Reopening Resources for All Businesses
SBS has launched a number of resources to help businesses navigate the quickly changing regulatory environment and economic challenges due to COVID-19. Visit nyc.gov/covid19bizfor current guidance and resources.
- Business Reopening Hotline – Business owners and employers can now call 888-SBS-4NYC (727-4692) to ask questions or find assistance
- Plain Language Industry Guides – Find clear guidelines about when and how to reopen your business, based on sector and industry.
- Webinars – Sign up for webinars to help you navigate each phase of reopening. These webinars will review State guidelines and best practices for reopening across sectors, assistance available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, and more.
- Free Face Coverings – Find free non-medical PPE for you and your employees from a distribution partner located near you. You should contact partner organizations in advance, as most organizations have varying hours for pick-up.
- Find supplies – Check out the PPE + Reopening Supplies Marketplace
- NYC Business Solutions Centers are available to provide consultations for small businesses in need of financing assistance and support connecting to lenders and financing products. You can contact an account manager here.
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 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
- cutting processing time by 50 percent
NYC Business Quick Start is a collaboration between several key agencies including SBS, Department of Buildings (DOB), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). Learn more and get the help you need by visiting nyc.gov/business
Customized Training Grant Program
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.
NYC Service and Common Impact’s Volunteers for Small Business Recovery Program
This program matches small business owners with corporate professional volunteers from New York’s largest companies for a one-hour conversation designed to address problems that business owners are facing. Coaching topics may include marketing, human resources, financial management, strategy, operations, or technology. Please contact 646-493-9977 for help submitting a request or e-mail email@example.com with any other questions about this program.
Hospitality Hire is a new initiative to help meet the immediate staffing needs of restaurant businesses citywide. The campaign has two goals: 1) to make more NYC restaurant operators aware of existing Workforce1 hospitality-specific, no-cost recruitment services, and 2) to generate interest among New Yorkers not currently employed in seeking good jobs/ careers in the NYC restaurant industry. Find out more and request recruitment services HERE.
To view the Hospitality Hire presentation or a recording of the informational webinar, please click on the following links: Webinar presentation / Webinar recording Employers interested in taking advantage of this program should reach out to Alexandra Greene (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Free Graffiti Removal!
Building owners and business owners can now register to get graffitti removed for FREE by the City! You must register in advance to receive these services. Click HERE to find out more.
|NYC Veteran Owned Business Listings|
NYC Department of Veteran’s Services has created a map of NYC veteran owned businesses. Click HERE to see the map, and click HERE to add your business.
|OATH Creative Conflict Resolution |
NYC’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings is NYC’s central resource for Alternate Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices, working to create positive change in the ways conflicts are managed and resolved in NYC. OATH’s MEND program helps support mediation of conflicts between small businesses, landlords, and neighbors. Additionally, OATH has recently developed a conflict resolution training for businesses around the vaccine mandate. Click HERE to watch the 20 minute video!
Small Business Recovery Playbook
The City has partnered with Deloitte to release The New Normal: Adapting Your Small Business Playbook, a handbook filled with tools, technologies, and strategies to help entrepreneurs stabilize their business, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic. In conjunction with the playbook release, SBS will offer a multi-session workshop series run by business experts. Read the press release here, and register for “The New Normal” workshops on Eventbrite here.
Resources for Addressing Hate and Bias:
One-Pager on Hate and Bias Incidents Related to COVID-19:
A Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate:
Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC):
Emergency Procedures from SBS
One of our beloved North Flatbush Avenue businesses, Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue, suffered a fire in January. Understanding that this could happen to any of us, please take a moment to check out these emergency response resources from NYC Department of Small Business Services. The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) can support your business before, during, and after an emergency or other disruptions to your operations:
- Emergency Preparedness – Take action to prepare your business for emergencies
- Emergency Response – Get immediate help during a real time emergency
- Emergency Recovery – Get your business up and running again after an emergency.
Updates and Resources from NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
NYC Free Tax Prep:
The tax filing season will begin on February 12. The deadline to file a 2020 tax return is May 15, 2021. If you are required to file a return, NYC Free Tax Prep can assist you, if you meet income requirements. We urge eligible New Yorkers to use NYC Free Tax Prep services including, In-person Tax Prep, Drop-off Service, Virtual Tax Prep, and Assisted Self-Prep to file taxes for FREE. Filers will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone and a stable internet connection for virtual free tax prep services. Learn more: www.nyc.gov/taxprep
DCWP has created a letter template that you can fill out and mail (required by federal law) so debt collectors can’t contact you until the State of Emergency in New York City has ended. More information found at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dca/downloads/pdf/consumers/DCA-Template-Cease-Debt-Collection-Communication-Letter-for-Consumers.pdf
License extensions and renewals:
A COVID-19 Relief Package, signed into law by the Mayor, extends the license expiration dates and renewal application deadlines covered by Emergency Executive Orders (EEO) 107 and 110. In general, the extension applies to licenses with expiration dates on or after March 12, 2020, when the Mayor first declared a state of emergency. NEW Renewal Application Deadlines are calculated from when EEO 110 expires. Learn more HERE.
Check out this update about workplace laws during COVID-19 from DWCP.