We have been focusing on direct emails and calls with members while using social media to promote our businesses as the City starts reopening. We wanted to post a few pre-Fourth of July updates here…

*BID businesses should be on our email list if you want the inside scoop. Email Lauren at FlatbushAveBID1@gmail.com to get on the list or with any questions.

*Reopening: Many of the BID’s businesses are now open as the City gets ready for Phase 3 (personal care businesses, including nail salons, tattoo and piercing facilities, massage therapy, spas, and waxing) which is scheduled for Mon. 7/6/20. Many of our retail stores are open for business and most of our dine-in and fast food restaurants are doing steady take-out and delivery as we wait for the restart of indoor dining. See the list of our open businesses here.

*Our recommended loans:  We regularly update our list of COVID-19 resources for businesses. Right now, we’re encouraging business owners to apply for the following loans:

  1. NY Forward Loan: Available from NYS.
  2. Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Bring Back Brooklyn fund.
  3. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): We are waiting for President Trump to sign off on an extension of this loan’s deadline until Aug. 8, 2020 but we realize that this program has been troublesome for some businesses to use.  
  4. Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): Apply directly through the Small Business Administration (includes advance of up to $1,000 per employee up to $10k). We like this program better than the PPP because it’s more flexible in how you can spend the money.

*Still to come:  We are looking for creative ways that indoor dining and fitness and dance studios can reopen soon. We encourage any restaurants interested in offering outdoor seating through Open Restaurants to contact us.