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Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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1-7-22 Friday Extra
Click here for the first Friday Extra of 2022, brought to you by Sara Bonizio.
This week’s topics:
  1. Updates on Small Business Forward from NYC Mayor Eric Adams
  2. Recap of Gov. Hochul’s State of the State Address
  3. Upcoming Events
  4. Chamber New Year Survey Request
What You Should Know
If you received a PPP you are required to apply for forgiveness. There is a 5-minute application that has to be completed in order to have this money completely forgiven, otherwise it becomes a loan in which the SBA and IRS will require to be repaid. We urge everyone who received a PPP loan to apply for forgiveness to avoid having to repay whatever money they received.
Important Update regarding the NYC Small Business Resilience Grant
Due to the overwhelming response, the application for the NYC Small Business Resilience Grant has been paused. Businesses should check for updates if additional funding becomes available.
Businesses that have already begun applications should complete their application as soon as possible.
If applicants have questions about how to complete their application, they should review the application guide or contact the call center at 888-959-6471.
For assistance with the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program and other business financing options, visit to request a one-on-one consultation with a representative from one of our NYC Business Solutions Centers.
2022 Chamber Survey
We want to hear from you! As we begin 2022, we are eager to make sure that the Bronx Chamber delivered value during one of the most difficult economic times ever. We are hard at work on our calendar of events, and making important changes to our internal processes in order to better serve our members and the Bronx business community at large. Click HERE to fill out our survey. Your feedback is important to us (survey is open to members and non-members alike)
COVID Bronx Business Townhall
On January 6, the Bronx Chamber co-hosted a COVID-19 Bronx Business Townhall with Congress member Ritchie Torres, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, NYC SBS Commissioner Jonnel Doris, and several of our Bronx business associations featuring resources and Q&A from Empire State Development, the NYS Department of Health, and SBS. Click HERE for the replay, which contains a number of important resources and contact information.
NY State Vaccine and Booster Site for the Public at the Bronx Zoo
Vaccine and Booster Site for the Public at the Bronx Zoo Days Have Been Extended
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NY State Department of Health will be at the Bronx Zoo, in the Southern Blvd parking lot, to administer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 5 and older; and boosters for anyone 16 and older. Several new dates have been added. See the new schedule below.
  • The Pfizer vaccine will be available to those 5 to 17 years old.
  • The Pfizer booster will be available for those age 16-17.
  • And Pfizer & Moderna vaccines and boosters will be available for those 18 and older.
January 7, 8, 9 (Friday-Sunday)
2pm – 7pm
Saturday, January 15th
10am to 4pm
Participants on all dates will receive two vouchers for a visit to the Bronx Zoo valid from the day of vaccination through March 30, 2022.
Gov. Hochul’s 2022 State of the State Address
The Bronx Chamber thanks Governor Kathy Hochul for addressing several of the needs plaguing so many of our businesses in today’s State of the State Address. From pledging a $1 billion investment in small businesses, who have struggled throughout the pandemic from lack of resources and undue regulatory burdens – to a new plan for housing the homeless, addressing physical and digital infrastructure needs, and achieving safer streets, we appreciate the Governor’s focus on common-sense solutions that will help a greater number of our residents achieve the New York Dream. Click here for the replay
Small Business Forward with Mayor Eric Adams
In one of his first actions as Mayor, Eric Adams signed the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order to reform existing business regulations, ensuring local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties. The Executive Order builds upon Local Law 80 and calls on the Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Sanitation, Fire Department, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to review business regulations with the goal of reducing fine schedules and allowing for cure periods or warnings for first-time violations.
Bronx Night Market: Open Applications!
Bronx Night Market just opened the applications for small businesses and entrepreneurs to participate in the most successful event series of the borough.
M/WBE Certification Webinar
The New York City Department of Small Business Services will be hosting a certification workshop in Spanish on January 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Join us to learn about the following.
  • SBS programs and services
  • Certification program overview
  • Registering in the Payee Information Portal (PIP)
  • Registering for product service (NIGP) codes
  • Starting a MWBE certification application
*** You will receive a link to the webinar prior to the start of the event .
The Bronx Chamber is hiring! We have 4 positions, ranging from Communications to Business Outreach. Visit our website to access the job descriptions.
BXCC Member Spotlight
Don’t miss out on the New York Botanical Garden GLOW event! Tickets are available for select nights now through January 22. This entirely-outdoor, illuminated color spectacle also features delicious treats from Bronx Night Market vendors! Visit for tickets.
Want to join in the Bronx Night Market action in 2022? Access the applications here!
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