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Governor appoints chief diversity officer

Governor Cuomo has appointed Mecca E. Santana as New York state’s chief diversity officer.

Governor Cuomo said, “Ms. Santana will bring more than a decade of public sector experience to the position, and she has a proven track record in working on equal opportunity, civil rights and diversity issues in government. Ms. Santana will be a great asset in our efforts to ensure state government is inclusive and fairly represents the great diversity of New York State, including through building opportunities for MWBE participation and economic growth.”

Santana previously served as the executive director of the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management at the New York City Department of Education (DOE). In her position, she established the DOE’s Diversity and Inclusion program and created the DOE’s first Minority and Women Owned Business Diversity Council.

Prior to joining the DOE in 2008, Santana was senior assistant counsel for the New York State Commission of Investigation.

The Chief Diversity Officer is tasked with reforming and strengthening the State’s programs and efforts to encourage the growth of minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).

Staten Island businesses still suffering from Sandy

The Staten Island Advance reports that many businesses are still struggling from Hurricane Sandy.

Dean L. Balsamini Sr., director of the Staten Island Small Business Development Center (SBDC), says that about 15 percent of the 200 businesses that sought the help of the SBDC after the storm have yet to reopen.

While some businesses could apply for Small Business Administration loans or FEMA aid, most businesses have to fund their own rebuilding.

The Small Business Administration is holding a series of webinars aimed at disaster preparedness for businesses

The Business Council of New York State believes that policymakers need to engage with the business community to assess how to work together moving forward with disaster preparedness.  Although there are many possible approaches, the state should consider establishing a joint business and government commission aimed at developing a state-level action plan for responding to future extreme weather events.

Business workshop in Buffalo

A pre-business start-up planning workshop, STARTING and MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS, will be held Wednesday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at The Buffalo Main Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203.
The workshop is sponsored by the SBA, SCORE and The Buffalo and Erie County Library. You will learn about business planning, marketing, market research, legal structures, insurance, taxes and more.
For reservations log on to BuffaloNiagara.Score.org. Registration is required. Current pricing is Veterans FREE and all others $30. If you would like the newest edition of the SCORE Business Plan Workbook, add $15.


CEO survey names NY 49th Best State for Business

As the Business Council continues to advocate for laws and regulations that continue to make New York a friendlier place to do business, a new survey by Chief Executive Magazine ranks New York the 49th best state for business.  CEOs surveyed ranked several categories including taxation and regulation, quality of workforce, and living environment.  Read the full survey online at chiefexecutive.net.

Heather Briccetti attends Governor Cuomo’s Tourism Summit

Governor Cuomo Tourism Summit
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Heather Briccetti, president & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is among the business leaders and industry officials who are attending Governor Cuomo’s first Tourism Summit in Albany today. During his opening remarks, the governor said his goal is to ensure the tourism industry will continue to grow. In her comments during the summit, Briccetti commended the governor for “recognizing that focusing on tourism is the same as focusing on business.”

Heather Briccetti at Tourism Summit
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Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has launched a series of initiatives to bolster statewide tourism, including new marketing and advertising campaigns to showcase New York State’s many assets and attractions. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 694,000 jobs and generated $16.6 billion in wages in 2011.


SBA to close five business recovery centers in New York

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced  that due to a steady decrease of activity, the Business Recovery Centers below will cease operations at the close of business Thursday, May 2.

Kings County

NYC Business Solution

Brooklyn Center

9 Bond Street, 5th Floor

(between Livingston & Fulton Streets)

Brooklyn, NY  11201

Closes: Thursday, May 2 at 5 p.m.

Nassau County

Baldwin Public Library

2385 Grand Avenue

Baldwin, NY  11510

Closes: Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m.


New York County

Chinatown Partnership/BID

60 St. James Place

New York, NY  10038

Closes: Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m.


New York County

NYC Business Solutions Center

79 John Street, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10038

Closes: Thursday, May 2 at 5 p.m.


Queens County

York College City University of NY – SBDC

94-50 159 Street

Science Bldg., Room 107

Jamaica, NY 11451

Closes: Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m.

New data center in Manhattan for Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Business Class opened a data center in New York City today to provide businesses with a secure facility for their information technology assets. The 17,000 square-foot facility is located at 395 Hudson Street in Lower Manhattan and offers flexible space options to serve the needs of businesses of all sizes.

Read the full article here.

For more information on Time Warner Business Class services visit www.twcbc.com.