NYS Releases Opportunities & Partners with Empire State Digital

Empire State Digital, a new initiative accelerating New York State-based small businesses' ability to grow their online presence through a first-in-the-nation program with leading global e-commerce enablers, including Shopify, Square, Clearbanc, and Etsy. They will offer specialized solutions such as education, free resources, marketing support, and discounted pricing that is unique to the needs of New York's small businesses. 
 
Here is A Summary of Offers from Partners to Small Businesses:  
 
Shopify  
  • First 90 days free for new brick and mortar merchants registering before November 30, 2020

  • Free access to Shopify Point-of Sale (POS) Pro features until October 31, 2020

  • Free* contactless payment Shopify Tap & Chip Reader for new POS retailers (*limited supplies)

  • $500 in Shopify app store credits for new Shopify POS brick-and-mortar retailers

  • 24/7 support, including access to online educational resources and possible eligibility for Shopify Capital

Square  
  • Educational workshops for small businesses, including restaurants and retailers, interested in going online and dedicated office hours in English and Spanish 

  • Build a free website with Square Online  

  • Free processing on up to $1,000 in credit card transactions for the first 180 days after joining Square 

Clearbanc   
  • Educational content on improving the financial health of your business   

  • Discounted rates on funding 

  • Free company valuation and track growth week-over-week 

Etsy  
  • Educational content on how to start a successful online business  

  • Free listing credits for new sellers 

 
Options can be reviewed on Empire State Digital's website which includes additional services available to small businesses from Empire State Development's statewide resource partners, including hands-on assistance, training and counseling.