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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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Crisis Communication

For the past four years, Live XYZ has collected and maintained a database of storefront businesses across NYC, and how they have changed over time. We can provide organizations a full snapshot of the data we have collected in their neighborhoods, which can be used for communication and outreach to local businesses. The file will include: Contact information, including name, address, hours, telephone, email address, and... more »

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District-Wide Shopping Appointment Book

As shoppers are concerned about entering shops due to COVID, many retailers are creating private in-store shopping opportunities by appointment. While many retailers have their own scheduling programs to accommodate private shopping, it would be helpful to create a technology whereby retailers can upload their private in-store shopping availability, and clients can book those shopping slots across the district for a day... more »

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Public Safety Updates

A lot of businesses and BIDs have been reporting a spike in graffiti,vandalism and other safety concerns over the past several weeks. The Chamber recently brought on a deputy inspector to answer questions (digitally) with the Brooklyn BIDs and it was a very productive session. It seemed also there is limited use of Zoom and similar technologies within the police department but the feedback we got from the two officers... more »

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Crisis Communication ChatBot

Engaging people through their phones, either with a mobile friendly form or a text chatbot would likely be the least complicated way to gather business owner information. QR codes or 'Text to 123' on direct mail, flyers, and/or posters combined with a call to action can get the word out and discounts or special offers can incentivize participation. Outbound text messaging to a geofenced area can target likely business... more »

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Stoplight System to Indicate Overcrowding

Giving people the information they need to feel comfortable using stores and public space is absolutely essential, but an online reservation system does risk locking out people with limited computer skills. I'm thinking some sort of stoplight system (red = full, green = safe) on storefronts or light poles could let people see from a distance if a store or a block is getting too crowded.

Linking those lights to a dashboard... more »

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New Food App Pilot Launch

This app is as easy as being logged into facebook or instagram. You do not need to be tech savvy in order to be a part of this app and also do not need expensive gadgets that are at times difficult to use and are a cost the restaurant owner. All you need is a tablet or a phone to receive orders on the app for your restaurant. We are looking to charge a flat fee to set it up for all restaurants in NYC. We are looking at... more »

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Restaurant Social Media App

Hi everyone! I hope this message finds you well. Me and my partners have been working on a new food app that is basically as easy as using Instagram or Facebook! You create a user profile for your restaurant and you begin to post pictures like you would on Instagram or Facebook by taking a picture and sharing it to your profile. It can be also downloaded by customers and friends. Basically anyone can download it. We were... more »

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Assistance in Government Permit Processes

Getting various agencies to waive or change restrictions may take a while and I'm not sure there's a pure "tech" solution to that particular issue. However, it might be worth looking into building a chatbot to streamline the process of collecting paperwork, answering specific questions, and filing applications. I'm not sure if it's possible to build a freestanding one that can answer questions and walk people through... more »

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how to get to customers outside of the city

We can no longer travel to visit customers. Our products are sold based on faith, trust and relationships. They are expensive (north of $80K more than not). Our salespeople cannot go to visit them anymore, and the tools of Zoom/Skype etc aren't enough to convince them. We are looking for ideas on how to create almost real-life simulations of our solar power systems so that we can at least provide visuals that almost as... more »

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Curbside Waste Management trending idea

The sight and smell of trash and recycling piles is ubiquitous on NYC streetscapes. It not only creates a visual eyesore and attracts rodents, but it also poses a physical obstacle for pedestrians and sidewalk users. While sidewalk space was at a premium prior to the pandemic, high quality public realm is even more critical now for social distancing, safe movement and outdoor business operations. Businesses that rely... more »

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Emergency Loosening of Outdoor Sales Restrictions for Retail

We need emergency loosening of Restricted Streets regs and street usage rules to allow outdoor sales not just restaurants but for brick and mortar retail as well. This is expansion of/inspired by kbenedetto's https://nyc.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Granting-emergency-sidewalk-cafe-permits/249586-47866. The proposal to waive cafe permit fees is a start and this would expand that to help areas like Church Ave. and Flatbush Ave.... 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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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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Technology & Social Media Grants trending idea

Many businesses in this district do not have an online presence, which could have helped cushion the blow from the recent business shut downs. Technology assistance grants could be a viable solution here and should be easy to obtain, work around business limitations and schedules, and be separated into stand-alone classes so a business owner isn't required to attend multiple courses and can pick just those that would... more »

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