War on Small Business

August 9, 2010  |  

(Crain’s) — Although there are plenty of great reasons to run a small business in New York City, let’s face it: A business-friendly government is not one of them.

The city’s reputation for creating a Kafka-esque regulatory environment for small businesses dates to the World War II era. In regulation, as in most things, the city is over the top: The Official Rules of the City of New York is 14 volumes, and that seems positively lightweight when compared with the 21-volume city law.

It was a welcome sign when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council took up the issue this year, promising to transform the way city government deals with small businesses.

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