Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh announced today a new online app that is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find the best way through the often-bewildering thicket of city government on up.
NYC Business Express offers a one stop, interactive method for identifying and taking advantage of city, state and federal programs that can help a business to locate or expand within the five boroughs.
You can apply online for new licenses, permits, and certificates and set up an account that allows you to track status information for your business.
Beyond that, the Incentives Estimator makes info about available incentives “more transparent and more accessible”
The playing field for businesses will be more level by making the information more easily available, said Mayor Bloomberg. “Business owners shouldn’t have to ‘know the right people’ or spend lots of money on consultants to access these incentives,” said the Mayor.
Another web site, NYC Business Solutions, offers no cost services “regardless of the size or stage of your business” including business courses; legal review of contracts and leases (this uses a network of lawyers offering pro-bono services); financing assistance to help identify lenders, package your loan application and increase your chance of receiving a loan.