Downtown Main Street in Riverhead is seen on June 5,...

Downtown Main Street in Riverhead is seen on June 5, 2019. Credit: James Carbone


Farmingdale Small Business Development Center ( serves Nassau and Suffolk counties, 934-420-2765, fax: 934-420-2895. Satellite office, Farmingdale State/E.O.C.: 269 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, 516-564-8672.

Stony Brook Small Business Development Center ( at Stony Brook University, 631-632-9837, fax: 631-632-7176. Through the "Suffolk Forward" program, the SBDC offers COVID-19 Economic Recovery Assistance with business advisory, workshops and market research, as well as help with disaster applications. Satellite office in Southampton, 631-632-9837.

Suffolk County Community College Entrepreneurial Assistance Program in Brentwood provides training courses and seminars to those who are starting or expanding their own businesses (, 631-851-6214.

Hofstra University’s Business Development Center provides education and support to business owners through seminars, workshops and boot camps (,, 516-463-7214.

Long Island SCORE in Hauppauge at 631-454-0771, is a nonprofit organization offering free mentoring and educational workshops for entrepreneurs/small businesses owners (

La Fuerza Community Development Corp. (, 516-922-8100, provides economic growth opportunities to low-income, minority- and women-owned enterprises. It serves Nassau and Suffolk counties. For information about financing and technical assistance, call or text 516-666-5071 or email:

Long Island Development Corp. in Hauppauge provides low-cost loans and technical assistance to help small businesses grow (, 516-433-5000.


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Grants of up to $10 million for independent movie theaters, concert halls, performing arts centers and other live entertainment venues for unpaid bills due to the pandemic (

Economic Injury Disaster Loan from SBA. The loans have a term of up to 30 years and interest rates of 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits (

7(a) Loan from SBA. Program offers federally-guaranteed bank loans of up to $5 million to purchase a business with a building, refinance debt, buy equipment and supplies or for use as working capital (

NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program. Grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 to reimburse small businesses and independent arts organizations for pandemic expenses incurred March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Applications scheduled to open June 10 (

NYS Restaurant Resiliency Grant Program will distribute $25 million to restaurants that provide meals to distressed and under-represented communities. It hadn't opened as of May 27 (

NYS Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit will distribute $35 million in state tax credits to support restaurants. Hadn't opened as of May 27 (


Nassau County Bar Association: Small businesses in Nassau County can email legal questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic to, and a volunteer NCBA attorney will assist with a consultation (

Suffolk County Bar Association: Lawyer referral service can be found at; half-hour consultation with an attorney for $25, 631-234-5577.


Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce ( provides links to local chambers of commerce in the county.

Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers ( includes some local chambers of commerce and other business organizations. The Alliance offers a COVID-19 disaster relief resource list ( that includes Small Business Administration updates; 631-223-8525.

Town of East Hampton Chambers of Commerce (

Town of Smithtown Chambers of Commerce (

Riverhead Chamber of Commerce (

Town of Huntington Chamber of Commerce (

Town of Islip Chambers of Commerce (

Town of Babylon Chambers of Commerce (

Town of Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce (

Town of Southampton Chamber of Commerce (, 631-283-0402

Town of Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce (

North Fork Chamber of Commerce (, 631-765-3161

Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce (

Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (, 516-333-0105

Compiled by James T. Madore, Laura Mann, Dorothy Levin, Judy Weinberg, Nyasia Draper, Caroline Curtin

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