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Hochul signs package of legislation to support small businesses


Thu, Dec 2nd 2021 04:35 pm

Legislation requires certain state agencies designate a small business liaison; secretary of state to provide ‘helpful information’ for new businesses

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation to increase state agency support of small businesses in New York. Legislation S.033/A.3456 will create a small business liaison with the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, Labor, Transportation, and Taxation and Finance. Legislation S.113a/A.6508a requires the secretary of state to confirm receipt upon receiving a statement of filing and include useful information for all businesses that apply to reserve a name, including but not limited to contact information for the local Small Business Development Council, local Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, Business Mentor NY, and Empire State Development.

"After helping my mom start a flower shop, I know how much hard work and dedication it takes to operate a small business," Hochul said. "Small businesses have been hit hard over the past two years, and New York must do everything in our power to help them survive – and thrive. This legislative package will ensure state government can continue to be a partner and an advocate for small businesses across New York."

Legislation S.033/A.3456 amends the State Administrative Procedure Act to create a small business liaison with the departments of Agriculture and Markets, Environmental Conservation, Labor, Transportation, and Taxation and Finance by designating an existing employee to serve in this capacity. The liaison will assist small businesses in a variety of ways such as serving as the primary contact for small business, being equipped with basic information on the agency, helping small businesses navigate the agency bureaucracy, hearing and reporting concerns of small business, advocating within the agency on behalf of small businesses, initiating and encouraging small business education and outreach on behalf of the agency, and collaborating with agency staff on any small business regulation.

Legislation S.113a/A.6508a amends the business corporation law and the limited liability corporation law by requiring the secretary of state to confirm receipt after receiving a statement of filing. Included with the confirmation will be information on some of the many small business support programs offered by New York including, but not limited to, contact information for the regional NYS Small Business Development Center, regional NYS Entrepreneurship Assistance Center, Business Mentor NY, and NYS Empire State Development.

Assembly member John T. McDonald said, "One of the issues that I hear about consistently from small business owners and work to assist them with is cutting through red tape so they can work to keep their business afloat while complying with an ever-changing regulatory landscape. By designating a small business liaison for these state agencies, there is a clear point of contact and person who can assist business owners in navigating the bureaucracy. As an experienced small business owner, I understand the unique challenges that small businesses face, and this consistent communication will also benefit the agency in its operations as well. This law will provide a much-needed resource to our small business owners to ensure that they know where to go when they are dealing with an issue and allow them to address it in a timely manner, leaving them more time to grow their business which will boost our economy.”

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