FAB Biz Blast – Oct 2021

Join us at our 2021 Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 14, at 5 pm. This meeting will now be an online event, via Zoom.

If you are a property owner, commercial tenant, business, or resident within the boundaries of the FAB Alliance Business Improvement District, that makes you a member. This entitles you to vote at our Annual Meetings. While the Annual Meeting is open to the public, only registered qualified Members of the FAB Alliance may vote at the meeting.

Not registered yet? Recently opened in the district? You only have to register ONCE for voting privileges. REGISTER HERE before or by Mon., Oct. 4 if you are a property owner, business owner, or resident within FAB. All others interested in attending, REGISTER HERE.

If you own an NYC business that offers:

  • Indoor dining
  • Indoor fitness
  • Indoor entertainment or meeting space,
please review the requirements of the Key to NYC mandate and make sure you are in compliance to protect your employees and patrons and to avoid fines. 
To comply with requirements, businesses must:
  • Place the Vaccination Required Poster for Businesses (PDF) or a similar sign in at least 14-point font in a place that is clearly visible to people before they enter your business. (You can print this OR we can bring you one!)
  • Become familiar with the accepted proofs of vaccination, found here.  
  • Develop a written implementation plan that will be available for inspection. This should include how you will check the identifications and vaccination status of staff and customers before they enter — or immediately after they enter — your business.
  • Help your staff get vaccinated: Consider hanging posters about the COVID-19 vaccines in break rooms and provide information about where to get vaccinated
Find full guidance, including posters, FAQs, and other information in multiple languages, by visiting nyc.gov/keytonyc


The Department of Finance has launched the FAIRER (Fines and Interest Reduction Enabling Recovery) Program, a three-month program that allows respondents or payors to resolve outstanding Environmental Control Board (ECB) judgments. The program runs from September 20 through December 20, 2021.

The FAIRER Program covers two types of violations:
  • Violations that only require payment
  • Violations that require both payment and corrective action (also known as a compliance judgment)

Learn more here about reduction amounts, eligibility, and deadlines.


Having trouble recruiting staff for your restaurant?
Join the Small Business Resource Network an  the Union Square Hospitality Group for a discussion of best practices to enhance restaurant recruitment in the labor market, post-COVID. REGISTER HERE for this online event, Tuesday, October 19 from 11am – 12pm.

As we’ve reported previously, there have been changes to the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will enable more small businesses to apply for funding.
The program has increased its gross sales receipts requirement up to $2.5 million for small businesses, micro-businesses, and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations in New York State who have experienced economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
No hard deadline has been announced, so apply now while funds last! See all program details and apply here.


NYC Business Quick Start
is a collaborative interagency effort led by the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to cut red tape and position New York City as the most business-friendly large city in which to open or reopen a business.

Connect with your very own Small Business Advocate who can make it easier for you to start, operate, and grow your storefront business in NYC without delay by working together with colleagues at City and State regulatory agencies, and local utility companies. Compliance Consultants are also available to come to your business or meet with you virtually and provide a customized checklist to help you understand key City rules and requirements and learn to avoid fines and violations by addressing the most commonly issued compliance challenges.
Want to learn more? Get details and request assistance here!


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!