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The city’s Small Business Week celebrations include a culinary tour of 5 boroughs culminating in Little Yemen

By SILE MOLONEY

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke and then District 16 Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson (both top center) watch youths wearing traditional Yemeni costumes raise Yemeni and American flags in the air at the start of the Yemini American Day Parade in the Little Yemen section of the Bronx on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Photo by David Greene

The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) will be celebrating National Small Business Week in each of the city’s five boroughs, with a planned stop in the Bronx in Little Yemen. Each weekday, Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6, will feature events to raise awareness of the many resources and services the agency offers for small businesses, to encourage New Yorkers to shop local, and to celebrate the reopening of small businesses. businesses in the city as economic recovery efforts intensify.

According to SBS officials, the week-long celebration will also recognize the city’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods and immigrant-owned businesses as part of the five-day, five-borough tour during which world cuisines will also be featured. sampled. The celebration in each borough will feature neighborhood-specific themes and entertainment, starting with a speaker program, giveaways and a resource fair where small businesses can learn more about SBS services, including business mentoring and financial and legal assistance. Business owners can also meet with representatives from various City agencies and community partners.

YARA AKY FROM Morris Park was selected as the winner of the “Best Traditional Costume” competition during the Yemeni American Day Parade in the Little Yemen section of the Bronx on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Photo by David Greene

Taking into account the specific neighborhood, the program and support materials will be available in a variety of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Sinhalese and Tamil. An SBS mobile unit will also be on site at each location, with SBS staff providing one-on-one access to services for small businesses and for any residents who may be looking for work.

Throughout the week, SBS will also be promoting its “Shop Your City” campaign, encouraging New Yorkers to support their local small businesses. the Buy your city The website will include a calendar of upcoming events, as well as maps and listings of small businesses, grouped by location and homeowner demographic group, to help residents and visitors discover small businesses to support in their neighborhood and beyond. Business owners can add their businesses at the following link: Submit an Event – Buy Your City (cityofnewyork.us).

The NEW YORK Department of Small Business Services will have an SBS mobile unit on-site in each of the city’s five boroughs during National Small Business Week, which runs Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6, and will offer information and material in different languages ​​on the services offered to small businesses to help them support them.
Photo courtesy of the New York City Department of Small Business

Schedule and location of events

Monday May 2, Surprise performative kickoff at Marcy Plaza in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – speaking program and partners:

  • Bridge Street Development Corporation
  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Bed-Stuy BID Gateway

2 to 4 p.m. – resource fair

Tuesday, May 3, Celebration with the Staten Island FerryHawks and the Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY at Staten Island Borough Hall in St. George

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – speaking program and partners:

  • Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

2 to 4 p.m. – resource fair

Wednesday, May 4, celebration of Small Business Week and Month (AAPI) with partners, with cultural performances by Chinese ribbon dancers and a puppet theater at Chatham Square in Chinatown in Lower Manhattan

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – speaking program and partners:

  • Chinatown offer
  • Welcome to Chinatown

2 to 4 p.m. – resource fair

Thursday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo Celebration with a Mariachi Band, El Mariachi Tapatio by Alvaro Paulino at the Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle in Jackson Heights

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – speaking program and partners:

  • 82n/a Street partnership
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce

2 to 4 p.m. – resource fair

Friday, May 6, Celebrating Bronx Week with Music and Eid Festivities at the Triangle on Rhinelander and White Plains Road in Little Yemen, Bronx

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – speaking program and partners:

  • Yemeni American Merchants Association
  • Morris Park Offer
  • Bronx BP
  • Bronx Comprehensive Economic Development Corporation
  • Bronx Chamber of Commerce

2 to 4 p.m. – resource fair

RESTAURANTS AND DINNERS along East Bedford Park Boulevard see only a few outdoor customers on the last day of summer in the Bedford Park area on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Photo by José A. Giralt

The municipal agencies that will be present are:

New York Commission on Human Rights

New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection

New York City Department of Environmental Protection

New York City Department of Buildings

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York City Department of Sanitation

New York Fire Department

Human Resources Administration

Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs

New York Police Department

Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

New York City Department of Transportation