Issues: Small Business

Senator Co Hosts Yonkers Small Business Resource Forum

Senator Stewart-Cousins, Assemblymember Shelley Mayer, Mayor Mike Spano, along with co-sponsors Empire State Development, Women’s Enterprise Development Center, New York State Department of Labor, the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce, the Yonkers City Council President’s Office, the Yonkers City Council and other co-sponsors hosted a small business resource forum for small business owners and those interested in learning more about starting a small business in Yonkers.

November 8, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Signs Senator Carlucci Law to Help Small Business

Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 462 of 2012 that will continue, for four more years, the improvements made to agency regulatory agendas (SAPA Section 202-d).  The new law will also improve the effectiveness of the current "five-year review" process by providing for better outreach and more timely initial review of rules that impact small businesses and local governments.  The legislation was supported by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Business Council of New York State.

November 7, 2012
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November 5, 2012
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Unemployment Assistance Now Available to New Yorkers Affected by Hurricane Sandy

Federal disaster unemployment assistance is now available to all New Yorkers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Disaster unemployment benefits are available to provide financial support to anyone who has lost their job and live or work in the Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

This assistance will supplement New York’s existing unemployment insurance system and will expand eligibility to include individuals who might otherwise not be covered. The United States Department of Labor has committed to providing additional assistance if needed.

Department of Labor staff will be deployed to hard-hit communities to help register impacted New Yorkers for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in person.

November 5, 2012
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As NHL Lockout Drags on, Senator Kennedy Urges State Action to Provide Emergency Support to Local Businesses

Kennedy calls for an end to the NHL lockout before more economic damage is done. Without relief for local businesses, lockout threatens continued private investment at Canalside.  

As more games get canceled, Kennedy wants state’s top economic development agency to be ready to support local businesses. 

Kennedy: NHL Lockout is Putting Small Businesses in the Penalty Box; Relief is Needed to Prevent ‘Lockout’ on Local Economic Progress.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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LARKIN URGES EMPLOYERS TO FILE MTA PAYROLL TAX REFUND CLAIMS

Senator Bill Larkin (R-C-I, Cornwall-on-Hudson) today is encouraging employers subject to the MTA payroll tax to file a protective claim for refund with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance before November 2, 2012.

“The MTA is currently appealing a judge’s ruling which found the MTA payroll tax unconstitutional,” said Senator Larkin.  “Should this ruling stand, employers may be eligible for a MTA payroll tax refund, and filing a protective claim is the way to get it.”

October 24, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Small Business & Economic Development Forum

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) are pleased to announce that they will host a Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October  23, 2012, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains.  This is the 21st small business conference hosted by the Senator, which is  held again this year with the generous support of Capital One Bank. 

October 23, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Oppenheimer and WEDC Host Small Business & Economic Development Forum in White Plains

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) and the Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. (WEDC) are pleased to announce that they will host a Small Business & Economic Development Forum on Tuesday, October  23, 2012, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains.  This is the 21st small business conference hosted by the Senator, which is  held again this year with the generous support of Capital One Bank. 

This year’s forum will focus on “Making Social Media Work for Your Small Business” and will feature Kristen Ruby, the founder and CEO of Ruby Media Group.  Ms. Ruby will discuss the state of social media and small business in today’s digital revolution.  Her interactive workshop will assist small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on how to successfully market and grow their businesses through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. 

October 22, 2012
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RITCHIE CUTS RIBBON ON MIMI’S DRIVE-INN ADDITION

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently helped cut the ribbon on a new addition at Mimi’s Drive-Inn restaurant.  The restaurant is located on North 2nd Street in Fulton. 

October 19, 2012
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Greece Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase

On Saturday afternoon, I had the privilege to visit with guests at the Greece Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. The showcase, which took place at The Mall at Greece Ridge, featured small business owners from Greece. Some of the businesses on hand included: Affinity Orchard Place Apartments; Benefit Representatives of America; BrunoComp Insurance Agency; Bryant & Stratton College; Genesee Regional Bank; PetSaver Healthy Pet Superstore; Ridge Road Fire District; and Wehner Mower.

October 17, 2012
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Senator Kennedy Proposes Limit on Food Truck Fees to Unleash Industry Growth

Inflated fees hold back business development and jeopardize local and statewide growth of the booming food truck industry

Food truck industry leaders from the Buffalo and Rochester markets endorse Kennedy’s proposal

Kennedy: New York State is Hungry for Small Business Growth, But Steep Fees Are Putting the Brakes on the Food Truck Industry

October 16, 2012
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Meeting with Gates Chamber of Commerce Members

Last week, I had to the honor to join for the Gates Chamber of Commerce for their monthly "Meet and Greet" breakfast. I was able to talk to members of the Gates business community and here their views on the issues facing the community.

October 16, 2012
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Senator Martins Visits Local Business - Westbury Boxing Gym

Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited the Westbury Boxing Gym, a local business located in Westbury. Senator Martins is a big supporter of small businesses, which are vital to the economy in our region.

October 11, 2012
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PRESS RELEASE: Senator Carlucci Announces 5-Point Jobs Plan to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

Senator Carlucci Announces 5-Point Jobs Plan to Put New Yorkers Back to Work

Small Businesses and Consumers Will Benefit from Targeted Tax Relief Measures and Regulatory Reform Proposals

Senator Carlucci: “We need tax and regulatory policies that will help make New York more competitive in the global economy”

ORANGEBURG, NYSenator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today was joined by small business owners and local elected officials at Nice-Pak, Inc., to announce his 5-Point Jobs Plan, a comprehensive blueprint for action that will jumpstart the economy and create jobs here in the Hudson Valley. 

October 4, 2012
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Rochester Silver Works Celebrate (88+) 1 Year Anniversary

On Wednesday, I had the privilege to speak at the (88+) 1 Year Anniversary celebration at Rochester Silver Works, LLC. RSW, formerly an Eastman Kodak company manufacturing department, became a private company as of October, 2011. RSW retained ALL 55 highly skilled former Kodak employees, along with their expertise, the manufacturing site and all equipment. The facility covers over 10 square acres of land with full capabilities to collect, refine and manufacture silver scrap to high purity silver and silver based chemicals. For more information, visit www.rochestersilverworks.com.

October 4, 2012
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Senator Martins Attends Mineola Street Fair

Senator Jack M. Martins recently attended the 4th Annual Mineola Street Fair. Merchants, community leaders and residents were out in full force as the village's downtown was busy and alive with music. The fair was sponsored by the Mineola Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Mineola.

While at the fair, Senator Martins met up with Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira. The fair began four years ago when Senator Martins was serving as the Mayor of the Village of Mineola as a way to promote the downtown area and its businesses as well as the many worthwhile community organizations the village is blessed to have.

October 2, 2012
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HUNDREDS ATTEND RITCHIE'S FULTON JOB FAIR

Second Annual Event Seeks to Connect Oswego County Job Seekers With Jobs Now

September 26, 2012
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SENATE LOOKS TO ‘POWER’ UPSTATE JOBS

Energy Committee Seeks Ways to Create a 21st Century Energy System to Fuel Growth

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined fellow Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee members in Western New York Tuesday at a public hearing aimed at finding ways the state can improve its current energy infrastructure and create jobs.

September 25, 2012
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Grand Opening of Patient's Pharmacy and Whisper's Boutique

Senator Young joins Diane Matthews and Donald Nash, Jr, independent and local owners of Patient’s Pharmacy, for the grand opening of their new retail pharmacy at 320 North Main Street in Jamestown. The event included a ribbon-cutting for the pharmacy as well as Whisper’s Boutique, a shop which will serve breast cancer survivors and their families.

September 19, 2012
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