BUSHWICK - With stiff competition and plenty of rules to follow, starting a business in New York City can seem daunting, but a city agency is reaching out to help small-business owners before they run into potential problems.

The city's Small Business Services recently arranged for inspectors from the FDNY and Department of Health to visit the soon-to-open restaurant Faro in Bushwick. The inspectors told the owners what to expect during inspections and how to avoid failing them, which could result in fines.

"It's helpful because you get it right the first time, instead of being punished for getting it wrong," says Faro chef and co-owner Kevin Adey, who has been planning for Faro's opening for almost two years.

City inspections can happen at any time. Small Business Services hopes its initiative will help owners feel better prepared for those unannounced health and safety visits.