Save New York City's Small Businesses!!!

Save New York City's Small Businesses!!!

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Queens Together started this petition to To our New York City and State Elected Representatives and

We are living through one of the most trying chapters of New York City history. Over the past six months, we’ve seen family members, friends, and neighbors lose their lives and loved ones.  On top of that, overwhelming job loss has cast a shadow of food insecurity and homelessness upon hundreds of thousands of us. Now, as we try to recover from the virus, we face yet another crisis: a massive wave of permanent small business closures. But it is preventable. 


For New York City residents, small businesses are at the heart and soul of what makes our neighborhoods  ‘home.’ Small businesses are community gathering places for residents and the foundation of our economy, employing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. For immigrants and families running a successful small business in New York was a promising path to upward mobility, home ownership, and stability for people of color---while so many other sectors presented barriers to their inclusion and growth.  Small businesses give us all a chance to experience a sense of identity and belonging, and at the same time, give our neighborhoods character that makes us like no place else in the world. 


Small businesses create more than half of the jobs in this city.  Each day that passes, commercial rent is due every month, more and more of our businesses are shuttering from the pressure of making business and personal rent . For them, our friends and families lose not only their job but a way of life, and our communities change forever.    Mass small business closings threaten to send our city and country into a severe economic depression.  And when we lose small businesses, we lose them for good, taking with them life savings, livelihoods, and generations of family dreams and know-how. There is a devastating ripple effect here. Neighbors lose jobs, communities lose local businesses, neighborhoods gain dark shuttered storefronts, the city loses its tax base and the local economy declines. If we allow small businesses to fail, any economic recovery in New York City will be under the umbrella of mass corporate consolidation, devastating our communities and culture.  The city we all know, love, call home, and is the envy of the world could be lost forever.


As a New York City resident, I am signing this petition today to urge you to act immediately to save our small businesses from disaster. Today, I join thousands of other New York residents and customers of small businesses to take immediate action to:

* Create an immediate path to commercial rent relief NOW.  Small business owners carry the burden of two rents, as both residential and commercial tenants. In addition, many of us still face months of back rent due to business closure during the PAUSE program.
* Make permanent the New York City caps on third-party app delivery fees for our restaurant businesses! The predatory nature of some technologies that have met consumers’ need for convenience have come at the cost of our small business’ and neighborhood resilience.
* Fund a new round of NYC Department of Small Business Services disaster grants and loans with improved guidelines. In doing so, connect with grassroots organizations and small businesses themselves to ensure that the guidelines are developed with a deep understanding of our global community of merchants, their diverse linguistic, cultural, and structural needs, and with a sensitivity to members of the community who struggle most with issues of equity and historical marginalization.
* Call on our elected officials to put their full weight to pressure the insurance industry to allow our businesses immediate, expedited access to business interruption insurance claims. One such bill, Senator Andrew Gounardes’ bill S8211A, languishes in Committee---while Senate Committee activity has been put on hold. Our small businesses get no recess from their rent payments, their grocery bills, their utility bills, their payroll——this is no time for legislators to be delaying the movement of legislation that can be a matter of life and death for thousands.
* Call on our federal elected officials must take immediate action to improve and expand the EIDL program, and to guarantee EIDL Advance grants of $10,000 for eligible small businesses as originally intended in the CARES Act, to enhance the Employee Retention Tax Credit to help retain jobs, and to fund another round of PPP funding specifically for business with under $5 million in annual revenue so that true small businesses are not once again left out in the cold.

PLEASE help us get the word out, and share this campaign on your social media platforms. Thank you to everyone who is helping in our fight to save New York City’s small businesses.

 

 

 

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