Governor Hochul Announces Interagency Small Business Tour to Connect Businesses Across New York State to Vital Resources and Services

State Representatives will be at Mohawk Valley Community College, Information Technology Center on Tuesday, June 6, 8:30 a.m. to highlight state programs and services to help small businesses succeed

Businesses Can Register to Attend the Small Business Tour Here

Governor Kathy Hochul this week announced the launch of a new small business outreach effort, led by the New York State Department of Labor, to help connect entrepreneurs to no-cost supports and services. As part of the Governor’s continued commitment to these vital economic contributors, representatives from the New York State Department of Labor, Departments of State and Tax and Finance, the Workers’ Compensation Board, and Empire State Development will traverse the state to provide important information to small business owners on licensing, regulations, taxes, grants, training, and more.

“Small businesses are the core of New York’s economy – creating local jobs, reenergizing neighborhoods, and bringing communities together,” Governor Hochul said. “We are excited to bring no-cost resources directly to small businesses across the state to ensure they get the support they deserve.”

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said, “Our small businesses are the heartbeat of communities and play a vital role in our economy. The New York State Department of Labor offers a variety of no-cost resources that can help small businesses remain competitive in the global market. I encourage entrepreneurs to attend one of these sessions to learn more about how New York State can help you be successful.”

The small business tour features stops in Utica, Troy, Rochester, and Buffalo, and is part of New York State’s effort to advance, support, and strengthen smaller operations that continue to have a significant economic impact in their local communities.

Governor Hochul continues to back initiatives designed to make New York the most worker-friendly and small business-friendly state in the nation.

The Governor invested more than $1 billion to support New York’s small business community and accelerate the state’s pandemic recovery, including the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, $200 million Seed Funding Grant Program, and $550 million federal State Small Business Credit Initiative. The Governor also secured an additional $1 billion in funding to invest in local economies as part of the FY 2024 Budget, including $225 million in grant funding and tax credits for the Regional Economic Development Councils, $100 million each to fund an additional year of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward, $50 million for the RESTORE New York Communities Initiative, $400 million for the NYWORKS Economic Development Fund and almost $200 million for projects that support community growth and enhancement.

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