Immigrant Bridge Program from NYCEDC

Immigrant Bridge is a pilot program designed to help 400 college-educated unemployed or underemployed immigrants with in-demand skills transition into “gateway jobs” in their field. The Program includes a workforce training component to help participants develop individualized career plans, improve their English skills, and prepare for professional jobs.

More Information can be found here:

Federal Business Loan and Grant – open on May 20, 2013

The application process for the business loan and grant program will open on Monday, May 20th.

Business owners can find out more information about the application and other requirements by calling 311 or visiting The City’s Department of Small Business Services will oversee the loan and grant program. Business owners will work directly with an account manager at the NYC Business Solutions Center to apply for loans of up to $150,000 and matching grants of up to $60,000.

Lower Manhattan Center
79 John Street, New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212.618.8914
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Please review Loan FAQ:

This is the checklist of documents needed:

2013 Neighborhood Achievement Awards – Call for Nominations

The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is pleased to seek the nominations of individuals, small businesses and community organizations for the 2013 Neighborhood Achievement Awards.

New Yorkers and neighborhood organizations are encouraged to apply and/or nominate others for awards in nine categories:

  • New! The Helping Hand Award
  • The Entrepreneur Award
  • The Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award
  • The Adaptive Reuse / Preservation Award
  • The M/WBE of the Year Award
  • The Small Business of the Year Award
  • The Cultural Award
  • The BID Leadership Award
  • The Workforce Service Award

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel, and SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh will present the awards at Gracie Mansion this summer.

Applications are due Friday, April 19th, 2013, by 5:00pm.

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Construction Works from NYC Center for Economic Opportunity

Application Open: Construction Works

February 25, 2013 The NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO), in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City (MF), are seeking qualified service providers to deliver Construction Works – a new job training and employment placement initiative to help low-income New Yorkers enter quality construction jobs connected to rebuilding neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy. CEO/MF will award privately funded grants of $100,000-$300,000 under this solicitation, and potential applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to begin delivering services rapidly.
Download the application (in PDF)

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Program to Address Water Damage and Mold in Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations today announced a new initiative to address water damage and treat mold in homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Since Hurricane Sandy, the City has provided comprehensive guidance on how to safely and effectively treat mold, and has collaborated with the Environmental Contractors Association to supply homeowners and volunteers with proper equipment to remove it. While homeowners can use FEMA assistance to address mold, costs can be significant, and there is no direct Federal funding available for mold remediation.

Using private money raised to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is launching a remediation program to remove mold in approximately 2,000 homes in the hardest hit areas. In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring a $15 million remediation program that will be administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development not-for-profit corporation with 30 years of experience working in New York City. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC will coordinate mold treatment that will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to the direct mold treatment program, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring new awareness and safe practice trainings on mold treatment work. These free training sessions will take place in many of the hardest hit communities to educate homeowners and volunteers on how to effectively treat mold, and thousands of mold supply kits will be distributed at no cost.

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Chinese-language line by FEMA

FEMA has setup a dedicated Chinese-language line for residents affected by Sandy: 1-866-333-1796. More information can be found here FEMA Chinese line.

Small Business Grant from SBS- up to $5k

Grants of up to $5,000 are available from New York City Small Business Services (SBS) to help businesses that may not qualify for the emergency loan:

Small Business Assistance Grants will be awarded based on eligibility and need, and may be used by recipients for structural repairs, equipment repairs and the purchase of replacement equipment needed for business recovery.

To be eligible, businesses must be:

  1. located in evacuation zones A or B
  2. have annual gross revenues under $10 million
  3. employ fewer than 100 full-time employees
  4. be located in the same commercial corridor or within the same geographic vicinity it occupied prior to the storm.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Small Business Assistance Grants are in addition to the low-interest emergency loans and matching grants already being provided by SBS, and can be used to help businesses that may not qualify for the loan.

Application is on the website