Transcript: Mayor Eric Adams Delivers Remarks on Small Business Week in the Bronx

Might 6, 2022

Commissioner Kevin Kim, Section of Compact Enterprise Products and services: Building some acknowledgements right here. We’ve received Mayor Eric Adams in the house. And he’s coming down appropriate about now. We have bought Borough President Vanessa Gibson in the household. We’ve got Council Member Marjorie Velazquez. Is she below someplace? All proper. She’ll be below as perfectly. I want to accept more than a dozen of our sister businesses listed here to help support. We’ve also bought neighborhood partners below as properly. And this is the mayor. Can we give him another spherical of applause, be sure to?

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Commissioner Kim: I want to definitely start by thanking the folks right here in the group, Mohammad Side, who aided present 500 meals today, who operates a food cart out in Instances Sq.. We have bought the Street Seller Task who’s supported us all 7 days extensive with meals. We have obtained associates from YAMA. We’ve acquired the Morris Park BID government director, Dr. Camelia Tepelus right here. We’ve obtained the Bronx In general Financial Advancement Corporation. The Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Sorin is in this article. We have received Zade Naji and Dr. Debbie Almontaser, YAMA board members. And then at the stop, we have bought a dance troop. And so I hope you are going to all adhere all-around.

Commissioner Kim: Now, we are so thrilled to be celebrating day 5 of our All-around the World in New York City tour to rejoice National Tiny Enterprise Week. And the motive why we selected the Bronx as our grand finale is various causes. Quantity a person, this is also to support kick off Bronx 7 days, which the Borough President Gibson will be leading. We are also right here mainly because we know that we want to emphasize the immigrant communities. And there is no far better area than practically to do that right here in the Bronx. And we are also commemorating Eid. So Eid Mubarak, for everybody who’s observing.

Commissioner Kim: As we went via the city, we went day a person in Brooklyn, Marcy Plaza, Mattress-Stuy. We went day two, Staten Island. We had been in day 3 in Chinatown. Working day 4 yesterday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo in Little Columbia and Jackson Heights, Queens. And wherever we went, we heard the struggles and tales of small business enterprise homeowners. But at the same time, we listened to about the hope. The hope which is out there of businesses that begun through COVID, the hope of hearing this mayor, Mayor Eric Adams’ eyesight of putting little firms at the middle of our economic recovery. Now we’ve had an govt order aiding to focus on minimizing fines and violations for small business entrepreneurs so that they, the spine of our economic system, can genuinely lead New York Town back again in a additional equitable way. At SBS, I definitely do want people to realize what we do, due to the fact we know that quite a few of you can’t occur to 1 Liberty Plaza where our headquarters are. We have 18 Workforce 1 Centers through the city that can assist job seekers.

Commissioner Kim: So if you know people today who are searching for employment, be sure to refer them to Workforce One particular Facilities where by we can hook up them to work schooling packages at no expense to them to help join them to very good paying out work opportunities and professions. We’ve also acquired seven business enterprise remedies centers all all around the town that can assistance enterprises start, function, and mature. We also are the city’s minority females small business owned enterprise, MWBE certification company. So if you are an MWBE, arrive to us. We can keep your arms, choose you move by stage to give you obtain to govt contracts. There is $1.2 billion that was offered out in federal government contracts to MWBEs final year. And we want this group to also partake in that.

Commissioner Kim: At SBS, we are fully commited to bringing means out to you. Mayor Eric Adams has stated, “We know not just about every enterprise operator, not each individual New Yorker can come to us.” So look behind us. We have this lovely cell RV unit that will occur into your neighborhoods. And you by no means know, the mayor may well just pop out of one of them at a person time. But if you want this mobile device, reach out to us, for the reason that we will occur to you. He wants people today to have providers that historically have been denied these products and services. We are likely to fulfill you. We are heading to fulfill the modest company homeowners where you are.

Commissioner Kim: Now, ahead of I convert it about and introduce some of our special visitors, I do want to say that even nevertheless today is the closing of Nationwide Modest Business enterprise Week, Mayor Eric Adams’ administration, we handle every single 7 days as New York Town Smaller Company 7 days. And at SBS, we handle each working day as Modest Business enterprise Day. So we have bought the methods. Seem at us as your to start with cease to operate, to increase your corporations. If you happen to be on the lookout for cash funding, if you happen to be on the lookout for commercial lease support, we are there for you. So thank you so significantly, everyone, for coming. Now, devoid of considerably even further ado, I genuinely want to bring up in this article your borough president, any person who has been a staunch advocate for small companies all through her public company career. And she’s likely to notify you all about Bronx 7 days and almost everything that the Bronx is up to. Borough President Gibson.

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Commissioner Kim: Thank you. All right. Effectively, thank you borough president chief. Also aided me a ton by acknowledging other people that I got one more sheet of paper to now. So thank you for that. And we do want to point out the deputy borough president was at SBS before she went about. So I believe we trained her very well.

Commissioner Kim: Following, I might like to introduce Council Member Marjorie Velazquez. Is she here yet? Oh, there you go. Well, appear, she also requirements really minimal introduction in this district. A person of the to start with times on the career for me, Mayor Adams and Council Member Velasquez, we ended up heading into a corridor stroll. Yeah. And we did a bunch of dining establishments. And really we had been listening to the keep proprietors, and Council Member Velasquez, who’s also on the Smaller Organization Committee is a actual true champion for little organizations and a fantastic husband or wife to us. So thank you quite substantially.

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Commissioner Kim: Thank you, Council member. Upcoming I might like to introduce to you a organization proprietor, the genuine VIP of present day celebration, Sal Alghati. He has been a Morris Park resident for 30 many years. And he opened Tasty Decision in Oct 2020 throughout the pandemic. He also owns the New Morris Deli, which has been in the group for many, quite a few years. In the course of COVID, the Morris Park BID experienced a complete of 16 new organizations open up and a bulk were being Yemeni owned. So to symbolize, Mr. Alghati.

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Commissioner Kim: And now, the mayor who receives stuff performed for the Bronx, the mayor who gets stuff completed for small company house owners, and the mayor who gets things finished for all New Yorkers, Mayor Eric Adams.

Mayor Adams: Thank you. Feels so fantastic to be up listed here in the Bronx with our terrific Bronx borough president, the entire elected chair. Pay attention, I am heading to spend a good deal of time in the Bronx. These are essential problems… But I assume it truly is so vital, as it was just talked about, of the energy of community basic safety, the power of general public protection, of folks, as I go throughout the town and I go to gatherings, to business leaders, and I am listening to the very same detail in excess of and around once more. That’s why I speak about it all the time. You really should not have a retailer with your really hard acquired money and somebody walking in with a gun, having whichever they want and walking out. You should really not have to offer with the violence that you might be viewing through the Bronx. The selection of shootings in the Bronx and the selection of repeated shooters returning to our streets to do the steps once again is not acceptable. And I’m not going to overlook the issue that’s going on.

Mayor Adams: Public protection and justice can go with each other. And no a person is aware of it greater than you as little business enterprise entrepreneurs. Your problem for your small children, your households. The smaller quantity of individuals who are frequently triggering violence in our town should really not be equipped to walk our streets with impunity, with the violence that they are demonstrating. I will need you as small business leaders, elevate your voice with me on this. Permit them know we you should not want a metropolis of violence. We will not want to listen to the shootings night following evening in the Bronx more than and in excess of all over again. So this is not an Eric Adams phone. This is a simply call for the harmless people today of the metropolis.

Mayor Adams: I have one question. We listen to everybody chatting about people who are committing crimes. What about the innocent folks that are not committing crimes? When are we likely to communicate for them? So as your mayor, I’m conversing for those people who open up their gates early in the morning, continue to be 12, 13, 14 several hours, all those who operate tough, individuals who give their all so their kids can mature up. All those are the individuals I’m talking for, the every day, hardworking folks of this city that are executing the correct factor. They really don’t leap turnstiles. They swipe their Metrocard. They do not try to steal from a shop. They pay out the value of going into the retail outlet. They are not carrying a gun. They are shielding their people from those who carry guns. They’re not attacking individuals due to the fact of their religion. They know how to live among every single other, regardless of our faith. People are the New Yorkers that I keep in mind. Those people are the New Yorkers I am fighting for. And you are agent of those people New Yorkers, and I’m going to be a mayor for you no make a difference what I do.

Mayor Adams: And to this amazing commissioner and the Deputy Mayor of Maria Torres-Springer, we called on all of our organizations to go in, do an investigation of what we’re doing to get in the way of enterprises. You ought to not have strain if a metropolis agency that you pay out for walks in your small business. You need to know that they are there to keep your doorways open up, not to be imaginative, to come across ways to near your business.

Mayor Adams: And so we are coming out with a entire assessment of all of our organizations. And they came with their suggestions, and we reported, “Which is not good ample. Go back again, occur with much better tips of retaining businesses open up.” And this commissioner understands it. As a compact business enterprise operator, we brought him into the administration to go in, to make confident we get it right so you can hold your organization up and operated. New York Town has been brutal to modest firms. We talked about how we build the metropolis by little organizations, but we did just the opposite. That stopped January 1st, 2022 when you have a mayor that appreciates you functioning, owning, and combating to hold your tiny enterprises open up. I can not thank you plenty of. That is why we did this week. We communicated with 2,500 distinct people today and compact organizations showing them how to navigate government.

Mayor Adams: We are heading to be cell. We are heading to arrive out to you. We are heading to connect. We’re going to study from you. We’re heading to have a business enterprise welcoming town. That is the target for the reason that when you hire, you carry the life of people larger. That is the focus of this administration. And so thank you so much for permitting me to come up to the BX. And all of the electives who are listed here and are uniform and delivering the way of everyday living that we know we should be expecting. The Bronx has gone via so a lot for significantly also long. All of the parts wherever there are negatives, you show up to be foremost. And the following four a long time, we need to convert individuals negatives into positives. And we could do it alongside one another if we are united. And our intention is to be united. Thank you so much. Fantastic career, commissioner.

Commissioner Kim: So now we’re heading to shut, but we want to have you all observe the dance troop that’s going to be executing. So thank you all so substantially for coming right now.

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