Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today the creation of a one stop shop to provide the state’s wine, beer and spirits manufacturers with a single government contact for assistance with business regulations, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
The new system is in response to producers’ concerns about the number of state agencies they deal with for business and compliance issues. This problem was discussed during Cuomo’s Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit in October 2012.
You can find it here: http://esd.ny.gov/NYSBeverageBiz.html
“With this one-stop shop, the days when our state’s beverage producers have to navigate a complicated bureaucratic process to find answers to their questions are coming to an end,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Small businesses in particular have found it difficult to collaborate with many state agencies, Cuomo said. The one-stop shop will allow manufacturers to speak with a single contact for business assistance.
“These businesses, many of whom are small and do not have access to additional resources to assist in the process, do not know what agency they must deal with for a particular issue and therefore can be unnecessarily subject to avoidable fines,” said Kenneth Adams, president of Empire State Development, in a statement.
The goal of the system is to partner with the industry to help facilitate growth and job creation by allowing a single contact for questions regarding regulations, licensing, incentives and issues within the industry.
The one-stop shop will consist of representatives from state agencies including the State Liquor Authority, Department of Agriculture & Markets, Tax and Finance Department, Labor Department, and others.
“Over the past two years, we have sought to transform state government into an entrepreneurial government that is a true partner to the private sector and can help facilitate innovation, industry growth, and job creation,” Cuomo said in a statement.