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The Friday Extra
This week, Lisa will highlight the following topics:
1. Summary of the Committee on Small Business oversight hearing regarding “Key to NYC.”
2. Support for small businesses this Halloween.
3. Bronx Chamber upcoming events, make sure to view our calendar HERE
Join us for our Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive on Thursday, December 9th.
What You Should Know
City & State: 2021 Virtual Government Procurement Conference
When all rules changed for procurement during the pandemic many wondered how New York’s business would return. Over the last year or so we have been slowly returning to the city and state and this conference will talk about what it looks like. The Government Procurement Conference will foster business partnerships between the city and state level government, prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses.
Join on November 18th to hear answers to all of your pressing procurement questions, discover unique opportunities, and create new business partnerships!
Puerto Rico Government Services
As part of a collaboration between Congressman Ritchie Torres and the Government of Puerto Rico we will be hosting a Puerto Rico Government Services Event
These services include:
 1. Birth Certificates
 2. Marriage Certificates
 3. Death Certificates
 4. Official Seals
 5. ASUME certificates
 6. Apostille Services
 7. Driver records
The event is for people that need services from the Government of Puerto Rico nd will be held at the Banknote Building 1231 Lafayette Avenue 4th floor, Bronx, New York, 10473 on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 2:00pm-5:00pm and Saturday, November 13, 2021
from 10:00am-4:00pm.
To make an appointment call 718-503-9610, Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm or visit and choose “Services to the Puerto Rican community in New York”.
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:
How to Start Your Business
The Bronx SBDC at Lehman is a program supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration and extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. On November 3rd they will be hosting a workshop on creating a business.
Creating a business of your own can be challenging. You will need adequate funding, time, personal support, and professional support in order to move forward successfully with entrepreneurial dreams.
This workshop attendees will learn:
  • Choose the Right Business Idea
  • Plan Your Business
  • Choose a Business Name
For more information please email at SBDC.BRONX@LEHMAN.CUNY.EDU
NYC M/WBE Certification Webinars
The New York City Department of Small Business Services will be hosting a certification workshop on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
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.
CCIA’s “Don’t Break Our Tech” campaign
Americans have overcome unprecedented challenges over the past year, but now Congress is playing politics with the products that helped us get through it. Before and during the pandemic, Americans turned to tech products to receive deliveries for their favorite products, find directions to local businesses, and to connect with loved ones. These bills could make all these things harder, more expensive, less convenient, and less secure.
We should ask Congress to answer a very simple question: what happens after you implement barriers to innovation in the one area of the economy where competition forces companies to introduce new consumer products and services daily?
Upcoming Events
Bronx Chamber Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive
Join us to celebrate at our Bronx Chamber Holiday Party!
Thursday, December 9th
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Villa Barone Manor
Ridgewood Savings Bank Recruitment Event
Ridegewood Savings Bank will be having a recruitment event at the new Norwood branch on Friday, 11/5/2021, from 11am to 3pm.
Halloweekend is coming to Fordham Plaza. With Bronx Night Market on October 30th and Fordham Flea on October 31st, you are not going to want to miss this spooky time of year in the Bronx. Contests, giveaways, food, live music, and more!
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