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

Cities for Action Leaders call on Biden Administration to Protect Immigrants from Africa and other countries using Temporary Protected Status

Thirty mayors from across the country sent a letter to the Biden Administration this week requesting that they designate or redesignate 15 countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The countries include: Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, … Read More

Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Allocates Funding to Combat High Rates of Maternal and Infant Mortality in the Bronx

On August 31, 2021 Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson joined with birth justice advocates and healthcare leaders for a press conference announcing over $400,000 in City Council funding to combat high rates of infant and maternal mortality in the Bronx. … 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

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments explained

The advance child tax credit allows qualifying families to receive early payments of the tax credit many people may claim on their 2021 tax return during the 2022 tax filing season. The IRS will disburse these advance payments monthly through December 2021. … Read More

Immigrants one step closer to pathway to citizenship

On August 11, 2021, Senate Democrats passed the first step towards a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation infrastructure package. The ambitious legislation earmarks $107 billion to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, 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

Monthly Child Tax Credit payments begin

Photo credit: Syda Productions The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced that millions of American families have started receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes. This … Read More

Advocates, Allies, and Immigrant New Yorkers Rally Outside City Hall for a Budget that Centers Immigrants as Essential to NYC’s Recovery

Photo credit: Bill Moore On June 15, 2021, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), immigrant rights advocates, allies, and immigrant New Yorkers brought their demand for an FY 2022 budget that recognizes immigrants as essential to New York’s recovery to … 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

Women In the Black offers mental health support to black women entrepreneurs

Women In the Black, the Harlem-based nonprofit empowering African-American women-owned businesses, has partnered with Healthfirst to create a nine-part series that began in May during Mental Health Awareness Month to help to eradicate the stigmas associated with mental health. The … Read More

SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

Photo credit: Iryna The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million … Read More

Senator Gillibrand announces two bills addressing Black maternal health

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced two vital pieces of legislation to address the Black maternal health crisis during Black Maternal Health week. The Modernizing Obstetric Medicine Standards (MOMS) Act, would expand the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) program, … Read More

Applications for free instructional course for Black entrepreneurs now open

Photo credit: Jono Erasmus NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced “BE NYC Startup Intensive,” an instructional course to provide Black entrepreneurs with resources and support they need to launch and grow successful businesses. The course … 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

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

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