Rochester: Reducing Regulatory Burden for Local Small Businesses

The city of Rochester is a finalist for this year’s City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color.
by The city of Rochester | June 15, 2018 AT 10:00 AM
(182 ratings)

The city of Rochester is a finalist for this year's City Accelerator project, which is focused on helping cities build and grow their network of local businesses and entrepreneurs of color. Cities that are chosen for the project will receive valuable support and resources from experts and peers to help them achieve their goals.

You can help select this year's City Accelerator participants! Check out the cities' pitches, and then let us know which ones you think should be a part of this important program by giving them a star rating and leaving your comments below!

What is Rochester proposing?

The city of Rochester proposes an effort to reduce the regulatory burden for local small businesses, particularly Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises. The goal is to improve access to business capital support, and enhance local procurement policies and processes to support underrepresented entrepreneurs—helping them navigate local, state, and federal regulations, and take advantage of available business technical assistance.

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For a detailed description of the mission and purpose of the City Accelerator’s cohort on Local Businesses and Jobs Growth, click here.

Public response is one of several criteria being used by the City Accelerator to select cohort cities. The number of ratings or comments by themselves do not determine final status or selection.

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Anthony Lewis

On: 07-29-2018

As an entrepreneur and someone that helps other entrepreneurs with their businesses, this is great. I would like to learn more about the Accelerator Project and how this will not only help my clients but also myself.

Carol J. Zierman

On: 07-03-2018

This pilot could be a great model for other mid-size communities that are close to fully developed and have experienced economic decline, to show how they can reinvigorate their economy with a focus on inclusive wealth building.

Anonymous

On: 07-01-2018

GO ROCHESTER!

Jason Pierce

On: 07-01-2018

Love and believe in Rochester and the amazing people that make this a great place to live, work, raise a family, and create new opportunities.

JoshI

On: 06-28-2018

Outside the box thinking at its best Great action plan

Dave Garretson

On: 06-28-2018

Rochester!

David Garretson

On: 06-28-2018

Rochester!

Christina M

On: 06-25-2018

Rochester has been making excellent strides in recent years to support underrepresented entrepreneurs which is VITAL to helping alleviate the effects of poverty in our city. Good job, everyone! Keep up the amazing work!

Eric Wallgren

On: 06-23-2018

Municipal growth initiatives like this can be transformative. I hope it comes to fruition and helps grow the ROC!

Sandy Tiff Flint

On: 06-21-2018

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Was there in October, been many years since I was there, and so very impressed how clean and great this City is.

sam

On: 06-21-2018

great video

ray

On: 06-21-2018

ok

rope

On: 06-21-2018

great

Andrew Brady

On: 06-21-2018

This could be a game changer for more inclusive prosperity in Rochester!

Gisela

On: 06-20-2018

Go Rochester

Moira Lemperle

On: 06-20-2018

Rochester’s the best!

Jill Zabinski-Berne

On: 06-20-2018

Great initiative!!!!

Mitch Gruber

On: 06-20-2018

Small businesses make this city ROC

Katherine

On: 06-20-2018

Love Rochester!

Steve Carter

On: 06-20-2018

Small businesses add so much to the culture and vibrancy of our city and in many ways have led to the reinvestment in our downtown. Anything to support those willing to take a risk and add value to their community.

Jamison Clark

On: 06-20-2018

The future of the city is being shaped every day. We have to be very intentional about the way we design that process.

Karen Wilows

On: 06-20-2018

Up and coming city for young adults love it

Mary Beth Spinelli

On: 06-20-2018

Excellent presentation. In my over 7 years of community work and volunteerism in Rochester, NY I have witnessed few small businesses run by people of color or women. I'm fully supportive of your idea!

Madiya Bracamante

On: 06-20-2018

Awesome!!

Victorin kothor

On: 06-20-2018

This is great!

Mike

On: 06-20-2018

Absolutely!

Andrej Krajewski

On: 06-20-2018

Yes!!!!!!

Bri Terrell

On: 06-19-2018

Rochester is a great city with cultural diversity and community members who work incredibly hard to help each other out. However, due to a history of gerrymandering, racial politics, and outsourcing, the city has fallen behind. Community members are brilliant, hardworking, and have established amazing programs and businesses fit for the community demand; however, they often lack the resources for sustainable growth of companies. Rochester is the most deserving city for this prize.

Liza Savage-Katz

On: 06-19-2018

Nice to see possibilities for a brighter future!

EG HELFMAN

On: 06-19-2018

Born and rsised in Brighton, but know City government leaders ALWAYS trying to make Rochester profitable and livable for all.

Lily Vail

On: 06-19-2018

It is great to see the progress Rochester has made in equipping their small business and entrepreneurial communities with resources needed to grow. Excited to see what more they can achieve with the possibility of support from this grant!

Dominick Annese

On: 06-19-2018

I like the inclusion portion of this presentation. I think Rochester give an upswing but without 100% participation we can’t get there.

Andy.

On: 06-19-2018

Great stuff.

Fernando

On: 06-19-2018

So much potential!

Horace Allen

On: 06-19-2018

Rochester is the perfect city for the Accelerator program.

Matt Cochran

On: 06-19-2018

Very nice. Great message.

Jessica Kennedy

On: 06-19-2018

Go Rochester!

Joy th

On: 06-19-2018

Great content, but we need less pictures of the city and more of the people engaged in these incubators. Speakers’ message is good, by we could see less of them and just use their voices over pictures of your target groups.

sarah adeel

On: 06-19-2018

Go Team Rochester!

Sarah

On: 06-19-2018

Great initiative and so important for our city. Good luck Rochester! p.s I'd add a picture showing more diversity in your cover photo.

David Grome

On: 06-19-2018

I'm fortunate to work alongside many community leaders who view our region's most challenged neighborhoods as a hot spot for new and emerging economic opportunities instead of a problem lacking a plausible solution. To advance this vision, the City of Rochester and its community partners across private and public sectors create the environment for change. Instead of a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach, the City of Rochester, Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and their affiliates, use test-and-learn strategies that increase inclusive models for experimentation, entrepreneurship, and economic prosperity. These efforts and their leaders innately redefine the image of success. I'm encouraged by our community's collective ambition and persistence to foster change, advance progress, and cultivate wealth for more people. I'm pleased to give the City of Rochester and Mayor Lovely Warren a five-star rating for its five-star vision.

Debbie Lind

On: 06-19-2018

Great message

Anna

On: 06-19-2018

Let's do this!

Dorraine Kirkmire

On: 06-19-2018

Rochester's reinvention!

Tricia

On: 06-19-2018

Strong message; might benefit from more variety of speakers and images

Delia Ingham

On: 06-19-2018

The City of Rochester’s Mayor’s office has done an excellent job pinpointing one of the big problems in the underlying economic problems of the city. It seems that with such a focused plan great improvement can be achieved to close that disparity between the people of Rochester.

Jonny Price

On: 06-19-2018

Inspiring stuff, great work!

Daniel Roeder

On: 06-19-2018

Great video, great initiative

karen

On: 06-19-2018

nicely done and great initiative / great presentation

bob

On: 06-19-2018

nice presentation

Brian McKeown

On: 06-19-2018

Go Rochester, I'm a big supporter!

Meenu

On: 06-19-2018

this is incredible!!!

Anna

On: 06-19-2018

This video has me pumped! I'm glad to see a coordinated effort in making Rochester the best mid-sized city and a local government committed to helping small businesses!

John O

On: 06-19-2018

I've seen the strides Rochester has made, but am excited for the potential for greater progress.

Sam

On: 06-19-2018

Because of Rochester's history, we already have the infrastructure to support a bigger economy. We're ready.

Carol

On: 06-19-2018

Wonderful to hear such great news about Rochester. Hope your video is successful.

Albert Valentin III

On: 06-19-2018

Rochester needs more economical opportunities like this.

Ellie

On: 06-19-2018

This ROCs!!!

Jill

On: 06-19-2018

Excellent!

Henry Fitts

On: 06-19-2018

The Rochester community just needs a little push in the right direction. We are poised to have a big impact, where this initiative can really be felt.

Brian Hamlin

On: 06-19-2018

Great idea!

Anonymous

On: 06-19-2018

Rochester is making itself a great place to be a small business

Lisa

On: 06-19-2018

Let's make Rochester great again!

Sue

On: 06-19-2018

Failed in trying to rate.. sorry. 5 stars. Pop

Sue

On: 06-19-2018

Below

Sue Washington

On: 06-19-2018

I watched the video, I am not a small business owner but I would like to visit Rochester.

Chris

On: 06-19-2018

Let's see Rochester revitalized!

David Taliaferro

On: 06-19-2018

Rochester is walking the walk. They are serious about creating more opportunities to build wealth through entrepreneurship!

Graham Hughes

On: 06-19-2018

Go Rochester!

Chad Rieflin

On: 06-19-2018

The City of Rochester has an incredible vision and is doing amazing work! Very proud to see all that is happening!

Colin Lemen

On: 06-19-2018

I support small businesses