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

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

Application for $28.6 Billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund opens on April 30

The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin registrations on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and open applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The online application will remain open to … 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

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

President Biden signs “PPP Extension Act of 2021” extending application deadline to May 31, 2021

Photos credit: White House President Joe Biden signed into law H.R. 1799, the “PPP Extension Act of 2021,” on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. The “PPP Extension Act of 2021,” extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to May 31, … Read More

SBS can help you apply for PPP for free before March 31st deadline

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced that SBS is continuing to help businesses connect to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the 2 weeks remaining until the program is set to end on March 31, … Read More

NYC Department of Small Business Services launches new campaign to support Black-owned businesses

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced Shop Your City: BE NYC, a targeted campaign to encourage New Yorkers to shop from the city’s Black-owned businesses. Studies show that Black businesses have been severely impacted by … Read More

Biden-Harris administration announces changes to PPP benefiting small businesses left behind in previous relief efforts

The Biden-Harris administration announced several reforms targeting the PPP to the smallest businesses and those that have been left behind in previous relief efforts. While these efforts are no substitute for passage of the American Rescue Plan, they will extend … Read More

Sylvia’s Restaurant gives away 500 hot meals to Harlem community on MLK Day

Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell Sylvia’s restaurant has fed the Harlem community for more than 50 years and on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, things were no different. Volunteers and staff including Sylvia’s granddaughter Tren’ness Woods-Black, Dj Norman, Angie … Read More

City launches three new mentorship programs for women and minority owned businesses

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris today announced the launch of three new mentorship programs expected to serve 1,500 businesses in 2021. The programs, ‘Small Business Mentors NYC,’ ‘BE NYC Mentors,’ and ‘M/WBE Mentors,’ will provide … Read More

Kenneth Ebie appointed as Executive Director of Black Entrepreneurs NYC

Photo credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris announced the appointment of Kenneth Ebie as the inaugural Executive Director and Chief Development Officer of Black Entrepreneurs NYC (BE NYC). In this role, Ebie … Read More

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