Small businesses with fewer than five employees can get a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.
Those are the mom-and-pop stores which remain the lifeblood of NYC.
Businesses with between six and 100 employees can apply for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help pay the bills.
There is also federal assistance for businesses impacted by Covid-19.
If your business has been affected by Coronavirus, here’s what to do:
if your small business has been affected by COVID-19 to receive information on obtaining loan assistance
Additional resources for small businesses
Small business owners in Brooklyn can get information from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
- Download the Brooklyn-specific app here, to join Brooklyn’s Small Business Hotline channel and be a part of the conversation .
Here are ten safe business tips from the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services:
Keep In Touch With Your People
- Make sure to gather info for employees and suppliers, as well as contacts for your legal, insurance and financial partners.
- Consider doing regular check-ins remotely and share your cell with anyone who needs to be in touch.
- Make sure you have ample tech supplies, like chargers.
- Soap, hand sanitizer and tissues:
- Keep these replenished at your businesses for employees and patrons.
- Following your routines as much as possible will not only make recovering from this period easier — it can also help your team find stability and remain calm.
- Be sure to maintain communication with your suppliers about any changes in inventory levels.
Talk To Your Insurance Company
- Determine if your policy will cover expenses incurred for any liabilities or business interruptions.
Participate In Healthy Messaging
- Put up signs in the windows of your business to remind staffers and patrons to stay healthy.
- The city’s made that easy for you, too: Find signage here.
Tap, Don’t Touch
- It’s not just for elbows: Promote tap-and-pay options to limit handling of cash and the use of touch screens.
Take Deep And Fresh Breaths
- Increase healthy, fresh air in your business by opening windows and making sure your spaces are well-ventilated.
Sell Gift Cards
- One way people are helping to support businesses is purchasing gift cards for future use — consider offering this option in person and online, if possible.
- Try to provide delivery services for your products, whether it’s ramen or panini or books.
- If you already offer delivery, consider expanding your delivery zone and training additional employees on how to bring your business directly to people’s doors.
- Text “COVID” to 692-692 to receive regular updates via text message. Text “COVIDESP” to 692-692 to receive updates via text message in Spanish.
Here are official NYC government links with more information to help you and your business stay safe and prevent the spread of germs.
Visit the NYC Health website for more up-to-date information, including FAQs for employers.
Businesses and the public can sign up to receive updates,
Here is some information to help your business combat the spread of germs and tips to address changing behavior.
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