Small Business

The Small Business Committee provides a forum for small business owners, advocates, and community members to discuss the issues and challenges facing small businesses in Community District 8.

Small Business Committee Members:

Alida Camp, Valerie Mason, and John Philips, Co-Chairs
P. Gayle Baron
Michele Birnbaum

Small Business Committee Public Members:

Courtney Bond
Moreen Donahue

Staff Liaison:

Robert Beirne

Current Agenda

    Archived Agendas, Minutes and Resolutions

    Community Updates

    • Whether you’re a new business signing a lease on your first space, or you’re working on a lease renewal, the Commercial Lease Assistance Program from NYC Small Business Services, is able to help with free legal assistance. Visit the link or call 888-SBS-4NYC.
    • is offering these upcoming promotions in their LinkLocal program: In August, for National Black Small Business Month, black-owned small businesses can advertise free on four nearby kiosks.  In October, women-owned small businesses will be able to advertise their business on four neighborhood kiosks. Apply to participate using this LinkNYC form.
    • The NYC Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will extend its programming through 2023. SBRN is a public-private partnership which provides free, one-on-one support, for small businesses recovering from the pandemic—assisting with grant and loan applications, digital tools, accounting and legal services, marketing assistance, and business strategy. August 26, 2022
    • NYC Business Quick Start: An interagency effort to make it easier for small businesses to start, operate and grow.
    • Commercial Lease Assistance Program:  Free legal services to help businesses with commercial lease issues.
    • NYC Means Business: Training Your Employees SBS also offers small business owners and employees free training on technology tools and COVID-19 safety through “NYC Means Business: Training Your Employees” to help bridge the digital divide. Zoom and Google Workspace trainings are also available in Spanish and Mandarin.