In February 2017, Mayor de Blasio announced the #LoveYourLocalNYC Initiative to celebrate small independent neighborhood businesses and offered $1.8 million in grant funding for these small local businesses.
By registering a local business on the NYC Love Your Local add business page, that local business raises the visibility of their business in the New York City area. At the same time they become eligible to receive a piece of the $1.8 million as a grant if the local business is selected after registering here.
Local businesses that are selected will also be provided with expert advice to better help them meet competitive pressure.
Even if a local business isn’t selected, it is given free publicity by having it shown on the NYC Love Your Local map that is filled with a variety of local businesses all over New York City.
Now, ten months later the NYC Love Your Local interactive map is filled with local businesses all over New York City. Most of which are concentrated in Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, and Long Island City which are all considered Central Business Districts of New York City. However, the Love Your Local map for Downtown Flushing, which is the fourth largest Central Business District in New York City, is bare compared to the other Central Business Districts.
This needs to change! Show support for our local businesses by helping them get onto the Love Your Local map and become eligible for a grant from the City!