New York City small businesses get a helping hand from Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce with safety gear amid pandemic

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FORT GREENE, Brooklyn (WABC) – The federal government may be at a standstill when it comes to helping small businesses drown in money woes from the coronavirus pandemic, but a group in New York is trying to provide a cushion for the city’s nearly quarter of a million small businesses and half a million workers who have lost their jobs. On Monday, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce helped Brooklyn small businesses.At the Greene Grape, a gourmet grocery store in Fort Greene, additional PPE and advice was provided to store owner Amy Bennett.

Bennett said that the fact that they put down masks and gloves is huge, and it’s one less thing to do. She says she can spend her time growing her business and training her employees. Her store and wine merchant have remained open during the pandemic, and she has pivoted to offer more options online.

But his cafe – a neighborhood gathering place – closed and with it, jobs were lost.

Kathryn Wylde heads the Partnership for NYC – a nonprofit that invests in job creation.

“We have set up a resource center for small businesses that has support for financing, technical assistance, to improve their marketing negotiation with legal assistance from owners,” said Wylde. “All pro bono. ”

The resource center is helping businesses not only survive this pandemic, but bounce back better than before.

Bennett said her business will grow and she expects to return to the number it was before.

And while there are around 200,000 jobs available across the city, most are for skilled tech workers.

However, the majority of people who were laid off during the pandemic are from retail and restaurant industries, and lack the education necessary for these tech jobs, which is why the city’s takeover relies on small businesses. .

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