New York Forward: Small Business Recovery Hub

Oct 23, 2020

Updates to Business Reopening Guidelines

Outdoor and Indoor Dining

Plastic Bag Ban

Commercial Evictions & Foreclosures

Business Closures by Zones

Brooklyn now has revised zone-based guidelines as follows:

 

red (micro-cluster zone):  positivity rate over 4% for 10 days AND 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average. The following restrictions still apply: closure of schools, nonessential businesses, mass gatherings, limiting restaurants to delivery and takeout, and houses of worship to 25% capacity or 10 people. Infection rates must be less than 3% (over 7 days) to move out of the red zone.
yellow (buffer zone):  positivity rate of 2.5% for 10 days AND 10 or more new daily cases per 100,000 residents on 7-day average. The yellow buffer zone refers to the area of focus surrounding the red zone to stop the spread of COVID into the broader community. Infection rates must be less than 1.5% (over 7 days) to move out of all zones.
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Small Business Grant Programs

Google has launched a Hispanics in Philanthropy PowerUp Fund to provide $5,000 grants to Latino-owned businesses. The program is accepting applications through October 28.

LISC has launched the NYC Small Business Relief & Recovery Fund, and in partnership with 16 community-based organizations across each borough, will provide direct grants of $10,000 to New York City minority-owned small businesses. The next application round begins October 15. For further information, contact Ibrahima Souare at [email protected]

Our partner Clover is launching a Back2Business Grant Program offering $10,000 grants to businesses to support our small business recovery work across Brooklyn. The program is accepting initial registration from applicants at this time. Learn more here.

Brooklyn Chamber Resources

WE ARE COMMITTED to helping Brooklyn businesses and industries recover from the financial and other hardships caused by the pandemic.

Small Business Resources Network

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The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has activated its Small Business Resources Network to provide direct support to businesses throughout Brooklyn. If you are a small business in NYC, we can help.

Get free expert services to meet all your business needs:

  • volunteer mentors, 
  • technical assistance providers,
  • loans and grants, 
  • procurement opportunities, 
  • marketing, 
  • technology, 
  • real estate, 
  • legal and accounting services

Register today to get assistance.

Brooklyn Chamber in the Field

The Chamber team led by President and CEO Randy Peers has conducted 21 commercial corridor visits. Follow us @brooklynchamber to see our work in the field.

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Support neighborhood business, it's the Brooklyn way!

You can still contribute and join the effort to save your local small businesses. Learn more here.

Open for Business in Brooklyn

See who is open for business in Brooklyn - updated daily with over 1,000 businesses across all neighborhoods. View our map of open plazas and streets in Brooklyn.

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Economic Impact Surveys

Our monthly surveys measure the economic impact of the pandemic to Brooklyn businesses. The feedback we receive supports our advocacy efforts on behalf of the small business community to policymakers. View the results here.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Grant

We are providing disposable masks, gloves, sanitizers and contactless thermometers for businesses and their employees. Please apply for our Bring Back Brooklyn PPE 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.

Webinars

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.

Reopening Guidelines by Industry

New York City is in the fourth phase of reopening.

The Brooklyn Chamber is providing free personal protective equipment (PPE) to assist businesses reopen safely. Review guidelines for your business below.

Phase One

Construction
  • Contractors including Building Equipment, Building Finishing. Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors, Highway, Street and Bridge Construction, Land Subdivision, Nonresidential and Residential Building and Utility System Construction
Retail
  • Clothing Stores, Direct Sale Establishments, Electronics and Appliance, Furniture, Florists, General Merchandise, Health and Personal Care, Jewelry, Luggage, Garden Supply, Office Supply, Used Merchandise Stores, Shoe Stores, Sporting Goods, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
Manufacturing
  • All Manufacturing, including Apparel, Computer, Electronic, Lighting, Fabricated Metal, Furniture, Leather, Machinery, Mineral, Paper, Petroleum, Plastics, Printing, Wood and Textiles
Wholesale Trader
  • All Trade including Apparel, Piece Goods, Chemical, Furniture, Household Appliances, Electronics, Machinery, Equipment, Metal and Mineral, Paper, Professional Equipment and Supplies, and Miscellaneous Non-Durable and Durable Goods
Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Non-Food Animal and Crop Production and support activities

Phase Three

Food Services (outdoor)
  • For DOT's Open Restaurants and Open Streets programs and State Liquor Authority guidance on liquor consumption rules, please scroll to the section below
Personal Care
  • Nail Salons, Tattoo Parlors, Spas, Cosmetology, UV/non-UV tanning and waxing
Beaches
  • Swimming is allowed with lifeguards present from 10am-6pm daily
Pools
Barbecue Areas
  • Open across all parks
Dog Runs
  • Open across all parks
Sports

Sports facilities (soccer, basketball, tennis and volleyball) across all parks

Phase Four

Higher Education
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Schools (Pre-K to 12)
Arts & Entertainment (outdoor)
  • Botanical gardens, zoos
Media Production (outdoor)
  • Review and affirm guidelines below
Professional Sports Competitions
  • Audience not allowed
Gyms
  • Review the guidance here and steps to reopen
Restaurants (indoor)
  • Indoor dining will reopen September 30 at 25% capacity. Review the guidance including air filtration requirements.
Museums
  • Open at 25% capacity
Malls
  • Open at 50% capacity

Small Business Financial and Other Assistance

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

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New York City and State Resources

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Commercial Lease Assistance

The Commercial Lease Assistance Program offers free legal services for businesses seeking to renew or amend their existing lease, or sign a new commercial lease.

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New York Forward Loan Fund

Loan program for businesses with 20 or fewer full-time employees, nonprofits and small landlords who did not receive PPP or EIDL. Apply with these CDFIs.

  • Accion East
  • Community Preservation Corporation
  • National Development Council
  • Pursuit
  • TruFund

Complete the application here.
This is not a first-come, first-served application.

Other Resources

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Commercial Cleaning Services

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

Non-Government Loans and Grants

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Small Business Grants

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Corporate Support

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Grants for Non-Profits

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Grants and Resources for Restaurants

Assistance to Manufacturers

Review the reopening guidelines for manufacturers.

 

For PPE procurement (masks, gloves, disinfecting supplies, thermometers and physical barriers) or to be listed as a vendor, visit the NYC Manufacturing and Industry Innovation Council's PPE marketplace.

Other Resources

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New York City Resources

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Other Reopening Resources