New information and resources to help small businesses affected by COVID-19 is coming out almost daily. We encourage you to sign up for newsletters from the organizations listed below and to follow them on social media for regular updates.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams here
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce here
City of New York COVID-19 Update text alerts. To sign up, text COVID to 692-692
NYC Comptrollers Office here
NYC Department of Health here
NYC Hospitality Alliance here
NYC Small Business Services here
New York State COVID-19 visit here
Get the Brooklyn app here
ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES
NYC Department of Small Business Services
The NYC Department of Small Business Services has a plethora of free resources to help NYC business thrive including financial assistance for tax, debt and utility relief, marketing support and regulatory information. To access this information click here
The New York Small Business Development Center provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in New York with confidential business consulting, training, and business research at no cost to you. Visit here for more information and assistance.
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is a fantastic resource helping Brooklyn businesses to thrive. For more information, webinars, programs, inurance, marketing, professional development and support, visit here
Start Small Think Big provides free financial and legal assistance during COVID here
Pace Small Business Development Center offers one-on-one virtual business consulting for small businesses at no cost. You can use their business coaches to help walk you through different applications and COVID-19 questions you might have. If you’re confused about any federal, state, or city resource contact Pace here
The City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project is offering free legal assistance for any small businesses on any topic from stimulus programs, leases, and more. Learn more and apply here.
New York City Business Interruption Insurance FAQs here
Workplace Guidance for Business Owners, including how to conduct layoffs can be found here
Women and Minority Owned Business Program
Small Business Advocate & Compliance Advice run by NYC SBS call (212) 618-8810 help navigate regulations
Find a Storefront Improvement Guide here
Download a Common Small Business Violations Guide here
Get your What to expect when you are inspected Guide here
COMMERCIAL LEASE ASSISTANCE
If your business needs help with a commercial lease issue in New York City, you may be eligible for free legal services through the city’s Commercial Lease Assistance Program. The program helps eligible businesses to sign a new commercial lease, amend, renew or terminate an existing commercial lease, address commercial lease issues.
New York City businesses that meet income eligibility requirements and are not a franchise establishment can visit here for more information and assistance.
Commercial Lease FAQ from Take Root Justice here
Commercial Leasing Guide NYC – Small Business Services
MENTORING & NETWORKING & EDUCATION
Brooklyn Small Business Development Center – one to one small business mentoring, training and support
Women NYC – starting and running a business, finding finance and more
Business Outreach Network – small business help and education here
WE NYC Women owned business support through New York City Small Business Services
SCORE Small Business Coronavirus Hub offers everything from online webinars, and FAQs for just about every business operation question related to COVID-19 you can think of. You can also apply for a mentor to help you grow your business. Visit here for more information.
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Help Desk will connect you with experts to find solutions that can help your business. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 473-7875
Google offers free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business here
Technology Supporting Small Business
The Open For Business Hub lists technology companies that are helping small businesses to work remotely. Visit here for a list of software and technology that may be helpful to you.
Free Small Business Courses – NYC Small Business Services
INSTALLING AWNINGS + SIGNS
Montague Street blocks west of Clinton Street are located within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. Business owners planning on installing new or replacement signs or awnings should file an Application for Work on Designated Properties with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
While specific questions should be directed to Landmarks’ public information office at 212-669-7817, the following general conditions apply:
- Awnings should be made of canvas and have open sides.
- Any awning skirt should be loose, able to move in the wind, rather than attached at the sides.
- Lettering should be printed only on the skirt, not on the awning top.
- Signs should be flat and mounted horizontally across the width of the facade.
For more information, see visit the Landmarks Preservation website or contact Kate Chura, Montague Street Business Improvement District Executive Director at 718-522-3649 for assistance.
NYC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS CENTER
9 Bond Streets, 5th Floor
Operated by the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), the Brooklyn Business Solutions Center offers classes, makes referrals, coordinates SBS services, and helps small businesses address concerns with government agencies or utility companies.
SBS also offers NYC Business Express, an online tool that consolidates many of the license, permit, and tax applications required to do business in New York City. The NYC Business Express Incentives Estimator can even provide a customized list of city, state, and federal incentives your business may qualify for.
Montague Street commercial tenants are required to have their waste and recycling removed by a licensed carting company.
Montague Street’s residential and non-profit garbage is collected by the NYC Department of Sanitation on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Bags should be placed at the curb no earlier than 5 PM on the preceding day. Residential and non-profit recycling is picked up on Wednesday only.
The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation will plant a free street tree in front of your business or home. To request a tree and for more information, visit the Parks Department website.