November 2020 | Issue #4
New Round of COVID-19 Regulations for Businesses
Remember the infamous plastic bag ban announced last March? Well it's back, and now in effect. Find the regulations here.

The City has released thorough guidance for restaurants planning to stay open and serve customers outdoors with heating devices this fall and winter. Click here for guidance on electric, natural gas and portable propane comfort heating elements.

The Open Storefront Program assists existing ground-floor retail businesses who want to use outdoor areas on a temporary basis. Click here to learn about eligible activities and regulations.
The New Normal - BID Hosts Annual Meeting on Zoom.
The BID's annual meeting has traditionally been a social affair with eating, drinking, mingling, and reflecting. But welcome to 2020 - the year of the new normal.

Visit our blog to read about this year's annual meeting conducted for the first time on Zoom. Learn about the BID's latest projects and successes and watch some fun videos.
News12 Features CM Brand and BID's Focus on 5th Program
The CM Brand founder, Christine Medina, talks with News12 about her collaboration with the 5th Ave BID on providing merchants with digital marketing expertise. Hear about how the Focus on 5th Program is helping businesses like My Natural Pet and other small businesses on the Avenue.

Click here to watch the video.
The Shop Brooklyn Movement is helping local businesses team up to create an Amazon-like experience, fulfilled 100% by local stores. Visit CinchMarket to shop local online. Want to add your business to CinchMarket? Click here to learn more. and become part of the movement.
Small businesses are vital to our communities, and we're committed to your success. That's why we're empowering minority-owned businesses that have been impacted by Covi-19 with an opportunity to qualify for a Back2Business grant. Learn more about $10k grants from Clover and Fiserv here.
TimeOut New York has begun a running list bars and restaurants with outdoor heating elements. Click here to find our where you can comfortably wine and dine outside, or how you can have your businesses added to the list for customers to find you.
Con Edison understands these are hard times for many businesses, and want to help. Click here to learn about their flexible payment agreements and other energy savings programs that could help your business save money.
Handless Menus - this initiative by NYC high school student, Iskandar Khan aims to place handless menus in NYC restaurants. By providing restaurants with menus that can be accessed through QR codes, Iskander is helping restaurants adapt to a post-coronavirus world where physical menus can be vectors of disease. Click here to learn more, or here to sign up for this free service.

For a more robust list of resources, including info on how to receive free legal assistance through our partners at Start Small Think Big, visit,
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