Thanks to John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing for this post about the Small Business Summit in New York City. The summit is a gathering of federal, state and local agencies that serve small business, such as the SBA, SCORE, SBDC and the NYC Department of Small Business Services. John mentions several things New York is doing for small business:
- They have created dozens of Small Business Solutions Centers, of which the most successful is run by a for-profit organization (mixing government and for-profit?).
- They proactively reach out to employers and offer to bring them five qualified, trained candidates for every job opening. In the past, efforts amounted to begging for people to hire their trainees with ads in subways right next to the wanted posters. (They placed 359 workers with Whole Foods this quarter.)
- They are working on an initiative called Business Express to bring together all 18 agencies that small businesses might need to meet with, file with and comply with in a one-stop shop–if they get that done, every city in America should take note. In another ungovernment-like move, the website for this effort, still a work in progress, is open to the public–Business Express.