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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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Report

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 4:43pm
The Excelsior Jobs Program provides job creation and investment incentives to firms in targeted industries in order to encourage businesses to expand in and relocate to New York while maintaining strict accountability standards to guarantee that businesses deliver on job and investment commitments. Below please find the quarterly program report for the first quarter of 2020, ending 3/31/2020. 3/31/2020: EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM - Quarterly Report CHART A - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Admitted To Program CHART B - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2012  CHART C - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2013 CHART D - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2014  CHART E - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2015 CHART F - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2016 CHART G - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2017 CHART H - EXCELSIOR JOBS PROGRAM QUARTERLY REPORT - Businesses Issued Credits- Tax Year 2018
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Board Meeting

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 2:00pm
This meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled.
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Blog Post

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 10:57am
For the last decade, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has sought to create a level playing field for minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) and to increase their participation in New York State contracting. The Governor set a nation-leading 30% goal for MWBE utilization in state contracts; this year, New York State will once again host the largest annual statewide procurement event for MWBEs. The 2020 NYS MWBE Virtual Forum will be held over a span of three-days: December 2, 3 and 4. The event marks the Forum’s 10th anniversary of creating opportunities with a theme of Building Businesses Better, and with daily sub-themes for MWBEs to Prepare, Identify, and Connect with Opportunities. The new and exciting virtual platform is designed to help minority and women-owned businesses learn about New York State contracting opportunities, technical assistance and business resources—and to increase engagement with state agencies, authorities and prime contractors.  This year’s Forum will include a range of programming and 40+ workshops— semi-live and on-demand—including networking sessions, one-on-one meetings and over 160 virtual exhibit booths. Once registered, attendees can access all the MWBE Forum has to offer, including: the New MWBE Business Resource Toolkit, the 2020 NYS MWBE Contract Opportunities eBook, online webinars, interactive sessions, exhibit booths, downloadable information and technical assistance, a virtual briefcase to hold all information, special publications and more.  The deadline for attendee registration is 6:00pm on Wednesday, Nov. 25. For full details, and to register, go to: http://nysmwbeforum.org/   Here’s a preview highlighting what to expect on each day of the 2020 NYS MWBE Virtual Forum— and there’s so much more!  Dec. 2/Day 1: PREPARE for Opportunities—Opening-day sessions offer strategies and tools for MWBEs, including: procurement best practices; access to capital and COVID-19 recovery funding resources; and construction insurance updates. An MWBE Business Resource Toolkit, new this year, offers six on-demand webinars: Money, Management, Marketing, Business Development, Competitive Bids, and Teaming. The webinars address the pandemic’s effect on the economy and resources for pivoting and navigating the new normal of changing economic conditions.   Dec. 3/Day 2: IDENTIFY New Opportunities—To bid or not to bid? The Forum’s second-day programming focuses on helping businesses identify, understand and evaluate projects in order to find the best fit. Targeted sessions will showcase new contract opportunities with New York State’s top projects and across top markets—encompassing transformational infrastructure projects and a variety of sectors from tech and healthcare to transportation and financial services. Business Builder Boot Camps will offer one-on-ones on the NYS MWBE certification process and on-demand sessions on NYS government procurements. Attendees can visit the Expo and network with exhibitors across dozens of virtual booths.  Dec. 4/Day 3: CONNECT with Opportunities—The Forum’s final day is all about connection. Attendees can sign up for “In the Booth” meetups with private sector corporations and New York State public sector authorities and agencies. An MWBE-to-MWBE Forum Chat Room will promote networking and exploring of potential business partnerships.  Be sure to join  the NYS Small Business Roundtable session to learn about how MWBEs are partnering with the state and pivoting to Build Businesses Better!  Don’t miss out on this event! Register NOW: http://nysmwbeforum.org/    Questions? Email: [email protected] 
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Board Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 9:30am
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 pm on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
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Press Release

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 5:44pm
Co-hosted with the Motion Picture Association and Ghetto Film School, Forum Enables Diverse Content Creators to Connect with Entertainment Industry Leaders for Career Advice and Guidance Empire State Development (ESD) held the fourth New York State Multicultural Creativity Summit, an all-virtual interactive workshop that guides content creators of diverse backgrounds to better understand and advance their careers within the film and television industry. Hosted by the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in partnership with Ghetto Film School, the summit – which included more than five hundred participants – is another example of New York State’s commitment to promote the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry.  “New York’s film and television industry is an important part of the statewide economy, and will be a critical component as we continue to support economic development and job growth following the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-Designate Eric Gertler. “Like our resiliency in the face of COVID-19, diversity is a core strength and competitive advantage for New York. As we rebuild our economy, programs such as the Multicultural Creativity Summit, with partners MPA and Ghetto Film School, ensure inclusivity is prioritized and all individuals have equal access to opportunities within their industries.”   The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development works closely with studios, non-profit organizations and film festival curators to promote New York State’s talent and help expand pathways for aspiring filmmakers, writers and producers. The interactive workshop featured panel discussions that provided advice and guidance for diverse content creators looking to advance their careers in the film and television industry. Speakers at the event included: Brett King, Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Emerlynn Lampitoc, Vice President of Inclusion - Talent & Content for Film, TV and Streaming, NBCUniversal; Yvette Urbina, Vice President, Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia; Tendo Nagenda, Vice President, Original Film, Netflix; Hopi Noel Morton, Founder, HOPIWORKS; The Gilded Age Writer and Co-Executive Producer Sonja Warfield, The Gilded Age Executive Producer David Crockett; and others. Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, this is the first virtual Multicultural Creativity Summit. The past three events were held in-person in May 2017 (HBO Theatre); October 2018 (HBO Theatre), and December 2019 (SkySquare Conference Center at Viacom) – all in New York City. “The Motion Picture Association and our member studios are committed to building a diverse and inclusive pipeline for people working in our industry,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association. “America’s story cannot be told without reflecting everyone in it, and we are all working to make roads into the industry open to all people. We are proud to once again co-host this summit and help build a path that enables all creators to tell their stories.” “Ghetto Film School is continually inspired by our partnership with the Motion Picture Association and Empire State Development,” said Sharese Bullock-Bailey, Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer at the Ghetto Film School. “The Multicultural Summit is an event our team looks forward to and it truly inspires us to continue working toward our shared mission of showcasing diverse voices. We are creating an unmatched virtual platform for young creatives to find direct support when it comes to navigating both their careers and the ever-changing production environment.” The summit is part of a larger statewide initiative to increase diversity and inclusion and create equal opportunities in the film and television industry, which includes the first-in-the-nation Empire State Entertainment Diversity Job Training Development Grant Program. Launching soon, the program will provide financial assistance in the form of grants for job creation and training programs that support efforts to recruit, hire, promote, retain, develop and train a diverse and inclusive workforce for the motion picture and television production and post-production industries in New York State. The Multicultural Creativity Summit builds on Governor Cuomo's legacy of expanding opportunity, increasing diversity, promoting inclusion and standing up for all minority groups across New York. New York State continues to lead the nation in the fight for social justice and embracing diversity by passing legislation to ensure LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, welcoming our immigrant community, launching a women's equality agenda and fighting workplace discrimination. About the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development The New York State Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV), a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit https://esd.ny.gov/industries/tv-and-film. 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 NEW YORK,” 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 the Motion Picture Association The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world. Its member studios are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Netflix, Inc.; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.   Contact: ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313
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Report

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 3:45pm
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