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Red Tape Commission

Did you know that every day almost a million New Yorkers go to work at more than 200,000 small businesses around the city? The goal of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer for these New Yorkers is to cut the figurative "red tape" in order to give all New Yorkers a fair chance to be successful.

In the Comptroller Stringer's 60 Ways to Cut Red Tape video, Comptroller Stringer explained that the process to starting a business in New York City has not been easy; many faced bureaucratic road blocks to opening their doors, and that’s why he formed the Red Tape Commission. The Commission is comprised of small business leaders, regulatory experts, and advocates from around the City who are dedicated to finding ways to help business owners cut through the red tape.

“The whole permit process is so convoluted,” said Deborah Koenigsberger, owner of Noir et Blanc and Thrifty HoG, located on West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue in the Flatiron Business Improvement District. She adds that putting permit requirements online and laying out easy steps that merchants can understand would tremendously help small businesses. "The whole point of this is to stop us all from drowning in red tape."

The Red Tape Commission’s report entitled 60 Ways to Cut Red Tape and Help Small Businesses Grow includes the following best practices for city agencies:

  • Establishment of Clear Timelines for the Approval of Permits
  • Appointment of Small Business Advocates at relevant City agencies
  • Creation of Training Videos for Businesses in Multiple Languages

Read more about the Red Tape Commission and watch the “Comptroller Stringer's 60 Ways to Cut Red Tape” video here.

Download the report here

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