Put your favorite small businesses on the map with the city’s ‘Love Your Local’ initiative

Posted On Wed, February 15, 2017 By

Posted On Wed, February 15, 2017 By In City Living

Put your favorite local, non-franchise businesses “on the map” and help them apply for a share of a $1.8 million grant. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Small Business Services have announced the launch of “NYC Love Your Local,” a new opportunity to celebrate and promote the city’s many independent small businesses. The program allows New Yorkers to add their favorite mom-and-pop shops to an interactive map so they can get funding and access to expert advice.

the community bookstore court street brooklyn
Cobble Hill’s Community Bookstore at 212 Court Street shuttered last spring.

The map can found at nyc.gov/loveyourlocal. Once they’re added to the map via an online form, the business may also apply for a share of a grant and get access to expert advice to help them get a better footing in the competitive business arena. You can also share the reasons you love your local business via social media by using the hashtag #LoveYourLocalNYC.

“Independent, small businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods, and the NYC Love Your Local initiative recognizes and supports their vital role in the fabric of New York City,” said Gregg Bishop, Department of Small Business Services Commissioner. “New York City is full of unique neighborhoods that are given character by local merchants and entrepreneurs. New Yorkers should share their favorite neighborhood business and be sure to show their love.” Start showing the love for your local favorites here.

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