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COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

Resources for Small Businesses

 

  • New York State guidance for implementing the CDC's Interim Public Health Guidance for Fully Vaccinated people.

  • NYC Vaccine for All: New Yorkers 12+ can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites. For a full list of eligible groups, visit the State's website. Eligible New Yorkers can find vaccination locations and make appointments online at vaccinefinder.nyc.gov or by calling 877-VAX4NYC for assistance in multiple languages. For the latest information, please consult the City’s Vaccine Command Center.

  • Open Culture, launched in partnership with Citywide Events Coordination and Management/Street Activity Permit Office, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and MOME, will permit outdoor cultural performances on designated city streets this spring. Arts and cultural institutions, as well as entertainment venues, can secure a permit for single day, socially distanced performances at over 100 street locations throughout all five boroughs.

  • MOME and the Office of Nightlife held a "Town Call" for NYC Arts, Entertainment, Hospitality and Nightlife businesses (January 21, 2021). MOME Commissioner, Anne del Castillo hosted representatives from Small Business Administration-New York, NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, NYC Human Resources Administration, the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Planning, and the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants.

  • The Office of Nightlife held a Public Health and Dining Guidelines Town Call (November 18, 2020), with representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Test & Trace, Small Businesses Services, and other City agencies.

  • MOME and the Office of Nightlife held a Town Call" about current guidelines for indoor and outdoor dining (October 20, 2020), with representatives from Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Transportation, Department of Small Business Services, Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Office of Special Enforcemen, Department of Buildings, and Fire Department.

  • MOME held a "Town Call" for Businesses, Employers and Entrepreneurs in Film/TV, Music, Theatre, Advertising, Publishing, Digital Content and Nightlife (May 1, 2020). MOME Commissioner, Anne del Castillo hosted representatives from Mayor’s Office of Policy and Planning, NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), United States Small Business Administration (SBA).

  • The Office of Nightlife held a Public Health and Dining Guidelines Town Call (November 18, 2020), with representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Test & Trace, Small Businesses Services, and other City agencies.

  • NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) launched Fair Share NYC, offering free webinars, technical assistance and access to lenders to help businesses interested in applying for PPP loans. For more information, visit nyc.gov/PPP or call 888-SBS-4NYC.

  • The NYC Small Business Resource Network offers free, personalized, one-on-one assistance to help small businesses navigate a range of challenges involving technology, real estate, legal and finance, new regulations, and more.

  • NYC Department of Small Business Services offers three mentorship programs, which will provide industry experts as guides for current and aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to start and grow a business in a post-COVID era: Small Business Mentors NYC; Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) Mentors; and BE NYC Mentors for Black entrepreneurs.

  • MOME and the Office of Nightlife Town Calls on the impact of COVID-19 on media, entertainment and nightlife businesses and workers (archive list).

  • MOME Nightlife Town Calls for Businesses: Office of Nightlife held a "Town Call" for Owners and Managers in the nightlife community featuring representatives from NYC Department of Small Business Services, Small Business Administration (SBA) NY District Office, and the NYC Hospitality Alliance. All Town Calls can be accessed on the Office of Nightlife website. Additional Resources for Nightlife Community.

  • Small Business Services provides guidance for NYC Small businesses affected by COVID-19.

  • Free Webinars for Small Businesses: The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) offers a wide range of free events, courses, and mentor sessions to provide information about requirements and guidelines to re-opening, emergency preparedness, financial assistance, certification for minority and women business owners, regulatory changes, employee support, licensing, inspections, and more. They also have a small business hotline—888-SBS-4NYC or 888-727-4692—to answer questions about the latest guidelines and regulations.

  • The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) offers information about reopening requirements and health and safety guidelines for the workplace, including FAQs for NYC Workers and an update about workplace laws for employers and employees to stop the spread of COVID-19. In addition, they have set up a Worker Protection Hotline at 311 or 1-212-436-0381 for questions about reopening or to report an employer that is not following reopening requirements.

  • Free face coverings for small businesses: DCWP and SBS also are working with business-serving partner organizations throughout the five boroughs to distribute free face coverings citywide to small businesses and their employees.

  • The NYC PPE + Reopening Supplies Marketplace provides a one-stop-shop for easy-to-access suppliers of (i) face masks and coverings, (ii) face shields, (iii) gloves, (iv) cleaning and disinfectant products, (v) physical barriers and portable furniture, and (vi) other supplies needed for re-opening. It represents both local and national suppliers and manufacturers to provide a wide range of order minimums.

  • The COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic (the CV-19 Clinic) of the New York City Bar Justice Center's Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project will offer free legal consultations to small business owners to help them understand and act upon options available under the federal government's COVID-19 stimulus package and other opportunities available through federal, state and local programs.

  • The NYC Office of the Comptroller has compiled a list of private grants and financial assistance to help small businesses navigate the crisis.