Resources For Businesses During COVID-19 - See Our Business Resource Center


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:

Monthly Roundup

The Rockaways Business Resource Center Pamphlet

Rockaways Essential Business Guide

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.

City Agency Business Resource Listing

Founded in 1978, the mission of RDRC is "to promote the revitalization of the Rockways
economic base and neighborhoods, and to secure an improved quality of life for its residents."