April 18, 2017 Staff Report
The city awarded several local organizations grants up to $30,000 last week to develop projects to support small businesses in Sunnyside, Woodside and Jackson Heights.
NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced on Wednesday that the department awarded over $1 million to 34 groups throughout all five boroughs. The grants were awarded through the Avenue NYC initiative, aimed at supporting commercial corridors in underserved communities.
“The Avenue NYC initiative is investing in local, community-based organizations to help strengthen and preserve small business corridors across our city,” Bishop said. “Small businesses are an essential part of building vibrant neighborhoods, and the grants we are awarding today will help meet tailored, local needs.”
Among the organizations awarded grants were the 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights, the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, and the Queens Economic Development Corporation for projects in Woodside and Corona.
The grant to the 82nd Street partnership will be used to develop a rewards program with local businesses and to organize seasonal events to promote shopping on 82nd Street, according to the grant announcement.
The money given to Sunnyside Shines will go towards marketing to promote the diverse range or restaurants and cultural activities along Queens Boulevard.
The QEDC will use the funding to coordinate programming in Woodside and Corona that connects residents with local businesses.