Service looks to keep small businesses in NYC alive during pandemic

Small businesses around the country have been forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2020, 4:56 PM

Updated 1,479 days ago

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Small businesses around the country have been forced to close their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In New York City, Small Business Services is working to make sure businesses can thrive again when the city gets back to normalcy.
"We have Business Solutions Centers also located all over the city and those are all offering remote services. We're doing a lot of technical assistance and webinars to help New York City business owners understand the resources that are available," says Jessica Weis, an assistant commissioner in the Small Business Services
Weis says it can be confusing for a business owner to understand what is available to them.
"Think there's a big fear, you know, in not knowing what our city will look like and our city's businesses will look like at the end of this,” says Weis.
She says they are offering every possible opportunity for businesses to survive the pause period and then will work to revitalize them afterward.
"So, we're trying to do whatever we can to help keep small businesses alive right now,” says Weis.
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News 12 is told another resource they offer is a search tool to find small businesses in each borough to support.
"They're the lifeblood and New York has a pulse, and an energy, and that is from the workers and the businesses, and the amazing opportunities that you have here,” Weis.
For those facing unemployment, they also offer help with your job search, interview preparation and training.


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