Liz Loves Hair Beauty Salon Celebrates Two Years in Business with Networking Event to Give Back to the Community

Liz Loves Hair Beauty Salon in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn hosted a networking event for Brooklyn African-American women entrepreneurs and Dress for Success donation drive on Saturday, November 1. The evening also marked two years in business for the salon.

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NYC’s Paid Sick Leave Law

NYC’s new Paid Sick Leave Law applies to most employees in NYC and is now in effect. Employees can start using earned sick leave on July 30, 2014.

If you work in NYC for more than 80 hours a year, you can earn up to 40 hours of sick leave each year to care for yourself or a family member.

If you are an employer, including a nonprofit or small business, you must provide:

? Paid sick leave if you have 5 or more employees who work in NYC or unpaid sick
leave if you have fewer than 5 employees.
? 2 days of paid sick leave to domestic workers who have worked for you for more
than 1 year. This leave is in addition to the 3 days of paid rest to which
domestic workers are entitled under New York State Labor Law.


Fashion on the Road: Le Suite Boutique

On the Road with Le Suite Boutique!


Iran Oritz dreamed of owning her own clothing store that would cater to the tough yet chic New Yorker. However, with high rent all over the city, it was difficult to secure a location. After much thought, Oritz came up with an innovative alternative ? a boutique on wheels. This would not only make her dream a possibility, but her mobile truck would stand out from any storefront location.? Passionate about the prospect of her new business, Ortiz told her good friend Mareana Rosario Torres about her idea. The ladies soon joined forces, becoming business partners.



Ortiz and Torres turned to the New York Women?s Chamber of Commerce for help starting their business. Robert Izzo ? the director of WMBE Services ? mentored the ladies on how to incorporate their business into the New York fashion scene. With the help of NYWCC, Le Suite Boutique was able to turn their dream into a reality. ?Since the launch of their mobile boutique, Ortiz and Torres have had great success!

While mobile boutiques have become increasingly popular in the last years, you will not find a boutique that compares to Le Suite Boutique. ?Offering the latest style in female street wear and contemporary brands, Ortiz and Torres? boutique is a game changer. The truck carries brands, such as, Married to the Mob, Crooks & Castles, Hellz Bellz, Moda-Luxe, and much more! Most of their merchandise ranges in price from $25-$120. Ortiz and Torres have done a wonderful job at creating a welcoming space for their customers. They?ve designed the truck to resemble a walk-in-closet, which allows their customers to feel right at home while browsing the racks. Le Suite Boutique has exceeded all expectations of a mobile truck!

The truck now ventures the streets of New York City three-to-four times a week.? We must not forget that being a store on wheels, one may wonder, how can I find the truck? ?The ladies always share their location on their social media accounts. Most of the time, the ladies explore areas of the city the night before, and share their location the following morning. Catch the ladies in their radiant orchid, mobile boutique when it?s in your neighborhood by checking their Twitter ( and Instagram (



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Welcome to Maria Torres-Springer, new Commissioner of NYC Dept of Small Business Services

This week Mayor Bill De Blasio appointed Maria Torres-Springer as the new Commissioner of SBS. ?Ms. Torres-Springer is a former executive vice president and chief of staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

“?I look forward to ensuring that every small business owner ? no matter where they are from, where they live or what they look like ? has access to the resources they need to succeed,” she said in a prepared statement.

About Maria Torres-Springer:

Maria Torres-Springer has a demonstrated record of expanding small business opportunities, with a history of building relationships with community, government and private businesses to support economic development projects throughout New York City.

Torres-Springer?s experience collaborating with local communities began when she worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a nonprofit focusing on bringing together community organizations and stakeholders with private and public resources to help revitalize neighborhoods based on locally-defined priorities.

More recently, Torres-Springer served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw the development and implementation of more than 100 initiatives designed to support innovation and entrepreneurship across all industries.

From directing the revitalization of a 27-acre district and surrounding area in Coney Island and creating an amusement and entertainment district, to helping lead the Applied Sciences NYC initiative, spurring new applied science and engineering campuses across New York City, Torres-Springer has continually proven her commitment to creating a dynamic city economy that works for all New Yorkers. Torres-Springer has also served at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding as a Senior Policy Advisor and as the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the Highline


President Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the SBA

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President Obama Nominates Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the SBA

(Right to Left) SBA Administrator Nominee Maria Contreras-Sweet, President Barack Obama and Acting SBA Administrator Jeanne Hulit On January 15, President?Barack Obama?nominated?Maria Contreras-Sweet to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. ?Contreras-Sweet is the executive chairwoman and founder of ProAm?rica Bank, a commercial bank focusing on small to mid-sized businesses and previously served as theCalifornia Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing.

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Small Business Owners and the Obama Care

I am a Small Business Owner Do I Need to Get Health Insurance?

The business owners, as well as their employees (full-time or part- time) are required to have health insurance.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), small businesses with less than 50 full-time employees will not be penalized for not offering health insurance coverage benefit to their full time employee.

The business owners, as well as their employees (full-time or part- time) however, are all subject to the individual mandate, which requires that every individual have health insurance coverage or pay a penalty.

The NYWCC, through a contract agreement with Community Service Society of NY, is providing in-person-assistance services to the self-employed, free-lancers, sole-proprietors, small business owners and their employees.? We have 3 NYS-certified navigators on staff that provides enrollment assistance in the NYS Of Health Market Place.

As navigators, we can also help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a business owner or as an individual under ACA, We can also guide and assist you with the online application, address your concerns and questions regarding identity proof, income-related information for self-employed, and help you compare health plans benefits.

Remember, Everyone is Required to Have Health Insurance.

It is the Law.

We at the New York Women?s Chamber of Commerce are ready to assist you navigate the NYS Of Health Market Place

Call 212-491-9640 x 102 for Services.


Make Taxes Work In Your Favor

?NYWCC Tax Workshop?

In Spanish
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
10:00 am ? 12:00 pm
Latino Microenterprise Institute
5030 Broadway, Suite 718
In English
Thursday, January 17, 2013
12 noon – 2:00pm
Operation Hope
2511 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
Attend this workshop to learn about Federal, State and City filing requirements, techniques to minimize your tax bill, how business tax returns tie into personal tax filings, pre-tax health savings accounts, ?pre-tax spendable accounts, pre-tax retirement accounts and more.

Please RSVP – Space is limited


Crowdfunding Rules on Hold

So you’re looking for alternative funding to expand your business and you’ve been thinking about crowdfunding? Hold that thought!

Excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:

The SEC is still hammering out its rules. The commission was given until January 2013 to set the rules, but is widely expected to miss that deadline. Agency Chairman Mary Schapiro will step down Friday, a move that is likely to delay the rule-making progress. An SEC spokesman declined to comment.

Finra, an independent regulator for all U.S. exchange markets and brokers, also was required under the JOBS Act to set its own equity crowdfunding rules. But unlike the SEC, it wasn’t given a deadline. In July, it sought public comment on a host of crowdfunding rules, including advertising, fraud and manipulation, and trading principles. Read more