Merlino & Gonzalez - July 2020

July 2020




THE STATEN ISLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Helping Our Community Come Out Stronger on the Other Side

• Informing the efforts of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Small Business Sector Advisory Council on restarting the economy and city life • Guiding businesses through the application process for city and federal loans and helping them navigate services from other entities providing additional assistance • Overseeing two business improvement districts and five merchant associations representing nearly 1,500 small businesses and offering them daily assistance • Assisting our members, Staten Island’s major institutions, small and mid-size businesses, and participants in our Young Professionals Leadership Development Incubator with changes to their operations This program has already allowed us to help thousands with services they need to make their journey through this pandemic just a little easier. We’ve distributed 40,000 masks to businesses, provided social media services, hosted consultations, given funding application assistance, developed revitalization proposals, held public surveys, and much more — all in an effort to stand strong together. We do what we do because we so highly value the intricate role small businesses play in our community. These entrepreneurs make Staten Island a wonderful place to live and work, so we’re working hard to assist them however we can. This business community has endured 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, the 2008 market crash, and many more difficult obstacles. But time after time, we find a way through and come out stronger on the other side. The people of Staten Island and all of New York have some of the strongest spirits of will in the entire country, and I know that a year from now, we’ll be stronger than ever. If you’re a business owner who wants to work alongside us for that better tomorrow, then give us a call at 718-477-1400 and become a member of our incredible community. –Cesar J. Claro

Cesar is the president and CEO of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, an organization that I’m a member of myself. The SIEDC is an intermediary between government and private sectors to foster the entrepreneurial spirit on Staten Island. Cesar has recently been involved with helping Staten Islanders cope with the pandemic shutdowns and assisting businesses in surviving. He could help your business too.

In every borough in New York City, there’s an Economic Development Corporation, and we’re it for Staten Island. Our organization has four main functions: • We run programs that help existing businesses here and businesses who want to move to Staten Island. • We get involved in large infrastructure projects that benefit the businesses of Staten Island. • We have a membership program of over 220 members who pay dues for high levels of marketing, ticketing, sponsorship, and other useful tools and services. • We run large business events, conferences, and seminars specific to education, networking, and marketing for a variety of industries on Staten Island. Since 1993, the SIEDC has been a leading advocate for economic development. So when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and hit the state of New York especially hard, our world was turned upside down because the world of so many business owners was turned upside down. That’s why we launched our brand-new Reopening, Rebuilding, and Resiliency Program. It focuses on five major points: • Assisting businesses in addressing the economic disruption of the pandemic



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