senate Bill S6557

Relates to the addition of an article twenty-three titled the New York State Veteran Entrepreneurship and Employment Opportunity Centers

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    • REFERRED TO COMMERCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS

Summary

Creates the New York State veteran entrepreneurship and employment opportunity center program to provide entrepreneurial and employment training to veterans, disabled veterans and disabled veteran businesses.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6557
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Commerce, Economic Development And Small Business
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 23 ยงยง461 - 468, Ec Dev L

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BILL NUMBER:S6557

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in
relation to enacting the New York state veteran entrepreneurship,
employment, and opportunity act

PURPOSE: To expand expert entrepreneurial and employment training for
vets and disabled vets, through program centers located at incubators
and innovation hotspots throughout the state.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Adds a new Article 23 to the economic
development law, New York State Veteran Entrepreneurship And
Employment Opportunity Centers. Key points:

* Program: A network of 11 Veterans Entrepreneurship and Employment
Opportunity Centers at Incubators and Hotspots in each of the state's
10 economic development regions, plus an anchor institution. The
commissioner of economic development is to consult with the director
of the division of veterans affairs in making the designations.

* Application - by an incubator or hotspot in response to an RFP.
Applications include a plan which shows that the center has the
required 2SCRIPT funding match and

-Services: an integrated program of entrepreneurial and employment
services for veterans and disabled veterans designed by the
commissioner and the director of the division of veterans affairs and
the anchor institution.

-Commitment: a three year commitment to the center plan.

-Community support: from business and government leaders and
organizations.

-Best practices: use best practices and multi-year metrics for
performance.

-Advisory council. must include one or more veterans and disabled
veterans, and individuals with business, financing, legal, and market
expertise.

* Operation and re-designation. Requires the commissioner to evaluate
the operations of centers and if unsatisfied, notify the center, which
is required to timely remedy the problem. Centers are re-designated on
application every three years unless they receive a negative
evaluation and fails to remedy defects, or the commissioner determines
that defects are of such extent that they cannot be remedied.

* Anchor. The anchor provides technical, training, curriculum and
oversight services. The anchor must have a track record of providing
services to veterans and also:

-be a university-based entity with national expertise and training
programs and a credible track record in providing entrepreneurship and
career training for veterans;


-currently provide entrepreneurship and employment programs including
career transition programs for veterans;

-provide and be able to provide certification exams, up to and
including six sigma black belt or similar programs;

-have resident expertise and a credible reputation that allows it to
provide training, guidance, oversight, etc. to the centers;

-be able to create a network with the centers using ongoing contact
through onsite visits, as well as electronic visual meetings and
classes;

-provide or collaborate on a coordinated summer residency;

-be able to develop targeted courses, training, mentoring to aid in
developing markets and market opportunities for veteran-owned
companies and individuals;

-understand how to leverage disability-related entrepreneurship
resources including VR, VA/VRF IDAs for entrepreneurship, and related
work incentives for social security benefits; and

-have experience in addressing disability-related impacts on
entrepreneurship.

* Report. Requires an annual report.

EXISTING LAW: New bill.

JUSTIFICATION: The many veterans returning to New York from
Afghanistan and Iraq and other areas are looking to have, resume, or
start their careers. These centers when created will train and provide
guidance specially and expertly tailored to vets.

Incubators and hotspots already have a full program of
entrepreneurship counseling, courses, and mentoring available to all
clients. Joining the centers to the regime of services available at
the incubators and hotspots will focus these services, and adding
employment training services will provide a full service of options to
each individual vet.

There are no other programs like this in New York.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $1.5 million annually if fully funded.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1 next succeeding the date on which it
becomes law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6557

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 5, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  GOLDEN,  GALLIVAN,  GRIFFO, LAVALLE, RANZENHOFER,
  ROBACH, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to
  be committed to the Committee on Commerce,  Economic  Development  and
  Small Business

AN  ACT  to  amend the economic development law, in relation to enacting
  the New York state veteran entrepreneurship, employment, and  opportu-
  nity act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "New  York
state veteran entrepreneurship, employment, and opportunity act".
  S  2.  The economic development law is amended by adding a new article
23 to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 23
         NEW YORK STATE VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT
                           OPPORTUNITY CENTERS
SECTION 461. DEFINITIONS.
        462. NEW YORK  STATE  VETERAN  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  AND  EMPLOYMENT
               OPPORTUNITY CENTER PROGRAM; CREATION.
        463. COLLABORATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES.
        464. APPLICATION  FOR  DESIGNATION  AS  A NEW YORK STATE VETERAN
               ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CENTER.
        465. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS.
        466. OPERATION AND RE-DESIGNATION.
        467. ANCHOR.
        468. REPORT.
  S 461. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ARTICLE:
  1. "CENTER" MEANS  A  NEW  YORK  STATE  VETERAN  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  AND
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CENTER.
  2.  "NEW  YORK  STATE  INCUBATORS"  AND  "NEW  YORK  STATE  INNOVATION
HOTSPOTS" OR "INCUBATORS" AND "HOTSPOTS" MEANS AND REFERS TO  "NEW  YORK
STATE  INCUBATORS"  AND  "NEW YORK STATE INNOVATION HOTSPOTS" DESIGNATED
PURSUANT TO SECTION SIXTEEN-V OF THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ACT.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13662-01-4

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  3. "PLAN" MEANS THE MULTI-YEAR PLAN THAT ACCOMPANIES  THE  APPLICATION
OF  AN  INCUBATOR OR HOTSPOT TO BE DESIGNATED AS A VETERAN ENTREPRENEUR-
SHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CENTER.
  4.  "STARTUP-NY"  PROGRAM  MEANS  THE  START-UP  NY PROGRAM AUTHORIZED
PURSUANT TO ARTICLE TWENTY-ONE OF THIS CHAPTER, AND "SUNY TAX-FREE AREAS
TO REVITALIZE AND TRANSFORM UPSTATE NY PROGRAM" HAS THE SAME MEANING  AS
IN SUCH ARTICLE TWENTY-ONE.
  5.  "DISABLED  VETERAN  BUSINESS ENTERPRISE" IS AN INDEPENDENTLY OWNED
AND OPERATED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IN WHICH A DISABLED VETERAN HAS A REAL,
SUBSTANTIAL, AND CONTINUING OWNERSHIP OF FIFTY-ONE PER CENT  OR  GREATER
AND HAS AND EXERCISES INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF THE DAY TO DAY DECISIONS OF
THE  ENTERPRISE,  AND IS CERTIFIED AS A DISABILITY-OWNED BUSINESS ENTER-
PRISE BY A  NATIONAL  CERTIFICATION  ORGANIZATION  SATISFACTORY  TO  THE
COMMISSIONER OR AS A DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE.
  6.  "DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE" IS A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE WHICH
HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS A DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS  ENTERPRISE  PURSUANT  TO
FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OR OTHER FEDERAL AGENCY PROCEDURES.
  7. "DISABLED VETERAN" MEANS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND A RESI-
DENT  OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WHO MEETS THE DEFINITION OF PARAGRAPH (B)
OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION EIGHTY-FIVE  OF  THE  CIVIL  SERVICE  LAW,
EXCEPT  THAT  IN ADDITION THE TERM SHALL BE DEEMED TO INCLUDE A DISABLED
VETERAN AS THEREIN DEFINED WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES  OF  THE
UNITED  STATES WHO SERVED IN TIME OF WAR OR WHO SERVED IN AN AREA DESIG-
NATED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES  BY  EXECUTIVE  ORDER  AS  A
"COMBAT  ZONE" AT ANY TIME DURING THE PERIOD DESIGNATED BY THE PRESIDENT
BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AS THE PERIOD OF COMBATANT ACTIVITIES IN  SUCH  ZONE,
AND  WHO  WAS  HONORABLY  DISCHARGED OR RELEASED UNDER HONORABLE CIRCUM-
STANCES FROM SUCH SERVICE.
  8. "VETERAN" MEANS A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES AND  A  RESIDENT  OF
THE  STATE  OF  NEW  YORK  WHO  MEETS THE DEFINITION OF PARAGRAPH (A) OF
SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION EIGHTY-FIVE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE LAW,  EXCEPT
THAT IN ADDITION THE TERM SHALL BE DEEMED TO INCLUDE A VETERAN AS THERE-
IN DEFINED WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO
SERVED  IN TIME OF WAR OR WHO SERVED IN AN AREA DESIGNATED BY THE PRESI-
DENT OF THE UNITED STATES BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AS A "COMBAT ZONE"  AT  ANY
TIME DURING THE PERIOD DESIGNATED BY THE PRESIDENT BY EXECUTIVE ORDER AS
THE  PERIOD  OF COMBATANT ACTIVITIES IN SUCH ZONE, AND WHO WAS HONORABLY
DISCHARGED OR RELEASED UNDER HONORABLE CIRCUMSTANCES FROM SUCH SERVICE.
  S 462. NEW YORK STATE VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTU-
NITY CENTER PROGRAM; CREATION.  THERE IS HEREBY CREATED IN  THE  DEPART-
MENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THE NEW YORK STATE VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
AND  EMPLOYMENT  OPPORTUNITY  CENTER  PROGRAM, WHOSE PURPOSE SHALL BE TO
PROVIDE ENTREPRENEURIAL AND EMPLOYMENT TRAINING  TO  VETERANS,  DISABLED
VETERANS, AND DISABLED VETERAN BUSINESSES AS DEFINED HEREIN. THE COMMIS-
SIONER  SHALL ESTABLISH AND SUPPORT, WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS AND
IN RESPONSE TO A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, ELEVEN SUCH CENTERS  AT  INCUBA-
TORS  AND  HOTSPOTS  WITH  AT  LEAST ONE CENTER LOCATED IN EACH ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT REGION OF THE STATE AND TWO IN THE  NEW  YORK  CITY  REGION,
PROVIDED  HOWEVER THAT TWO OR MORE INCUBATORS AND HOTSPOTS MAY BE DESIG-
NATED TO COLLABORATE IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES IN ONE  OR  MORE  SUCH
ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT REGIONS.   IN MAKING SUCH DESIGNATIONS THE COMMIS-
SIONER SHALL CONSULT AND COLLABORATE WITH THE DIRECTOR OF  THE  DIVISION
OF VETERANS AFFAIRS. SUCH CENTERS SHALL FORM A NETWORK OF CENTERS.
  S  463. COLLABORATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES. IN TAKING ACTION UNDER THIS
ARTICLE, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL CONSULT AND COLLABORATE WITH THE  DIREC-
TOR  OF  THE  DIVISION  OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE

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UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, THE CHANCELLOR OF THE  CITY  UNIVERSITY  OF  NEW
YORK,  THE  COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES, AND THE SAME
ARE AUTHORIZED TO PROVIDE ANY ASSISTANCE, SERVICES,  AND  DATA  AS  WILL
ENABLE  THE  COMMISSIONER  TO CARRY OUT RESPONSIBILITIES, FUNCTIONS, AND
DUTIES HEREUNDER.
  S 464. APPLICATION FOR DESIGNATION AS A NEW YORK STATE VETERAN  ENTRE-
PRENEURSHIP  AND  EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CENTER. AN INCUBATOR OR HOTSPOT
MAY APPLY FOR FUNDING AND DESIGNATION AS A NEW YORK STATE VETERAN ENTRE-
PRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CENTER BY SUBMITTING AN  APPLICA-
TION  AND  PLAN  TO  THE  COMMISSIONER  IN  RESPONSE  TO  A  REQUEST FOR
PROPOSALS. IN ADDITION TO ANY  OTHER  REQUIREMENTS  ESTABLISHED  HEREIN,
SUCH PLAN SHALL SHOW AND DEMONSTRATE:
  1. SERVICES: A CENTER SHALL PROVIDE DIRECTLY OR THROUGH COLLABORATIONS
AN  INTEGRATED  PROGRAM  OF  ENTREPRENEURIAL AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES FOR
VETERANS AND DISABLED VETERANS. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL BE  DESIGNED  BY  THE
COMMISSIONER IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF VETER-
ANS  AFFAIRS  AND  THE  ANCHOR INSTITUTION TO PROVIDE BASIC AND ADVANCED
SKILLS TRAINING FOR THOSE WHO ULTIMATELY DETERMINE TO PURSUE  ENTREPREN-
EURSHIP AND THOSE WHO DETERMINE TO PURSUE EMPLOYMENT, AND SHALL INCLUDE:
  A.  A  COMMON  INITIAL SERVICES TRAINING REGIME THAT PROVIDES TRAINING
AND SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO ULTIMATELY DECIDE TO PURSUE EITHER  ENTREPREN-
EURSHIP OR EMPLOYMENT;
  B.  DIRECT  OR INDIRECT PROVISION, THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS, OF EMPLOYMENT
SKILLS TRAINING FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT PURSUE ENTREPRENEURSHIP; AND
  C. ADVANCED BUSINESS  DEVELOPMENT  TRAINING  INCLUDING  BUSINESS  PLAN
DEVELOPMENT;  AID  IN  COMPANY  CREATION;  ACCESS TO LEGAL AND FINANCIAL
EXPERTISE; ACCESS TO MARKET; ENTREPRENEUR SKILLS  TRAINING  AND  COURSE-
WORK, INCLUDING TRAINING IN KEY COMPUTER AND ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS; CORPO-
RATE DESIGN; MANAGEMENT; ENTREPRENEURSHIP SKILL SET; AND BUSINESS BASICS
IN  CONTRACTS;  FINANCING;  MANAGEMENT;  TEAMING;  BIDDING;  AND HELP IN
ESTABLISHING MINORITY AND WOMEN  OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE  AND  FEDERAL
DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE STATUS.
  2. COMMITMENT: A COMMITMENT BY THE INCUBATOR OR HOTSPOT TO DEVELOPMENT
AND  IMPLEMENTATION  OF  THE  CENTER PLAN OVER A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN
THREE YEARS, DEMONSTRATED  BY  A  MULTI-YEAR  COMMITMENT  OF  RESOURCES,
PERSONNEL, AND FUNDS TO BE PROVIDED DIRECTLY OR THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND
COLLABORATIONS.
  3.  LEVERAGED  AND APPLIED FUNDING: A DEMONSTRATION THAT THE APPLICANT
HAS IN HAND, OR WILL SHORTLY AFTER DESIGNATION OBTAIN  AND  MAINTAIN,  A
FUNDING  MATCH  OF AT LEAST TWO NON-STATE DOLLARS FOR EVERY STATE DOLLAR
PROVIDED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE.
  4. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: A DEMONSTRATION OF COMMUNITY SUPPORT FROM  BUSI-
NESS AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS.
  5.  BEST  PRACTICES:  A  DEMONSTRATION THAT THE CENTER WILL ADOPT BEST
PRACTICES AND USE OF MULTI-YEAR METRICS FOR  PERFORMANCE,  AND  THAT  IT
WILL REPORT DATA AS REQUESTED OR REQUIRED TO THE DEPARTMENT. PERFORMANCE
METRICS  SHOULD  INCLUDE  ANTICIPATED  ANNUAL AND CUMULATIVE OUTCOMES IN
TERMS OF JOBS, INVESTMENT, AND ECONOMIC AND OTHER ACTIVITY, STATED IN  A
SPECIFIC  AND MEASURABLE WAY THAT IS ACHIEVABLE AND REALISTIC WITHIN THE
PROJECT TIME FRAME AND THAT CAN BE QUANTIFIED AND COMPARED TO OTHER DATA
FOR ANALYSIS.
  6. ADVISORY COUNCIL: AN INDEPENDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL THAT INCLUDES ONE
OR MORE VETERANS AND DISABLED VETERANS, AND INDIVIDUALS  WITH  BUSINESS,
FINANCING, LEGAL, AND MARKET EXPERTISE.
  S  465.  REVIEW  AND  APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL
REVIEW PLANS BASED ON THE CATEGORIES REQUIRED IN  THE  APPLICATION,  AND

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THE  FOLLOWING,  AND  SHALL CONSULT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF
VETERANS AFFAIRS IN MAKING ANY DESIGNATION OF A CENTER UNDER THIS  ARTI-
CLE:
  1.  THE  ANTICIPATED  EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THE  PLAN AS EVIDENCED BY THE
EXISTENCE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES DEDICATED TO THE PLAN AND  THE  COMMIT-
MENT OF THE INCUBATOR OR HOTSPOT;
  2.  THE  ABILITY  OF THE APPLICANT TO UNDERTAKE AND COMPLETE THE PLAN,
THE FEASIBILITY OF MEETING THE METRICS AND GOALS PROVIDED FOR  DETERMIN-
ING  THE  SUCCESS  OF  THE PLAN, THE DURABILITY AND REACH OF THE COLLAB-
ORATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH INCUBATORS AND HOTSPOTS, AND WITH START-
UP-NY PROJECTS, AND WITH PRIVATE AND OTHER PUBLIC COLLABORATORS;
  3. THE ABILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY DATA  FOR  AN
EFFECTIVE EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT; AND
  4. SUCH OTHER OBJECTIVE AND MEASURABLE CRITERIA AS SHALL BE DETERMINED
BY THE COMMISSIONER.
  S 466. OPERATION AND RE-DESIGNATION. IN ADDITION TO OTHER REQUIREMENTS
OF THIS ARTICLE, A CENTER WILL AGREE TO MEET ALL REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING
EXECUTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN APPROVED PLAN, TO MAINTAIN BEST PRAC-
TICES,  AND  TO REPORT DATA AS REQUESTED OR REQUIRED TO THE COMMISSIONER
USING APPROPRIATE CONFIDENTIALITY PROTOCOLS IN THE CASE OF  BUSINESS  OR
TRADE  SECRETS. SUCH DATA WILL INCLUDE A DEMONSTRATION OF THE SUCCESS IN
MEETING PROJECT PLAN GOALS. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DESIGN SIMPLIFIED FORMS
TO AID IN THE SUBMISSION OF DATA, WHICH MAY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY.
  THE COMMISSIONER SHALL EVALUATE THE OPERATIONS OF CENTERS USING  METH-
ODS  INCLUDING,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO, SITE VISITS; REPORTS PURSUANT TO
SPECIFIED INFORMATION; AND REVIEW EVALUATIONS. IF UNSATISFIED  WITH  THE
PROGRESS  OF A PROJECT, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOTIFY SUCH CENTER OF THE
RESULTS OF THE EVALUATIONS AND ANY FINDINGS OF DEFICIENCIES IN ITS OPER-
ATIONS AND THE CENTER SHALL REMEDY SUCH FINDINGS  IN  A  TIMELY  MANNER.
FAILURE  TO ABIDE BY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION OR TO CURE A DEFI-
CIENCY AFTER REVIEW AND AGREEMENT WITH THE COMMISSIONER SHALL RESULT  IN
DISQUALIFICATION AS A CENTER.
  A  CENTER  SHALL  BE DEEMED RE-DESIGNATED UPON APPLICATION EVERY THREE
YEARS UNLESS IT SHALL RECEIVE A NEGATIVE EVALUATION FROM THE COMMISSION-
ER AND SHALL FAIL TO REMEDY DEFECTS, OR A DETERMINATION BY  THE  COMMIS-
SIONER THAT SUCH DEFECTS ARE OF SUCH A NATURE OR ARE OF SUCH EXTENT THAT
THEY CANNOT BE REMEDIED.
  S  467.  ANCHOR.  THE  COMMISSIONER  SHALL  CONTRACT WITH AN ANCHOR TO
PROVIDE TECHNICAL, TRAINING, CURRICULUM,  AND  OVERSIGHT  SERVICES  THAT
WILL  AID  IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NETWORK OF CENTERS. THE ANCHOR MUST
BE AN ENTITY WHICH HAS A TRACK RECORD  OF  WORKING  WITH  AND  PROVIDING
SERVICES  TO  VETERANS; FAMILIES; ENTREPRENEURSHIP; EMPLOYMENT; PARTNER-
SHIPS WITH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY; SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION; DEPART-
MENT OF  LABOR;  DEPARTMENT  OF  DEFENSE;  AND  OTHERS  FOCUSED  ON  THE
POST-SERVICE  LIFE  COURSE OF VETERANS WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES. IN
ADDITION TO ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSIONER AFTER
CONSULTATION WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF VETERANS  AFFAIRS,  IT
SHOULD ALSO:
  1. BE A NEW YORK STATE UNIVERSITY-BASED ENTITY WITH NATIONAL EXPERTISE
AND  TRAINING  PROGRAMS  AND A CREDIBLE TRACK RECORD IN PROVIDING ENTRE-
PRENEURSHIP AND CAREER TRAINING FOR VETERANS;
  2. CURRENTLY HAVE AND PROVIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS
INCLUDING CAREER TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS;
  3. PROVIDE AND BE ABLE TO  PROVIDE  CERTIFICATION  EXAMS,  UP  TO  AND
INCLUDING SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT OR SIMILAR PROGRAMS;

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  4. HAVE RESIDENT EXPERTISE AND A CREDIBLE REPUTATION THAT ALLOWS IT TO
PROVIDE TRAINING, GUIDANCE, OVERSIGHT, ETC. TO THE CENTERS;
  5.  BE ABLE TO CREATE A NETWORK WITH THE CENTERS USING ONGOING CONTACT
THROUGH ONSITE VISITS, AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC VISUAL MEETINGS AND  CLASS-
ES;
  6. PROVIDE OR COLLABORATE ON A COORDINATED SUMMER RESIDENCY;
  7.  BE  ABLE TO DEVELOP SPECIFIC TARGETED COURSES, TRAINING, MENTORING
TO AID IN DEVELOPING MARKETS AND MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR  VETERAN-OWNED
COMPANIES AND INDIVIDUALS;
  8.  UNDERSTAND  HOW  TO  LEVERAGE  DISABILITY-RELATED ENTREPRENEURSHIP
RESOURCES INCLUDING VR, VA/VR, IDAS FOR  ENTREPRENEURSHIP,  AND  RELATED
WORK INCENTIVES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS; AND
  9.  HAVE EXPERIENCE IN ADDRESSING DISABILITY-RELATED IMPACTS ON ENTRE-
PRENEURSHIP.
  S 468. REPORT. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ANNUALLY  REPORT  ON  THE  OPER-
ATIONS  OF  THE  CENTERS.  SUCH  REPORT SHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION ON THE
OPERATIONS OF THE CENTERS; THE NUMBERS OF VETERANS AND DISABLED VETERANS
SERVED; THE NUMBERS WHO PURSUED ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THOSE  WHO  PURSUED
EMPLOYMENT;  THE  NUMBERS  OF  COMPANIES AND JOBS CREATED; THE AMOUNT OF
FINANCINGS; AND SUCH OTHER DATA AS THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DEEM  RELEVANT
AND  HELPFUL TO EVALUATING THE PROGRAM. THE FIRST REPORT SHALL BE DUE ON
THE THIRTY-FIRST OF JANUARY IN THE SECOND CALENDAR YEAR AFTER  THIS  ACT
SHALL HAVE BECOME LAW.
  S  3.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.

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