District 4 is home to a diverse, exciting, and thriving small business community. Our local small businesses have helped to create a better future for our residents and support for our small business owners must be expanded. Marti is a staunch supporter of workers' rights because workers are the bedrock of our economy.
Marti's PLAN for small businesses
- Form a Legacy Business Preservation Fund, which will provide qualifying small businesses (including nonprofits) with annual financial assistance. The funds will also provide grants to commercial landlords in exchange for creating 10-year leases with these businesses.
- Reform the Commercial Rent Tax to exempt business owners located south of 96th Street who pay less than $500,000 per year, from the current threshold of $250,000.
- Establish a new public-private partnership that provides 1,000 small businesses with free advisory committees comprised of volunteers who are experts in key fields.
- Create and distribute a free toolkit for small businesses that includes vetted back-end products (i.e. inventory management, payroll, employment support, etc.) and technical assistance training to ensure that entrepreneurs can spend more time working on their businesses, not in their businesses.
- Like the City’s MWBE program which aims to increase the participation of Minority and Women Business Enterprises in the economy through local government contracting, amend the administrative code and New York City Charter to establish goals for participation by socially responsible, mission-driven businesses (such as B-Corporations and nonprofit organizations) which allow for the businesses to better compete for government contracts.
- Expand programs that support NYCHA-based home businesses, using the NYCHA Food Business Pathways program as a model.
- Build on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) by focusing legislation on existing businesses with under 50 employees and under $500,000 in annual revenue.
- Support prevailing wage and organizing rights for all workers in New York City.
- Support and highlight businesses and employer models that commit to providing workers with a minimum number of work hours and sufficient advance notice of last-minute schedule changes, in contrast to companies that use "just-in-time" and split shift scheduling.
- Advocate for the expansion of New York State’s Temporary Disability Insurance program to include paid family leave that raises the current cap on benefits from $170 per week to roughly $600 per week over the course of four years to ensure that mothers and fathers are able to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, and that care of a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, grandchild, grandparent, sibling, or the parent of a spouse or partner is allowed.
- Empower individuals to negotiate fair salaries and ensure gender parity by exploring the creation of an online database based on City tax data. To protect the privacy of individuals, the site would list salary information by job title (not name) for companies that employ 50 or more employees.
- Adequately fund and expand access to free legal services for immigrant workers and asylum seekers.
- Build the capacity of community-based organizations that serve immigrant communities by regularly convening and coordinating groups focused on worker education and workforce development.
- Increase support and technical assistance for worker centers (aka day-laborer centers), which offer valuable opportunities for immigrant workers to learn on-site while waiting for employment.
Workforce development + TECHNOLOGY
- Using the Tech Talent Pipeline as a model, close hiring gaps in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields by working with employers to specify the skill needed and provide high quality training to local job seekers.
- Expand free, multi-lingual technology training to businesses to support increased sales with education that focuses on website development, social media training, and marketing.