing on Rule to Continue School Bus Grant Program [11/15/2017]