Mr. Gregg Bishop Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Gregg Bishop is charged with running a dynamic city agency that helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for New York City’s diverse communities, connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Born in Grenada and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Bishop formerly served as Deputy Commissioner of SBS’ Business Development Division from 2012 to 2015, having begun his career at the agency in 2008 under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As Deputy Commissioner Bishop was responsible for a suite of programs designed to make it easier for businesses to start, operate, and grow in New York City, including NYC Business Solutions, Business Incentives, and Business Recovery. He also managed the expansion of business services to immigrant and women entrepreneurs, improved programming for outer borough communities, and collaborated with agencies such as EDC, DCA, HPD, and NYCHA to help build the capacity of entrepreneurs and operating businesses. Previously at SBS, Gregg served as Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity, where he was responsible for overseeing the Minority-and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) program including certification, capacity building, and developing strategic initiatives that support the business needs of City buyers and prime contractors subject to M/WBE purchasing goals under New York City Local Law 129. He also worked with various community organizations to deliver capacity building services, including financing assistance to small businesses and M/WBEs. Prior to his appointment in DEFO, Gregg served as the Senior Manager of Workforce Development at NPower, where he was responsible for doubling the capacity of Technology Service Corps, a nationally recognized technology training program for young adults aged 18-25. Prior to NPower, he served as the Director of Web Operations at Oxygen Media, where he helped guide the media company’s web consolidation strategy. Gregg also served as Vice President of Technology Operations at TheStreet.com, where he helped build and maintain the company's internal and external technology infrastructure.
Gregg began his career at VIBE Magazine helping to establish the publications brand during the pioneering days of the web. Bishop received his Master’s in Integrated Marketing and Management Communication from The Florida State University, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida A&M University, both in Tallahassee, FL. He has also studied International Management and Marketing in Tokyo, Japan and is a graduate of Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program, and the Coro Foundation’s Leadership New York. He is an adjunct professor at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and serves as Board President of Red Hook Initiative.