Latest Updates for Businesses

Legislation and Advocacy

Small Business Resiliency Program

Administered by the City, the Small Business Resiliency Program provides grants to help eligible small businesses recover from the economic hardships that occurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicant must use the $10,000 grant to mitigate economic hardships that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by using the grant funds to offset operational expenses incurred between March 3, 2021, and December 23, 2024, for the small business that is the basis for the Applicant’s eligibility for the grant. Learn more here.

Restaurant Resiliency Program

Administered by the State, the Restaurant Resiliency Program provides grants to restaurants that offer meals and other food-related items to New Yorkers within distressed or underrepresented communities. Emergency food providers will work directly with restaurants that are deemed eligible for the program by the Department to create an agreement plan to suit their locations and participant’s needs. Read more here.

NYC Accelerator

NYC Accelerator is a city-backed program to help control costs, meet local law compliance, boost building performance, increase energy savings, and reduce carbon emissions across NYC buildings. This program is here to provide free technical guidance to help the market transform how our buildings operate and are built. The NYC Accelerator team identifies building upgrade projects to help meet emissions limits established under the Climate
Mobilization Act. The NYC Accelerator also provides no-cost building operator trainings and supports green workforce development. For more info, click HERE. 

Electric Bicycles and More — Know the Laws!
Not everything is an E-bike — know the laws, including how fast you’re allowed to go and where you’re allowed to ride. Click HERE for a handy graphic! 

Health Inspections have started for the restaurant industry – BE PREPARED!
NYC Small Business Services is offering EDUCATIONAL visits by their advocates to help you comply with your upcoming DoHMH Health Inspection. The advocate will walk through your establishment, like a health inspector, and point out all the issues that need to be resolved, give advice and there will opportunities for you to ask questions. FREE of course! If you are interested, email with the required info below, and we’ll get an advocate to contact you.

  • Name of Restaurant/Bar/Cafe/Food Establishment 
  •  Contact person first and last name, email and cell number 
  •  Business Address 
  •  9 digit EIN number 
  •  Number of employees 
  •  What type of food, ie Italian, Coffee…..

Click HERE to go to the DoH inspection page and learn what to expect when you are inspected!

Illegal Dumping Reward Program 

It is illegal to dispose of home and/or business garbage in a public trash bin — this includes our Big Bellies and corner bins in our district. If waste is coming from a vehicle, fines for the owner of the vehicle range from $1,500 to $20,000. In instances where the owner and the operator are different, the maximum fine can go up to $40,000. DSNY has a reward program where individuals who report on illegal dumping can earn up to 50% of the amount collected as a reward. Click HERE to read more. Individuals disposing of home and/ or business garbage in public trash bins can also be fined if the waste is NOT coming from a vehicle (this is called “improper disposal,” and is also illegal). 

Mayor Adams Signs “Small Businesses Forward” Executive Order

In his first week as NYC Mayor, Eric Adams signed the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order to reform existing business regulations, with the goal of reducing fine schedules and allowing for cure periods or warnings for first-time violations.

The Executive Order will require that within three months of its signing, relevant City agencies will identify the 25 violations that are responsible for the greatest number of summonses and fines issued to small businesses.

If your business has received any violations or fines, please send us details so we can make sure these are taken into account as the city collects data. Email us directly Read more about the reforms here