July 4, 2014

State, chambers offer free business support

ALBANY — New York state is working with more than 100 local chambers of commerce to provide free business assistance.

The project, announced this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is part of a strategic approach through the New York Department of Labor and Empire State Development to provide free services and help businesses access capital incentives, increase workforce and manage operations.

It is expected to be available to more than 50,000 businesses across New York.

The project includes assistance with setting up job fairs, customized employee recruitment, posting available employment on the state’s online jobs database (Jobs Express at, tax credits for hiring young people between 16 and 24, human-resource consultations, the use of partial unemployment benefits to avoid layoffs, health and safety consultations and labor-law seminars.

Since February, the Department of Labor has held more than 60 meetings with 100-plus chambers of commerce to outline the benefits of using the state’s no-cost services for businesses.

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said businesses in attendance have been surprised by the breadth of new and updated services the state offers.

“We tailor our services to businesses’ needs, and I invite every business to contact us to learn more,” he said.

Susan Matton, vice president for economic development at the North Country Chamber of Commerce, said that after a briefing by Department of Labor staff, they worked together to develop a survey to send to area employers.

The results will help the Department of Labor connect businesses with job seekers.

“Working together, the New York State Department of Labor and the North Country Chamber of Commerce have initiated an effort to improve knowledge and awareness of the department’s valuable employer services and identify the workforce issues facing North Country businesses,” she said in a statement. 

Cuomo said the collaboration with local chambers will increase the spotlight on the many ways the state can help businesses thrive. 

“From managing day-to-day operations to finding the right employees, our administration offers a variety of services that can open doors to a more competitive future for any company,” he said in a press release.”


A complete list of available resources can be found at

To contact a Business Services representative in your region, visit


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