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

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

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

Coronavirus: Tuesday Brooks, MBA discusses Federal and Local Assistance Programs for Small Businesses affected by COVID-19

Africa in Harlem invited Financial Manager Tuesday Brooks, MBA to discuss the Federal and Local Assistance Programs available for Small Businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the Coronavirus. Tuesday Brooks, MBA also gives advice on how to better manage your … Read More

Coronavirus: Applications for financial assistance to NYC small businesses are now open

Photo credit: Flamingo Images Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop and NYC Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett announced today that loans are available for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Small … Read More

Harlemites seem unbothered by the Coronavirus but some businesses are feeling the heat!

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell If you listen to many Harlemites, you will think that the Coronavirus has not made it to New York City yet. They are going about their lives as usual and don’t feel concerned at all. But … Read More

Coronavirus: NYC Small Business Services releases new Guidance for Business Owners

The New York City Small Business Services released on March 14, 2020, a new Guidance for Business Owners to help them deal with the Coronavirus crisis General Good Practices • Have a contingency plan in place. Gather employee and supplier … Read More

SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop celebrates 10 years of Small Business Saturday with corridor tour in Brooklyn

Photo credit: NYC Department of Small Business Services NYC Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop celebrated 10 years of Small Business Saturday with a corridor tour of Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn on November 30, 2019. With retail e-commerce sales amounting … Read More

Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam launches Fonio Cookbook at the Africa Center in Harlem

Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell Senegalese Chef Pierre Thiam, also author and co-owner of Teranga Restaurant launched his latest book The Fonio Cookbook on November 3, 2019 at the Africa Center in Harlem. Fonio, an ancient grain that grows in the … Read More

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