NYC launches $11M program to streamline opening — and reopening — small businesses amid pandemic

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Budding small business owners and those who were shuttered during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can now tap into a citywide concierge service that promises to cut bureaucratic red tape, and make it easy to open or reopen a business in the Big Apple.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris launched NYC Business Quick Start, an $11 million concierge service, on Monday.

NYC Business Quick Start will provide small businesses a sole point of contact to help navigate city regulations, as well as provide a public dashboard, according to City Hall. The program guarantees a 48-hour response to all small business inquiries and will cut processing time by 50%, said a statement from City Hall.

The city expects 50,000 small businesses — many of which were closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — to benefit from the program.

“There’s no time to wait for our small…

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