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Legislative Updates, New Grants, Events and Much More
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Click here for this week’s video, covering:
  • Updates on city & state mandates and other COVID regulations
  • Liquor sales
  • Upcoming event highlights
  • and more!
New York City and State COVID Updates
NYS Governor Kathy Hochul lifted the State’s mask mandate for schools on March 2, citing strong vaccination rates, declining trends in new COVID cases, and updated guidance from the CDC.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams also officially announced today, March 4 that Key To NYC vaccine requirements and the mask mandate for the City’s public school children will be lifted on Monday, March 7, as long as there are no sudden surges in COVID cases (masks will still be required for public school students younger than the vaccine-eligible age of 5 in NYC, however).
This means that restaurants, fitness centers, and other indoor entertainment venues will no longer be required to ask patrons and customers for proof of vaccination (however, private businesses and organizations may choose to continue requesting mask wearing and/or proof of vaccination at their indoor premises). Vaccination requirements and attestation for their employees remain in effect at this time. NYC’s public employee vaccine requirement is also expected to remain in place, and masks continue to be required on mass transit.
“We will make proper public health decisions to keep our city safe. We will pivot if we see a reason to change any policies… COVID changes, it shifts, it modifies. We must be open to do the same,” Mayor Adams said. “And if we see a rise in cases or hospitalizations, we’re going to come back. It’s imperative we know this battle is still on.”
Hospitality Industry Updates from NYC Hospitality Alliance
The NYC Hospitality Alliance played an instrumental role in passing the recently-enacted Temporary liquor license law and is fighting hard in support of Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposal to reinstate “Drinks To Go,” the popular policy that allows restaurants and bars to sell wine and cocktails for takeout and delivery.
The Governor announced that as part of her executive budget, she is seeking to double the workforce of the State Liquor Authority that is responsible for processing liquor license applications. The Bronx Chamber and the Alliance applaud the Governor’s commitment to directing more resources to SLA to help improve the agency’s processing times for liquor license applications.
The SLA also recently issued a new ruling that that interprets the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law in a way that will allow beer and wine to be consumed in movie theaters pursuant to a beer and wine license.
 CLICK HERE to view the Governor’s full March 2, 2022 press conference
Grant Opportunities
 NBC 4 New York/WNBC, Telemundo 47/WNJU and the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s Project Innovation grant challenge is returning for a fifth consecutive year. $315,000 in grants are available in this year’s Tri-State grant challenge. Applications accepted starting today through March 25.
Apply For The American Small Business Growth Program
With Wells Fargo’s support, 700 small business owners will get access to the complete SLAP™ Program – with a value of $4,000 each! While all are welcome to attend the SLAP™ Bootcamps, only 700 US-based small business owners will get the comprehensive 13 months of support that comes with being enrolled in SLAP™.
Don’t Miss Our Upcoming Events!
Wed. March 16 6:00 – 8:00pm
St. Patrick’s Day Networking Mixer
Jimmy Ryan’s
3005 Middletown Road
Bronx, NY 10461
Member Tickets: $20 Future Members: $25
Join the Bronx Chamber and the financial experts at TD Bank for the next workshop in our free BXCC How to Get Bankable Series:
 Establishing and Fixing Business Credit
Tuesday, March 15
9:00 – 10:00am
Register HERE
FREE NYC Small Business Services Webinars
Improve Your Business With QuickBooks
3-Part Series: March 7, 8, & 9
Learn the key features & benefits of QuickBooks accounting software, to help you keep track of daily
transactions, as well as develop financial reports such as Income Statements, Balance Sheets, and Cash Flow Statements during this FREE 3-part workshop.
You will learn how to:
• Set up your chart of accounts
• Record purchases, bills & accounts payable
• Record your sales, receive payments, make deposits
• Create reports to understand business performance
El 9 de marzo a las 10:00am
El Departamento de Servicios para Pequeños Negocios (NYC Department of Small Business Services) lo invita a un taller sobre la certificación M/WBE (Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise) de la ciudad de Nueva York – una certificación para negocios cuyos dueños son mujeres o forman parte de un grupo minoría.
Aprendera sobre:
  • La certificación M/WBE
  • Como registrarse en el Portal de Información del Beneficiario (Payee Information Portal, PIP)
  • Como registrarse y eligir códigos de identificacion para servicios y productos (NIGP)
  • Como iniciar una solicitud para obtener la certificación MWBE
Bronx Chamber Foundation Signature Event
Women of Distinction Scholarship Awards Luncheon
Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope
Friday, March 25, 2022
11:30am – 2:00pm at Villa Barone Manor
Click HERE for Sponsorship Packages
Many thanks to our sponsors:
Con Edison, Ponce Bank, Verizon, The Monroe Foundation, Simone Development, New York Botanical Garden, Orange Bank & Trust Co., KZA Realty, Sandra Erickson Real Estate, Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy, and F&F Insurance (list to date)
For Tickets:
Now Hiring
The Bronx Chamber is now hiring two Fellows to add to our outreach team! Please check out the available one-year Fellowship positions, and share with qualified applicants!
  • Click HERE for Restaurant-Hospitality Fellowship Position
  • Click HERE for Business Outreach Fellowship Position
CUNY Internship To Employment Program
The Internship to Employment Program connects your business to a recent CUNY graduate for an 8-week paid internship, with the goal of both your business and the intern exploring the potential for a permanent fit at your company. If at the end of the internship you decide to hire your intern into a permanent position, you can receive a 24-week wage subsidy to partially cover your new hire’s wages.
Deadline for businesses/organizations to applyto hire an intern: March 15 at 11:59pm
Chamber Member Spotlight: Amazon
CUNY and Amazon Announce Joint Educational Partnership with Amazon Providing Tuition for Hourly Employees in New York to Pursue Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees
Through Amazon’s Career Choice, employees can receive tuition and fee payment for enrollment at eight CUNY schools across the five boroughs. This new collaboration is part of CUNY’s Career Success Initiative to help New Yorkers launch and advance their careers in partnership with employers. Career Choice is part of Amazon’s Upskilling 2025 pledge – a $1.2 billion commitment to upskill more than 300,000 Amazon employees by 2025.
“At Amazon, we’re committed to empowering our employees by providing them access to the education and training they need to grow their careers, whether that’s with us or elsewhere,” said Bronx Chamber Board Member Carley Graham Garcia, Head of Community Affairs at Amazon in New York. “We’re thrilled today to be partnering with CUNY on our Career Choice program to give our employees access to pursue the education path that fits their passions. Whether employees are looking to finish their Bachelor’s degree at CUNY or build on their foundational skills of English proficiency or GED preparation with our national partners, we’re prepared to meet our employees wherever they are on their educational journey.”
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