UPDATE: Assistance Available for Local Business in Covid-19 Crisis

All Non-Essential Businesses Must Close

Effective Sunday, March 22, 8:00pm, the City will enforce the closure of all non-essential businesses in New York City, pursuant to State regulations. For more information on the City’s COVID-19 response, visit the NYC Health Department and the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

Gatherings of People Not Allowed

Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (including parties, celebrations or other social events) are allowed. For more information about New York’s new COVID-19 policy, visit PAUSE.

The Chamber is working with local food pantry, La Jornada, to coordinate emergency food deliveries to homebound individuals. If you know anyone who needs help, please fill out their contact information on this online form. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please fill out this online form.

NYC Public School Buildings Closed

New York City public schools will be closed to students and staff on Monday, March 16. Starting Tuesday, March 17, schools will move toward a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess.

Federal Disaster Recovery Loans Now Available - Apply Here





The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is working with the City to provide more information about financial assistance available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a zero-interest loan program and an employee retention grant.  The City will provide relief for small businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19.

  • Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit.

  • The City is also offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months (an average of $6,000) to help retain employees.

  • Eligible owners who would like to learn more about these programs should call 311 for assistance.



1. 雇员人数少于100人并且近期销售额减少25%或更多的小商业者,将有资格获得最高达到75,000美元的零利率贷款,以帮助减少利润上的损失,应对商业运营上的资金困境。

2. 纽约市还将向雇员人数少于5人的小商业提供补助金,用以帮助小商业者支付雇员的两个月工资成本的40%,约为6,000美元,以帮助小商业者在这段困难时期留住员工。




Sign up for more information, visit the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS).


We encourage you to begin gathering the materials for your application so you can submit the documentation once applications become available. Please review the eligibility requirements below. The application for the grant is expected to be open early this week, with the loan application to follow.


Eligibility Criteria for the NYC Employee Retention Grant Program 

Businesses, including non-profits, must:

  • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City 

  • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue

  • Employ 1-4 employees in total across all locations 

  • Have been in operation for at least 6 months

  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgments

Eligibility Criteria for the NYC Small Business Continuity Fund 

Businesses must:

  • Be located within the five boroughs of New York City 

  • Demonstrate that the COVID-19 outbreak caused at least a 25% decrease in revenue

  • Employ 99 employees or fewer in total across all locations

  • Demonstrate the ability to repay the loan

  • Have no outstanding tax liens or legal judgments

SBS will be in touch with you as soon as possible about the application process and next steps. 


As part of the applications, businesses, and non-profits will be required to demonstrate a revenue decrease by providing documentation such as: point-of-sales/earned-income reports, bank statements, quarterly sales tax filings, 2019 tax returns, or CPA-certified profit & loss statements.


The situation is quickly changing. If you are seeking guidance on how to proceed with daily activities and public gatherings, we recommend visiting www.nyc.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information from the NYC Department of Health. You can also visit www.nyc.gov/covid19biz for the most up-to-date information on best business practices, checklists, and updates regarding financial assistance. I have also attached a social media toolkit to assist with outreach to your local constituents. 


The Chamber is also expanding existing business support services, including:

  • Made in Flushing: free marketing consultation and development of websites, social media, and video marketing with Sixty First Productions. Those interested in applying should contact angelina@flushingchamber.nyc

  • Open Clinics: free marketing workshops and seminars in partnership with Google and Kenvic Training; contact angelina@flushingchamber.nyc

  • Community Fair: an opportunity for health and wellness business owners and professionals to connect with the wider community; contact angelina@flushingchamber.nyc 

  • Flushing’s World Fair: an opportunity to promote your business and services; free workshops and seminars; contact angelina@flushingchamber.nyc

If you have questions or require assistance, contact john@flushingchamber.nyc or 646-783-8985


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