FAB Biz Blast – Sep 2021


The mandate that was announced last month that now requires proof of vaccination for indoor guests and staff of certain businesses, will be fully enforced beginning the week of September 13. In the FAB FULTON area, businesses have already received complaints about violations of the mandate, so we must reiterate the importance of understanding all the requirements, in order to avoid future complaints and possible fines.
The program, also known as the “Key to NYC Pass,” requires proof of vaccination (paper vaccination card, the Excelsior pass, or the NYC COVID Safe app) for indoor dining, indoor gyms, and indoor concerts and performances in New York City, and also applies to workers at these places. Recently, with the help of NYC Small Business Services, the city released helpful documents for each of these types of businesses to help answer questions. See the respective guides for indoor dining, fitness facilities, and entertainment, print them, and post for your employees and staff to read, if helpful.
Join NYC SBS for upcoming webinars happening every Wednesday at 5 pm! Learn more about Key to NYC guidelines, plus available resources to help businesses adapt to a changing business environment. Register for an upcoming webinar here.
This year has flown by and it’s about that time again! While the location is still being determined, we plan to hold an in-person event. In the meantime, you can register NOW to attend the meeting, scheduled for Thursday, October 14 from 5 – 7 pm.
The meeting is open to property owners, business owners, and residents of the FAB FULTON area. Click this link to complete the registration form, and watch our website and other social channels for more details regarding the location. (Registered attendees will also be notified of the location via email, so be sure to include your email address.) Register today!

Hospitality Hire is a new initiative to help meet the immediate staffing needs of restaurant businesses citywide. The campaign has two goals: (1) to make more NYC restaurant operators aware of existing Workforce1 hospitality-specific, no-cost recruitment services, and (2), to generate interest among New Yorkers not currently employed in seeking good jobs/careers in the NYC restaurant industry. 
NYC SBS and its Workforce1 Career Centers (WF1) can tap its pool of 100,000+ candidates to identify qualified individuals to meet your Front-of-House and Back-of-House hiring needs by:
  • Sourcing job seekers through its candidate databases, paid advertisements (at no cost to you) and through local partner organizations;
  • Recruiting and screening candidates based on your needs—and referring the most qualified to your restaurant; and
  • Scheduling interviews.

To view the Hospitality Hire presentation or a recording of the informational webinar, go here. If you are interested in this program for your staffing needs, contact Alexandra Greene.


NYCPace is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteer mentors to help under-served and under-resourced entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
The organization’s Flagship Entrepreneur Advising Program, launching a new cohort next month, provides entrepreneurs with free business consulting and assigns mentors who offer customized, project-based direction. Together, the advisory team and the entrepreneur create a structured, time-driven work plan for their project, aimed at addressing the top real-life issues facing the business owner.
Interested? Apply here for the third cohort of NYCPace’s program, starting in October, a virtual setting where all advisory teams will attend and learn together.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced changes to New York State’s $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will enable more small businesses to apply for funding. Businesses with revenues up to $2.5 million can apply for grants, up from the previous threshold of $500,000. Additionally, the limitation for businesses that received PPP loans has been increased from $100,000 to $250,000.
See all program details and apply here.



Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce‘s Business Recovery Staff has been deployed to assist businesses impacted by the storm. If you have damage or need assistance, send them a note info@brooklynchamber.com or register for the Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) here. If you see neighborhood damage, please report it to 311, and any emergencies to 911.


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!