“These resources, coupled with hands-on support from Small Business Specialists, will help tackle barriers to economic recovery and expand opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses across the five boroughs,” said Maria Gotsch, President and CEO of the Partnership Fund, of the Partnership for New York City.
The collaboration comes just weeks after the Partnership for New York City publicly called out Mayor Bill de Blasio for not doing enough to address small businesses’ top reopening concerns. Now the Partnership is working with the mayor’s administration, albeit on the concerns of small rather than large business. Widely seen as harder hit than their larger peers, small businesses accounted for 39% of job losses according to an August report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“The small business community has been shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic and this is our latest commitment to ensure that small businesses get the resources they need by connecting them to services to help them to reopen and recover,” said Jonnel Doris, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
Funding for the specialists will come from a $2.8 million grant from the Peterson Foundation.
“By sustaining and supporting these entrepreneurs, we can help accelerate the renewal of our economy and help build a better and more inclusive future for New York City,” said Michael Peterson, CEO of the Peterson Foundation.
More advisory services on technology, real estate, legal and accounting will come online in the next few weeks, according to the partnership, which said the resource network will also work to connect small businesses with contracting, loan and grant opportunities.