Mayor de Blasio launched Monday a new program to help would-be entrepreneurs start small businesses in New York City as the recovery from COVID-1
Mayor de Blasio launched Monday a new program to help would-be entrepreneurs start small businesses in New York City as the recovery from COVID-19 takes hold.
QuickStart would link up prospective business owners with dedicated city concierges to help them navigate the city’s Byzantine bureaucracy with a fast turnaround time of just 48 hours from the first call.
“It will make New York City the easiest place in the country to open a business,” de Blasio said.
Many small businesses across the five boroughs suffered enormous damage during the COVID-19 pandemic, and thousands closed for good.
But the mayor urged owners of shuttered small businesses to take another shot and for new entrepreneurs to start fresh.
The new program, which launched Monday, will be run by the city Small Business Services Department and won the praise of Melissa Beauduy, who opened her Wi Cafe in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, last November at the height of the pandemic after she lost her regular employment.
“If you know anything about Haitians, we are resilient,” she said. “We don’t give up.”
Beauduy bragged about her popular specialties like “drunken French toast,” which de Blasio vowed to sample.
“I want to come and experience the drunken French toast,” the mayor said. “That is a must.”