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May 2020

News from the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce

Virtual NR Chamber Meeting & Mask Updates

Our first virtual NR Chamber meeting was a success. Thank you to our guests Westchester County Executive George Latimer; Shari Ascher, Community Liasion to CE; Martha Lopez Westchester County Advocacy and Immigrant Affairs and New Rochelle District 1 Council Member; and Karel Littman, Executive Director NRBID.


The CE spoke about re-opening and answered members' questions. Of particular interest were supplies of face masks and other PPE. Shari Ascher forwarded us this document with resources for masks.


The County Executive, with the City of New Rochelle, gave the NR Chamber washable and reusable cloth face coverings for distribution now and as part of our upcoming Re-Opening Packages. If you need masks, please contact the NR Chamber at catherine@newrochamber.org


3rd Round of LISC Small Business Grant (up to $10K) Opens May 14th

Another round of funding for The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Small Business Grant, in partnership with Verizon and Sam’s Club, opens May 14th.


LISC Small Business Relief Grants


Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.


How/When to Apply: The next round will open on May 14th.


New Rochelle United for Business

To help local businesses during the pandemic, New Rochelle resident Brad Brown and others formed an all-volunteer group to create the website New Rochelle United For Business. It's three-fold purpose makes it easy for the public to:


  • purchase and donate gift cards
  • donate to local initiatives
  • leave online reviews


New Rochelle United For Business will launch its web site on Thursday, May 14th. Business listings are free & open to a page where users can buy gift cards and then write online reviews by clicking on the social media links listed, raising the business profile across multiple platforms and helping them attract new customers. Businesses can sign up by completing this form . Click HERE for more details.


Moving New York Forward

The plan to reopen New York State focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system. Non-essential businesses will reopen on a regional and industry-specific basis, as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health. Essential businesses can remain open under existing guidelines.


New Rochelle is part of the Mid-Hudson region, which has attained 5 of the 7 milestones as of 5/13/20. The reopening of non-essential business will be permitted once the region has attained all 7 milestones. See the Regional Monitoring Dashboard for the latest assessment. Once the Mid-Hudson region, including New Rochelle, has met all the criteria, a phased approach by industry will define the timing of reopening for different types of businesses and will outline additional guidelines for safety precautions.