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July 15, 2021

COVID-19 Info for Businesses

This page was last updated on 7/15/21. Items are 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

  •  To-Go Alcohol Sales Ended – Since the expiration of the NY State of Emergency, the temporary to-go and delivery privileges for bars, restaurants, and manufacturers have ended. You can read more from the NY State Liquor Authority here
  • NY State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program: TheNew York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program was created to provide flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in the State of New York who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and apply here.
  • NYC Service and Common Impact’s Volunteers for Small Business Recovery Program: This program matches small business owners with corporate professional volunteers from New York’s largest companies for a one-hour conversation designed to address problems that business owners are facing. Coaching topics may include marketing, human resources, financial management, strategy, operations, or technology. Please contact 646-493-9977 for help submitting a request or e-mail [email protected] with any other questions about this program. 
  • NYC Business Quick Start: Mayor Bill de Blasio and SBS Commissioner Jonnel Doris recently launched NYC Business Quick Start, a historic, $11 million concierge service for small businesses. This new interagency initiative will cut red tape and make New York City the easiest place in the United States to open or reopen a small business. NYC Business Quick Start will provide small businesses a sole point of contact to help navigate City regulations, as well as a public dashboard. The program guarantees a 48-hour response to all small business inquiries and will cut processing time by 50 percent. Read the press release. BIDs & CBDOs – download a social media toolkit here.

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:

Queens Chamber of Commerce

Queens Economic Development Corporation

BUSINESS COVID-19 SITES

Skim these sites regularly for updated information on loans, grants and regulations related to covid-19 and running your business:

NYC Small Business Services Covid-19 Business Assistance Page

NY Forward: The state’s covid-19 and business reopening webpage

SBDC’s Recovery Resources for Small Businesses

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation’s Covid-19 Business Resource List

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