Small businesses strengthen New York City’s economy, anchor communities, create jobs, and add to the vibrancy of the City’s neighborhoods. Of the more than 200,000 businesses located in New York City, 98 percent are small (fewer than 100 employees) and 89 percent are very small (fewer than 20 employees). These small businesses employ more than half of New York City’s private sector workforce, and often provide a first chance for economic self-determination and a path to the middle class for their owners. Every day, however, small businesses face a variety of challenges, including multiple levels of government regulations. More steps need to be taken to improve New York City’s regulatory environment, as the complexity and number of requirements weigh heavily on small businesses that often have fewer resources to navigate government.


As city councilwoman, Zuri will:

  • Provide individual support for business owners with client liaisons. 

  • Provide tax incentives for small businesses who hire full-time employees.

  • Ensure  agencies have plain language guides.

  • Deploy small business compliance advisers to support small businesses with following the rules.

  • Create one stop hearing centers for business regulatory issues.

  • Train community groups to assist local businesses.

  • Support businesses by providing educational events in the community.

  • Advocate  to protect small business owners against greedy landlords who often favor larger businesses and higher rents.

  • Incentivize the identification of creative innovative work  spaces for small businesses to operate such as Airbnb for startups to drive down the cost of rent.

  • Push for landmark status for certain long-term businesses in the district.

  • Advocate for financial assistance to small businesses impacted by natural disasters to help them adapt to changing customer behavior. Such as  low-interest loans and employee retention grants.

  • Fight to save NYC small businesses and jobs by passing the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) legislation

Supporting Small Businesses