Local Relief Resources

SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
On March 25, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1799, which will extend the PPP application deadline (currently March 31, 2021) two months, to May 31, 2021, and provide an additional 30 days, after May 31, for the SBA to process pending applications. President Biden is expected to sign it soon. If you are interested in applying, contact your lender now. To view more information about the program you can view the SBA website by clicking here or the National Restaurant Association’s website by clicking here.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
The SBA is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profits can borrow through its EIDL program. Starting the week of April 6, the SBA is raising the loan limit from 6-months/$150,000 max loan to 24-months/$500,000 max loan. For those who have already received a loan, SBA will reach out directly to provide info on how you can increase your amount on or after April 6. Loans in process will automatically be considered for the longer term and greater total amount. Earlier in March, SBA also extended the deferment period on EIDLs to 2022, to allow businesses more time to build back. For more information on EIDL loans, click here.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

  • SBA expects a “phased launch” of the $28.6 billion RRF grant program to begin in April. During the first 21 days, SBA will give priority to women-owned, socially- and economically-disadvantaged-owned, and veteran-owned small businesses. Although no guidelines have been issued yet, there are a few things you can do to get ready. To read more from the National Restaurant Association, click here.
  • Identify what you are eligible for based on what we know now and the formulas for calculating what you may receive. To read more click here.
  • Pull together information you can now: employer identification number, profit and loss statements showing the difference in revenue between 2019 vs. 2020 or eligible expenses if you were not open in 2019, and your tax returns.
  • Without SBA guidelines, we can’t be sure if you will a DUNS number and SAM registration to apply, but it’s free and the process takes about 2 weeks in total so you might choose to get both in advance.
  1. Get a DUNS number. Sign up for a Data Universal Numbering System, which is free and can take up to two business days.Apply here.
  2. Register for the U.S. Federal Government’s Systems for Award Management (SAM), This is free, but can take up to two weeks to process. Go to Sam.gov.
  3. Send a SAM notarized letter to the Federal Service Desk (FSD). This is a relatively new security procedure. Go to fsd.gov. For a sample letter, click here.

Small Business PPP Application Tip
If anyone you know has experienced difficulty applying PPP or other programs through big banks, try working with smaller banks/lenders. SBA certified lenders: www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find

For application assistance (one-on-one counseling), please reach out LaGuardia Community College SBDC at sbdc@lagcc.cuny.edu. They help businesses citywide and have been working closely with SBA to assist small businesses.  他們有職員會說中文。

Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant (場地運營基金)

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

封閉式場所運營商(SVO)贈款計劃是根據《經濟困難小企業,非營利組織和場地法》建立的,已於2020年12月27日簽署成為法律。該計劃包括向封閉式場所提供150億美元的贈款。由SBA的災難援助辦公室管理。

符合條件的申請人有資格獲得SVO贈款,相當於其總收入的45%,單筆贈款的最高金額為1000萬美元。20億美元用於最多50名全職員工的合格申請

Coronavirus Recovery Information in Traditional Chinese Traditional – 中文繁軆

由於新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)的疫情暴發,我們國家的小型企業正在面臨著史無前例的經濟重創。有鑑於此,美國小型企業管理局(United States Small Business Administration,英文縮寫 SBA)在此為您提供援助。下列資訊將以其他語言提供,以協助母語非英語的人士填寫其申請。 您必須以英文提交申請。 以下提供的所有文檔僅供參考。由於新的資訊將在可用時發佈,請定期返回此處查看。

薪資保護計畫(英文縮寫 PPP

COVID-19 經濟損害賑災貸款(英文縮寫 EIDL

其他資源

美國聯邦小企業部(紐約辦公室)關於新冠病毒災難協助中文網上會議總結

自從COVID-19新冠病毒肺炎在美國大爆發之後,很多地方都紛紛頒布了“封城令”,限制了民眾出行和人員的流動,以減緩病毒的傳播。但封城令帶來的影響之一就是經濟的停滯,尤其對於很多小型企業來說,停擺的經濟對他們是嚴重的打擊。美國的重災區紐約更是全美“震中中的震中”,很多華人小企業主更是叫苦連天。

有見及此,美國聯邦小企業部紐約辦公室(U.S. Small Business Administration New York Office,下簡稱SBA)為了能幫助小企業主們度過這次的難關,今天中午剛剛召開了線上視像會議。由經濟發展中文專員郭曼麗女士(Man-Li Lin)全程以中文講解,向所有參與的線上觀眾提供了申請貸款和援助細節。今天的視像會議除了邀請到紐約市第一選區市議員陳倩雯女士(Margaret Chin)以及紐約華埠共同發展機構及華埠商業改進區總監陳作舟先生(Wellington Chen)做客之外,還有多達80名民眾參與,反應非常積極!

 

NYC Office of the Comptroller COVID-19 Resource Center – Small Businesses

This page has has information about programs and assistance available to small businesses to help them navigate this crisis.

 

市長移民事務辦公室(NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs – MOIA)

如果您有关于移民的问题,或者想知道在 COVID-19 疫情期间如何获得城市服务,请致电 212-788-7654,此热线电话周一至周五,早上 9 点至下午 5 点开通,或者您可以发送电子邮件至 AskMOIA@cityhall.nyc.gov

 

Coronavirus NYC Food Resource Guide: Lower East Side/Chinatown

Resource guide with the following information: meals for children, meals for seniors, retail food stores and their delivery/benefits policies, local food pantries and soup kitchens, resources for homeless people, resources for immigrant populations and resources for people with disabilities.

 

Assistance & Counseling

Asian Americans for Equality

Unemployment application assistance and job search (亞洲人平等會失業申請援助和求職)

  • AAFE workforce center: 718-961-2833. That line is redirected to our workforce team’s cell phones. Email is askaafe@aafe.org.
  • 亞平會勞動力中心:718-961-2833。該電話線將把諮詢電話轉到員工的手機,電子郵件為 askaafe@aafe.org

CMP (Career Mobility Partnership)

Small Business: If your business needs help in applying for Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan, contact us at Larrymei@cmpny.org.

小商業協助:如果您的生意需要申請【工資保障計劃】或【經濟傷害災難計劃】,請聯係我們的小商業部門尋求協助:Larrymei@cmpny.org

Design Corps: Small Business Reopening Network

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, NYCxDESIGN has launched a program to connect pro bono designers and architects with restaurants to help provide design technical assistance. This directory encourages designers to self-connect with restaurants by browsing the profiles listed on the site. For additional information on the Design Corps program, please review the detailed guidelines.

Restaurants can add themselves to the website to access assistance here: https://nycxdesign.com/design-corps

Harvard Business School Club of New York’s Recover & Rebuild Initiative

  • One-on-One Coaching. Individual coaching that focuses on the 1-2 most pressing challenges or opportunities faced by the small business. Sessions are virtual and include one or more Harvard Business School alumni volunteers with both broad-based general management and specific functional expertise relevant to the small business being coached.
  • “Office Hours” group coaching sessions. Live Zoom sessions with a group of 8 to 10 neighborhood businesses, moderated by Harvard Business School alumni. The sessions are open-ended in terms of topics discussed, very interactive, and allow a small business entrepreneur to ask questions and gain insight from both the moderator/coach as well as the other businesses participating in the session.

If you need COVID-19-related legal assistance, the City Bar Justice Center is operating a COVID-19 Small Business Remote Legal Clinic that offers pro-bono legal consultations. Small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can receive free, limited-scope legal advice on topics that include Small businesses who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis can receive free, limited-scope legal advice on topics that include:

  • loans & grants
  • contracts & force majeure clauses
  • employment law matters
  • real estate and commercial leasing issues
  • insurance matters

 

Grants & Loans

Citizens Committee of New York City Neighborhood Business Grant

Grants of between $5,000 to $10,000 will fill gaps in funding by prioritizing businesses owned by people of color, immigrants, and women, which the New York Times and others report have weaker access to banking systems and financial support. Proposals that focus on adapting businesses to the challenges of COVID-19 (i.e. delivering orders, fulfilling online requests for products, conducting training and classes online) will also be prioritized. Grants may be made to barber shops, restaurants, food carts, vegetable stands, and other small businesses. Unlike many financial opportunities currently available to small businesses, this program will provide grants rather than loans.

Global NY Loan Fund

Open to New York State companies seeking financing to create or expand direct exports, or to serve as suppliers to larger exporters. Loans are available to purchase equipment, inventory, working capital to support foreign accounts receivable, export lines or credit, or long-term financing.

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative

GoFundMe.org, the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.

HEBREW FREE LOAN SOCIETY BANK LEUMI SMALL BUSINESS LOAN FUND

These loans are intended to help entrepreneurs launch or expand a small business or to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. The loans are interest-free and require no application fee, origination fee, or collateral. Borrowers will repay these loans in equal installments over 24-36 months, and modifications will be available if needed. There is a three-month grace period before repayments begin.

Immigrant Families Fund

Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.

Kiva Loan

Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world – up to $15,000 at 0% interest.

NYC LMI Storefront Loan (紐約市LMI店面貸款)

The NYC LMI Storefront Loan is an interest-free loan up to $100,000 to help storefront businesses located in low-to-moderate income (LMI) areas of New York City restart or continue operations after experiencing challenges from COVID-19. The NYC Department of Small Business Services is partnering with Pursuit to service these loans. 

Note: The application will be available beginning Monday, November 30th at 10:00am.

Who Can Apply? 

Businesses must: 

  • Operate in one of these eligible ZIP codes 
  • Employ between 2-99 employees in total across all locations 
  • Have been in operation since January 1, 2018, or before 
  • Be cash flow positive in 2019 and be able to demonstrate the ability to repay 
  • Have no personal or business tax liens or legal judgements within the past three years  
  • Provide a personal guarantee for the loan. All owners of 20% or more of the business must co-sign on the loan and must have an average personal credit score of 625 or higher. 

NYC LMI店面貸款是一項高達100,000美元的無息貸款,旨在幫助位於紐約市中低收入(LMI)地區的店面企業在經歷C OVID -19挑戰後重啟或繼續運營紐約市小企業服務部正在與Pursuit合作為這些貸款提供服務。 

注意:該應用程序將從11月30星期一)上午10:00開始可用

誰可以申請? 

企業必須: 

  • 操作這些之一資格ZIP代碼 
  • 在所有地點總共僱用2-99名員工 
  • 2018年1月1日或之前開始運營 
  • 在2019年使現金流量為正並能夠證明還款能力 
  • 在過去三年中沒有個人或營業稅留置權或法律判決  
  • 為貸款提供個人擔保。所有擁有20%或更多業務的所有者必須共同簽署貸款,並且平均個人信用分數必須達到625或更高。 

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

New economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.

新的經濟復甦貸款計劃旨在為紐約州的小型企業,非營利組織和小型業主提供支持,因為它們在COVID-19爆發和NYS暫停後重新開放。 NYFLF的目標是該州的小型企業,該企業的全職當量(FTE)僱員少於20人(佔所有企業的90%),非營利組織和租金收入損失的小型房東。 NYFLF的具體時機是為企業和組織著手重新開放提供支持,並為其支付前期費用以遵守《紐約前瞻計劃》下的指南(例如,庫存,行銷,調整新的社會隔離指南)。 重新開放的產業將被優先考慮。 這不是先來先服務的貸款計劃。 隨著地區和行業的重新開放,將對申請進行滾動審核。

Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund

In an effort to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund offers ​approximately $3 million in reimbursement grants for up to $5,000 to eligible businesses. The program is intended to support full-service restaurants – the industry hit hardest by the pandemic – during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited and as restaurants adjust to New York State’s COVID-19 safety restrictions and new mandates.

The Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund is a partnership between New York State, Diageo Wine & Spirits, Southern Glazer Wines & Spirits and The National Development Council (NDC). Grant funding will be managed by The National Development Council (NDC).

Restaurants can apply to the Rising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund starting Monday, January 11, 2021.  ​

為了在COVID-19大流行期間支持小型企業,籌集紐約州酒吧餐廳恢復基金為符合條件的企業提供了大約300萬美元的報銷贈款,最高可達5,000美元。 該計劃旨在在冬季戶外用餐受限且餐廳適應紐約州COVID-19安全限制和新規定的冬季期間,為全服務餐廳提供支持,該行業是大流行病最嚴重的地區。

籌集紐約州酒吧餐廳恢復基金是紐約州,帝亞吉歐美酒,南格拉澤美酒和國家發展委員會(NDC)的合作夥伴關係。 贈款資金將由國家發展委員會(NDC)管理。

從2021年1月11日星期一開始,餐廳可以向Rising NYS酒吧餐廳恢復基金提出申請。

ROAR + Robin Hood NYC Restaurant Worker Relief Fund (ROAR援助再添資金)

Receive $500, open to part- or full-time restaurant workers who:

  • made $49,000/year or less;
  • lost work or wages as a result of COVID-19 and its economic aftermath; AND
  • live in one of NYC’s five boroughs.

自去年年初起,新冠疫情給紐約小商家帶來的衝擊已長達一年之久。受其影響,許多小商家不堪重負紛紛歇業,亦有許多餐館為節省開支做出裁員的決定,許多餐飲業人員一夜之間失去賴以生存的經濟支撐。為助這些在疫情期間失業的餐飲業人員減輕一定的經濟負擔,餐飲業組織「所有餐館的紓困機遇(Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants,ROAR)」攜手券商羅賓漢(Robin Hood)推出了一項現金援助計劃,向疫期失業的餐飲業人員提供每人500元的補助。該項目於日前再獲得一筆資金,鼓勵符合資格的餐飲人員申請,獲取所需的補助。

Southern Smoke Foundation Emergency Relief Fund

To qualify for emergency relief funding you must have worked in the food and beverage industry for a minimum of 6 months and an average of 30 hours per week minimum. Every applicant must show proof of such employment, so please have paycheck stubs and/or W2s available. Unfortunately, we are unable to make any exceptions.

Examples of need include medical bills, a car accident, weather catastrophes, family support assistance, and mental health needs.

您是否需要或身邊有親友需要緊急經濟援助,並在食品和飲料行業工作?

Southern Smoke Foundation(SSF)是一個為食品和飲料行業從業人士提供危機救助的組織。 現在,Welcome to Chinatown已與SSF展開合作,為需要協助完成申請的申請人提供免費翻譯服務。
如果您有意申請SSF經濟救助金,申請人必須在食品和飲料行業工作至少6個月,平均工作時間至少每週30小時。申請人必須出示工作證明和/或W-2表格,並證明您需要這筆資金。以上證明材料均為申請SSF經濟救助金的必要材料,缺一不可。
您可以使用的證明材料包括水電費收據、醫療費收據、車禍、家庭支持援助和精神健康需要等。目前,只對在紐約中國城地區工作或生活的申請人提供翻譯幫助。

The Main Street Initiative

If you have an existing brick & mortar business that has been negatively effected by the COVID-19 outbreak and you launch a capital raise on Mainvest, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 zero-interest loan immediately. Then through your capital raise, you can receive up to $250,000 of investment from your community.

Unfinished Business

A program by Hennessy that provides immediate relief and long-term support to Black, Asian, and Latinx small-business owners. The second round of application will open November 17 at 12:01am EST.

Welcome to Chinatown Longevity Fund

Welcome to Chinatown is launching The Longevity Fund, a small business relief fund that aims to fundraise $200,000 for the distribution of grants to Manhattan Chinatown’s small businesses. The Longevity Fund will distribute $5,000 grants to 40 small businesses to alleviate their overhead costs (rent, labor, insurance, utilities, etc.) with the goal of offering some reassurance and peace of mind to small business owners, allowing them to focus on COVID-19 recovery.

 

Business Listings

Dine in NYC Restaurant Takeout/Gift Card Listing

To support local business at this critical time, NYC & Co. is promoting restaurants within the five boroughs that are currently offering takeout and delivery service, as well as gift cards for purchase online.

NYC Plugged Hospitality Map & Listing

NYC Plugged has created a map and listing in support of the hospitality industry during this difficult time. The map shows current restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries, wine shops, and delis open for delivery and/or pick-up. Also, those who are also offering gift cards/merch for purchase, Employee Fundraisers, or Frontline Worker Programs.

 

Food Donation & Website Assistance

Heart of Dinner (formerly Table to Table NYC)

Heart of Dinner is a relief effort hub cooking hot lunchbox donations for those most vulnerable in/near the Chinatown area with a heavy focus on the homebound elderly.

Send Chinatown Love

Send Chinatown Love builds personal webpages for merchants to help them collect donations and sell gift cards.

Welcome to Chinatown

Welcome to Chinatown supports local Chinatown, NY restaurants by providing a platform to generate sales through gift cards during the dining restrictions as a result of COVID-19. Welcome to Chinatown will train businesses on how to set up and maintain gift cards if they do not have an existing system.

 

Fundraisers

On May 30 to June 1, 2020, several businesses in the neighborhood were vandalized and looted during recent protest-related events. All funds raised will go towards the replacement of damaged glass doors and windows of the affected businesses. Any remainder funds will go towards assisting with the repair of interior damages. (Funds distributed as of 8/7/2020)

 

Business Tools/Resources

COVID-19: Ad credits for Google Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses

Small and medium sized businesses globally, who have spent with a Google Ads account in ten out of twelve months of 2019, and in January and/or February of this year. Eligible customers are those who advertised directly with us or through a partner, and adhere to our advertising policies.

Free And Discounted Tech Tools To Help You Run Your Business Remotely

Some companies are offering technology tools at a discount that may help you in running your small business and staying connected to your remote team during this time.

Museum of Food and Design

Resources for restaurants/restaurant workers, and patrons who want to support restaurants/restaurant workers.

Open for Business Hub

The Open for Business Hub lists technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work throughout this period.

Stand for Small

Educational resources, network connections, offers and mentorship opportunities to help address your business needs.

 

Support of Non-Profits

Robin Hood Relief Fund

The Fund is accepting applications from organizations on a rolling basis for immediate response grants in the following priority areas:

  • Serves vulnerable populations including low-income children and families, low-wage workers, individuals and families who are homeless and immigrant communities.
  • Provides or will expand services to include emergency assistance (e.g. food, shelter, and other basic needs)
  • At risk for gaps in government contracts due to interruption of services
  • Incurred unexpected expenses (e.g. overtime pay, technology)
  • Track record with administering emergency cash grants to individuals and families

 

COVID-19 and Human Rights (Hate Crimes)

If you have faced harassment or discrimination in housing, at work, or in any public place, contact the NYC Commission on Human Rights by filling out the online form or by calling 311 and asking for “human rights.” If you are a victim of or witness a hate crime, call 911.

The New York State Attorney General urges those experiencing hate crimes and bias incidences to report them by emailing the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau at civil.rights@ag.ny.gov, or calling 1-800-771-7755.

Locally, you may also report your incident to AAF ANTI-ASIAN BIAS REPORTING FORM created by Asian American Federation. This form is designed to help individuals in the tri-state area report how they have experienced hate and/or discrimination. This incident report form is made to track down hate crimes and civil violations, as well as physical threats and verbal assaults. All personal information will be kept confidential unless we explicitly receive permission from the individual.

Nationally, you may also report your incident to Stop AAPI Hate created by Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) to allow community members to report incidents of hate they have experienced. Individual information, including personal identification details, will be kept confidential and will only be shared with permission. In the aggregate, the information will be used for assistance, advocacy and education.

 

Price Gouging is ILLEGAL for ANY Item or Service Needed to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Examples include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Diagnostic products and services
  • Disinfectants (wipes, liquids, sprays)
  • Face masks
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medicines
  • Paper towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soap
  • Tissues
Were you overcharged? If you think a store excessively increased the price of these items beginning in March, file a complaint online or call 311 and say “Overcharge.”
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