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Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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The Friday Extra
The Friday Extra
In this week’s Friday Extra, Bronx Chamber President Lisa Sorin highlights our new member breakfasts (our first in-person events of 2021, and certainly not the last!) and an update on our June 22nd Golf Outing, along with news you need about new small business grant opportunities.
Upcoming Events
NYC M/WBE Certification Webinars for June 2021
M/WBE Certification Webinar (SPANISH)
Wednesday,     June 9th, 2021 |10:00am – 11:30am
EBE Certification Webinar
Monday, June 14th, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
M/WBE Certification Webinar
Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
M/WBE Certification Webinar (FRENCH)
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 | 10:00am – 11:30am
M/WBE Certification Webinar (HAITIAN CREOLE)
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 |2:00pm – 3:30pm
Bronx Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Outing
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
The Bronx is back in business!
Foursome opportunities for our golf outing are sold out! Contact to inquire about remaining Sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase a dinner ticket – there are still some spots left.
Available Growth & Recovery Grants
$800 Million Small Business Recovery Grant Program
Governor Cuomo recently announced the $800 million small business recovery grant program which will provide funding to small and micro businesses and small for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
More Grant Resources & Tips
The deadline to apply for a PPP loan has passed; applications are no longer being accepted. But there are other loan opportunities you may have access to — you just have to know where to look. This guide outlines small business loans and alternative funding options, while this one lists more than 30 grants, loans and programs. And, the U.S. Small Business Association offers these seven SBA loan programs, which you may qualify for, as well.
Stacy’s Rise Project 2021
Created to help bridge the funding gap for founders, the Stacy’s Rise Project has been connecting and empowering business owners for years. Mentorship and monetary support helped this brand rise from a humble sandwich cart to the nation’s supermarkets. And it’s these same resources that today’s small business owners need to succeed – now, more than ever. So that’s exactly what Stacy’s is offering to 10 entrepreneurs in their journey to make their dreams a reality with the latest iteration of the Rise Project.
The Stacy’s Rise Project™ supports small businesses through funding, mentorship and community. Eligible small businesses selected as Stacy’s Rise Project finalists will receive $10,000 and mentorship. Apply by sharing how a grant and mentorship opportunity would help grow your business.
Bronx Chamber Member Spotlights
City Grub Delivery
City Grub Delivery is a food delivery service serving the Bronx, NY area. They deliver food from your favorite restaurants right to your door or workplace and on your schedule.
City Grub is the Prime Restaurant and Workplace Delivery service. Connect with their owner using the Bronx Chamber member portal!
Bronx Chamber member Manpower wants to know, as the economy is reopening: are you prepared to attract job seekers?
Click on their flyer to learn more.
Board Member Spotlight
Congratulations to Bronx Chamber Board Member Leslie Chiorazzi, President of CMIT Solutions, LLC. , who was featured on CRN 2021 Women of the Channel List! This list acknowledges accomplished, influential women for their dedication, hard work, and leadership in their sector.
What You Should Know
Hire CUNY Interns This Summer At No Cost To You
Hire CUNY interns this summer, at no cost to you through the CUNY Recovery Corps program!
  • Internships start July 2021 and run for 6 weeks (25 hours per week)
  • Rate of pay is $15 per hour, paid by the City of New York
  • Work opportunities may be remote, in person, or utilize a hybrid model
Additional information can also be found on the CUNY Recovery Corps Prospective Employer page here. If you’re interested in becoming a CUNY Recovery Corps partner, you can learn more by joining one of their Employer Information Sessions.
If you are ready to complete the official application, you can access that here.
Click the yellow button titled “Hire CUNY Students”
Refer to this application guide if you have any questions: Worksite Application Guide
The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 6th 2021!
NYC Means Business
The Training for Your Employees program provides no-cost, online training to help NYC-based business owners and employees located in the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more and apply:
Visit their WEBSITE
Call For Responses
Dear Bronx Chamber Community:
We have partnered with our new member, Association for a Better New York, to assist in the production of a robust directory featuring businesses that are Minority-, Woman-, Disability-, Veteran- or LGBTQ+ -owned throughout New York City.
Please email if your business is MWDBE/Veteran/LGBTQ+ -owned, and we will include your listing in the directory.
We appreciate your participation and look forward to this opportunity to help create an inclusive list of businesses, both within and outside of the Chamber’s member network, that will provide opportunities for connection and patronage.
Community Resources
‘Shop Your City’ Challenge
The Shop Your City Challenge is a City campaign encouraging New Yorkers to support their small businesses while helping NYC’s economy recover.
The campaign will include a significant investment in community and ethnic media, to raise awareness among shoppers of the need to Support Local Businesses. Posters, “I Shopped Local” stickers and “Shop Your City” Tote Bags will be supplied at no cost for businesses to provide to their customers when shopping small. The Chamber, along with our BID and Merchant Association partners, will be distributing these to small businesses in our Bronx commercial corridors.
City Clean Up Corps
The Mayor kicked-off an ambitious program called the City Cleanup Corps (CCC). Following the devastating impacts of this ongoing pandemic, the CCC was launched to both help cleanup and rejuvenate our great neighborhoods and communities, while providing meaningful, good paying jobs that provide a career path to lasting economic recovery.
As a community leader, you can assist the CCC in two important ways:
  • Connecting the CCC to your community: Through a partnership between the Human Resource Administration and the JCC of Greater Coney Island, the JCC is able to place paid full-time interns within your local organizations. But to participate, your local organization needs to sign up with the JCC. Click here for more details on partnering in this great initiative.
  • Connecting your community to CCC jobs: From cleaning parks to helping restaurants, there are many opportunities in all neighborhoods across the City. Click here to connect to the latest job posting.
PPE Kit Availability for Bronx BIDs/Merchant Associations
PPE Kit Availability for Bronx BIDs/Merchant Associations
  1. Disposable Masks (Max 500)
  2. Kn95 Masks (Max 500)
  3. Hand Sanitizers (Max 200)
  4. Face Shields (1 – 2 boxes, 100 per box)
  5. Core 4 and Vaccine Palm Cards
  6. Social Distancing Decals (Max 12)-Eng./Span.
  7. Reusable masks (box of 192)
For more information/to arrange for PPE Kits for your BID/MA, contact:
Fernando P. Tirado
Director of New Initiatives, Bureau of Bronx Neighborhood Health
Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, NYC DOHMH
718-508-0622 |
Small Business Assistance
NYC Small Business Resource Network
Are you unable to pay the rent?
Need help to get your business online?
Confused about PPP loan forgiveness?
We are here to help!
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the NYC Small Business Resource Network — a city-wide initiative to bring technical assistance and business recovery support to NYC small businesses.
At no cost to you, the NYC Small Business Resource Network can assist in technology, real estate, legal and accounting services, procurement opportunities, marketing, loans and grants, and more. Our on-the-ground Small Business Support Specialists will help guide you to the resources you need.
*If you need translation services, please contact
M/WBE Certification
The City is committed to awarding $16 billion in City contracts to M/WBEs over the next decade. Getting certified as a (M/WBE) Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise will help you access exclusive programs to help your small business grow and compete for these opportunities.
1. Increased opportunities for the City’s MWBEs: New York City agencies buy more goods and services from certified businesses
2. Gain access to capacity building programs: Education, Financing
3. Free advertising in the NYC Online Directory of Certified Businesses. Market your firm to all potential clients that care about diversity
4. Mentorship Programs and Workshops to help M/WBEs build and strengthen operations to compete and perform better on contract opportunities.
5. NYC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides one-on-one consultation services while you are in the process of drafting a bid proposal and provides post-selection feedback.
6. Networking Events for certified businesses, including the annual Citywide Procurement Fair, an SBS signature event for M/WBEs only.
Need Help Recertifying your M/WBE Status? Contact Us.
Chamber on the Go
NYC resources are available for small business owners in the Bronx through our Chamber On-the-Go business support program. We connect you with resources to help your business thrive from the NYC Department of Small Business Services and the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.
A Sure Bet for New York’s Future
A Sure Bet for New York’s Future is an alliance of businesses, community organizations, labor groups, and other local groups who are in support of providing Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts in Yonkers (which employs 30% Bronx Residents as part of its staff) with a full gaming license and ensuring Empire City can participate in mobile sports betting, should the state legalize it. Click here to learn more and to join the alliance.
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