The Business Council advocated for New York’s small businesses last week at Small Business Day in Albany. Approximately 100 participants representing small businesses, trade associations and chambers of commerce attended the event organized by Business Council member the National Federation of Independent Business. The agenda included a ten-point agenda including repealing the wage notification portion of the Wage Theft Prevention Act, mandate relief, reforming New York’s Scaffold Law, out-of-network coverage, the 18-a energy tax, the manufacturers’ credit and paid sick leave.
“Small business day focuses on how small employers are challenged by New York’s tax and regulatory climate,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “Eighty percent of our 2,400 members have fewer than 100 employees, so we welcome this opportunity to share their concerns and help push for measures that make New York’s small business climate more conducive to growth.”
“Small Business Day not only recognizes the importance of main street businesses, but also serves as a critical reminder to lawmakers of the complex issues they face. From tax relief to sensible regulatory reform measures, our agenda is essential to the sustainability of New York’s small business owners. This collective effort should serve as a reminder to lawmakers that small business is the backbone of New York’s economic present and future,” said Mike Durant, state director, NFIB/NY.
Other Business Council members also spoke out on the importance of Small Business Day, including the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors (AGC), the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the Chamber of Schenectady County, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, Manufacturers Association of Central New York, New York Farm Bureau, New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association, North Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Rochester Business Alliance.
Visit NFIB’s website for more on Small Business Day.