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*The NYCEDC program was made possible by a generous, multimillion dollar donation from Steven and Alexandra Cohen*

‘Queens Small Business Comeback Night’ at Citi Field

(Queens, NY) – The Mets in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) will be holding a special ceremony to recognize Queens small businesses, ahead of Tuesday night’s Mets game against the St. Louis Cardinals at 6:00 p.m. The Mets extended complimentary invitations to small business owners who received grant funding through NYCEDC’s Queens Small Business Grant Program, which provided vital resources to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the ‘Queens Small Business Comeback Night’ the Mets and those in attendance will recognize the success of the grant program, the unique challenges small businesses have had to overcome, and show appreciation for small businesses who support communities through the pandemic.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m.

WHO: Steve Cohen, New York Mets Owner; Danny Meyer, Board Chair of NYCEDC; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; small business owners; and local, state, and federal lawmakers.

WHERE: 41 Seaver Way, Flushing, NY 11368 (Citi Field Bullpen Plaza (off Seaver Way, Lot G Parking)




About Queens Small Business Grant Program

 New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in partnership with Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and Pursuit announced the launch of the Queens Small Business Grant Program in January of this year to provide critical resources to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The grant program aimed to support minority-owned small businesses, small businesses in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, and those hardest hit by the pandemic. Small businesses and vendors with 20 or fewer employees were able to receive up to $20,000 to support operation expenses. The NYCEDC program was made possible by a generous $17.5 million donation from Steven and Alexandra Cohen. Pursuit, which provides business lending, administered the grant program with a number of local community organizations to expand its reach and impact, including: Accompany Capital, Ascendus, BOC Capital, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Renaissance EDC, and Queens Chamber of Commerce. In June, NYCEDC announced about $14 million had been disbursed to 755 small businesses and street vendors with 90 percent of grants going to minority and women-owned businesses. For more information, click here.  

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Stuart Brown is an Actor, Communications Consultant, and Author. He is also the Entertainment Editor for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. Stuart is also the co-author of the book Blueprint which discusses the everyday tactics of winning.


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