Mayor announces new initiative to help Black-owned businesses struggling during the pandemic

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city’s commitment to further help Black-owned businesses that are struggling during the pandemic.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2020, 1:54 PM

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Mayor announces new initiative to help Black-owned businesses struggling during the pandemic
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city’s commitment to further help Black-owned businesses that are struggling during the pandemic.
The "Be NYC” initiative is a $3 million partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard that aims to increase the number of Black-owned businesses in the city and help close the racial wealth gap.
The program will have three main focus points that will give resources to support virtual marketing and customer service, provide affordable financing support and business education and access to free one-on-one mentoring and consulting services with experts.
The mayor also addressed the uptick in positive cases in Sunset Park, saying 16 are linked to a large wedding that took place in Borough Hall.
He said this serves as an "early warning sign" and people need to continue to maintain social distancing, wear face coverings and avoid large crowds.
 


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