Business Support and Services

Fines are imposed to deter unwanted activities and protect the safety, health, and well-being of residents. The City imposes fines for violations of various City rules. As a business owner, it is important to learn how to avoid common small business fines and understand the rules and guidelines for operating your business.

Download the violation guide here in different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.

 

 

Empowering women to start, operate, and grow businesses. Woman entrepreneurs (WE) NYC’s free services area available across the five boroughs and in multiple languages.

Check out their website by clicking here. Download details here.

Chamber On-the-Go is a special service provided by NYC Small Business Services to help New York City small business owners access free services without leaving their storefront. “Chamber On-the-Go” deploys trained business specialists to connect with small business owners in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

During an on-site visit, Chamber On-the-Go specialists can:

• Conduct a snapshot assessment of your business strengths and needs
• Connect you with free resources to help your business thrive from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Chambers of Commerce, and local organizations
• Provide immediate business support and make appointments for future services
• Answer questions and collect feedback on the challenges and opportunities facing your specific business community

 

Department of Consumer Affairs: Protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities.

Check out their website by clicking here.

Immigrants face unique challenges in the workplace and marketplace. The Department of consumer Affairs crated these tips to educate immigrants about their rights and where to turn for help.

Download Consumer Protection Tips for Immigrants in different languages: English, Chinese, KoreanSpanish, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.

If you are a paid care worker in NYC, you now have a dedicated City resource for workplace questions and complaints: the paid Care Division within the Department of Consumer Affairs(DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards.

Download NYC Cares for Care Workers Brochure in different languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.

Download 10 Tips Every Consumer Should Know in different languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Bengali.

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce hosted a “pop-up” fine clearing event to help business owners reduce or eliminate fines owed to the City. This “pop-up” amnesty program was organized in collaboration with the New York City Department of Finance, which had staff on hand to assist business owners reduce or eliminate violations and fines received from the City. It’s part of “Forgiving Fines,” a three-month program authorized by Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to help New Yorkers resolve violations received from the departments of Sanitation, Buildings, Transportation, Fire, Landmarks, Parks or other City agencies.

During the amnesty program, the City will reduce certain penalties and waive interest that has been added to the base penalty amounts on violations in judgment, under certain conditions. This one-time amnesty program ran for 90 days and ended on December 12, 2016.

Businesses and individuals can search for eligible violations through the NYC Department of Finance by visiting nyc.gov/forgivingfines. Frequently asked questions can also be accessed through the webpage here. For further questions about the Forgiving Fines program, call 311 and ask to be directed to the NYC Department of Finance Collections Division.