New York City enters Phase Four, the final phase of reopening

After being the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the US in April and May, New York City entered Phase Four, the final phase of reopening, on July 20, 2020. This phase includes reopening for low-risk outdoor arts & entertainment, … Read More

NYC Department of Small Business Services to offer free compliance consultations to restaurants

Photo credit: BullRun NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced the expansion of its no-cost compliance consultation services to help businesses open safely under the Open Restaurants program, avoiding costly fines and penalties. The new program … Read More

Street Vendor Project creates fund for immigrant workers excluded from government financial relief

Photo credit: Mathew Hayward The Street Vendor Project (SVP) at the Urban Justice Center is creating a fund to help the hundreds of thousands of workers in New York State that have been excluded from any sort of emergency income … Read More

African New Yorker Gérard Koala to receive in July the Best African Cultural Promoter Award at PADEV 2020

Gérard Koala, African New Yorker, DJ and coordinator of the FONY Festival, promoting African culture in New York, is among the winners of PADEV 2020, the African Development Prize, honoring those whose works in their respective sectors of activity, by … Read More

What NYC Hair Salons, Barbershops, Restaurants and Stores need to know about Phase Two of reopening

New York City is set to enter Phase Two on Monday, June 22, 2020. Businesses allowed to re-open on Phase Two are: – Hair Salons & Barbershops – Outdoor and Take-Out/Delivery Food Services – Essential and Phase II In-Store Retail … Read More

One Hundred Black Men partners with Hennessy to provide grants up to $15,000 to black businesses

The Harlem based organization One Hundred Black Men is partnering with Hennessy to provide grants from $5,000 to $15,000 to black businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program, called Unfinished Business, provides immediate resources and long-term support to several communities bearing … Read More

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopens after release of New Guidance Regarding Paycheck Protection Program

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible U.S. small businesses and non-profits, experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, … Read More

Applications for Harlem Entrepreneurial Micro-Grant Initiative are open until June 25

Credit photo: Drobot Dean  Harlem Commonwealth Council Inc. (HCC) in collaboration with the 125th St. Business Improvement District (BID) and The Apollo Theater, announced that applications are open for the Harlem Entrepreneurial Micro-Grant Initiative to provide support to small and … Read More

How to successfully reopen your business on June 8 – with New York City Commissioner of Small Business Services Jonnel Doris

Africa in Harlem invited New York City Commissioner of Small Business Services Jonnel Doris, to discuss the reopening on June 8, 2020. If you are a small business needing assistance during Phase 1, please call the Small Business hotline at … Read More

Wolof : COVID-19 financial assistance programs for African businesses and nonprofits in New York City

Africa in Harlem put together a visual presentation in Wolof on different COVID-19 financial assistance programs available for African businesses and nonprofits in New York City. Source: Small Business Administration and NYC Small Business Services     Small Business Administration … Read More

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