More FREE Resources for North Flatbush Avenue Businesses

FAIRER (Fines and Interest Reduction Enabling Recovery)
The City of New York’s Department of Finance is offering a temporary program allowing you to pay a reduced amount for eligible Environmental Control Board judgments, including those issued by the Sanitation, Fire, and Buildings departments. If you are struggling to pay any pressing fines, please click here or call 311 for assistance.

Get Free Tech Help with e-Commerce
SBS is now offering a new service to get your business online with free help from NYC tech professional. The NYC Small Business Tech Corps Pilot helps small businesses reach customers online by connecting them to no-cost tech professionals who can create or upgrade their web presence.

NYC Business Quick Start
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 to help businesses navigate city regulations, a public dashboard, a guaranteed 48-hour response time, and a cut in processing time by 50%. Connect with a small business advocate HERE.

FAIRER Program Launched to Resolve Environmental Control Board (ECB) Judgments
The City of New York has established a temporary program allowing New Yorkers and others to pay a reduced amount to resolve eligible Environmental Control Board (ECB) judgments. ECB judgments are issued by multiple agencies including the Sanitation, Fire and Buildings Departments, and they can range anywhere from non-compliance with construction codes to failure to clean a sidewalk.

Free Employment Law Consultation with Lawyers Alliance
Many nonprofits are grappling with confusion related to protecting employees’ health in the workplace, managing sick and family leave, and administering necessary workforce reductions. Lawyers Alliance will be offering free brief consultations with our employment attorney volunteers.  For assistance, please reach out to Corporate Engagement Counsel Laura Israel Sinrod at lsinrod@lawyersalliance.orgPlease note that the helpline is intended for specific questions related to employment law issues raised by the pandemic, and not a resource for getting a general overview of the law. 

Do you need to speak with a business advisor?
Building and maintaining a business is challenging, but there are resources and support available to entrepreneurs. Whether you need marketing advice, help balancing your budget, or notes on your business plan, the Pace University Small Business Development Center can help. They offer one-on-one business counseling, and all services are provided at no cost. To learn more about what they do, visit their services page and read some success stories. When you need advice, don’t hesitate to contact a Certified Business Advisor

Connect with a Small Business Support Specialist in Brooklyn
The Partnership for New York City (PNYC), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and other partners have launched the NYC Small Business Resource Network – a citywide initiative to bring technical assistance and business recovery support to local small businesses. The Network offers personalized guidance and recovery resources, including technology, real estate, legal and accounting services, marketing expertise, procurement opportunities, sources of loans and grants, and business coaching. Learn more and connect with a Specialist here.

Grants, Loans, and Tax Credits

Hello Alice Moving Grant
As part of the Year of Small Business movement, Hello Alice is proud to introduce the Small Business Growth Fund — a program that offers $5,000 grants to business owners who can explain how the funds will be used to make their next big move. Don’t wait — applications are open until December 10 at 6 p.m. ET, with funds dropping in each recipient’s bank account by January! Apply HERE.

Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” Recovery Package
Governor Kathy Hochul, coinciding with the reopening of international borders, announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” inclusive recovery package to support New York State’s hardest-hit tourism sector workers, revitalize the state’s tourism industry, and support businesses started just prior to or during the pandemic. This package includes $100 million in one-time payments to support the hardest-hit tourism workers and $100 million in grants to encourage employee re-hire. Tourism-related businesses can begin applying to the Tourism Return-to-Work Grant Program here.

New York State Small Business Pandemic Recovery Grant
The New York State Pandemic Recovery Grant program offers grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses who have seen a 25% revenue reduction as a result of the pandemic and meet all other eligibility requirements. In partnership with Empire State Development (ESD), the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, and TD Bank, the Pace University SBDC hosted a webinar last month covering program basics and how to apply. For more information, visit the Pace SBDC’s NYS Pandemic Grant webpage and connect with a Pace University SBDC business advisor if you have additional questions.

 The Customized Training Grant Program is a competitive, reimbursable training grant by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). The program provides grants ranging between $30K to $400K, reimbursing up to 60% of businesses’ total training costs and is available for businesses that are for-profit, operating for at least one year, and able to pay for training upfront. Learn more and apply here

PPP Loan Forgiveness
While the Paycheck Protection Program ended on May 31, 2021, borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. PPP loans made to eligible borrowers qualify for full loan forgiveness if during the 8- to 24-week covered period following loan disbursement the following conditions were met:Employee and compensation levels were maintainedThe loan proceeds were spent on payroll costs and other eligible expensesAt least 60% of the proceeds were spent on payroll costAs of 8/4/21, some borrowers may apply for PPP forgiveness directly through the SBA. Click here to access the direct forgiveness portal and click here to determine if your lender is participating. Visit Pace SBDC’s PPP forgiveness page for more information regarding the forgiveness process. If you have questions regarding PPP loan forgiveness or need help to apply, contact the Pace SBDC business advisor team for one-on-one business counseling, all offered at no cost.

New Grant For Child Care Providers
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is currently accepting applications for child care stabilization grants. Eligible recipients include Day Care providers, School Age Child Care providers, Family Day Care Centers, and Group Family Day Care providers. The deadline to apply for funding is 11/30/2021.  Funding from this grant can be used for a variety of operating costs and those related to health and safety practices. For further information regarding this program, we encourage you to visit the Pace SBDC’s Child Care Stabilization Grant resource page and connect with a Pace SBDC advisorfor further assistance and to have your questions answered.