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Lunch & Learn: Tax Strategy for Entrepreneurs & Freelancers

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is launching a “Lunch & Learn” program starting on Wednesday, June 29, 12pm noon. The program will be conducted virtually via remote video conference and will feature industry experts presenting on a variety of topics important to small business owners and freelancers. The Lunch & Learn program is part of the Chamber’s continuing effort to support the Flushing community and help revive the local economy, which was devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes and scapegoating.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the Lili Banking for Your Business to bring highly informative and educational webinars for our business community,” stated Taehoon Kim, President of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.


The topic of the first Lunch & Learn webinar will be “Demystifying Taxes for Small Business with Lili” – a 1-hour session led by business expert Wendi Caplan-Carroll, who will walk participants through the core tools and information that make tackling taxes (and saving money) easier than ever.

“Lili Banking for Business’s commitment to solo business owners helps empower those building their businesses,” stated SMB expert (and solo business owner) Wendi Caplan-Carroll. “Taxes are one of the biggest challenges stressing out small business owners. This workshop helps alleviate some of that stress by simply breaking down what taxes one would be responsible for and how to make sure you account for all those business expenses that may help you reduce your tax burden and stay more organized.”

Attendees will learn about: Taxes 101: How self-employment and income taxes are calculated; Smart Tax Tools: Leverage Lili to ensure you only pay what you owe; and, Get Prepared: Avoid penalties and organize your finances before you file.

Lili Banking for Business was established in 2018 to empower entrepreneurs with the tools and services designed to save them time and money. Lili is redesigning banking to help the innovation economy – the freelancers and small businesses redefining work – to grow their business. For more information, visit lili.co.

The Chamber’s “Lunch & Learn” program is free and open to the public, but registration is required at lunchlearnwebinar.eventbrite.com.

All registrants will receive a copy of “Your Small Business,” which includes everything you need to know about managing your business.

For more information, read the Queens Patch.

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Open Air Farmers Market Supports Access to Local Food during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and GrowNYC launched the fifth season of the Flushing Greenmarket located in front of Maple Playground at 136-50 Maple Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. The Flushing Greenmarket operated by GrowNYC will be open every Wednesday from 8am to 3pm, from July to November 2020. The last day will be November 24, 2020. The Chamber partners with GrowNYC to promote the Greenmarket and coordinates programming with local businesses, cultural groups, and civic associations.

“The Flushing Greenmarket comes at a critical time in our community, which has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and is struggling to find healthy and reliable food supplies,” stated John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “When you buy at the Flushing Greenmarket, you know exactly who planted and harvested the food you give to your family — that’s the type of reassurance consumers are demanding and will be the key to helping our local economy recover and get back on our feet.”

The Chamber curates programming at the greenmarket, promoting environmental education as well as activities that support community wellbeing and health. Alice Lee, Chair of the Chamber’s Advisory Board, will be coordinating monthly programming with local artists to showcase their talents and encourage more people to visit the market.

“As we fight the pandemic and get back on our feet, we’re happy to present another year of healthy food options and cultural programming at the Flushing Greenmarket,” said Alice Lee, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “We will be featuring the work of local artists every month to showcase their innovative work and to encourage more people to visit our business community.”

The Flushing Greenmarket was launched at Maple Playground in the summer of 2016 with the support of the Chamber and is operated by GrowNYC, which seeks to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. Located at the popular Maple Playground, the Greenmarket provides neighborhood residents access to farm fresh food from a regional farm every Wednesday from July to the week of Thanksgiving.

“We are so happy to return to Maple Playground this season. Not only is this year GrowNYC’s 50th anniversary, it’s also the 5th anniversary of our open-air Flushing Greenmarket,” said GrowNYC‘s Communication Specialist Catherine Crawford. “We’ve implemented a number of new safety protocols at all of our food access sites to keep shoppers safe, and we’re pleased to bring fresh, regional fruits and vegetables directly to Flushing residents.”

GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Program works to preserve local farmland while ensuring local residents have access to fresh, healthy food grown in the New York metropolitan region. A central component of Greenmarket’s mission and operations is product integrity: everything sold at market is 100 percent farmer grown, produced, caught, or foraged.

“Green Earth Urban Gardens started a local honey business to fund educational horticultural therapy programs for special needs students in the area,” stated Maureen Regan, founder of Green Earth Urban Gardens. “We applied to be a vendor at the Flushing Greenmarket and look forward to participating as a resource for our community.”

The Flushing Greenmarket is located on Kissena Boulevard and Maple Avenue (in front of Maple Playground) and is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. until November 25, 2020. Participating farmers include R & G Produce Vegetables from Goshen, New York.

Farmers accept cash, debit and credit cards, SNAP/EBT (food stamps), WIC & Senior FMNP coupons as well as Health Bucks (for every $5 spent in EBT, customers receive a $2 Health Buck coupon to purchase additional fruits and vegetables). For updates throughout the season, visit the Flushing Greenmarket webpage or the Chamber’s Facebook page for up-to-date information on at-market activities throughout the season.

Photos from this year’s Flushing Greenmarket are available online.

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Discuss the Future of our Community

Queens, often celebrated as one of the most diverse places in the world, is home to hundreds of small, locally-owned businesses — many hit hard by Covid-19.

Join Open House New York on Wednesday, June 17 at 4pm for Conversations on the City | John Choe: On Commerce to learn how the economic development efforts in one neighborhood, Flushing, are responding to this moment.

As the executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, John works every day to advocate for and mobilize a multicultural community of entrepreneurs, business owners, and civic leaders in one of the fastest-growing business districts in the United States. This conversation will explore how small business support and economic development is critical for the city’s recovery.

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FREE WEBINAR: Beauty by Christina Chiu

Join the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 2, 5pm, for a book reading and discussion led by Christina Chiu on her new novel, Beauty, as part of our celebration of Asian American Heritage Month.

RSVP via Eventbrite or Facebook.

Beauty by Christina Chiu, winner of the 2040 Book Prize

“Christina Chiu’s Beauty is beautiful in the way of a scalpel blade. It’s that sharp and precise, that lacerating, that true.”

– Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Hours

“I can’t think of novel more unflinching in its portrayal of lust, love, and parenthood. Christina Chiu has a unique gift as a storyteller for unflinching honesty, and the ability to see the transcendent in the details. Beauty is a novel of one woman’s life, epic in emotional proportion. I was captured by Beauty and gleefully held there through to the last page.”

– Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day and Pym

“Beauty immediately caught me with its propulsive force and kept me mesmerized with its lyrical writing, insight and humor as we watch the sweep of a woman’s life, from young to old, through loves, lies, children, marriages, artistic promise and failure, and the changing meaning of ‘beauty’. I couldn’t put this book down, and I was so sad when such a richly described world came to an end.”

–Marie Myung-Ok Lee, author of The Evening Hero

About the Webinar Presenter:

Christina Chiu

Christina Chiu is the author of Troublemaker and Other Saints. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, The New Guard Literary Review, Washington Square, The MacGuffin, Charlie Chan is Dead II, World Wide Writers, and elsewhere. Troublemaker won the Asian American Literary Award and was chosen for the Alternate Section of the Bookof-the-Month Club & QPB. Chiu is Fellows Council President at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a board member of the New York Writers Workshop, and is one of the founding members of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is also a shoe designer. Find her at christinachiu.org.

About the Series Organizer:

Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership association that fosters the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of #Flushing #Queens through advocacy, networking, and education: “We envision a community that is a beacon for economic opportunity, mutual respect, and solidarity. As we overcome challenges and reach for our dreams, we transform ourselves and redefine what it means to be an American.”

For more information about Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, visit flushingchamber.nyc. Find Yourself Here! #FlushingFantastic

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FREE WEBINAR: Using LinkedIn Effectively In Challenging Times

Using LinkedIn Effectively In Challenging Times

Join Mark Klein of Customized Career Coaching, a member of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, in this informative professional development webinar.  

RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.com/x/using-linkedin-effectively-in-challenging-times-tickets-103171817684

Learn how to:

  • Compose your profile professionally
  • Network effectively using multiple methods
  • Conduct information interviews
  • Effectively apply for jobs in your field

Join the Webinar:

Date : April 28th

Time : 4 pm

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Topic: Using LinkedIn Workshop Effectively In Challenging Times

Time: Apr 28, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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For a free 20 minute career coaching consultation contact Mark Klein at:ccoach10@gmail.com(347) 860-3549

About the Series Organizer:

Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership association that fosters the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of #Flushing #Queens through advocacy, networking, and education: “We envision a community that is a beacon for economic opportunity, mutual respect, and solidarity. As we overcome challenges and reach for our dreams, we transform ourselves and redefine what it means to be an American.”

For more information about Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, visit flushingchamber.nyc. Find Yourself Here! #FlushingFantastic

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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.

 

UPDATE ON BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

 

 

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.

生意在疫情中受影响的小商业可申请政府经济补助

纽约市政府刚刚公布了一项救助措施,将为在COVID-19冠性病毒疫情中受影响的小商业,提供经济上的帮助。

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。

符合申请资格者,可随时致电311了解该计划的更多详情。

 

 

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:

Eligibility Criteria for the NYC Small Business Continuity Fund 

Businesses must:

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:

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

 

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