Ung announces partnership with Queens Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses thrive – QNS.com

Councilor Sandra Ung and Tom Grech, President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce (QCC) on Thursday, September 22, announced a partnership to provide free advice to small business owners through the Small Business Resource Network (SBRN).

The first and third Thursday of each month Chamber Small Business Recovery Specialist Suzan King, will be at the Ung District Office, located at 135-27 38th Ave., Suite 388 in Flushing, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide a variety of services and assistance to local small businesses. Support will be offered in English and Mandarin.

King will provide assistance and advice in the areas of financing, grants, technical support, legal advice and business coaching.

“I am delighted to join Council Member Ung in her office to provide advice and support to small business owners in English and Mandarin,” said the king. “I’m ready to jump in and help these small business owners access resources integral to their growth and success.

Ung thanked QCC and Grech for bringing these vital services to the community after the pandemic devastated businesses in Flushing, as it did across the city.

“I encourage local small business owners to take this opportunity to speak directly with an expert and learn about the many resources available to help you not only recover, but thrive,” Ung said.

According to Grech, small businesses are at the heart of Queens, and QCC wants to ensure that all small business owners have the resources and information they need to grow and succeed.

“This partnership with Council Member Ung will help provide crucial information and advice to these small businesses and help them continue to contribute to Queens’ economic growth in the future,” Grech said.

The Small Business Resource Network is a public-private partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Partnership for New York City, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, and chambers of commerce in each of the five boroughs. Mayor Eric Adams recently announced a $1.5 million investment in the initiative, which extends its programming through 2023.

Since its inception in 2020, SBRN has helped more than 10,000 small businesses across the city, 76% of which are minority or women-owned. During this time, the Chamber’s Open + Online team completed over 750 projects that improved the digital presence of local businesses, including website and logo design and SEO consultations.

With King’s help, Anna Lo recently secured a $10,000 grant for her company, DMA Consulting. She used the money to pay off rent and cover other miscellaneous expenses.

“I encourage other local business owners to take this opportunity to speak with an expert and explore the many different ways to help your business grow and thrive,” Lo said.

Business owners interested in a free 30 minute consultation can schedule an appointment through Ung’s office by emailing district20@council.nyc.gov, or by calling (718) 888-8747.

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