Merchant & Small Biz Assistance

Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District is here to help connect you to resources. Can’t find what you are looking for? Email info@parkslopefifthavenuebid.com

Need Help? FREE Resources:

  • NYC Small Business Resource Network; Lease negotiations, grants/loans, digital marketing, getting online and business planning. HERE
  • Small Business Development Centers, funded by the SBA (federal)
    • Brooklyn SBDC Office, Downtown HERE
    • Pace University SBDC Office HERE
  • NYC Small Business Services hotline; compliance, SLA, city agency, commercial lease and finance questions 888-727 4692 
  • NYC Small Business Commercial Assistance HERE
  • Business Outreach Network; micro loans, education programs, recovery, starts-ups here
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Help Desk will connect you with experts to find solutions that can help your business. Just email helpdesk@manhattancc.org or call (212) 473-7875
  • City Bar Justice Center – Free legal advice with a volunteer attorney for 45 mins. Fill out contact form here
  • SCORE – one to one mentorship from business expert volunteers and online resources.

Small Business Programs

  • Minority Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprises – certification, low interest loans, one-to-one assistance and more HERE
  • Free Small Business Courses – NYC Small Business Services
  • WE NYC Women owned business support through NYC SBS.

Outdoor Dining News

  • Am I compliant with my Outdoor dining spaces? Checklist HERE
  • Comply with the SLA for serving alcohol in roadway and sidewalk seating by October 5th 2021. Find out more HERE

Small Business & Accessibility 

NYC & NYS Vaccination & Mask Mandate

  • NYC Vaccination Requirements workers deadline December 27th and certificate of affirmation of compliance workplace vaccination requirements HERE
  • Reasonable accommodation guidance for vaccine mandate NYC HERE
  • Key to NYC Pass FAQs HERE
  • Written Template (word doc so will download onto your computer) Protocol HERE

Inspections and Compliance

  • Plastic Straw Ban November 1st 2021: HERE for compliant Straws HERE for Law
  • What to expect when you are inspected – restaurants here
  • What to expect when you are inspected RETAIL here
  • NYC DCWP Information & Tools for Employers here
  • NYC DCWP Safe and Sick Leave FAQs here
  • NYC DCWP Notice of Employee Safe and Sick Leave RIGHTS here
  • Sanitation Avoiding Violations here
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention, free online training and other requirements
  • Awning Act 2019
  • Identifying fake money – Secret Service info
  • Dogs are not allowed in restaurants unless service or emotional support. Here for info
  • Commercial Leasing Guide NYC – Small Business Services
  • Storefront Improvement Guide
  • Common Small Business Violations guide
  • What to expect when you are inspected guide

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

Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District – BID