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Love Your Local Community

We are suggesting an update to 'Love Your Local', which would enhance the map to include all businesses - from restaurants, retail and much more - within your community, so you can log on - whether you are a resident or a small business - and the site allows you to connect or order food or supplies within your local community. Implementation: Collaboration between 'Love Your Local' Site Admin (311, Office of the Mayor)... more »

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Unified Small Business Data Set

Data sets held by DOB, DCA, DOHMN, State agencies, DOF, etc. could be integrated to provide community boards, BIDs, local elected officials, Agencies with more actionable information.

For example, DOB/FDNY know by a particular location where permits have been filed for new retail food business build-outs. DCA and DOF know where operation permits have been pulled and where/if taxes have been paid.

But what if a BID or... more »

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How do we manage and activate public space in a changed world?

BIDs have been at the forefront of reclaiming and re-imagining public spaces throughout the city...from Times Square to Water Street to countless neighborhood plazas. Many of our organizations have invested in placemaking and public space activation programs that are inherently about making these spaces welcoming and attractive gathering spots for New Yorkers. Placemaking activities may be more important now then ever.... more »

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Get Your Business Online

We are suggesting an online community that supports all the boroughs of the city, and provides businesses (of all sizes, between 1-99 employees) with access to resources and online tools to 'get your business online', 'vett existing and new suppliers, locally' and help you manage your cashflow - all of this not requiring any additional technology on the part of the small business. Implementation: This online community... more »

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Help for Businesses That Want to Pivot

This would ideally to be available before reopening and could be the business side of davidestrada's Re-Hiring idea for workers (https://nyc.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Re-hiring-Retraining-and-Careers/248517-47866). Businesses need practical ideas and some will want help doing a realistic reevaluation of their business model. Not everyone has a business plan but now, some will need to take a hard look at whether their business... more »

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How'd you get here?

No business truly knows how their customers all arrive. Many assume that all customers drive, but that is not always the case. On top of that, clusters of businesses may have competing needs. We would like a way to easily find out how people are getting to a business district and what they plan to do there.

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Increase Storefront Vacancies

Due to the rise of on-line shopping, many New York City retail areas have been hit with an increase in vacancies. Many landlords have had to make concessions to keep their properties rented and several have had to deal with empty storefronts for the first time. This problem will only increase with the recent pandemic which will likely increase vacancies because many of the businesses will not be able to return. This will... more »

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Crisis Communication

Once non-essential businesses were closed by Executive Order from the Governor, effective communication with members became problematic immediately. Maintaining and updating membership database is always challenging as the nature of business activities such as changes in personnel, opening and closing of new businesses, development and more brings constant turnovers. Now that door-to-door was also not possible, this forced... more »

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Expand the use of existing outdoor space to include daytime work and learning spaces

The neighborhood restaurants, cafes and bars that nourish our communities are struggling. Many have gone out of business, and many more teeter on the brink.

Outdoor dining has helped, but has not yet made up for all of the lost business.

At the same time, New Yorkers citywide are struggling with isolation, lack of connection and the negative impacts of social distancing. People need places to safely gather, work, learn... more »

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Thank anyone, anywhere, anytime, for anything.

SendThanksNow is a gratitude network with its own currency called Hearts (1 Heart = 1ยข) that you can use online, in an app, over Siri or Alexa to ensure gratitude finds a way. Imagine if all small business workers (and all New Yorkers frankly) were easily accessible ONLY to give thanks. All good deeds, all good service, all moments of generosity can be answered instantly, pulling the karmic curve towards instant satisfaction.... more »

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Love Your Local Community

Local businesses for years have struggled to compete with large competitors across industries. The current situation has re-kindled the solidarity of the community and the care for one another, your local. There's an opportunity for local businesses to re-connect with the local community. 'Love Your Local' was the first step, now we are suggestion the next phase - 'Love Your Local 2.0'.

What is 'Love Your Local': Love... more »

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Technology Training Utilizing YouTube

In order to address the concerns of businesses with limited technology and social media skills, YouTube could be utilized for training purposes. While it wouldn't be as personalized, it is free to access and already available. Perhaps a one pager could be created with links to the most helpful/relevant/easy videos and their associated topics.

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Assuring customers of a sanitary and safe shopping environment

In addition to requiring masks, limiting customers in store and enforcing social-distancing, another challenge businesses face as they reopen is assuring customers their stores are safely sanitized. NYC & Company is working to provide that assurance with their "Stay Well" pledge, but โ€“ given the proliferation of tech solutions to monitor employee health and the cleanliness of the office environment โ€“ is there a tech solution... more »

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Virus Tracking Application to Reopen Businesses

In Europe, where restaurants are currently re-opening. Switzerland, where the restaurants have re-opened on Monday 11 May, a tracking application has been applied. It measures via devices' bluetooth when you are being closer than 6 feet with a person for more than 15 minutes. If a person that you have been close with receives the virus, all the people who were measured to be in close distance for more than 15 minutes... more »

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Boosting neighbourhood businesses using a local currency and incentive scheme

Even before the arrival of COVID-19, local neighbourhood businesses, like our mama & papa stores, were trying to keep their heads above water, struggling to survive the impossible competition from global online corporations.

No longer spending our hard-earned wages and salaries locally, our money is transferred out of our neighbourhoods and city, often out of the US. Money that should stay local by buying local, could,... more »

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