COVID-19 Business for All Grants

Hello Alice with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and others is offering $10,000 emergency grants, being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by this pandemic. If your business has been severely impacted by COVID-19, please complete the full COVID19 Business for All Grant application to apply for immediate support in the form of $10,000 grants. Click here to apply or contact alice@helloalice.com​ with any questions. 

Free Financial Counseling

Neighborhood Trust offers any NYC business free access to their phone-based financial coaching program, TrustPlus, for three months. TrustPlus financial coaches can help with everything from stretching resources and budgeting to debt management. They can also help displaced employees access and navigate newly available public resources. To learn more about how you can give your staff access to TrustPlus for free, contact Brendon Kinney at bkinney@neighborhoodtrust.org.

Bronx Business Continuity Loan (BBCL)

The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) and the Office of the Bronx Borough President has established the Bronx Business Continuity Loan (BBCL) to help sustain businesses through the Covid19 pandemic. The use of these funds will provide local emergency business financing and bridge loan funding until government contingency financing is in place.

Eligible Companies:
For-profit entities, including service, retail and manufacturing companies operating in the Bronx and nonprofit organizations in the Bronx.

Eligible Uses:
– Payroll expense
– Commercial Mortgage / Rent
– Equipment lease options
– Insurance premium expense
– Misc. business discontinuance expense

More information, visit the BOEDC’s Facebook page or contact BOEDC’s Loan Officers:
Rafael Roger at rroger@boedc.org or 347-524-4739
Pedro Barry at pbarry@boedc.org or 347-297-0071

Spring Bank SBA Loans Available

Spring Bank will be able to offer Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loans through the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As an SBA Preferred Lender with delegated authority to make 7(a) loans, the bank will be able to offer loans offered through the Paycheck Protection Program provision of the CARES Act. 

Here are key points of the program:

  • All eligible businesses and nonprofits in operation on or before February 15, 2020 with fewer than 500 employees are eligible
  • Loan proceeds may be used to maintain payroll, rent, business related debt costs.
  • Loan amounts are the lesser of average monthly payroll during the last 12 months x 2.5 or $10MM
  • The portion of the loan that is used for eligible purposes during the first eight (8) weeks after funding is eligible for forgiveness
  • No SBA guarantee fees
  • No personal guarantee
  • No collateral requirement

These loans are intended to assist struggling small businesses across the country. The money can be used for payroll, rent, utility or mortgage expenses as well as interest costs on other debt obligations incurred before February 15, 2020. As more details are available, Spring Bank will be updating their website. For more details from the SBA please go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources.

SBA Coronavirus Relief Options

The CARES Act signed at the end of March 2020 contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak. Find more info about the loan programs here.

Takeout COVID

Help support and save NYC restaurants and bars through this website. Order food, cocktails, wine, and beer for delivery or take-out and keep your local favorites in business! They are working hard to keep these lists up-to-date, but please check with individual businesses to confirm their hours, menus, and availability.

Free Legal Assistance

WHEDco is working with  Volunteers of Legal Service to provide free 1-on-1 advice remotely via phone or video conferencing to Bronx businesses. Common areas VOLS can help with are:

To set up an appointment, you can contact me at 347-906-2335 or email us at econdev(at)whedco.org.