Issues: Small Business

New Online Survey Seeks Job Growth Ideas

ONEONTA, 08/25/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced the launch of a new online survey, “The Next Steps to a Stronger Economy,” designed to gather public input on economic development initiatives to further private sector job growth. 

August 25, 2011

The Swedge Shop Opens in the South Wedge

Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part, in a ceremony to officially open The Swedge Shop. The store, located at 732 South Ave, is in the heart of the South Wedge community and is an information center and retail shop. People can come to get coffee mugs, T-shirts, maps, books, pub glasses, water bottles and other Wedge artifacts, learn a little of the history of the community and about upcoming events. For more information on the South Wedge neighborhood, you can visit

August 24, 2011

Nola's New 'Sky Deck' Opens

Recently, Senator Robach had the opportunity to speak at, and take part in, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Nola's BBQ in Charlotte. Nola's expanded to include a new 'sky deck' to serve customers. Following the ceremony, two local students were each presented with a $500 scholarship for their college education.

August 23, 2011

Weider's Pro Paint and Hardware Opens in Brighton

On Thursday, August 11th, Senator Robach spoke at, and attended, a board cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Weider's Pro Pain and Hardware in Brighton. The new store is located at the corner of Rhinecliff and Monroe Avenue, at the former Lilac Restaurant. This is the second location for Weider's, which also has a store in Honeoye Falls.

August 16, 2011

Senator Gallivan Looks To Build On This Year’s Accomplish​ments

Senator Gallivan reflects on the the achievements of this year's legislative sessions, a session being hailed as the most productive in 25 years.

August 11, 2011

Visiting with small business owners


Visiting with small business owners in Central Square--and their four-legged clients.

August 5, 2011

Small Business Leaders meet with Ranzenhofer

Hosts business roundtable at GCC BEST Center


Batavia, N.Y. – Today, State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer hosted a Small Business Roundtable at Genesee Community College’s BEST Center with small business leaders to offer an update of issues addressed in the 2011 Legislative Session and receive input on State government policies and regulations affecting small business.

August 4, 2011

Unicell to Expand Operations in Buffalo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, joined by Senator Tim Kennedy, announced that Unicell, a national and international leader in the designing and manufacturing of bodies for commercial trucks and vans will invest $3.46 million to expand its Howard Street facilities in Buffalo. On the strength of a $175,000 investment package from Empire State Development, Unicell will increase its manufacturing capacity to retain and create over 50 local jobs as part of a green initiative to assemble a cutting edge body for an electric truck.

August 3, 2011

Statement from Senator Gallivan regarding the creation of the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils

“For too long New York has lacked a comprehensive economic development strategy that reflects our state’s true economic and regional diversity. The newly created “regional economic development councils” will bring stakeholders from across the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions together to provide local expertise, insight, and know-how to the process -- ensuring that the residents of Erie, Wyoming, Livingston and Ontario Counties will have a strong voice in the discussion about the future of our community.

I applaud each of the Council’s appointees, and look forward to working hand-in-hand with them to attract jobs, grow our economy, and improve the region’s quality of life."

July 26, 2011

Grand Opening of Atlantic Volkswagen in West Islip

State and local officials joined in the celebratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that took place at Atlantic Volkswagen’s Grand Opening on June 3, 2011 at 555 Sunrise Highway in West Islip.

July 15, 2011


The lifetime achievements of Brooklyn native Dorothy Burnham were recognized and lauded by NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) during the reading of a Senate resolution, which was unanimously passed by the full Senate during the final days of the 2011 Legislative Session. The resolution paid tribute to Dorothy Burnham’s many notable contributions to our public education system, the advancement of civil rights, and to the promotion of racial and economic equality. Ms. Burnham was also honored for her designation as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York Friends of the People's World. “Dorothy Burnham is a Renaissance Woman,” said Senator Montgomery.

July 11, 2011

Small Business Spotlight: O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats and Smokehouse

Senator Kennedy's Small Business Spotlight: O'Brien's Farm Fresh Meats and Smokehouse

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June 30, 2011
June 30, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Squadron Bill to Bring Benefit Corps to New York Unanimously Passes Senate


Senator Squadron: New Type of Corporation Will Unlock Billions in Investments for New York

Bill Would Make New York Largest State With B-Corps, Creating 'Silicon Valley' of Mission-Driven Companies

June 19, 2011

SENATE ANNOUNCES ACTION ON MTA PAYROLL TAX REPEAL Removing Payroll Tax Burden Will Help Businesses Create Jobs

    The New York State Senate will act today on legislation (S.5596A/ A.8193A) to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax, easing an enormous financial burden that has caused job losses and hurt businesses across the downstate  region.  The bill, which has strong support from business organizations including the Business Council of New York State and the National Federation of Independent Businesses,  is sponsored by Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley), Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and other Senators representing the 12-county MTA region.   

June 15, 2011


Queens, NY, June 14, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P.

June 14, 2011


Hundreds gain job advice to landing the perfect job

Nearly 300 Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie at her first-ever Career and Resource Expo that linked employers and job-counseling agencies with individuals looking for a job, a new career, or just seeking to boost their job-search skills.

Senator Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo, held Thursday at the Fulton War Memorial, was jointly sponsored by Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, United Way of Oswego County, SUNY Oswego’s Business Development Center, the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Workforce New York.

June 10, 2011

New Queens businesses band together to lure shoppers to Sunnyside

The Daily News wrote about how Sunnyside merchants have started a new initiative to make the neighborhood a more appealing place to shop, visit and hang out.

A new group focused on revitalizing Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside kicked off its agenda yesterday with some simple yet key goals - Shop local, buy local and free up some parking spaces.

"How can we entice you to shop more in your community?" Ciaran Staunton asked a large gathering of residents, elected officials and property owners at his pub Molly Blooms on hand to launch the Queens Blvd. Merchants Initiative.

"We have 200,000 people who pass here every day going to and from Manhattan," he pointed out. "How do we get them to stop?"

June 8, 2011

Senate Democrats Push Jobs Package, Highlighting Senator Espaillat’s Job Creation Legislation

Espaillat’s proposed “Seed-NY” program will invest in growing businesses in the state and create tech sector jobs

(New York, NY) – With just nine days left in the legislative session, Senate Democrats are urging immediate action to get New York working again - announcing a workforce reinvestment plan to spur job creation and strengthen protections for the unemployed. As part of a larger job creation package, Senate Democrats are highlighting Senator Adriano Espaillat’s legislation (S. 1864) which creates the Seed-NY program.

June 3, 2011
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