September 2020 | Issue #2
Business Woes Continue
Indoor dining is still not permitted in NYC and about 100 in Brooklyn and Staten Island businesses are threatening a class action lawsuit against the city.

Meanwhile, other small businesses impacted by the pandemic are struggling to stay afloat. Gounardes and Brannan held a press conference demanding the Governor extends the suspension of commercial evictions.
Outdoor Dining Takes a Foothold
5th Ave currently has 31 establishments with outdoor seating. Through a partnership with the BID, local artist Nicole Stuart has transformed a selection of street side dining barriers into colorful murals. View our online map of locations here, or visit our new blog to see additional photos.
Topiary Takeover
Are you interested in spruicing up your storefront? The BID is making their planters available for your tender loving care. Adopt a planter in need today!

Da Noi on 5th leads the way in their embrace of sidewalk horniculture on the Avenue. Contact for your opportunity to share the care.
The NYFL targets the state's small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), non-profits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. Learn more here.
To help New York City's small businesses experiencing financial distress due to the impact of COVID-19, Citizens Committee has launched the Neighborhood Business Grants. Learn more here.
MEND NYC is a new citywide initiative to provide free mediation and conflict resolution services to address quality-of-life issues that impact both NYC residents and businesses in the hospitality industry.

To learn more or request a mediation visit the website here.
@ intersection_co is pairing small businesses with completely free advertising on LinkNYC kiosks funded by corporate sponsors of the "Power the Comeback" campaign.

Consider taking advantage of free advertising on kiosks outside of Bay Ridge! Find the form here.

Back2Business Grants for minority-owned businesses by Clover - see if you qualify today!

Design Corp: Small Business Reopening Network - submit your restaurant to the directory for your chance to be connected to pro-bono design services for your outdoor dining set up.

Bay RIdge Village - advertise your business for free on this new platform catering to Bay Ridge's seniors. Contact or call 516-426-1842 for more info .

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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