Merchant & Small Biz Assistance

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Webinars for Small Businesses

  • Debt Management, Restructuring & Bankruptcy Considerations for Small Businesses (part 2) Tuesday, December 8th, 2pm Start Small Think Big here – recording of part one here
  • Compliance workshop to help businesses to comply with state and city reopening requirements Wednesday, December 2nd 10am NYC Small Business Services  here


  • Dept of Health Reopening Indoor Dining Safety Checklist with links here
  • Outdoor dining heating regulations here
  • NYC Small Business Services hotline for re-opening call them with questions 888-727 4692
  • Indoor Dining NYS Guidelines and Affirm Guidelines here
  • NYS Safety Plan template here
  • Indoor Dining Safety Poster here
  • Indoor Dining Customer Log Template here
  • Indoor Dining FAQs here
  • What to expect when you are inspected – restaurants here
  • Dept of Health Restart guidance for businesses website here
  • SBS restaurant reopening website here
  • NYC DCWP update guidance for workers during COVID here
  • NYC Gym inspection request here


  • NYC BID Association Save Small Businesses Statement here
  • NYC BID Association 9 point plan to save small businesses and commercial corridors here
  • SOS Save our Store Fronts NY State Senate Bill S 8865 and Assembly Bill A 10901 here

Loans & Grants

  • NYS Loan Fund for small businesses that didn’t get Federal loans/grants here
  • District 39 Small Business Loan Fund- interest loans for small biz and Contractors apply here

Other Free Small Biz Support – COVID

  • Start Small Think Big provides Free financial and legal assistance during COVID here
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Help Desk will connect you with experts to find solutions that can help your business. Just email or call (212) 473-7875
  • City Bar Justice Center – Free legal advice with a volunteer attorney for 45 mins. Fill out contact form here

New Regulations, Laws & Advice

Links to Support, Programs and Mentoring

  • Business Outreach Network – small business help and education here
  • Commercial Leasing Guide NYC – Small Business Services
  • Free Small Business Courses – NYC Small Business Services
  • Compliance Support & Free Educational (only) visits request
  • WE NYC Women owned business support through NYC SBS.
  • Women and Minority Owned Business Program
  • Small Business Advocate & compliance advice run by NYC SBS call (212) 618 8810 – help navigate regulations 
  • NYC Commercial Lease Assistance program
  • Storefront Improvement Guide
  • Common Small Business Violations guide
  • What to expect when you are inspected guide
  • Click here to go to the website or call 311 for more information.
  • Trends report; Small Business Services BID report

Links to Mentoring Programs

Police Support & Crime Prevention

  • NCO Officers – Neighborhood Coordination Officers
  • Crime Prevention Officer:
    • 78th Precinct – Officer Ferguson call (917) 698-8052
    • 72nd Precinct – (718) 965-6320
  • Domestic Violence Officer
    • 78th Precinct – (718) 636-6424
    • 72nd Precinct – (718) 965- 6363