COVID-19 Updates – 4/23/20

Our BID is committed to ensuring that our local business community receives the latest resources necessary to help them weather the current coronavirus situation. We will be updating this page regularly with information we receive from City, State, Federal agencies and other respected economic development and business support institutions. Please bookmark this page and check back often.   

Know something we are missing? See something inaccurate? Please email us at  [email protected]. 

This page was last updated on 4/23/20. Items subject to change and we cannot guarantee up to the minute updates. It is your responsibility as a business to follow government directives and stay abreast of the news and changing regulation. 

Start Here (Empieza aqui*)  

Financial Support for Businesses (Loans, Grants, Capital Raising Platforms)

City of New York Loans and Grants for Small Businesses  

To help businesses affected by COVID-19, the City of New York launched employee retention grants as well as a Small Business Continuity Loan Fund in March. Both of these programs have closed.  We will update if either of these vehicles reopen. 

Federal Government Loans (Small Business Administration Loans)   

Private Grants  

For Restaurant-specific Grants/Loans, see restaurant section below. 

Organizations with Business Counselors that Can Help Businesses with Loan/Grant Applications (and more):   

Financial Support for Business (Utility Support) 

Financial Support for Business (Business Tax Support)  

Financial Support for Business (Commercial Rent Relief)  

Financial Support for Businesses (Insurance Relief)  

Per Gov. Cuomo’s announcement 3/27: Small businesses experiencing coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)  

NY State’spage on understanding Commercial Business Interruption Insurance.  

Logistical/Admin Support for Businesses  

Workplace Health and Safety

Below are updated resources to help you and your business stay safe and prevent the spread of germs.   

Business Closures & Employee Reductions/Layoffs  

Resources to Provide Laid Off Employees  

Workplace Cleaning and Sanitation  

Industry-Specific News (Restaurants)

Industry Specific News (Other) 

NYC EDC (Economic Development Corporation) is seeking businesses with the ability to quickly source and/or make needed medical supplies (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed) to support the City’s COVID-19 response. Please visit here for more information. 

Industry Specific News (Freelancers)  

Freelancers Union has a rolling list of resources and advice for 1099 workers and is regularly updating its membership on efforts to include freelancers in the various relief plans.  

Freelancers/1099 workers are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans Grants (Advance) and Loans.  

Promotional Support  

Yelp is offering a variety of temporary free resources to businesses, including $100 in free advertising for restaurants offering takeout/delivery as detailed here. 

Our organization can help your business pass on important information to our 15,000 social media followers and 2,000 e-newsletter subscribers. If you offer delivery, takeout or curbside pick-up, let us know and we will promote it. If you sell gift cards, let us know and we will encourage our followers to purchase them so that you can have a continued cash flow. If you offer online shopping, facetime shopping or other innovative methods that customers can utilize to keep spending money at your establishment, let us know. Email Trey Jenkins at [email protected] and we will help promote. 

Have an update your business would like to share with the Queens eco-system? Queens Chamber is accepting business updates on its rolling COVID-19 announcement listPlease email your details to [email protected]with the subject line – QUEENS BUSINESS CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. 

NYC +Co, the City of New York’s official tourism body, is gathering and publicizing info on local businesses, cultural organizations and more for citywide promotional purposes. Make sure your business is covered.  Museums, theaters, performing arts organizations can submit a virtual experience for consideration here, Restaurants open for business can get listed here and business providing online purchases and gift card sales here.

COVID-19 Updates 5/8/20

Our BID is committed to ensuring that our local business community receives the latest resources necessary to help them weather the current coronavirus situation. We will be updating this page regularly with information we receive from City, State, Federal agencies and other respected economic development and business support institutions. Please bookmark this page and check back often.   

Know something we are missing? See something inaccurate? Please email us at  [email protected]. 

This page was last updated on 5/8/20. Items subject to change and we cannot guarantee up to the minute updates. It is your responsibility as a business to follow government directives and stay abreast of the news and changing regulation. 

Start Here (Empieza aqui*)  

Financial Support for Businesses (Loans, Grants, Capital Raising Platforms)

City of New York Loans and Grants for Small Businesses  

To help businesses affected by COVID-19, the City of New York launched employee retention grants as well as a Small Business Continuity Loan Fund in March. Both of these programs have closed.  We will update if either of these vehicles reopen. 

Federal Government Loans (Small Business Administration Loans)   

Private Grants  

For Restaurant-specific Grants/Loans, see restaurant section below. 

Organizations with Business Counselors that Can Help Businesses with Loan/Grant Applications (and more):   

Financial Support for Business (Utility Support) 

Financial Support for Business (Business Tax Support)  

Financial Support for Business (Commercial Rent Relief)  

Financial Support for Businesses (Insurance Relief)  

Per Gov. Cuomo’s announcement 3/27: Small businesses experiencing coronavirus-related financial hardship may defer paying premiums for property and casualty insurance for a 60-day period. This includes auto, homeowners, renters and other kinds of insurance. (No late fees will be assessed and there will be no negative impact to your credit.)  

NY State’spage on understanding Commercial Business Interruption Insurance.  

Logistical/Admin Support for Businesses  

Workplace Health and Safety

Below are updated resources to help you and your business stay safe and prevent the spread of germs.   

Business Closures & Employee Reductions/Layoffs  

Resources to Provide Laid Off Employees  

Workplace Cleaning and Sanitation  

Industry-Specific News (Restaurants)

Industry Specific News (Other) 

NYC EDC (Economic Development Corporation) is seeking businesses with the ability to quickly source and/or make needed medical supplies (e.g. face shields, gowns, ventilators, masks, and other products as needed) to support the City’s COVID-19 response. Please visit here for more information. 

Industry Specific News (Freelancers)  

Freelancers Union has a rolling list of resources and advice for 1099 workers and is regularly updating its membership on efforts to include freelancers in the various relief plans.  

Freelancers/1099 workers are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program Loan and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans Grants (Advance) and Loans.  

Promotional Support  

Yelp is offering a variety of temporary free resources to businesses, including $100 in free advertising for restaurants offering takeout/delivery as detailed here. 

Our organization can help your business pass on important information to our 15,000 social media followers and 2,000 e-newsletter subscribers. If you offer delivery, takeout or curbside pick-up, let us know and we will promote it. If you sell gift cards, let us know and we will encourage our followers to purchase them so that you can have a continued cash flow. If you offer online shopping, facetime shopping or other innovative methods that customers can utilize to keep spending money at your establishment, let us know. Email Trey Jenkins at [email protected] and we will help promote. 

Have an update your business would like to share with the Queens eco-system? Queens Chamber is accepting business updates on its rolling COVID-19 announcement listPlease email your details to [email protected]with the subject line – QUEENS BUSINESS CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. 

NYC +Co, the City of New York’s official tourism body, is gathering and publicizing info on local businesses, cultural organizations and more for citywide promotional purposes. Make sure your business is covered.  Museums, theaters, performing arts organizations can submit a virtual experience for consideration here, Restaurants open for business can get listed here.

Essential Stores and Eateries Open on Jamaica Avenue

A number of our essential stores are open on Jamaica Avenue along with eateries that are offering delivery and takeout options. Please
take a look at the below document we have compiled. We will continue to update this document as circumstances change. Please make an effort to keep these businesses open and their staff employed by supporting them.

Click here to download the list.

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