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Press Release

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 2:12pm
Public-Private Partnership Between Empire State Development, Start Small Think Big and the New York State Bar Association Will Provide Small Businesses and Landlords with Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Renegotiate Lease Terms in Wake of COVID-19 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership. Recognizing the economic impact of COVID-19, this program will provide small businesses and their landlords with informational resources and pro bono assistance to help both parties reach mutually-beneficial lease workout agreements. This service is available to all New York State small businesses and landlords, and participation is voluntary. Over the next year, the partnership has the capacity to serve thousands of small businesses statewide. "Small business are the backbone of any strong economy and it is critical that we work to find ways to support them during these difficult times," Governor Cuomo said. "The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy has been nothing short of devastating, and through partnerships such as this, we can help to alleviate the burdens many business owners are facing. While a moratorium on commercial evictions is currently in place, this new public-private partnership will help provide an additional level of stability for small businesses and ensure they are able to play a role in helping build New York's economy back better than before."   As part of this program, Empire State Development is partnering with the New York State Bar Association and Start Small Think Big, a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting small, under-resourced entrepreneurs with high-quality professional services. For this partnership, Start Small will be offering pro bono legal services from its network of more than 1,000 attorneys, to commercial tenants and landlords seeking lease amendments to cope with the impacts of COVID-19. The New York State Bar Association has served as the voice of the state's legal profession for more than 140 years and will support the recruitment and training of additional volunteer attorneys. The Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership website includes information on the lease renegotiation process and details the different types of lease workouts available to help small businesses cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19. Those interested in pro bono assistance to initiate a lease renegotiation are encouraged to review and complete the partnership's intake form. After completing the form, each small business will receive an email detailing an estimated timeline for placement with a volunteer attorney. Once matched, the volunteer attorney will email the applicant to schedule an appointment.  Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately created new and unforeseen economic challenges for small business owners and landlords across the state. Working together with Start Small Think Big and the New York State Bar Association to establish this partnership, our goal is to help commercial tenants and landlords reach mutually-beneficial agreements by engaging in productive discussions and taking advantage of the free legal assistance provided through this program." Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via video conference and teleconference. The public may view and listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
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Press Release

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 2:29pm
Fund will Stabilize At-Risk Buildings for Commercial Use and Redevelopment Empire State Development (ESD), East Side Avenues, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara today announced that applications are available for funding dedicated to the stabilization of historic at-risk buildings on Buffalo’s East Side. The $5 million Commercial Building Stabilization Fund, part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, will help protect the fabric, density and character of the East Side – making sure that neighborhood buildings in need of preventative stabilization can be maintained for prospective mixed-use, retail, commercial or residential development. These restorations will also help to further increase the area’s commercial activity.  A total of $500,000 will be made available for this initial round, which is being administered by Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  Additional funding will be made available in future rounds, for a total of $5 million.  “The East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund is an important placemaking resource that invests in the preservation of historic neighborhood structures and encourages their future restoration,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “These community-strengthening measures are key to Buffalo’s continued resurgence.” “Across the City of Buffalo, we have seen the role that preservation has played in the health and opportunities of our neighborhoods,” said Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to ensure that the East Side is not left out of the social and economic benefits afforded by a commitment to preservation of place.” The fund will increase opportunities for reuse of the stock of historic buildings located on Buffalo’s East Side. It ensures that the region’s unique history, beauty and sense of place are retained through its architecture, landscapes and urban design, and reverses the decades-long practice of demolishing building stock.  Grants of up to $50,000 will support seal-up efforts, such as roof patching and mothballing precautions, and more complicated structural issues that will help prevent crisis-level failures in the future or, even worse, additional emergency demolitions of the existing urban fabric.  The fund will ensure that viable buildings, regardless of code violations or structural deficiencies, are not torn down as a short-sighted “solution;” instead, these buildings will remain intact and made available for reuse. The program is open to owners of commercial and mixed-use structures that were built more than 50 years ago and meet additional program criteria as outlined in the program guidelines.  The full program guidelines and applications can be found at https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/east-side-commercial-building-stabilization-fund/.  First-round funding award applications are due on or postmarked by Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.  For more information, contact Bridge Rauche at (716) 852-3300 or [email protected] East Side Avenues Co-Chair and M&T Bank Community Reinvestment Manager Brad Dossinger said, “Historic preservation is an important element of any economic development strategy—especially in a region rich with history and beauty like Buffalo. More than any other area of the city, the East Side has historic buildings in danger of demolition by neglect. By stabilizing and preserving historic buildings on Buffalo’s East Side, the Commercial Building Stabilization Fund will ensure the community’s unique history, beauty and sense of place are retained and can help serve as a building block for ongoing, community based economic development” About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 4:45pm
New York Pushes Toward Goal of Utilizing MWBEs for 30 Percent of State Contracting  More than $3 Billion in State Contracts was Awarded to MWBEs in Fiscal Year 2019-2020, and Over $19 Billion Since 2011  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the utilization rate for New York State's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises on state contracts increased to 29.51 percent during the 2019-20 Fiscal Year - representing $3.14 billion in contracts - once again achieving the highest rate in the nation. The announcement was made in conjunction with New York State's 10th Annual MWBE Forum, held virtually this year due to COVID-19. The Forum brings together business owners, community leaders, state officials and contractors' representatives to discuss state contracting opportunities and resources available to MWBEs.  "New York's greatest strength is our diversity and we are committed to breaking down any barriers which have not only prevented us from reaching our full potential, but those that have allowed an uneven playing field to exist in the first place," Governor Cuomo said. "New York's nation-leading MWBE program shows just how impactful embracing our diversity can be, and if we are to recover from the economic hardships COVID-19 has placed at our doorstep, we must continue to make these types of strides which ensure everyone has an equal chance of helping New York build back better than ever."  "We are committed to providing critical resources for business owners and entrepreneurs to connect with each other, share best practices, and make sure they have the tools they need," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As we continue to face challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to building back better and building businesses better to create opportunities, jobs and strengthen our economy. New York continues to be a leader in economic empowerment and contracting opportunities for MWBEs, with our MWBE utilization rate increasing closer to our nation-leading goal of 30 percent and awarding more contracts to support MWBEs and businesses across the state." Read the full press release here.
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Press Release

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 4:11pm
Buffalo Billion Initiative Is Increasing Workforce Training Opportunities and Ensuring Western New York’s Workforce Pipeline Meets Industry Demands Empire State Development (ESD) announced today that it is opening the application process for Round 3 of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge. The WNY Workforce Development Challenge (WDC), a Buffalo Billion initiative, ensures the region’s workforce pipeline is responding to industry demands by promoting and investing in scalable approaches to workforce training for underserved populations. This $10 million fund was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2017.  In 2019, to further build on the program’s success, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced an additional $1.5 million contribution, for a fund total of $11.5 million.  Round 3 of the program is being opened up ahead of schedule to be responsive to the region’s unemployment rates in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and with an emphasis on job opportunities identified by Western New York’s target industry sectors.  In an effort to better streamline applications to the program goals, all applicants in the third round will be required to submit a brief Letter of Intent (LOI) by Friday, Dec. 18.  Applicants whose LOI meets program requirements will be invited to discuss their proposals and complete an application.   A virtual public information session, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 7, will provide full program details and industry needs for workers (RSVP to [email protected] for a session link). For more information on the program, and to submit a LOI, click here.  “The Western New York Workforce Development Challenge is more important than ever as we work to grow the region’s talent pool and help employers access the highly skilled labor needed to move the economy forward,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler. “The Workforce Development Challenge investments in education and training programs provide WNY residents the opportunities to gain the skills they need to qualify for and succeed in high-quality jobs in growing industries – all of which align closely with the Foundation’s goals in WNY,” said Lavea Brachman, Vice President of Programs at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.  “The Foundation is excited to partner again with the State of New York in Round 3 of the WDC to promote innovative, employer-led, and equitable workforce programs.” The goals and principles on which the WDC was created remain especially critical as New York State builds back from the COVID-19 pandemic: providing opportunities for those with limited education and those who are underemployed; building the capacity of existing workforce trainers and the workforce ecosystem; providing training in key sectors to address looming retirement cliffs; and working with private companies to establish training, skills certifications and industry job ladders for new and existing workers.  In Round 3, ESD is particularly seeking applicants whose programs are responsive to workforce and unemployment needs as identified and exacerbated through the COVID-19 pandemic, including target industries and occupations that have hundreds of unfilled entry-level jobs and harder-to-fill positions. The WDC program encourages projects that address new and existing training-industry gaps and strengthens the economy by equipping workers with skills and training for in-demand jobs in target industries.  Not-for-profit organizations in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties could be eligible to receive at least $250,000 in WDC funding. To qualify, projects must foster workforce development in at least one of the region’s target industry sectors: advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences, tourism, energy and agriculture.  As the region also sees a growing need for investments in the tech sector, and as the economy overall has become more tech reliant during the pandemic, the program encourages projects that prepare workers for tech occupations across all industry sectors. Preference will be given to those projects that specifically target historically underrepresented people, underemployed populations and employed populations seeking career advancement.  Through two rounds of the WDC, $5.65 million in funding has been awarded to 10 local not-for-profit organizations and their projects. Grants are administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. About Empire State Development  Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.  Contact: Pamm Lent (Governor’s Office) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee (ESD) | [email protected] | (716) 846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 4:24pm
Veteran Led Technology Company Commits to Adding 300 Jobs  Empire State Development today announced that Unite USA Inc. (Unite Us), a veteran-led technology company that builds coordinated care networks connecting health and social service providers, has expanded its operations in New York City, with plans to add at least 300 jobs in the region.   Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "The expansion of Unite Us demonstrates that New York is still the premier location for high-tech companies to grow. Even as we contend with the economic impact of COVID-19, companies like Unite Us still invest in growing their operations in New York City;  and the creation 300 new jobs is proof that we will continue to strengthen our New York State economy and that we are 'New York Tough’.” “Unite Us was started in a Tribeca basement on Murray Street, with a handful of people,” said Bill Perilli, Chief Financial Officer for Unite Us. “Today we have over 100 team members in New York City and approximately 300 nationwide, and we’re growing rapidly.  In fact, since the pandemic started in March, we’ve hired approximately 150 additional team members nationwide to meet the increasing demand for the public health infrastructure we power across the country. We are committed to hiring locally, strengthening the New York City economy, and simultaneously supporting our expanding team nationwide,” he adds.   Founded in 2013 by veterans Dan Brillman and Taylor Justice, Unite Us began by supporting military personnel and their families as they re-entered civilian life, connecting them to social services such as housing, employment, food assistance and mental health. Since then, Unite Us has expanded its technology and solutions to help any person get the services they need, through accountable, secure networks that connect health and social care providers in an outcomes-focused and trackable ecosystem. With its New York City headquarters leading the team, Unite Us has been growing in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and now has networks in over 40 states.   This expansion will invest $1.56 million and add 300 additional employees in New York City over a five-year period. Unite Us has relocated its headquarters to 217 Broadway in lower Manhattan, occupying 24,000 square feet to accommodate this expansion. As Unite Us expands its national footprint, there will be a focus on continued hiring in New York City to support this robust growth. To encourage this project's success and, in exchange for their commitment to create these jobs, Empire State Development has agreed to provide up to $1.25 million in Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credits, as recommended by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council during Round IX of the Regional Council initiative.    NYCREDC Co-Chairs Winston Fisher, Partner at Fisher Brothers, and Cheryl A. Moore, President & COO of the New York Genome Center, said, “The growth of Unite Us, within New York City could not be more timely as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure we are not only supporting a sustainable pipeline of quality jobs from quality companies, but we are making sure that we are connecting people to health services when they need it most.” Assembly Member Deborah Glick said, “During this extremely difficult time, it is very heartening to have a significant expansion of a Tribeca based company, Unite Us. Focused on providing the means to ensure that communities are connected to healthcare and social care services is always vital, but in the midst of a pandemic is can be lifesaving. The growth of this company demonstrates the strength and resiliency of New York City’s economy and we look forward to their continued success”. Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said, "The expansion of the operation of Unite Us is welcome news for all New Yorkers. Today's announcement is a sign of the technology sector's strength in our region. We are grateful for the commitment of Empire State Development and this home-grown veteran-led technology company towards the economic future of our city." About Empire State Development   Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.   About Unite Us:  Unite Us is a technology company that builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. With Unite Us, providers across sectors can send and receive secure electronic referrals, track every person’s total health journey, and report on tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. Unite Us’ dedicated team builds authentic, lasting partnerships with local organizations to ensure their networks have a solid foundation, launch successfully, and continue to grow and thrive. This social infrastructure helps communities transform their ability to work together and measure impact at scale. Follow Unite Us on LinkedIn, Twitter,  Instagram and Facebook.   Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087 ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 
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Press Release

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 3:29pm
Supporting Local Businesses this Saturday and Year-Round Strengthens Communities and Boosts Local Economies Watch the Department of Labor’s Small Business Saturday Video Here  Read the COVID-19 Guidance for Retailers During the Holiday Shopping Season Here This Saturday, November 28, 2020, is “Small Business Saturday” in New York State and today Empire State Development, and the Departments of Labor, Taxation and Finance, and Agriculture and Markets encourages all New Yorkers to safely support their local small businesses, which are in need of our help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses generate millions of jobs throughout the Empire State and by choosing to shop locally Saturday, and every day, New Yorkers are investing in their neighborhoods, strengthening their communities, and keeping tax dollars within New York State.   “We encourage all New Yorkers to help support struggling small businesses now and throughout the holiday season,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our businesses and our residents, it’s important to support local, small businesses in our communities. With Small Business Saturday and the holiday shopping season, there are many safe ways to support businesses by shopping online, buying gift cards, or posting on social media. We are committed to helping our small businesses with the New York Forward Loan Fund, Empire State Digital and other initiatives to raise awareness and lift each other up during the holidays and year-round." Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Now more than ever, it is imperative that we support New York’s small businesses because the health and well-being of our small businesses is of paramount importance to the overall economic vitality of New York State. During this trying time, ESD has devoted substantial state support to ensuring that small businesses can recover and thrive, but we cannot do it alone—the support of everyday customers is integral, and we encourage New Yorkers to shop at their local small businesses this Saturday and every day.”  State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, Small businesses are the catalyst in fueling our local economies and it is more critical than ever that we support them on Small Business Saturday and every day. They are playing a vital role in New York’s economic resurgence as we move our State forward and through this pandemic. We should all do our part to ensure that they remain prosperous and at the epicenter of our neighborhoods.” Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Michael Schmidt said, “Small businesses, which drive economic activity, employment, and innovation in communities across the state, have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. By shopping local, New Yorkers can help these businesses persevere through this unprecedented period and thrive in the economic turnaround to follow.”   State Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “New Yorkers have certainly answered the call to buy local from our farms and small food and beverage businesses, understanding that they are crucial to our local economies.  This Small Business Saturday and this holiday season, we have an opportunity to give these small operations our support and provide a real boost during what has been an extremely difficult year.  I encourage everyone to seek out Taste NY products at our Welcome Centers or online at ShopTasteNY.com for unique gift ideas, shop at a local farmers’ market for delicious holiday meal ingredients, or visit a local tree farm to find the perfect Christmas tree to bring home.”  Small Business Saturday celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of small business owners and invites shoppers to visit local stores at the beginning of the busy holiday shopping season. The small business sector is a major contributor to the foundation of New York’s economy, accounting for 98 percent of all businesses in the state and employing more than 52 percent of New York’s private sector workforce. New York State has more than 600,000 small business proprietors, employing more than 4 million people.  New York State’s Support for Small Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic  While ESD can provide assistance through an array of programs and initiatives designed to support small business growth and help entrepreneurs maximize their opportunities for success, we have created several programs to help small businesses, nonprofits and small residential landlords navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, including:  The $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund, a public and private partnership that allows Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) to scale and support small business on their road recovery by offering affordable loans with favorable terms to eligible applicants with 20 or fewer employees with revenues of under $3 million. Empire State Digital provides quick solutions to address the urgent needs of small businesses that are looking to for new markets or opportunities by partnering with leading global e-commerce enablers.  This is a first-in-the-nation program with the partners offering education, training, marketing support, and discounted pricing.    ESD has also provided:    Financial support to 70 Non-Profit Organizations to help small businesses receive assistance in response to the pandemic  $15 million of loan capital to CDFIs to provide Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans   $300,000 in Research and Development grant funding to small businesses to increase manufacturing of ventilators, personal protective equipment, and new technologies in the areas of diagnostics and vaccine  Created the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership COVID-19 Recovery Initiative offering $2.3 million in grants to support New York manufacturers manage challenges created by COVID-19  The New York State Department of Labor offers a multitude of no-cost services for businesses of all sizes, including 117,000 job postings on Governor Cuomo’s Jobs Express website, access to tens of thousands of qualified candidates in our talent pool, virtual career, and even Human Resources consultation services. More than 25,000 businesses each year work with DOL to list their jobs, find the right candidates, access hiring and training incentives, obtain business tax credits and incentives, get help with one-on-one labor law and safety and health compliance services, and find layoff aversion resources. For more information, visit: https://www.labor.ny.gov/business. See how you can make a difference on Small Business Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU4be3m2GUI  New York State offers dozens of beneficial tax breaks to help small businesses. The Tax Department’s dedicated Business incentives webpage is a one-stop shop for details about tax credits and incentives for a variety of enterprises in various industries—from farming and agriculture to research and development to manufacturing. Businesses may also qualify for dozens of job credits and incentives for hiring and training local workers, or for tax credits and exemptions intended to encourage property improvements. The Tax Department’s website,www.tax.ny.gov, offers businesses and their representatives a convenient way to meet their tax obligations. The Online Services for businesses webpage provides efficient ways to make payments, view filing information, or otherwise interact with the Tax Department.  The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets supports New York’s nearly 33,000 farms, 700 farmers’ markets and farm stands and thousands of small agribusinesses across the State through its various programs. More important now than ever before, the Department continues to promote New York growers and food producers through its marketing programs, NYS Grown & Certified and Taste NY. NYS Grown & Certified now has over 3,000 farms participating on 750,000 acres of land, all committed to sustainability and food safety. Taste NY has grown to over 1,800 participants and its stores and markets at New York’s Welcome Centers have implemented creative options to encourage consumers to buy local during the pandemic, including piloting online, call-ahead, curbside pick-up and produce box programs, and hosting a virtual business-to-business event, all to further maintain and grow business for New York producers.  This holiday season, Welcome Centers and Taste NY locations are offering a wide variety of gifts and gift sets filled with local products made and produced by New York farms and food and beverage producers. Additionally, an online marketplace, https://shoptasteny.com/, launched in spring 2020, allows consumers to shop for New York agricultural products and gifts from the comfort of their own homes. ShopTasteNY.com has holiday gift sets available for purchase in addition to their regular selection of products that highlight the quality and diversity of New York products. Orders can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, and those placed by December 17 will arrive by December 24. Find your local Welcome Center and Taste NY store here https://taste.ny.gov/.  In addition, the Department’s Divisions assist small agri-businesses and farmers by providing a variety of support services that enhance their business, increasing productivity, profitability and competitiveness.  How to Support Small Businesses Safely During COVID-19  Purchase gift cards– Most small businesses, from your favorite restaurant, bar or coffee shop, your neighborhood specialty retailer, or your local hair salon, offer gift cards or gift certificates. By purchasing gift cards, it will inject needed investment into these businesses well past the holiday season.  Order take out or delivery from your local bar or restaurant– Don’t forget to tip well. Restaurant workers have been hit among the hardest by the pandemic. Many restaurants are offering curbside delivery.   Shop online– If your favorite local business has a web presence, shop online to avoid crowds. Many businesses will ship or offer curbside delivery.   Give positive reviews– If you have found a great product, meal, or service or even a great promotion or sale, let your friends and family know. Don’t forget to leave a great review on your social media feed. The best advertising is word-of-mouth.   If you have to make a return, take a store credit over a refund– If you can. This keeps the money within the small business and every little but helps.  Contact: Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518) 414-1087  ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313 
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Press Release

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 11:00am
Virtual Event's Theme — "Building Businesses Better" — Highlights 10 Years of Creating Opportunities for MWBEs  Online Panel Discussions Will Outline Contracting Opportunities, Assistance Accessing Capital and Additional Support to Navigate COVID-19  MWBEs Can Virtually Meet One-on-One with Prime Contractors, and State Procurement Officials  Register Online at www.nysmwbeforum.org   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the final day of registration for New York State's 10th Annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum and urged those interested in participating to visit the event's website to sign up. The Forum, being held virtually December 2-4, 2020, is New York State's largest annual business event for MWBEs, bringing together business owners, community leaders, state officials and contractors' representatives to discuss state contracting opportunities and learn about resources available to MWBEs. The event highlights Governor Cuomo's efforts to create a level playing field for minority- and women-owned firms and increase their participation in New York State contracting.  "For the past 10 years, New York State has focused on breaking barriers for all New Yorkers, and we've achieved this, in part, by maintaining the most aggressive MWBE program in the nation," Governor Cuomo said. "This year, the economic impact of COVID-19 is being felt by businesses across the state, but we've seen how it has disproportionately affected communities of color and small businesses, making it critical that we keep fighting to level the playing field and ensure everyone has equal chance to help build New York's economy back better than ever." "The annual Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Forum is a critical resource for business owners and entrepreneurs to connect with each other, share best practices, and make sure they have the tools they need," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As we continue to face challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to building back better and building businesses better to create opportunities, jobs and strengthen our economy. New York continues to be a leader in economic empowerment and contracting opportunities for MWBEs, and we encourage participation in this forum to help break down barriers and ensure success." Read the full press release here.
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Board Meeting

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 10:30am
Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via teleconference. The public may listen to the meeting via webcast by clicking the link below. Members of the public may submit comments on the Agenda items in writing to [email protected] by 4:30 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.
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Report

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 4:48pm
The Empire State Jobs Retention Program was created to provide financial incentives to retain strategic businesses and jobs that are at risk of leaving the state due to the impact on business operations from a natural disaster. Below please find charts A & B of the quarterly program report detailing businesses admitted to the program and credits issued for the first quarter, ending 3/31/2020. Empire State Jobs Retention Program Quarterly Report - Chart A: Businesses Admitted To Program Empire State Jobs Retention Program Quarterly Report- Chart B: Credits Issued
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