Weekly Feature

2012-03-29 / Business

Workshops held to aid small businesses

New York State is getting into the business of helping people start and grow small businesses.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a team of employees from at least six state agencies, including the departments of State, Labor, Taxation and Finance, as well as Empire State Development, the State Liquor Authority and the Workers Compensation Board, will travel around the state to present workshops on the state’s rules and programs intended to help small businesses.

“This program is all about creating jobs, because when small businesses do well, New York does well,” Cuomo said Thursday. “It is so important for us to get out of the office and go into communities to see how we can help anyone who wants to start, grow or improve a business and that’s what this program will do.”

The workshops, held in each region, will be conducted in conjunction with local Chambers of Commerce. Representatives from the agencies will provide opportunities for business owners to speak to them after the main presentation and will direct them to state programs and services. The program will begin with workshops in Utica and Schenectady and will continue throughout the spring and summer months.

The Western New York workshop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, at D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave., Buffalo.

Some of the topics the seminars will cover include: starting a business and adhering to regulatory timelines, how to obtain and file tax forms, first steps for hiring employees, and, how to become certified as a Minority and Women Business Enterprise.

Information and materials designed to assist small businesses can be found at www.NYOpenforSmallBusiness.com.

“This outreach program focusing on small and immigrant owned businesses gets essential information directly to those that need it,” said Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. Both Gov. Cuomo and business leaders know that by working together we can foster minority- and women-owned business growth, expand our economy, and help New York attract new business and create jobs.”

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