Princess Jenkins, owner of The Brownstone, celebrates 22 years in Harlem

Business owner Princess Jenkins celebrated 22 years of dressing Harlem women with style at The Brownstone on September 24th and 25th, 2021. The two-day celebration included a VIP reception in the boutique’s backyard with clients who have been supporting her … Read More

SBA Enhances COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to Aid Small Businesses Facing Challenges from Delta Variant

On September 9, 2021 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced major enhancements to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support our small business communities … Read More

What to do if your business was impacted by Hurricane Ida

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is reminding all business owners impacted by Hurricane Ida that the agency is here to help. SBS recommends the following immediate next steps: – If you or others are facing immediate danger, … Read More

SBA’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit to be held September 13-15

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week Virtual Summit is scheduled to take place this year on September 13-15, 2021. The annual event honors the nation’s 31 million small businesses for their perseverance, ingenuity, triumphs, and creativity. The … Read More

Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrates 27 years in Brooklyn

Photos credit: Bill Moore Nigerian-American Designer Moshood celebrated 27 years in Brooklyn with fashion and music on August 1, 2021. Moshood, who came to New York from Lagos, Nigeria in the 1980’s to teach through his fashions to love and … Read More

Legal Services NYC Creates New Guide to Help Small Businesses Fight Eviction After Moratorium Lifts

Legal Services NYC, in partnership with the Law Office of Daniel F. Pepitone, PLLC, announced “A Commercial Tenant’s Guide to Landlord Disputes: Understanding Court Procedure and Answering Petitions or Complaints in NYC,” a new guide to help small business owners … Read More

Attorney General James Calls on the U.S. Senate to Strengthen Protections for Working Americans By Passing PRO Act

New York Attorney General Letitia James, as part of a coalition of 17 attorneys general, has called on the U.S. Senate to protect hardworking Americans by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021 (PRO Act). The PRO … Read More

Financial assistance for undocumented workers, Excluded Workers Fund (EWF), now available

The Excluded Workers Fund (EWF) provides financial help to New Yorkers who lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic and were left out of various federal relief programs, including unemployment and pandemic benefits. Applications are now live and funds for the … Read More

SBA’s application portal for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness to open on August 4

Photo credit: Taniasv The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA. This … Read More

Council Votes to Protect Small Businesses by Extending Third-Party Delivery App Fee Caps

Photo credit: Alessandro Biascioli Continuing the vital work of protecting New York City’s small businesses, the Council voted on July 29, 2021 to extend measures passed earlier in the pandemic to help keep these businesses afloat. The first of these … Read More

Community leaders demand Mayor de Blasio Keep His Word and Remove NYPD From Street Vending

Photo credit: Martin Raab On July 23, 2021 a group of city and state representatives alongside community-based organizations representing small businesses, immigrant worker rights, and public space accessibility advocates released a letter demanding the immediate removal of NYPD presence in … Read More

SBS Commissioner Doris, Melba Wilson and community leaders visit Harlem Businesses

Photos credit: Bill Moore NYC Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris and community leaders toured small businesses in Harlem on July 20, 2021 to promote the Shop Your City campaign, a City initiative to encourage New Yorkers to support … Read More

Small Business Administration to Connect Technology Innovators & Entrepreneurs with Research Funding

Photo credit: Gorodenkoff The U.S. Small Business Administration will host 2021 National SBIR Week on July 19 through July 23 for small business innovators. The virtual event will connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of … Read More

Women In the Black to host yearly conference virtually on June 26

Women In the Black, the Harlem-based nonprofit organization empowering African-American women-owned businesses, is hosting its yearly Women’s Business Conference virtually on June 26, 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Who’s The Boss- Level Up.” To register, visit: https://bit.ly/3xUvN9Q … Read More

NYC Small Business Services to host Five Boro Black Business Forum to support Black-owned businesses

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced this week Juneteenth events that the City will begin hosting this month to support Black-owned businesses. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, honors the self-determination of the federal troops that … Read More

Applications for $800 Million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program Now Open

Applications are now open for the $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. The program reimburses New York small businesses with grants of up to $50,000 for COVID-related expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. … Read More

Eric Adams reveals agenda for immigrant New Yorkers

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams unveiled on June 3, 2021 his “WeRISE” agenda to raise immigrant safety and empowerment at a town hall for ethnic and community media. A 2015-19 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that 36.8 percent of … Read More

Small Business Services launches “Shop Your City” Challenge to support local businesses

Photo credit: NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced this week a new campaign to encourage New Yorkers to take a break from big box retailers and shop at … Read More

The Harlem business community mourns the loss of Jeff Hamer

Photo credit: Bob Gore Jeff Hamer, Senior Finance Account Manager at Upper Manhattan NYC Business Solutions has impacted the lives of so many business owners in Harlem, starting with mine. Afrikanspot LLC and Africa in Harlem would have not existed … Read More

NYC Small Business Services opens applications for up to 2 million in grants

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris today opened applications for up to $2 million in grant awards to support Community Based Development Organizations (CDBOs) working in low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities. The grants, funded by SBS’ … Read More

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