THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE
RDRC’s COVID-19 Resources/Program Listing For Local Businesses
To further assist businesses and property owners, RDRC established the Rockaways Business Resource Center, grant funds received from NYC Small Business Services, offering businesses and commercial property owners with direct assistance in applying for grant and loan programs, identifying initiatives such as the NYC Open Restaurants Program to help restaurants recover. In addition to our direct services, we have partnered with the NYS Small Business Development Center at York College, and Interise, to assist Rockaway businesses to develop business and disaster resiliency plans; prepare financial documents; complete MWBE certification; access capital; and identify new contract and procurement opportunities.
The COVID-19 Pandemic left the overwhelming majority of the Rockaway businesses closed with the distinct possibility of never re-opening.
Our call-to-action focused on three questions:
- How could locals inform consumers of open businesses and available services while adhering to shelter in place orders?
- How would we connect locals of open businesses with available services? and
- How would RDRC best help businesses that remained open, but in need of assistance?
The Rockaways Business Resource Center Pamphlet
Rockaways Essential Business Guide
Rockaways Restaurant Guide
rockaways Personal protective equipment (ppe)
Recognizing Our Local Heroes
RDRC and the owners of Thai Rock Restaurant, Robert and Metta Kaskel, Queens Together and Queens Economic Development Corporation partnered to deliver over 1,200 meals to first employees of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, and the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center.
COVID-19 Business Assistance & Information Services
In order to assist COVID-19 impacted businesses, RDRC created COVID-19 Business Assistance & Information Services Resource Guide. The purpose of the Resource Guide is to rapidly identify and summarize COVID-19 resources, grant and loan opportunities, and training opportunities so that business owners can focus on keeping their businesses open, or in the case of a temporary closed business re-opened. The Resource Guide identifies Federal, State and City grant and loan programs, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and supporting documents. The Resource Guide is updated weekly and distributed electronically to local businesses, property owners, merchant associations, and elected officials.