2002-11-30 / Community

Council Publishes Resource Guide For Small Biz

Council Publishes Resource Guide For Small Biz

Doing business in New York City was made easier with the release of an invaluable new publication distributed by the City Council. The first-ever, "Resource Guide to Small Business Development in the Five Boroughs" was unveiled at the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Science, Industry & Business (SIBL) branch, located at 188 Madison Avenue.

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller was joined by NYPL President Paul LeClerc, Kristen McDonough, Director of SIBL, and several other Council Members in announcing the new publication.

The 176-page guide provides a path by which existing and aspiring small business owners can steer their way through the set-up process. The handbook lists more than 320 federal, state and city-run assistance programs and provides their corresponding web site, phone numbers and addresses.

In addition, there is an easy to follow section on how to start a small business, including directions for writing a business plan and creating a structure model.

"Small businesses are the backbone of New York City’s economy and employ more than half of our workforce," said Speaker Miller. "This city was founded on people with dreams of building a better life than what they had before. So many of those dreams started with the opening of a small shop or deli. I hope this guide makes those dreams become reality for more New Yorkers than ever before."

"Public libraries in New York City are engines for educational and economic opportunity. The New York Public Library is grateful that the City Council has, once again, recognized the importance of our services by compiling this new resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners," said Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library.


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