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Is your business affected by COVID-19? (Latest update: 12.2.2021)

Here's a list of resources and information from the FEDERAL, STATE and CITY Governments, as well as some OTHER organizations, Additional Resources, and Research Reports that can help. 

 

U.S. Federal Government - 
 

Census Bureau - 

  • The Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey is an experimental effort to measure Americans’ experience during the pandemic. Data collection for Phase 3.2 of the Household Pulse Survey began on July 21, 2021 and is scheduled to continue until October 2021, with an initial data release of August 11, 2021. Phase 1 of the survey ran from April 23, 2020 through July 21, 2020; Phase 2 from August 19, 2020 through October 26, 2020; and Phase 3 from October 28, 2020 through March 29, 2021. Phase 3.1 of the Household Pulse Survey began April 14, 2021 and ended on July 5, 2021. Data collection for Phase 3.3 of the Household Pulse Survey started on December 1, 2021 and is scheduled to continue until February 7, 2022. 
     

Consumer Financial Protection Board - 

  • If COVID-19 has made it difficult for you to pay your mortgage, utilities, or other housing payments, financial assistance is on the way. The Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) was established by the American Rescue Plan Act to help homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19 with housing-related costs.

 

Department of Commerce - 
 

Department of Veterans Affairs - 

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) as part of its continued effort to support Veterans seeking retraining and economic opportunities in response to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. VRRAP provides up to 12 months of tuition, fee, and monthly housing allowance payments, based on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, to qualifying Veterans seeking training for employment in a high-demand occupation.

Internal Revenue Service - 

  • ​Update on COVID-19 Relief

    As the country moves into a new phase of the vaccination effort – one where all adults are eligible for vaccinations – we want to ensure that you are aware of a new tax credit that President Biden announced today. The new paid leave tax credit will offset the cost for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide full pay for when their employees get a COVID-19 vaccination or recover from that vaccination.

    This tax credit will apply to nearly half of all private sector employees in America. The Internal Revenue Service posted a fact sheet to educate employers on how to claim the paid sick leave credit on their quarterly tax filings.

    For more details on how the paid leave tax credits from the American Rescue Plan will work for employers to enable employees to get vaccinated and recover from after-effects of vaccination, as well as for other purposes, please review additional information from the Department of the Treasury.

  • The Internal Revenue Service announced that the third Economic Impact Payment [EIP] are on the way.
  • Guidance:

               - Notice 2020-18 (PDF), Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

               - Notice 2020-17 (PDF), Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

               - Notice 2020-15 (PDF), High deductible health plans and expenses related to COVID-19
 

Federal Reserve - 

  • The Federal Reserve has announced that it is establishing a Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program ended on January 8, 2021. See the site's Post-Termination FAQs.
     

Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] - 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] -  

  • The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has published a guide of recommendations - Guidance and Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 - for making places of employment safer in the era of Coronavirus.  Click here for publication..
     

Small Business Administration -

Treasury Department -  

  • ​Update on COVID-19 Relief

    As the country moves into a new phase of the vaccination effort – one where all adults are eligible for vaccinations – we want to ensure that you are aware of a new tax credit that President Biden announced today. The new paid leave tax credit will offset the cost for employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide full pay for when their employees get a COVID-19 vaccination or recover from that vaccination.

    This tax credit will apply to nearly half of all private sector employees in America. The Internal Revenue Service posted a fact sheet to educate employers on how to claim the paid sick leave credit on their quarterly tax filings.

    For more details on how the paid leave tax credits from the American Rescue Plan will work for employers to enable employees to get vaccinated and recover from after-effects of vaccination, as well as for other purposes, please review additional information from the Department of the Treasury.

  • Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance Deferring Certain Payroll Tax Obligations - The deferral is available with respect to any employee whose wages or compensation during any bi-weekly pay period generally are less than $4,000, calculated on a pre-tax basis, or the equivalent amount with respect to other pay cycles. This is set to begin for wages paid during the pay period beginning Sept 1, 2020 and ending Dec 31, 2020.
     
  • Treasury launches $25B coronavirus rental assistance program | TheHill

  • The CARES Act Works for All Americans, U.S. Department of the Treasury portal covering sources of assistance for American workers and small businesses.
     

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - 

US Patent and Trademark Office - 

 

New York State Government -

  • COVID-19-Related Questions?

               - Questions about any topic: submit them here to the New York State Department of Health

               - Strictly BUSINESS questions: submit them here to Empire State Development

               - COVID-19 testing locations: NYS Department of Health  and New York City 

  • Loans -  NY State offered loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Please see the U.S. Federal Government section above for more information as the funds for the loans are now exhausted.

 

Office of the Governor - 

Empire State Development Corporation - 

  • Empire State Development’s $35 million Global NY Fund Grant Program provides grants and loans to help New York State’s small and medium-sized businesses go global and create new jobs. The Global NY Fund Grant Program is open to New York State companies and non-profit organizations seeking to create or expand direct exports. All export grants are awarded on a reimbursable basis.

  • Empire State Development’s $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program provides a tax credit of up to $25,000 to eligible New York State businesses that made investments to comply with pandemic-related emergency orders and regulations, or to increase public safety.

  • The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides 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. Small businesses and non-profits incorporated in - OR registered/licensed to do business in New York State - are now eligible to apply. 

  • Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative - New York Empire State Development Corporation initiative that highlights the various economic resources available to support small businesses seeking pandemic relief.

  • Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses

  • Guidance on Executive Order 202.6 -This guidance is issued by the New York State Department of Economic Development d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD) and applies to each business location individually and is intended to assist businesses in determining whether they are an essential business.

  • Producing COVID-19 Products for NYS - Governor Cuomo has called on businesses to produce needed supplies related to COVID-19. If you are a manufacturing business, please send a email to COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov  You will need to provide details on what you can manufacture, daily output levels that can be expected, how long it will take you to switch over to pressing demands, and contact information so someone can get back to you.

  • The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is an economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. These loans are intended for businesses which did not receive funds from either of the U.S. SBA relief programs, the Payroll Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.  The loans must be paid back within a five year period with interest. If you have any questions or need help with your application, visit nyc.gov/financingassistance to get support from our Business Solutions Centers. Additionally, the State Department of Financial Services will issue an emergency regulation to help businesses and consumers who suffered damage from looting and vandalism. DFS is directing insurers to expedite claims, provide free mediation of disputes and accept photos as reasonable proof of loss so businesses don't have to wait for police reports. More information is available at dfs.ny.gov. Effective in September 2020 Paycheck Protection Program receipients are eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund.

  • NY State Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program - Empire State Development's $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program provides an incentive to COVID-impacted restaurants to bring restaurant staff back-to-work, and to increase hiring at New York State restaurants. Qualifying businesses are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 per new worker hired, up-to $50,000 per business.  The Program is open to eligible restaurants located in New York City, or in an area outside of New York City that was designated an Orange or Red Zone for at least thirty consecutive days.

New York State Council of the Arts -

  • NYSCA FY2022 Funding Opportunities | NYSCA $105 million arts and cultural funding grants provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. There are four funding rounds:

    - Round One: Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant

    - Round Two: Expanded Access to Funding

    - Round Three: Organizational and Individual Artist Relief

    - Round Four: Capital Funding for the Arts
     

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets - 

  • The Restaurant Resiliency Program provides $25 million in grant funding to restaurants that choose to provide meals and food to people within distressed or under-represented communities. Grant funds will allow restaurants to cover the costs of food, preparation and delivery of meals to vulnerable populations. Program details are not yet finalized but click here if you are a New York State restaurant owner and would like to receive updates about the program.

  • Governor Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the web-based application portal for hemp farmers seeking to obtain a conditional license to grow adult-use cannabis in the 2022 growing season. The license was made possible by a law the Governor signed last month.

New York State Department of Financial Services -

New York State Department of Health - 

New York State Department of Labor - 

New York State Liquor Authority - 

New York State Office of Cannabis Management - 

  • Governor Hochul announced the launch of Cannabis Conversations, New York's first public education campaign on cannabis. The campaign is designed to help New Yorkers understand the facts on the Cannabis Law, important information on health and safety, and the opportunities the new industry will create.
     
  • Governor Kathy Hochul announced the opening of the web-based application portal for hemp farmers seeking to obtain a conditional license to grow adult-use cannabis in the 2022 growing season. The license was made possible by a law the Governor signed last month. 
     
  • NY State Office of Cannabis Management - Office which is the regulatory structure to oversee the licensure, cultivation, production, distribution, sale, and taxation of medical, adult use,and cannabinoid hemp in New York State.

 

New York State Office of Children and Family Services -

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance - 

 

Office of the New York State Comptroller - 

 

NYC Government


Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment - 

 

NYC 311 - 

 

NYC Analytics - 

NYC Business -

               - Find out when and how you can safely reopen your non-essential business.

              - Guidance and resources to safely reopen your bar or restaurant.

               - Get free face coverings and find non-medical PPE for you and your employees.

               - If you have any questions, you can reach out to via the hotline, 888-SBS-4NYC.

  • Need assistance navigating reopening and other requirements related to COVID-19?  Go to nycsmallbizcourses.eventbrite.com and search for “Assistance Overview” for general COVID-19 information including funding opportunities.   You can also search for “Reopening Guidance” to see a list of upcoming webinars designed to help you navigate requirements around reopening. 
     
  • Restored Funding for the City's Commercial Lease Assistance Program - The Commercial Lease Assistance Program provides assistance to small businesses in New York City needing help with a commercial lease issue.
     

NYC Business Solutions Center - 

New York City Council - 
 

New York City Commission on Human Rights - 
 

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection 

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs - 

NYC Department of Environmental Protection -

  • The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) NYC Green Infrastructure Grant Program offers green roof retrofit funding for private property owners in New York City. The goal of the Green Infrastructure Grant Program is to incentivize private property owners to retrofit their roofs with green roofs to manage stormwater runoff. DEP hosts quarterly public workshops to explain the eligibility requirements of the program and guide users through the online application.

NYC Department of Finance - 

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - 

  • COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Nonprofits

  • COVID-19 Testing Locations - NY City

  • COVID-19 vaccines - NYC Department of Health

  • The NYC Commission on Human Rights has issued two fact sheets detailing the equitable implementation of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Key to NYC which requires customers and employees to show proof of vaccination before engaging in certain indoor activities. One fact sheet is for customers and employees; the other for businesses.

  • The Pandemic Response Institute will focus on: building or strengthening technologies and systems to support real-time data collection and sharing; drive cutting-edge research on public health innovation and create capacity to rapidly scale technological solutions in future public health emergencies; pilot community-based partnership models and workforce training programs that improve emergency preparedness and advance health outcomes across all communities; and center racial equity in all activities of the Institute and address gaps in health infrastructure that have disproportionately caused harm to communities of color and others facing structural inequities.
     

New York City Department of Small Business Services - 

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced the launch of the $100 million NYC Small Business Resilience Grant to provide immediate funding to small businesses in the arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food sectors and in low to moderate income (LMI) communities to help them recover from the pandemic. Eligible businesses can apply to receive a $10,000 grant. The grant can be used for payroll and benefits, mortgage, rent, utilities, and other operating costs.  The Grant application period opened on Wednesday December 8, 2021. However due to overwhwlming response application for the Grant has been paused. Businesses should check covidresilence.nyc for updates should additional funding becomes available. Businesses that have already begun applications should complete their application as soon as possible.

  • The Department of Small Business Services has released a new report – Supporting NYC Small Business Recovery and Growth - describing the agency’s rapid response and mobilization during the pandemic to create a Small Business Recovery Plan, focused on promoting equitable economic growth, lowering operating costs, cutting red tape, and helping businesses to increase revenue through innovation.

  • NYC Business Quick Start is an interagency effort led by the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to cut red tape and position NYC as the most business-friendly large city in which to open or reopen a business. Key features include: a concierge service where businesses have a sole point of contact to help navigate City regulations; a public dashboard; guaranteed 48-hour response to all small business inquiries; and cutting processing time by 50 percent.

  • Visit the New York City Department of Small Business Services' COVID-19 Assistance and Guidance for Businesses web portal.

  • Employee Ownership with Owner to Owners- If you are thinking of selling your business or know someone who may benefit from doing so, it’s time to explore Employee Ownership with Owner to Owners—a new city-funded business support program. Selling all or part of your business to your employees can be a viable exit option that offers a fair market rate and provides significant tax benefits.

    A companion service – Owner to Owners [O2O] Hotline [an Employee Ownership NYC initiative] - is a rapid response business support service connecting business owners seeking to sell or employees interested in buying a company with local ownership transition experts. Business owners taking full advantage of the program can access services worth $10,000 or more in the private sector, all while building a viable plan for the future. The Hotline number is 646-363-6592.

    These initiative’s business support services are provided by member organizations of the New York City's Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (WCBDI). These services are funded by the NYC City Council in coordination with the NYC Department of Small Business Services to help your business succeed.

  • The NYC Department of Small Business Services has launched Fair Share NYC a targeted campaign to connect small business owners to federal relief funds. Resources will be available in multiple languages including Spanish and Chinese. For more information visit nyc.gov/ppp or call 888-SBS-4NYC.

  • Fair Share NYC Restaurants The New York City Department of Small Business Services and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment [MEND] have launched the above program to provide assistance to federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund [RRF] applicants.

  • New York City Launches 'Shop Your City' Challenge, a new initiative launched by the New York City Department of Small Business Services on Tuesday May 25, 2021. This initiative encourages New Yorkers to take a break from big box retailers and shop at local small businesses.

  • The NYC LMI Storefront Loan program is an interest free loan of up to $100,000 to help storefront businesses in low-to-moderate income [LMI] areas of NY City restart or continue operations after experiencing COVID-19 challenges.

  • The Interest Rate Reduction Grant will help reduce the interest expense owned on an existing loan with select Community Development Financial Institutions [CDFIs].

  • The Strategic Impact COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant provides funding to community-based development organizations (CBOs) to implement local COVID-19 recovery support to small businesses.

  • Advancing Black Entrepreneurship in New York City  -  research report from Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC) and the NY City Department of Small Business Services. The report highlights the challenges Black entrepreneurs face when starting and growing their businesses and offers solutions through public-private partnerships.
     
  • SMALL BUSINESS HOTLINE -The Department of Small Business Services launched a hotline number small business owners can use to get answers for questions they have about reopening their businesses. To reach the hotline, dial 888-SBS-4NYC or 888-727-4692.
  • The Neighborhood Challenge: Tech Forward is a relaunched initiative from the NYC Department of Small Business Services in partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, Urban Tech Hub @ Company, and CIV-Lab. The Neighborhood Challenge: Tech Forward is designed to crowdsource solutions to support the City's commercial district and small storefront businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Department of SBS and its partners are seeking proposals to pilot innovative, tech-enabled solutions from startups, technologists, and innovators across the globe.

  • NYC Restaurant Reopening Guide NYC Business- Updated guidelines and rules for dining operations have been developed by New York State and must be followed throughout the reopening phases.

  • NYC Means Business: Training for Your Employees new initiative from the NY City Department of Small Business Services. This program provides small business owners and their employees with training in digital literacy, marketing tools, online security, and COVID-19 safety.
  • Open Storefronts Program- The Third Avenue Business Improvement District joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC BID Association, and the NYC Department of Small Business Services to announce the Open Storefronts Program, permitting storefront businesses to use a portion of their sidewalk to display merchandise, sell goods, complete transactions, and provide queuing areas.  Building on the success of the Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs, Open Storefronts will provide safe spaces for small businesses to rebound in challenging economic times. Businesses can visit the Department of Transportation Open Storefronts website for eligibility requirements and to self-register through the online survey. They can also view DOT’s Open Streets: Restaurant guide for complementary information. The Open Storefronts Program starts on October 30, 2020 and runs until December 31, 2020.

  • The new Reopening & Recovery Checklist for Small Businesses can help you make critical decisions regarding your business. You can schedule a one-on-one session with a New York SBDC office to answer your questions.
  • Updates to the Payroll Protection Program –The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan has been extended from June 30, 2020 to August 8, 2020. If your business is still in need of funding, please contact your local lender or local SBA branch today for more information on how to apply.  Have questions? Visit nyc.gov/financingassistance.

  • Need Help Recruiting Staff?  The Workforce1 team can help you hire the right employees at no cost. With a pool of 100,000+ candidates, they can identify qualified individuals to meet your needs in essential services, such as food services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmacy retail, transportation, and warehousing.  Click here to learn  more. Services include: Sourcing job seekers through a candidate database; Paid advertisements (at no cost to you), and through local partner organizations; Recruiting and screening candidates based on your needs—referring the most qualified to your business; and Scheduling interviews.
     
  • Virtual Compliance Consultations -The NYC Department of Small Business Services offers no-cost virtual compliance consultations to help you understand how to comply with key City rules and regulations to avoid receiving common violations. This program focuses on the Open Restaurants Program. The virtual consultation walk-throughs will help you understand common compliance challenges faced by new or operating business owners in New York City related to the Open Restaurants Program. Request a Consultation.

  • According to the NYC's Assistance & Guidance for Businesses Impacted Due to Novel Coronavirus page, application intake in the NYC Business Continuity Loan Fund has paused due to overwhelming interest.
     
  • If you would like to be updated about any new local, state or federal financial assistance programs that become available, please provide your information here.
     

NYC Department of Transportation - 

  • NYC Open Restaurants -. The site details how to apply for outdoor seating; sitting requirements; required documents; how to apply online; and a open restaurant map & dashboard covering the five boroughs.
     
  • Citi Bike Critical Workforce Membership Program
    Mayor De Blasio, NYC Dot Commissioner Polly Trottenberg And Lyft Announce Free Citi Bike Memberships For Critical Workforce In Response To Covid-19.
     

NYC Economic Development Corporation - 

  • The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Company Ventures (Ventures) have launched The City Fellowship, a new initiative to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and women-led small businesses, nonprofits, and technology startups that are building a more equitable and sustainable future for New York City. Tech forward entrepreneurs looking to improve quality of life in New York City, leaders of nonprofits, small businesses, and tech startups, along with early-stage operators will be considered. Applications are due by December 19, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Mayor de Blasio and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced a plan to double the City’s $500 million investment in life sciences to $1 billion as part LifeSci NYC, a commitment launched to create jobs and establish New York City as the global leader in life sciences. This expanded initiative is expected to generate 40,000 jobs. Funding, space, and talent are the key resources of this initiative for companies and for job seekers. Note the inclusion of the ElabNYC entrepreneurship program, the LifeSci NYC Internship Program, and the New York Bioforce workforce development program.

  • Please fill out the form found here if your company is able to provide critical services at this time for the City, such as sourcing or production of medical supplies and equipment (e.g., masks, gowns, face shields, ventilators, and other products as needed), production or distribution of food, and sharing connections to people willing and able to work on response efforts.
     

NYC Health + Hospitals - 

  • New service from NY City Health and Hospitals -Vaccine for All: NYC Launches New Mobile Vaccination Effort and Expands Walk-In for Seniors the launch of this new service from NY City Health and Hospitals.

  • NYC launches program for people suffering from "Long COVIDlaunch of this new service from NY City's Health + Hospitals to serve people suffering Long COVID symptoms.

  • The Pandemic Response Institute will focus on: building or strengthening technologies and systems to support real-time data collection and sharing; drive cutting-edge research on public health innovation and create capacity to rapidly scale technological solutions in future public health emergencies; pilot community-based partnership models and workforce training programs that improve emergency preparedness and advance health outcomes across all communities; and center racial equity in all activities of the Institute and address gaps in health infrastructure that have disproportionately caused harm to communities of color and others facing structural inequities.
     

NYC Human Resources Administration - 

  • Restaurant Revitalization Program: A Subsidized Wage Program For Restaurants - The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) - in partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (Mayor’s Fund) - have created a  short-term program for a select number of restaurants committed to supporting the economic wellbeing of their workers and to making their meals accessible to vulnerable community members, including those who are food insecure, essential workers, or others who are facing challenges in a time of need.
     

NYC Office of Citywide Event Coordination & Management -

  • New York City's Open Culture Program - which permits outdoor cultural performances on designated city streets - kicks off Monday March 1, 2021. Permit applications will be accepted from March 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021. Application will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

 

NYC Office of the Mayor - 

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams has released a new report – Renew, Rebuild, Reinvent: A Blueprint for NYC’s Economic Recovery – detailing his administration’s vision for the future of New York City’s economy at this moment in time.

  • Emergency Executive Order 225 - Key to NYC: Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination for Indoor Entertainment, Recreation, Dining and Fitness Settings

  • On Friday January 8, 2021 Mayor de Blasio announced additional COVID-19 vaccination sites across the five boroughs,
     
  • COVID-19 Relief Package Laws.  The new laws support struggling small businesses by imposing limits on third-party food delivery services, extending the suspension of sidewalk cafe fee collection, and protecting commercial tenants from harassment and personal liability.

  • On January 4, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams signed the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order to reform existing business regulations, ensuring local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties. The Executive Order builds upon Local Law 80 and calls on the Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Sanitation, Fire Department, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to review business regulations with the goal of reducing fine schedules and allowing for cure periods or warnings for first-time violations.
     

NYC Office of Administrative Trials & Hearings [OATH] - 

NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission - 

  • Taxi Medallion Owner-Driver Relief Fund for financially troubled taxi medallion owner-drivers. TLC's Resource Center, which offers a range of free financial counseling and legal assistance for TLC Licensees, as well as connecting them with government benefits and health and wellness resources, has already served nearly 800 licensees. TLC Licensees in need of these services can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/taxi to make an appointment.

  • Driver Resource Center - NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission web portal that details FREE financial counseling, legal services, and other resources for taxi/for hire drivers.
     

Office of the City Comptroller - 

WE NYC - 

Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA] -
 

Additional Resources - 

Westchester County Economic Development - 
 

​New Jersey -
 

World Trade Organization - 

  • The World Trade Organization (WTO), has released their report  on COVID-19 and world trade in which international trade is projected to drop by 13% in a best-case scenario and 32% in a worst-case scenario. Click Here for report.

 

Non-Profits, Private Support, Grants and Other Relevant Info

  • Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator is dedicated to helping build sustainable equity and growth for Black entrepreneurs by enabling their success as sellers. You can grow your business with access to financial support, strategic business guidance and mentorship, and marketing and promotional support.

  • The Amber Grant | Grants for Women in Business | WomensNet -grant program sponsored by WomensNet. $10,000 grants are awarded monthly. The application deadline is on a rolling basis. The next application deadline is July 31, 2021.

  • Ascend NYC is a partnership effort among the Business Outreach Center [BOC] Network, the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative [BCDI], BOC Capital Corp., and the City University of New York Bronx Community College. Ascend NYC’s initial focus is on the Bronx community through an investment of $1 million dollars from JP Morgan Chase. This investment will connect a cohort of 13 Bronx-based small business entrepreneurs to management education, market opportunities, and capital through a network of partners.

  • Astorian Repair Grant - Astorian is a contractor bidding platform connecting buildings in NYC with high quality and affordable contractors. In response to recent events in NYC, the team at Astorian has created a grant fund to help businesses get the repairs they need. They have allocated $20,000 for businesses who were damaged and will be giving out grants up to $1,000 each.

  • Asian Americans For Equality Video on Applying for UI  - Video Assistance for how to applly for unemployment benefits.

  • Boost with Facebook - Business Resource Hub: Build Resilience during Challenging Times. The Hub provides FREE tools and tailored guides to help small businesses stay open and connected to their customers during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and the Office of the Bronx Borough President have established the Bronx Business Continuity Loan in an amount between $25,000 and $100,000 to help keep businesses going through the foreseeable future.  Contact either: Rafael Roger, Loan Office, at telephone: 347-524-4739/email: rroger@boedc.org or Pedro Barry, Loan Office, at telephone: 347-297-0071/email: pbarry@boedc.org.

  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Bring Back Brooklyn Fund Loan and Grant Program provides grants for PPE and deep cleaning, and no-interest recovery loans.

  • Business Center for New Americans #NYC Reopening Micro Loan Program:  COVID-19 program sponsored by BCNA designed to help NYC businesses with loans that are eligible for the CARES Act payment forgiveness plan.

  • #BuyBlack Friday is an initiative launched by Facebook. #BuyBlack Friday, a day to support, celebrate and shop from Black-owned businesses.

  • The Citizens Committee - The Citizens Committee Neighborhood Business Grants  help New York City’s small businesses experiencing financial distress due to the impact of COVID-19.

  • Columbia University - Harlem SBDC - The Columbia Emergency Loan Fund for Small Businesses is a relief program that disperses capital to assist small businesses in Upper Manhattan struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic Click here for details.

  • Comcast announces the launch of its Comcast Rise program. If your business qualifies, you’ll have the opportunity to receive marketing consultations, media placements, commercial creative production services, or technology services from Effectv and Comcast Business. See the Official Contest Rules website. The Comcast RISE program is initially geared towards the Black-owned business community. As Comcast RISE is a multi-year initiative, future services and funding will be open to other underrepresented groups.  Recipients are chosen on a quarterly basis.

  • Creative Capital offers a comprehensive list of arts resources during the COVID-19 outbreak that includes online workshops, national, state, and local grants, other resources, and useful information.

  • Creatives Rebuild New York Launches $125M Guaranteed Income Program for Artists - This new initiative offers awards based on need and not merit and aims to provide those working in the arts sector with a guaranteed income that will allow them to continue their practices and to continue enriching the communities in which they operate. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the contributing funders.Applications will be accepted through March 25, 2022. Recipients will be announced in June 2022.

  • DoorDash's Restaurant Disaster Relief Grant - To help restaurants recover in times of critical need, DoorDash has partnered with Hello Alice to create the Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund. The fund supports restaurants impacted by natural disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes, and provides relief through $10,000 grants Applications for the winter funding round are being accepted through January 31, 2022.

  • Dream Big Awards | U.S. Chamber of Commerce program sponsored annually by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to honor the achievements of small businesses and highlight their contributions to America's economic growth. Click here if you are interested in applying for the 2022 Dream Big Awards.

  • eBay Up and Running Accelerator Program - Get Your Business Up and Running, register as a new business seller and receive a Basic Store for free for three months! Plus, pay no selling fees on up to 500 orders when you sign up. An eBay Store is your all-in-one online business solution to get more out of the eBay marketplace and millions of buyers.  Click here for details.

  • Fearless Fund / The Tory Burch Foundation are partnering again to launch the Women of Color Grant Program along with The Cru. They will award up to 150 deserving small businesses $10,000- $20,000. In addition, grantees will be awarded access to a peer network to help them continue to build and grow their business. Complete the entry form by February 9, 2022 for a chance to be selected for a grant and awarded an annual membership to The Cru. See the Official Rules for full details including entry qualifications.

  • Freelancers Union - The Freelancer Relief Fund - offered by a subsidiary of the Freelancers Union - provides assistance up to $1,000 per household to cover lost income and immediate expenses.

  • Grow with Google OnAir FREE virtual workshops to help you get the most out of digital tools. Whether you own a small business or you’re searching for your next job, Grow with GoogleOnAir experts and partners will teach you digital skills that can help you grow. Some resources are available in Spanish.

  • Goldman Sachs- Small Businesses on the Brink – a new Goldman Sachs survey of small businesses – provides an overview of the continuing difficulties faced by entrepreneurs and small business owners.

  • Google - Google's new Grow With Google service designed to help you learn practical digital skills with FREE video lessons. The site provides links to tips and tools for job seekers & students, for small businesses, for veterans and military families, for educators, for developers, and for startups. The site can be used as a companion to Google's Here to Help Small Business..

  • GoogleHere to Help Small Businesses is a Google for Small Business service. The site provides the opportunity to explore FREE tools and resources to get online, to connect with customers, and to build digital tools. There are separate sections for businesses and individuals. 

  •  Hebrew Free Loan Society Small Business Loan - Intended to help entrepreneurs launch or expand a small business or to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. The loans are interest-free and require no application fee, origination fee, or collateral. Borrowers will repay these loans in equal installments over 24-36 months, and modifications will be available if needed. There is a three-month grace period before repayments begin.

  • Hello Alice COVID -19 Business for All Emergency Grant has launched an initiative to assist businesses severely impacted by COVID-19. $10,000 grants are available and applications are now being accepted. Questions can be sent to alice@helloalice.com. Hello Alice now has a variant on the program - the Business for All Grant - making grants available up to $50,000 in addition to the ongoing $10,000 emergency grant.  Click here for details

  • Informed Immigrants has a list of resources available for those impacted by COVID-19. As a reminder, resources are separated by state and include national resources and resources for students. There is a ‘Know Your Rights’ page, a DACA renewal page and a website to find a service organization near you for legal assistance.

  • International Documentary Association Updated! Filmakers Guides to US PPP Loans and Unemployment- Documentary filmmakers impacted by the pandemic can now apply for immediate and short-term federal relief from the US government. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA or the “Act”) was passed last Friday on June 5th. The Act adds flexibility to PPP and its loan forgiveness component.

  • How a $52 Million Loan Fund is Helping Underserved Entrepreneurs Grow  J.P. Morgan Chase's Entrepreneurs of Color COVID-19 Relief Fund now available to eligible businesses in the South Bronx. The fund makes available 3% emergency loans up to $50,000 to assist minority businesses. Chase is working with community-based partners to evaluate loan applicants. For more detail contact BOC Capital Corp at 718-624-9115.

  • KKR Small Business Builders grant opportunity from KKR in partnership with Hello Alice. COVID-19 recovery grants up to $10,000 are available to selected small businesses. Visit the website for more details re eligibility requirements.

  • LISC NYC Launches Fund to Provide Over $1 Million in Small Business Relief and Recovery Grants to New York City Minority-Owned Small Businesses

  • The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has published its updated resource guide detailing the eligibility requirements for various grants currently available for small businesses. The objective of these grants is to promote an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by providing critical financial relief to small businesses in New York City. Small businesses may book a FREE one-on-one, vrtual consultation with the Chamber's Grant Specialist to learn more about these grants and to receive help with the application processes. Appointments are available on a first come, first-served basis.

  • The National Basketball Association [NBA], the WNBA, and the G-League - in partnership with LegalZoom - will create a small-business grant program – Fast Break for Small Business - targeted to businesses owned by people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Applications from small business owners across the country for $10,000 grants and $500 in LegalZoom services are now being accepted. Applications close on November 23, 2021. The application period will reopen in Spring 2022.

  • Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project - The COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic is a service from the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project and the City Bar Justice Center. The CV-19 Clinic is an opportunity for New York City’s entrepreneurs and small businesses who have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis to receive pro-bono legal advice. Topics include: loans & grants, contracts & force majeure clauses, employment law matters, real estate and commercial leasing issues, and insurance matters.  Click here for details.

  • The New York District Export Council has created a regularly updated listing of COVID-19 Events and Resources provided by local, state, federal and international organizations.

  • The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - in partnership with the  Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) - is accepting applications for the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and TheatreThe program will offer grants of up to $50,000 to awardees in categories such as Fiction, Documentary, Music and Theatre Production in an effort to encourage and support the creation of female-led projects in New York City. The deadline to apply is Monday November 1. 2021 at 5:00 PM.

  • New York Legal Assistance Group has launched the NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline to help NYC residents impacted by COVID-19 to get answers to their legal questions. Service is available Monday- Friday 7:00 AM-1:00 PM. Click here for more detail.
     
  • The NYC Small Business Resource Network -At the core of the Network are 22 dedicated Small Business Specialists embedded within the five local chambers of commerce. These specialists will work directly with local entrepreneurs in the hardest hit communities, helping them gain access to a range of programs and services. The Network will focus on minority-, women- and immigrant-owned businesses who have limited access to assistance they need to survive the pandemic.

  • The Places Please Project is an initiative from Tank NYC and Be an Arts Hero that will launch in June 2021. This new relief fund is designed to help theater workers return to / stay in New York City so they can return to work. 

  • Rebuild New York - Business, Career & Financial Resources- A group of NYC businesses have created Rebuild New York, an online platform for businesses citywide to discuss information and best practices for reopening.
     
  • Robin Hood Relief Fund initiative by Robin Hood. Funding is available - on a rolling basis - to all frontline 501 (c) (3) organizations responding to COVID-19 needs in New York City. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

  • SCORE NYC  maintains a regularly updated listing of business disruption funding resources: Coronavirus Funding Support for NYC. and the latest additional funding resources. Contact the national organization's Small Business Resilience Hub-SCORE  for remote mentoring, resilience training and other support resources.

  • SOGAL Grants for Black Women and Nonbinary Entrepreneurs-SOGAL has partnered with Winky Lux, bluemercury, and twelveNYC to award three $10K and five $5K cash grants to Black women and nonbinary entrepreneurs.

  • Safety, Health, and Consumer Council - A new guide from the Safety, Health, and Consumer Council Protection for Small Businesses provides a comprehensive list of resources to help businesses protect their workplace and keep their employees, customers, and themselves safe.

  • Sam’s Club in conjunction with the Local Initiatives Support Coalition are offering business owned by women, minorities and veterans grants up to $10,000 to cover immediate expenses incurred by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to apply.

  • Southern Opportunity And Resilience (SOAR) Fund- The Fund targets small businesses and nonprofits outside the New York Metropolitan area but it's good to be aware of these kinds of programs. SOAR provides flexible, affordable capital and free business support services to small businesses and nonprofits across the South and Southeast to help them navigate and rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Start Small Think Big helps under-resourced entrepreneurs create thriving businesses in underserved areas by providing high-quality legal, financial and marketing services, at no cost. This site is filled with information for Small Business owners to navigate during this time.

  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Small Business Growth & Recovery Fund is a new initiative from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. The Fund offers US-based small businesses up to $20,000 each - which does not need to be repaid - along with virtual training and mentorship. Visit their website for more details and to sign up to receive information about the next funding round..

  • Think Chinatown Resources in Chinese for Chinatown Businesses and Organizations: 新型冠狀肺炎病毒(Covid-19)危機:華埠商業和團體的資源

  • Unemployment Insurance Relief - New York State Bar Association new website established by the Association to assist unemployed New Yorkers needing support.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce - via SCORE, - provides a template that businesses can put up in their windows or doors to share with clients their response to COVID-19(Note: you must download to customize.)

  • The Verizon Small Business Digital Ready program will teach you strategies other businesses are using to get ahead, and you’ll learn how to be more digitally savvy. The Small Business Digital Ready program provides personalized content, coaching, networking, and more. 

  • Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS) serves New Yorkers who are unable to access an attorney due to low household income or underserved socioeconomic background. VOLS has shifted to remote operations and offers an extensive list of COVID-19 resources on its website. Small business owners are facing suspension of their operations and challenges paying the rent or supporting their employees. New Yorkers in legal need can contact VOLS for support through their Small Business/Microenterprise Project at (347) 521-5729.

  • Volunteer of Legal Service Unemployed Workers Project -During the COVID-19 crisis, the VOLS Unemployed Workers Project provides much needed support and guidance to New Yorkers.Trained attorneys are available to answer questions about the various unemployment programs’ eligibility requirements, payment amounts and will help you navigate the process of filing for benefits.
     

  • Important Links at a glance

  • Central Covid Webpage
  • COVID-19 Data in New York 
  • Ask New York State Government Any Questions You Have About COVID-19
  • Empire State Development Business pandemic Recovery Initiative
  • Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Executive Order 202.6
  • Retired Health Professional Survey
  • COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity  
  • E-mail address for NYC OEM that health care providers (PCP's, FQHC's, others) can use for supplies
     

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