New York City’s local businesses are receiving extra support from the Mayor’s office.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced the roll out of ‘NYC Love Your Local,’ a new initiative to celebrate and promote the diverse, independent, small businesses across New York City. The program encourages New Yorkers to share their favorite independent, non-franchise businesses, which will add them to an interactive map that is now available online at nyc.gov/loveyourlocal. Shared businesses may also apply for a share of $1.8 million in grant funding and expert advice to help them better meet competitive pressure. New Yorkers may share why they love their favorite local business on social media by using the hashtag #LoveYourLocalNYC.
“New York City thrives on the energy, culture and diversity of small businesses,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “The NYC Love Your Local program gives New Yorkers a chance to support their favorite businesses by bringing the local establishments they love into the limelight and giving them the chance to cultivate business through a nomination to win a $1.8 million grant.”
This new initiative will help spread the word about shopping local. Small businesses face unique challenges but have an important place in the fabric of New York City.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation is a funding partner for the business grants. Read more details about the program at the Mayor’s Office.