New York Forward: Small Business Recovery Hub

Jul 9, 2020

New York City Reopening

Phase III in New York City began on July 6. All regions except New York City are presently in Phase IV.

Review the New York Forward Reopening Plan 

Develop a written reopening business safety plan. This does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but a copy of it must be retained on premises for inspection. Read the curbside and in-store pickup guidance.*


Use this template to develop your Safety Plan

Use this tool to determine if you can reopen and understand health and safety standards

*The Brooklyn Chamber is providing PPE to help businesses reopen - scroll below for details


Guidelines by Industry

Phase One                                                        Phase Two                                                          Phase Three (July 6)                                     Phase Four (TBA)

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision 
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction
Retail (curbside pickup)
  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Retailers
  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Non-Food Animal Production
  • Non-Food Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal and Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry
Restaurants (outdoor only)
Personal Care
  • Personal Grooming
  • Nail Salons
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Massage therapy and spas
  • Cosmetology
  • UV/non-UV tanning and waxing
  • NYC beaches reopened July 1
  • Swimming is allowed with lifeguards present from 10am-6pm daily
Barbecue Areas
  • Open across all parks
Dog Runs
  • Open across all parks
  • Sports facilities (soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball) open across all parks
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 Basketball Courts are open
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 Handball Courts are open
Higher Education
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Outdoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Indoor Arts & Entertainment
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Media Production
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Not Included in Phase IV
  • Indoor gatherings of 50 or more
  • Shopping Malls
  • Gyms 
  • Theaters

Brooklyn Chamber Resources for Small Businesses


to helping Brooklyn businesses and industries recover from the financial and other hardships caused by the pandemic. Contact us at [email protected]



Support neighborhood business, it's the Brooklyn way!

We are raising funds to provide no-interest loans to Brooklyn small businesses. 65% of these loans will go towards minority and women owned businesses. The fund launched in mid June and will be managed by our CDFI, Brooklyn Alliance Capital. Click here for more information on our financing assistance.

Open for Business in Brooklyn

See who is open for business in Brooklyn - updated daily with over 1,000 businesses across all neighborhoods.

Open Plazas and Streets

View our map of open plazas and streets in Brooklyn.

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Economic Impact Surveys

We are running monthly surveys to poll Brooklyn businesses on business impact and experiences with accessing government aid. We use your feedback to elected officials and policymakers. Review our latest survey and past results here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

We have partnered with NYC Dept. of Small Business Services to provide disposable masks for businesses and their employees. Please contact us at
[email protected] and include your business, address and number of masks you wish to request.

For gloves and hand sanitizer, please apply for our Bring Back Brooklyn grant here.

Small Business Hotline

The Brooklyn Chamber is digital! Find us on the Brooklyn App and join the 'Small Business Hotline' to communicate with us and your business peers in real time.


We host weekly virtual events to help business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and the latest resources, advice and information.
View the recordings here.

Small Business Financial and Other Assistance

US Small Business Administration (SBA)


New York City and State Resources


Re-Opening Assistance

Get the NYC Means Business Re-opening guide here. Get free face masks and PPE here.

Small Business Emergency Grant Program

Grants of up to $10,000 for small businesses with less than $1.5 million in revenue that have suffered physical damage as result of recent looting. Businesses must be referred by a local partner. Apply here.

Commercial Lease Assistance

The Commercial Lease Assistance Program provides no-cost legal services for commercial tenants seeking to renew or amend their existing lease.

New York Forward Loan Fund

Loan program for businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees, nonprofits and small landlords. Must not have received SBA PPP or EIDL. CDFIs processing pre-applications
  • Accion East
  • Community Preservation Corporation
  • National Development Council
  • Pursuit
  • TruFund
    Complete the pre-application here.
    This is not a first-come, first-served application. 

Other Resources


Commercial Cleaning Services

To assist with cleaning and sanitizing needs for re-opening, here is is a list of commercial cleaning companies operating across Brooklyn. Contact them for a quote.

Community Banks and CDFIs processing PPP

Our partner Pursuit is continuing to process PPP applications through July 31. Apply here and use code 4669.


Click here to find all NYC SBA lenders by zipcode.

Non-Government Loans and Grants


Small Business Grants


Corporate Support


Grants for Non-Profits


Grants and Support to Restaurants

Assistance to Manufacturers

Manufacturers will be eligible to resume operations under the Governor's Phase 1 industries re-opening on June 8.


Review these guidelines to develop your re-opening plan immediately.

Resources for NYC manufacturers


New York City Resources

NYC resources

Other Resources