The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Regulatory Reform Program would like to understand the experiences and interactions of the city’s storefront (Storefront’ as defined by the NYC Department of Finance – Renting a ground-floor or second-floor commercial space for sale of goods and services) small business owners with city agencies.
The survey is available here and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. The survey can be taken in ten languages, including: Bengali, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Polish, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
This survey is a continuation of Mayor Eric Adams agenda to reform small business regulations. In May, Adams announced major steps to reduce burdens on and cut red tape for NYC’s small businesses with reforms to 118 city regulations. The 118 reforms stem from Executive Order 2 (EO2) “Small Business Forward” that requires city agencies to review existing business regulations and ensure local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties without jeopardizing public health or safety. The reforms include the repeal of 30 provisions, the reduction of civil penalties associated with 49 provisions, and amendments to 39 provisions to include a first-time warning or cure period or to extend an existing cure period. The full report can be found here. The projected timeline for implementing the reforms is December 31, 2022.
Reinvigorating New York City’s small businesses is a key step in the City’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Something that NYC small business owners must be cognizant of is the “New” New York Blue Ribbon Panel established by both the mayor and the governor. The panel recommendations are due by the end of the year and are composed of many of the same talking heads who left us on a ledge that the Pandemic knocked us off.