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Covid City 10: Support for Small Businesses, Nonprofits & the Unemployed

Did you recently lose your job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you run a nonprofit or own a small business and need some assistance? Please see the info and resources below, courtesy of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce and NYCETC.

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New York State Updates

  • New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.
  • NYS will waive mortgage payments for 90 days based on financial hardship (with no late fees and no negative impact on credit).
  • With respect to Sales Tax in NYS, the failure to timely remit sales tax will not be subject to interest or penalties. The deadline to pay Federal income taxes has been extended to July 15th
  • New York has a critical need for Personal Protection Equipment including gloves, gowns, and masks. NYS needs companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer funding.
    – Need Funding? 212-803-3100
    – Have Unused Supplies? 646-522-8477, or email COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov
    to mitigate high call volumes.
  • Public transportation will keep running to get nurses, doctors, law enforcement officers, and other essential personnel where they need to go. Everyone else: Limit the use of public transportation to only when absolutely necessary.
  • KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Click here for info on COVID-19 testing, insurance requirements, filing for unemployment, mortgages and banking, utilities, and submissions for price gouging complaints.
  • Rental Arrears Grants for Single Adults and Families 


Financial Supports for Nonprofits and Small Businesses


Survey & Information Requests


More Resources for Small Businesses: Loans & Grants

  • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program – APPLY HERE
    Available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. Eligible businesses will receive a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll for two months. Businesses can access up to $27,000. Gather the appropriate documents.
  • NYC Small Business Continuity Fund (Zero-Interest Loans) – MORE INFO
    Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who are seeing a decrease in revenue of 25% or more will be eligible for zero-interest loans up to $75,000 to help mitigate profit losses.
  • Federal Small Business Administration Assistance Loans – APPLY HERE
    As a small business, small agricultural cooperative, small business engaged in aquaculture, or private non-profit organization, you may borrow up to $2 million. Gather the appropriate documents. Choose ‘Economic Injury‘ as the reason for the loan request.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans – offers up to $2 million to help small businesses and private non-profit organizations overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere, and 2.75% for non-profits, with a maximum term of 30 years, depending on the ability to repay. Click here for more info. Check out the NYSBDC application guide for an excellent step-by-step explanation of applying through the SBA’s disaster loan portal. You can also refer to the SBA process summary or contact the SBA directly at disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or (800)-659-2955.
  • Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, an affiliate of Asian Americans for Equality, just announced its Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Fund to help the many independent neighborhood businesses imperiled by COVID-19. Learn more (or apply) at:
    English – https://renaissance-ny.org/emergency-small-business-relief-loan-fund/
    Chinese – https://renaissance-ny.org/emergency-loan-fund-chinese/
    Korean – https://renaissance-ny.org/small-business-fund-korean
    Spanish – https://renaissance-ny.org/emergency-fund-spanish


The Greater New York Chamber is open (working remotely)
and here to assist your business!

Questions? Email info@chamber.nyc or call 212-686-7220 or 212-CHAMBER.

We the People: Meet Nozim

nozimName: Nozim Bakhriddinov
Age: 36
Lives in: Brooklyn, NY
Ethnicity: Uzbek
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pear and Melon

I moved to NYC to realize my dreams of getting an education in art and of speaking English. Moving to New York was really very fast for me. I made a decision and approximately one month before leaving, I sent a letter to my old friend from college, Aziz, with some questions about life in NYC. He said, “I don’t know, but let’s do it together.” At that time he was living in Cincinnati and planning to change location, too. He arrived in New York about three weeks before me, and we agreed that he’d meet me at the airport and let me stay in his apartment for a few days. But when I got here, I was surprised to learn that I needed to fill out an address of where I was going to stay during my visit or I couldn’t enter the country (I came here with a tourist visa and then changed my status later). My cell phone had no internet connection and I didn’t know how to ask about addresses. The immigrations officer said that he couldn’t let me in until I filled it out, but he called a colleague over to help me. The officer was young and thin with kind eyes. He gave me his phone and finally, I was talking with my friend. Now here I am studying English, working as a pastry chef, and making my art in Brooklyn.

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