New business consultation program looks to help street vendors thrive
New York City’s street food vendors could get another boost thanks to a new business expansion project announced by the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project (SVP), one of the leading advocacy groups for tens of thousands of vendors in the city. SVP’s Small Business Consultation Program launched this past week, and it’s meant to help members of the group grow their businesses in the coming years.
SVP plans to roll out the program in three phases this year. The first part includes: helping vendors with business compliance as they navigate various rules and learn how to obtain a sales tax ID. Members will also have a chance to learn how to set up online payment accounts like Venmo or Zelle and ways to develop a social media presence on Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms. Open to the more than 2,400 street vendors that make up the Street Vendor Project — the SVP has an annual membership fee of $100 per vendor — the consultations will be offered in English, Spanish, and Mandarin, with plans to include Bengali consultations in the near future as well. The focus for the second and third phases will be announced later this year.
SVP’s consultation program was inspired, in particular, by street food vendor Evelia Coyotzi, who after years of struggling to get a permit, launched her tamale business into one of the most well-known food carts in Corona, Queens. The new program announcement comes on the heels of a historic victory from the street vending community last month after the City Council voted to lift a decades-long cap on new street vending permits.
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