Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso presented the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce with $20,000 in funding for their ongoing work under the Neighborhood Economic Development Division (NED) program. Earmarked for southeast Brooklyn, the funds were presented at Assemblywoman Jaime Williams’ office on Friday, May 6th.
The NED supports commercial revitalization activities across commercial corridors that lack representation by an organizing entity such as a Business Improvement District (BID), Merchants’ Association (MA) or Local Development Corporation (LDC), allowing businesses located in underserved neighborhoods to access business support services, government resources, district marketing and address key needs for commercial development.
“Small businesses are the lifeline of Brooklyn and so it’s a priority of my administration to help provide as much funding and support as we can to keep them in business,” said Borough President Reynoso.
“The past two years have been fraught with tremendous obstacles toward our small businesses,” said Assemblywoman Williams. “Brooklyn Borough President Reynoso‘s award of $20,000 to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for small businesses and restaurants and their equivalent is an incredible achievement and a sign that by working with private small businesses and government, we can overcome the past challenges and rise to former heights, if not soar higher. On behalf of the 59th Assembly District, I extend a heartfelt thank you to Borough President Reynoso.”
“Locally grown neighborhood businesses and merchants strengthen the fabric of our communities, but the climate has been tough,” said State Senator Roxanne Persaud. “I am very pleased that Borough President Reynoso will provide neighborhood development funding to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to support businesses in Senate District 19. This funding will help alleviate some of the challenges experienced by small businesses.”
“Trini Jam BK has been working with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since we opened in 2020 during the height of the pandemic,” said owner Calvin Sennon. “They provided us with PPE, technical assistance around regulations and secured us a grant when our basement flooded after Hurricane Ida. We believe the Borough President is making the right investment to support similar businesses like ours in southeast Brooklyn.”
Courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce