New York Forward: Small Business Recovery Hub

Jun 5, 2020

New York City Re-Opening

Non-essential businesses will open in phases. Currently all regions of New York State except New York City are in Phase 1 or Phase 2. Phase 1 in New York City has been announced to reopen on June 8. We will the industries section below up to date as more information becomes available.

Phase 1 - open June 8

Construction / Agriculture / Retail (curbside pickup or delivery) / Manufacturing / Trade

Phase 2 - to be announced

Offices / Real Estate / Essential In-Store Retail (phase II) / Vehicle Sales, Leases, Rentals / Retail Rental, Repair, Cleaning / Commercial Building Management / Hair Salons & Barbershops / Outdoor Dining, Take-out & Delivery 

Phase 3

Restaurants / Food Service

Phase 4

Arts / Entertainment / Recreation / Education


Use this tool to determine

  • if your business can re-open
  • the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.

Re-Opening Safety Plan: What you Need

You will need to submit a written re-opening safety plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval. A copy of it must, however, be retained on premises for inspection. Include details on:

    • social distancing measures
    • provision of personal protective equipment (PPE)*
    • sanitizing of property and space
    • other precautionary measures (such as employee training)

Confirm you have read the curbside and in-store pickup guidance.


We strongly recommend you begin developing your plan now.

*The Brooklyn Chamber will provide a list of PPE donors and suppliers on this site

Review the NY State -> Forward Plan - a detailed guide to re-opening.

Review the 7 key metrics that guide the re-opening process

Use this template to develop your Safety Plan.

Guidelines by Industry

Non-essential businesses will open in phases as outlined by the Governor's office and will be determined by health metrics.  

Phase One (June 8)                                                                                                           Phase Two (to be announced)

  • 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
  • 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

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]



We are currently raising funds to provide no-interest loans to Brooklyn small businesses. Please note our campaign began on May 5, 2020 and loan applications will not be available until mid June.

Support neighborhood business, it's the Brooklyn way!

Our CDFI Brooklyn Alliance Capital will process these loans.

Our NYC Small Business Services funded Business Solutions Center is currently offering no-cost, one on one consultations with a Finance Account Manager  around PPP and other SBA loan programs. Contact us here or access application assistance via your SBS Connect account here.

Economic Impact Surveys

We poll Brooklyn businesses to get the latest on business impact and experiences with accessing government aid. We use your feedback to elected officials and policymakers. Take our open survey now and review results of prior ones here.

Open for Business in Brooklyn

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

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


Community Banks and CDFIs


We are partnered with Pursuit - use code 4669 and apply here

Others lenders include

New York City and State Resources

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Small Business Emergency Grant Program

Mayor de Blasio and the NYC Mayor's Fund have announced a small business grant for the businesses impacted by the recent looting and destruction. The Fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 per business, starting in the Bronx - to help with repairs and security systems. Additional funds will be raised via the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City working with Small Business Services. Learn more here.


Commercial Lease Assistance

SBS has a comprehensive set of re-opening resources for businesses. 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 (accepting pre-applications)

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.

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

New York City has imposed a citywide curfew between the hours of 8:00PM and 5:00AM as of June 2, 2020. Review the guidelines for essential workers here and read the FAQs.


Open Letter from MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick J. Foye

Other Resources