This page was last updated on 4/6/21. 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 regulations.
From the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 until March 2021, our BID administered a page of covid resources (grants, loans, regulations, etc. ) for our business community, which was updated at least biweekly, and more often as new information surfaced. Moving forward, please sign up to our e-newsletter at Jamaica.nyc and our social media accounts [Instagram: @jamcenterbid, Facebook: Jamaica Avenue, Twitter: @JamCenterBID] to receive this type of up to the minute information.
LATEST COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT INFORMATION
- On Tuesday, April 6 individuals over the age of 16 can receive a vaccine. You can sign up for doses by visiting the state's 'Am I Eligible' screening tool.
- Deadline Approaching for the Paycheck Protection Program – The deadline to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program is Monday, May 31. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to contact your lender or visit nyc.gov/ppp to get 1-on-1 support, access webinars, and find other resources to help you apply.
- The Small Business Administration is also increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. For more information visit here.
- Commercial Lease Assistance - Free legal services are available through the Commercial Lease Assistance program. Eligible businesses can get help with: signing a new commercial lease; amending, renewing, or terminating an existing commercial lease; or addressing a commercial lease-related issue. To learn more and apply go to nyc.gov/commlease.
FREE BUSINESS COUNSELING
Many government and nonprofit organizations offer FREE counseling to businesses—both in terms of regular business operations as well as covid-19 business recovery:
New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS): SBS, the City’s own agency dedicated to helping New York City’s small business community has Small Business Solutions within each borough dedicated to helping businesses start, operate and grow. The Queens Small Business Solutions Center is located in downtown Jamaica on Sutphin Boulevard. They can assist minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) get City-certified and compete for contracts, connecting entrepreneurs to free resources ranging from business courses to legal services, explaining government rules and regulations, and helping entrepreneurs apply for funding to launch or grow a business. Call 311 to schedule an appointment with the Jamaica location.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on the York College Campus: SBDC’s are federally-funded/run small business support centers that provide a wealth of counseling services. Right now the York campus SBDC has a robust training program to help businesses bridge the digital divide and get their business online. They can also help apply for forgiveness for PPP loans, identify other loans and grants, create a business plan and more.
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) is a nonprofit community development corporation and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that can help Queens businesses navigate government programs, apply for loans and alternative financing, create a business plan and more. They have special expertise in working with MWBE and industrial businesses as well.
Additional resources for free business advisory, classes and advocacy in Queens:
BUSINESS COVID-19 SITES
Skim these sites regularly for updated information on loans, grants and regulations related to covid-19 and running your business: