718-982-2560 SBDC@csi.cuny.edu

The Staten Island Small Business Development Center Main Office remains open at the College of Staten Island.

Our team is dedicated to providing small business counseling to our community. If you are not comfortable with in person meetings, or are feeling symptomatic, we are now accepting virtual appointments to better serve our client base.

If you need assistance with your small business and are not currently meeting with an advisor, new appointments can be made by filling out the appointment request form.

Financial Assistance is available for Small Business Owners affected by COVID-19.

Many of our small business clients have asked for information about financial assistance for businesses which has been announced by Mayor DeBlasio and the SBA.

The Mayor announced this past weekend that there will be assistance to small businesses to help them adapt to changing customer behavior.

Businesses may qualify for low-interest loans and employee retention grants.

  • Businesses with fewer than 100 employees, seeing a decrease in sales up to 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit.
  • The City is also offering eligible small businesses with fewer than five employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.

Businesses wishing to apply for this funding must complete this survey form.

Additionally, Disaster Assistance Loans will be provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Please click here for the SBA Press Release.

We encourage you to protect your business and your staff by following simple backup procedures and minimizing your risks. We remind you to stay home if you are sick and maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds; sanitize your devices; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Visit the NYC Health website for more up-to-date information, including FAQs for employers, and check out the links below.