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Restaurant Revitalization Fund Registration Portal Now Open

Make an Appointment For Your Free Professional Business Advisement Today! Click Here to see how we build communities! Registration Open for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application Applications open Monday, May 3rd at noon. “Restaurants are the core of our neighborhoods and propel economic activity on main streets across the nation. They are among the businesses that have been hardest hit and need support to survive this pandemic. We want restaurants to know that help is here,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. Information about the Application Portal Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is open today, Friday, April 30th

  • Applications Open via the application portal on Monday, May 3rd at 12 Noon

  • The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted, so act now.

How to prepare -- We can help! In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. Follow the steps below.

Contact the SBDC for assistance in calculating losses and applying for this grant. Restaurant Act - Revitalization Fund Information Video Accelerate Your Technology to Stay Ahead of Competition Essential Technology Tools Restaurants & Retail Need Accelerate Your Technology capabilities by participating in our Technology Enhancement Program which provides businesses with assistance to update their technology-based apps to compete in this post COVID-19 market. The Program assesses small businesses’ current technology profile, pinpoint needs and assists in developing solutions, including app-based ordering, digital menus, and contactless payment options. Tech Enhancement Program Continues to Make Headlines This Week's TECHTalk Disney Imagineering's latest "Project Kiwi" brings Groot and other iconic Disney characters to life using the latest lifelike robotics technology. Once considered the holy grail in theme parks, this fully mobile bipedal character is one you'll have to see to believe. This Week's Rec Meet Photopea, a high-end photo editor for free on your browser. Resources for the Tech StartUp & Previous TECHTalks... (Image From c/net.com ces/2021) If you own a restaurant or a small business impacted by the pandemic, contact us to learn more about available technology solutions to help you survive and grow your business. Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application Portal Now Open The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal, effective Monday, April 26th, 2021 at 12PM EST. Applicants will need a smartphone and a multi-factor authenticator app to register and apply.

Applicants are required to download the Google Authenticator App, explained on pages 20-25 in the above User Guide. Register Here SVOG General Application Tips DUNS Number Registration Tips SAM Registration Tips Employer Tax Credit for COVID-related Paid Leave Your business may be eligible for tax credits of more than $17,000 per employee who has taken COVID-related sick or family leave from April 1 through September 30, 2021. Get paid back for paid leave if you:

  • Are a business with under 500 employees

  • Offer paid sick or family leave to your employees through September 30, 2021, and

  • Have employees who take paid leave due to COVID including for illness, quarantine, getting tested or vaccinated, or caregiving.

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This tax credit will allow employers to provide paid leave for employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination and for any time their employees may need to recover from that vaccination at no cost to the employer. Riverhead & Southold Small Businesses May Be Eligible for Up to 10K in SC Grants Suffolk County Steve Bellone recently announced Round 2 of a Small Business Grant Assistance Program for small businesses in the following categories: gyms, salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars. Businesses with up to ten employees may be eligible for a $5000 grant, and business with 11-50 employees may be eligible for $10,000. Interested parties may apply through the Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit Apply Today! SBA Increases Lending Limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans The SBA has raised the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Businesses that want to request an increase should do the following:

  • Send email to CovidEIDLIncreaseRequests@sba.gov

  • Use subject line “EIDL Increase Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]”

  • Be sure to include in the body of your email identifying information for your current loan including application number, loan number, business name, business address, business owner name(s), and phone number.

Questions about SBA COVID-19 EIDL and disaster loan payments can be emailed to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or directed to SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard of hearing). Stony Brook SBDC provides free and confidential bilingual business advisement and workshops en español Stony Brook SBDC ofrece talleres y asesoramiento empresarial bilingüe gratuito y confidencial Atención Negocios Hispanos! Si desea tener asistencia personalizada acerca de las ayudas disponibles para los dueños de negocio, o para cualquier otro tema que necesite para establecer o hacer crecer su negocio, puede solicitar una cita de consejería en inglés o español aquí Stony Brook SBDC. Si aún no es cliente del SBDC también puede solicitar que le programemos una cita, llenando este formulario: https://nysbdc.org/selector/ReqForCons/formo.aspx REVITALIZACIÓN DEL RESTAURANTE FONDO Y PEQUEÑAS EMPRESAS WEBINAR DE RECURSOS Traducción Disponible en Español. Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 3:30pm La congresista Nydia Velásquez presentará un webinar virtual para el RRF. Únase a este seminario web para obtener información sobre la financiación de $29 mil millones programa exclusivo para restaurantes y bares. Registrar Aqui COMO HACER UN PLAN DE NEGOCIO, PASO A PASO Conducido en español Tuesday, May 25th 7:00pm - 8:pm Quieres orientar bien tus recursos y esfuerzos para el éxito en tu negocio, pero no sabes cómo hacerlo? Aprende qué es un plan de negocio y cómo hacerlo. Contenido: -Qué es un plan de negocio y los beneficios de hacerlo. -Cuándo debería hacerse un plan de negocio y que tipos de planes hay. -Partes de un plan de negocio (Cómo se hace).Conducido en español* Registrate Aqui Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opciones de ayuda y recursos adicionales HAGA CLIC AQUÍSBA.gov/guia-de-negocios Stony Brook SBDC VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS Click here to visit our website for a full listing of workshops Sponsored in part by Capital One Bank Introduction to Patents and Trademarks Thursday, May 13th 9:00AM - 10:00AM William Salas, Patent and Trademark Resource Center Librarian has aided over 900 inventors at the free Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and located at the Smithtown Library. He will introduce you to the different forms of intellectual property protection and tools to begin your search. Click Here to Register How To Perform Effective Market Research Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:00AM - 10:00AM Please join the Stony Brook SBDC virtually to learn how you, as a business owner and entrepreneur, can access specialized information and personalized market research from the Miller Business Center's extensive resources. Sponsored in part by Capital One Bank. Click Here to Register Couldn't make it to one of our virtual workshops? Visit our Workshop Videos page to watch the recordings of our latest workshops.

Visit our website Workshops and Webinars Worth Noting Stony Brook College of Business & The Center For Entrepreneurial Finance presents: Beyond Venture Capital: Accelerators & Crowdfunding Friday, April 30th 4:00pm If you've missed today's valuable and timely program, reach out to Stonybrook.edu/CEF Want to finance your new venture? Come join Patrick Hurd, Senior Associate at MedStartr Ventures and Gwen Cheni, Principal Partner at IndieBio NY and learn about how accelerators and crowdfunding platforms could help you succeed! Contact Center For Entrepreneurial Finance RAISE’ Market Intelligence to Grow Your Exports - Webinar for New York State Rural Businesses Thursday, May 6, 2021 Join the U.S. Commercial Service to learn about services offered for rural exporters, including Rural America’s Intelligence Service for Exporters (RAISE). RAISE market research reports can offer your company targeted intelligence to help maximize your export sales; learn how Empire State Development/Global NY can assist with grant funding to reimburse your company for using RAISE; and other CS services such as participating in trade events. Register Here! Grow-NY Food & Agriculture Business Competition Application Deadline: Thursday, July 15, 2021 The Grow-NY competition is for start-ups with growth potential in food and agriculture. Applicants must be an established business entity in the food, beverage, and/or agriculture space. Examples of food and agriculture startups include, but are not limited to, companies that: Research and design new crop varieties; Offer new methods and/or tools to support the efficient growing, monitoring, and harvesting of crops and livestock; Offer new and/or improved methods for producing, preparing, and packaging food and beverage products or ingredients; Represent high-growth opportunities for new and innovative food and beverage products or ingredients. Apply Today! Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing to launch the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) as part of its continued effort to support Veterans seeking retraining and economic opportunities in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. VA in partnership with the Department of Labor published a list of high-demand occupations. The list is available here and includes healthcare, education, media, engineering, and high tech opportunities. Taking Veteran-Owned Businesses into the Global Marketplace Our U.S. veterans have unique experiences and contact networks that can help facilitate global sales success. Companies engaged in international trade earn higher revenues, employ more, and stay in business longer than those that do not. For More Information, Visit SBA's Office of International Trade (OIT) to learn export success of veteran-owned businesses SBA Public Private Strategies SBA provided recordings of exclusive conversations with leaders at the Small Business Administration on new changes to the Paycheck Protection Program and what tools and resources are available to help America's small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. Please Visit Our Website For Recording Links Empire State Development Alternative Lenders Directory ESD supports Alternative Lenders throughout New York State so they are better able to meet the financing needs of small businesses. Contact a Stony Brook SBDC Advisor For Additional Resources America's SBDC's Have Been Helping Small Businesses for Over 40 Years!! Make an Appointment For Your Free Professional Business Advisement Today! Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the SBA. See what's happening on our social sites Visit our website

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