By Jack Ryan
Time is running out for small businesses to get in on the City’s “Love Your Local” program. Friday, Aug. 10 is the final day for shops, startups and other services to get their applications in.
“NYC Love Your Local” was launched to celebrate and promote the diverse and independent small businesses that enrich neighborhoods across New York City. The program encourages New Yorkers to share their favorite independent, non-franchise businesses.
Eligible businesses can secure up to $90,000 to improve operations, recruit and train employees, update technology, storefront enhances, or financial management improvements. The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is helping small businesses meet the program deadline.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for small businesses,” said John Choe, executive director of the Flushing Chamber. “Small businesses are often hard pressed to find the kind of money they need for marketing, or creating a website or improving their premises.”
The Department of Small Business Services administers the program and applications are available at loveyourlocal.cityofnewyork.us.
“These grant awards are the next step in the city’s commitment to ensure that neighborhood businesses remain central to the New York City experience,” said Gregg Bishop, the Small Business Services Commissioner of the
To be eligible, businesses must have been open and operating for three years. The grant money can be used to improve operations; recruit and train employees; update technology; enhance the business location; or improve financial management.
Businesses that need assistance filling out the application can contact the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 820-5163.
The City also encourages New Yorkers to share what they love about their favorite local business on social media by using the hashtag #LoveYourLocalNYC.
“New York City thrives on the energy, culture and diversity of small businesses,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The ‘NYC Love Your Local’ program gives New Yorkers a chance to support their favorite businesses by bringing the local establishments they love into the limelight.”
Queens is home to nearly 47,000 small business entities spread across fourteen City Council Districts, which means many people stand to benefit from the Love Your Local grants
“The Queens Chamber of Commerce is thrilled about this initiative,” said Thomas Grech, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “As the most diverse county in the U.S. and the largest geographic borough in New York City, Queens and our small local businesses will be well served by this unique initiative.”