Celebrate NYC Small Business Month with SBS

In May 2023, Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim announced the launch of “Small Business Month” to promote New York City’s diverse small businesses throughout the month of May, expanding on “National Small Business Week” recognized each year.

Join us to celebrate Small Business Month 2024:

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NYC Small Business Month Expo: Wednesday, May 29

SBS is hosting the first-ever NYC Small Business Month Expo to provide a variety of free information, resources, and direct services that address the needs of small business owners of all stages, industries, and boroughs.

Access 100+ free city programs, agencies, and partner resources – all under one roof:

  • Faster city permits and licenses
  • Financing and legal assistance
  • Contracting with the City of New York
  • Free consultations, workshops, and networking
  • … and much more!

Plan Your Visit

Run of Show
  • 9 a.m.: Doors open for resource tables and networking
  • 9:15 a.m.: Program Begins with Opening Remarks from SBS Commissioner Kevin D. Kim (Main Stage)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Workshops – see full schedule below
  • 3 p.m.: Event ends
NYC Ferry

There is no attendee parking available on the premises. Please check one of the nearby garages:

Workshop Schedule

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Show Me the Money: Financing Your Business
(Main Stage)

Thinking about financing for your business? Learn about financing options, what to consider before taking on debt, questions to ask yourself when looking for financing, and documents commonly required to apply for a loan.

Making the City of New York Your Next Customer
(Workshop Area A)

Getting #CityCertified can open doors. Learn about how and why to certify as Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE), and resources available to help city-certified firms compete for city contracts.

Developing a Marketing Strategy
(Workshop Area B)

No matter your business stage, learn how to build a foundational marketing strategy that will inform your every marketing tactic. 

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Getting the Keys! Legal Steps to Opening Up a Storefront
(Main Stage)

Attorneys will offer guidance on entity selection and intellectual property to protect your business and maximize its potential. Learn about negotiating a lease, what to look out for when signing a new lease, and how to set up a commercial space for success.

All Things Nightlife!
(Workshop Area A)

Whether launching or operating a nightlife or hospitality business, the NYC Office of Nightlife helps create safer spaces that contribute to community vibrancy and economic success. Learn about best practices around harm reduction techniques, outdoor dining, hiring industry professionals, effectively mediating with neighbors, and more.

Staffing for Success
(Workshop Area B)

Hiring? Hear from Workforce1 recruitment experts about how they approach finding top candidates, conducting effective interviews, and making the right matches.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
NYC BEST is Here for Your Regulatory Needs
(Main Stage)

Hear from the regulatory experts from NYC BEST and agencies including Buildings, Health, and more to learn how to avoid fines and violations, permits and licenses you need, and resources available to help.

FastTrac® Your Business
(Workshop Area A)

Get tips about crafting dynamic business plans for sustainable growth and success from this comprehensive entrepreneurship boot camp designed to accelerate both new and existing businesses.

M/WBE Triumphs: Tips & Strategies for Government Contracting Success
(Workshop Area B)

Five successful entrepreneurs who are #CityCertified share tips and insights about how they navigate city procurement to win high-value contracts.

2:30 - 3 p.m.
Growing Your Cannabis [Business] 
(Main Stage)

The cannabis market in New York is growing. Learn about Cannabis NYC support, resources, and education that can help you enter and thrive in the market.

Small Business Owners Unite! The Power of Merchant Organizing
(Workshop Area A)

Small business owners can leverage their collective power to build their voice and improve their local neighborhoods. Learn how.

Be Ready for the Unexpected
(Workshop Area B)

Flooding, street closures, cyber-attacks, you never know what will unexpectedly impact your business. Learn about tools available to easily prepare your business, and emergency response services that can help maintain operations and stay open for business in the event of an emergency.

Borough-Wide Events Calendar

Events are happening around all five boroughs throughout the month. Check out our calendar to find events near you.

If you’re planning a small business event during May, please submit your event here to be added to our calendar.

Welcome May.

Borough-Wide Events Calendar

Events are happening around all five boroughs throughout the month. Check out our calendar to find events near you.

If you’re planning a small business event during May, please submit your event here to be added to our calendar.

Welcome May.

Help Us Spread the Word!

Use our printable flyers, digital graphics, and messaging to let your business networks know about NYC Small Business Month and the Expo on May 29.

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Thank You to Our Partners!

By spreading the word, our partners are making a real difference for NYC’s 200,000+ small businesses.

Chambers of Commerce
  • Bronx Chamber of Commerce
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
  • New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Bronx Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Chamber of Commerce of Washington Heights & Inwood
  • Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
  • New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce
Community Organizations
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • BKLYN Commons
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network
  • Canarsie Merchants Association
  • Chhaya CDC
  • Cypress Hills LDC/Cypress Hills Fulton BID formation
  • Evergreen
  • Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union
  • New York Public Library’s Business Center
  • Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition
  • NY Laundromat Business Association
  • NYC Hospitality Alliance
  • OutSmart NYC
  • Philippine Consulate General in New York
  • Queens Together
  • Renaissance Small Business Services
  • Restoration Business Exchange + Accelerator
  • South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBro)
  • Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC)
  • Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC)
  • Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center
  • Tech Incubator at Queens College
  • Uptown Grand Central
  • Yemeni American Merchants Association
Media Partners
  • Korean Cultural Center New York
  • NYC Ferry
  • Westfield
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
  • Bayside Village BID
  • Belmont BID
  • Downtown Jamaica Partnership BID
  • East Midtown Partnership
  • FAB Fulton
  • North Flatbush Avenue BID
  • Steinway Street BID