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Meeting Name: Committee on Small Business Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 4/9/2021 11:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: REMOTE HEARING (VIRTUAL ROOM 2)
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Int 2097-2020 *Ben Kallos  Accessibility in small businesses.IntroductionThis bill would require the City of New York to establish a fund providing loans, grants, in-kind services, in-kind materials or some combination, to make small business storefronts accessible to people with disabilities. Small businesses of 100 employees or fewer and three locations or fewer would be eligible for the fund. The fund would award up to $250,000 in total value per storefront, and loans issued through the program would have an interest rate of no more than three percent. The City would be responsible for establishing a timeline of 90 days or less for the review of applications, issuing an approval or rejection of the application, and a disbursement of the fund, as applicable. Small business tenants or property owners who would bear the cost of the construction project would receive the fund award, but both parties must agree to receive it, unless a prior agreement states otherwise. As a condition of receiving the fund, the City may require that the storefront’s tenant be given a reduction in rent that equals a total of half the value of money, services and materials received through the fund.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2097-2020 *Ben Kallos  Accessibility in small businesses.IntroductionThis bill would require the City of New York to establish a fund providing loans, grants, in-kind services, in-kind materials or some combination, to make small business storefronts accessible to people with disabilities. Small businesses of 100 employees or fewer and three locations or fewer would be eligible for the fund. The fund would award up to $250,000 in total value per storefront, and loans issued through the program would have an interest rate of no more than three percent. The City would be responsible for establishing a timeline of 90 days or less for the review of applications, issuing an approval or rejection of the application, and a disbursement of the fund, as applicable. Small business tenants or property owners who would bear the cost of the construction project would receive the fund award, but both parties must agree to receive it, unless a prior agreement states otherwise. As a condition of receiving the fund, the City may require that the storefront’s tenant be given a reduction in rent that equals a total of half the value of money, services and materials received through the fund.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2110-2020 *Ben Kallos  Providing training and education to small businesses on compliance with the americans with disabilities act.IntroductionThis bill would clarify that the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is required to provide small businesses with business services, including training and education, on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, SBS would be required to make available informational materials customized for the unique needs of various types of small businesses, including those being formed, those in operation that are and are not the subject of a lawsuit alleging a violation of the ADA, and contractors that make physical modifications to properties to make them more accessible; as well as to help small businesses create a survey and plan for making their commercial spaces more accessible. The bill also requires SBS to include in their annual report a detailed description of the education and assistance provided to small businesses with regard to ADA compliance in the preceding fiscal year, the total number of staff who provided such education and assistance, and the total number of people who participated in the training and education provided by SBS related to ADA compliance.Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Not available
Int 2110-2020 *Ben Kallos  Providing training and education to small businesses on compliance with the americans with disabilities act.IntroductionThis bill would clarify that the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is required to provide small businesses with business services, including training and education, on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, SBS would be required to make available informational materials customized for the unique needs of various types of small businesses, including those being formed, those in operation that are and are not the subject of a lawsuit alleging a violation of the ADA, and contractors that make physical modifications to properties to make them more accessible; as well as to help small businesses create a survey and plan for making their commercial spaces more accessible. The bill also requires SBS to include in their annual report a detailed description of the education and assistance provided to small businesses with regard to ADA compliance in the preceding fiscal year, the total number of staff who provided such education and assistance, and the total number of people who participated in the training and education provided by SBS related to ADA compliance.Laid Over by Committee  Action details Not available