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Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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The Friday Extra
This week, Tonisha Hurd will highlight the following topics:
1. The temporary measure that allowed restaurants to heat their outdoor setups using propane heaters will not be returning this year, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed to Crains New York on Wednesday. The decision was made in regards to fire safety, according to the publication, and apparently has nothing to do with the still uncertain future of outdoor dining.
2. The Committee on Small Business will hold an oversight hearing on Friday, October 29th, at 10 AM in Council Chambers, City Hall, New York, NY, regarding “Key to NYC.”
3. Bronx Chamber upcoming events, make sure to view our calendar HERE
Join us at our Fall Networking Event on October 27th! Save the Date for our Holiday Party on Thursday, December 9th.
What You Should Know
FAIRER (Fines and Interest Reduction Enabling Recovery) Program
DOF has launched the FAIRER (Fines and Interest Reduction Enabling Recovery) Program, a three-month program that allows respondents or payors to resolve outstanding Environmental Control Board (ECB) judgments. The program runs from September 20, 2021, through December 20, 2021.
The FAIRER Program covers two types of violations:
  • Violations that only require payment
  • Violations that require both payment and corrective action (also known as a compliance judgment)
Learn more HERE about reduction amounts, eligibility, and deadlines.
NYC Recovery Challenge 2021
As New York City begins to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic, there is an opportunity to address underlying issues and support more equitable and sustainable job growth through innovative tools and services.
Google for Startups, Cornell Tech and Tech: NYC spearheads the inaugural NYC Recovery Challenge looking at the next wave of New York tech companies with the potential to impact the economic reactivation of the city. Entrants can receive up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding to accelerate their business, and access to resources, mentorship, and practical insights about starting and growing a business. The deadline to apply is October 29th.
NYC Vaccine Mandate Survey From NYSRA
New York State Restaurant Association has put together a quick survey to get a better sense of how the vaccine mandate is impacting restaurant business so far.
The Committee on Small Business will hold an oversight hearing on Friday, October 29th, at 10 AM in Council Chambers, City Hall, New York, NY, regarding “Key to NYC.”You are hereby invited to attend and testify. If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing.
New Website for Your Business: Open + Online
Open + Online is a program that offers free-of-cost web design services to businesses for building and upgrading their websites, and priority will be given to minority, women, and immigrant-owned small businesses. Read about it here.
Apply at
SBA Low-Interest Federal Loans for Disaster Related Damages
Affected by the Remnants of Hurricane Ida?
PHYSICAL DAMAGES-Businesses of all sizes and nonprofits/faith-based org. (Real Estate, Inventory,
ECONOMIC INJURY -Small businesses and most nonprofits (Working capital, no physical damage needed to
Interest rates as low as: 2.855% for businesses, 2% nonprofit organizations. Max. loan, $2 million
HOMEOWNERS: Up to $200,000 for Primary Residence
HOMEOWNERS/RENTERS: Up to $40,000 for Personal Property
Interest rates as low as 1.563% All loans have repayment terms up to 30 years NY
Presidential SBA Declaration # 17147 Physical Deadline: Nov . 4, 2021
For businesses/homeowners, mitigation is available up to 20% of SBA’s verified physical damage amount
  1. Register with FEMA at or download the FEMA mobile App., or call (800) 621621-3362
  2. Apply with SBA:
Founders Fellowship
Applications are now open for the Founder Fellowship – a collaboration between Newlab and NYCEDC’s Venture Access NYC. The Founder Fellowship program will provide founders from underrepresented backgrounds working on urban tech solutions with resources they need to scale their companies. Support areas include investment prep and connections to capital providers, business development and piloting opportunities, access to Newlab’s workspace and equipment, and prototyping and product realization. Examples of qualifying urban tech challenges include climate change, energy, circular economy, govtech, public health, safety, mobility, transportation, agriculture, water, infrastructure, or accessibility.
Applications are open until October 27 and an information session will be facilitated on Wednesday, October 13 at 12 PM.
Additional details and RSVP HERE
Upcoming Events
Bronx Chamber of Commerce Fall Networking Event
Join the Chamber for our 2nd in-person networking event this year! We are so excited to be able to host this lovely event on the rooftop of the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel on October 27th.
The event is $10 for our members and $20 for non-members and additional guests. The night will include a cash bar, and free appetizers! Please register for a great time networking.
Westchester Distinguished Award Dinner
The Westchester Distinguished Award Dinner will be honoring Joseph Kelleher and White Plains Hospital on Tuesday, October 26th at Sonesta Hotel in White Plains. Keynote Speaker will be President Tim Hall of Mercy College. Please support the honorees and local Scouting by attending this Council fundraising event.
NYC M/WBE Certification Webinars
The New York City Department of Small Business Services will be hosting a certification workshop on October 27, 2021, from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
About this event
Join to learn about the following.
  • Certification program overview
  • Registering in the Payee Information Portal (PIP)
  • Registering for product service (NIGP) codes
  • Starting an MWBE certification application
*** You will receive a link to the webinar prior to the start of the event.
Save the Date: Bronx Chamber Holiday Party
Mark your calendars for our Bronx Chamber Holiday Party!
Thursday, December 9th
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Villa Barone Manor
Bronx Chamber of Commerce | 1200 Waters PlaceSuite 106Bronx, NY 10461
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