NYC Small Business Services Updates

May 3, 2021


To our small business partners,

Yesterday the State announced additional restrictions are being lifted in the coming weeks.

  • Seating allowed at bars in New York City beginning May 3, consistent with State-issued food services guidance
  • The curfew will be removed for private outdoor dining areas beginning May 17.
  • The midnight curfew will be removed for indoor areas beginning May 31
  • Curfew for catered events where attendees have proof of vaccination status or negative COVID test result will be lifted beginning May 17 and curfew for all catered events lifted May 31
  • Catered events can resume at residences beginning May 3 in accordance with State’s Reopening Guidelines

Fair Share NYC: Restaurants 

This week Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris, and NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) Commissioner Anne del Castillo launched Fair Share NYC: Restaurants, a program to connect restaurants to federal relief funds.

The federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides non-taxable grants to restaurants hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Individual restaurants may qualify for up to $5 million and restaurant groups may be eligible for up to $10 million in grant funding. This grant is designed to reimburse you for any revenue your business lost between 2019 and 2020.

RRF registrations will open on Friday, April 30. Applications will open on Monday, May 3. Anyone considering applying is urged to start organizing their application.

Fair Share NYC: Restaurants will help eligible applicants secure these critical funds through:

  • Weekly webinars to review the RRF grant program and prepare their application
  • Virtual one-on-one sessions with trained counselors
  • Information about additional programs and services that can help your business

Returning to the office? Adapt to the New Normal

In response to COVID-19, the NYC Department of Small Business Services is offering a limited 4-session workshop series to help small businesses adapt to the new and “next” normal.

This series will provide strategies, tools, and resources to help New York City’s small business owners adapt to the new and “next” normal.

Session Dates:

  • Tuesday, June 8th; 6 – 7:30pm
  • Thursday, June 10th; 6 – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 15th; 6 – 7:30pm

Thursday, June 17th; 6 – 7:30pm

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