FAB Biz Blast – May 2020


Recently Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a 12-step plan to reopen the state, based on a steady decline in the hospitalization and transmission rates, while taking care to prevent cases of coronavirus from spiking. He also told regional representatives to prepare to reopen from May 15, but with detailed plans to closely monitor any resurgence of the new coronavirus.

For businesses, the regional reopening would be phased by industry, with “less essential” businesses (those that present a higher risk of infection) being low priority. Each business and industry must have a plan to protect employees and consumers, make the physical work space safer and implement processes that lower risk of infection in the business. Downstate NY businesses (including NYC) will most certainly be later openings, based on the rate of infections and spread in our area. Read more here.


FAB FULTON BUSINESSES: your feedback is needed! Please complete this quick survey to help us determine how FAB Fulton can best assist the Fulton Street-area business community in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access the survey here; it will take less than 5 minutes!



While we wait for state and local authorities to make the determination on when social distancing regulations will be lifted and businesses can re-open, small business owners should be thinking about returning to “normal.” Will it be the right time for your bar, cafe or restaurant to open? Consulting agency Streetsense has compiled a Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit, designed to help food industry businesses mitigate and bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The toolkit contains clear, concise resources for a post-pandemic approach to capital management, operations, communications and new ways of doing business. There are links to apps, assessments and other tools to get your reboot started; download this informative FREE resource now from Streetsense!



Do you need financial or legal assistance for COVID-19 related issues? Start Small Think Big and FAB FULTON invite you to request FREE legal, financial, and loan/grant-related assistance through our Rapid Response Project. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can: ask to speak to a lawyer about a range of COVID-19 specific legal issues your business may be facing; review eligibility for federal loans under the CARES Act; talk to an unbiased financial professional about what loan amount makes sense for your business; and get help completing your application for a specific loan or grant.

Simply complete this short Request for Assistance Form to start the consultation process with legal and financial professionals who are ready to help.



The New York City Small Business Services Department (SBS) has a plethora of resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners that continue to be helpful throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Within this special section on the SBS site, you will find active links to organizations providing commercial lease support, guidance from utility companies, hiring assistance for essential service businesses, and more. This information is maintained and updated regularly by SBS, and reflects the latest developments and resources available as we navigate reopening businesses on the other side of the pandemic.



NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Office will provide presentations via Zoom on a range of topics including financial resources from the federal, state, and City government as well as the private sector, and current business opportunities within City and State procurement.

Webinar sessions
for small businesses and M/WBEs impacted by COVID-19 will be held every Tuesday and Thursday through May 14. RSVP here. (Interpretation services are available, as well; see details at the registration link.)



The Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB FULTON) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and collaborates with small businesses and property owners along Fulton Street in Brooklyn’s neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to maintain a safe, clean, and welcoming community while securing resources and partnerships for initiatives that enhance and promote the district.

This post contains links to the articles and information referenced in our latest FAB BIZ BLAST email communication. You can subscribe to future newsletters; sign up here for the FAB FULTON BIZ BLAST to get the latest information and resources for FAB FULTON Businesses!