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COVID-19 Resources

  • Retail Guidance
    • The New Normal: Adapting Your Small Business Playbook. This handbook is filled with tools,  technologies, and strategies to help entrepreneurs stabilize their businesses, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic.
    • Open Storefronts Program Guidelines and Application. Extended through September 30, 2021.
    • New York State has partnered with leading global e-commerce companies to accelerate businesses ability to grow their online presence. Digital partners are currently offering specialized solutions.
  • Financial Assistance
    • The New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides grant funding to small businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations impacted by the pandemic. Full details about the program and application may be found here.
    • The highly anticipated Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will provide restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses with funding equal to their pandemic related revenue loss, up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as the funds are used for eligible uses. Visit the SBA website to learn more, and apply here.
    • Financial Assistance Programs for small businesses in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods: NYC LMI Storefront Loan, Interest Rate Reduction Grant, and Strategic Impact COVID-19 Commercial District Support Grant
    • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program & NYC Small Business Continuity Fund. More information here.
    • The federal government has authorized the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for businesses impacted by COVID-19. More information here.
    • The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they proceed to reopen. More information here.
    • The NYC Comptroller’s Office has compiled a list of private loans for small businesses.
    • The Empire State Development Corporation has put together a list of grants and funding resources for small businesses to apply to.
    • The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation has a Bronx Business Continuity Loan available. Please contact Rafael Roger, Loan Officer for more information. 347-524-4739 /
    • The Bronx Community Relief Effort is offering grant assistance for Bronx small businesses.
  • Miscellaneous Assistance & Support
    • NYC Small Business Resource Network, a city-wide initiative to bring technical assistance and business recovery support to small businesses through the Chamber of Commerce. Will be able to assist in technology, real estate, legal and accounting services, procurement opportunities, marketing, loans and grants, and more.
    • The City Bar Justice Center is offering pro bono legal consultations to help small businesses with topics like loans, employment law matters, leasing issues and insurance matters. To request a remote appointment, click here.