Next Street begins offering small business recovery trainings

By May 7, 2020 News

Small business owners are used to dealing with the unexpected, but like all of us, most have never been through a crisis like this before. Small businesses need recovery and resiliency support to weather the COVID-19 storm and come out stronger on the other side of it. Over the past couple of weeks, Next Street has partnered with leading small business supporters to deliver recovery and resiliency planning support for entrepreneurs.

GoDaddy and #OpenWeStand

Next Street partnered with GoDaddy and the #OpenWeStand movement to offer a webinar titled “Applying for PPP and Other COVID-19” to thousands of GoDaddy’s small business customers. The training offered attendees information on how to evaluate if the Paycheck Protection Program was right for them, understand application tips and best practices, learn about sources for PPP and other alternative funding, and gave them the opportunity to have their questions answered. More than 4,000 small businesses registered for the webinar.

Participants found the webinar informative, trustworthy, and helpful. Participants said:

  • “I appreciate the clear and concise presentation of the qualifying items, loan submission items, and the advice if you don’t seem to be getting anywhere.” 
  • “One of the best ones I’ve heard yet.  Very detailed very easy to follow along. Organized.  Well informed. Felt that this is very trustworthy information.” 
  • “Thank you — feeling really lost and this helped me have a little hope.”

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

GoDaddy is committed to helping small businesses weather the COVID-19 storm. We are happy to have Next Street as part of our #OpenWeStand initiative, and we're thrilled to be able to partner with them to provide programming, such as PPP training, to help small businesses understand available financing options in this time of need.

Fara Howard, GoDaddy CMO

NYC Department of Small Business Services and WE NYC

Next Street has a long partnership with NYC’s Department of Small Business Services, serving as Business Solutions Center operators since 2012. In 2016, we began identifying target populations and developing curriculum for SBS’ WE NYC program, an initiative that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses.

In response to COVID-19, and as part of our partnership with WE NYC we developed and held a virtual leadership conference, titled Leading in Times of Uncertainty and Building a Resilient Business. The conference covered topics around available national and local financial resources, leading in times of uncertainty, emotional and financial self-care for small business owners in the era of coronavirus, presenting and speaking on digital platforms, and how to use technology to maintain and grow your business. More than 100 small business owners attended the conference.

Next Street has been a long-time partner of SBS, and we are glad to be able to continue partnering with them to deliver the programming that we know NYC businesses need in this unprecedented time.

Diana Franco, Executive Director of WE NYC and Launch Initiatives at NYC’s Department of Small Business Services

City of Buffalo and the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center

As part of its COVID-19 emergency response effort, the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center, in partnership with Mayor Byron W. Brown, the City of Buffalo and Next Street, recently moved its public workshop online. The virtual webinar was designed to help small businesses jump-start their recovery and resiliency efforts. During the workshop, more than 80 registered participants connected with the Beverly Gray staff and other local small business owners to gain a better understanding of the types of assistance available, the most critical elements to consider when recovering from a business disruption, the immediate next steps to take to recover, as well as a better understanding of business continuity and resilience planning.

The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center on Buffalo’s East Side was launched in early 2019 under Next Street management, with the goal of being a one-stop resource hub to help Buffalo-area MWBE and disadvantaged small businesses better connect to the services they need to thrive.

The City of Buffalo has and continues to be responsive to the needs of our business community. While the COVID-19 emergency is unsettling, I want our businesses to know that our commitment to them is stronger than ever, as our local economy continues to move forward. Essential businesses remain open. Many development and infrastructure projects are underway. And, the City has developed innovative and alternative methods for conducting business. The Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center provides critical services to our city’s small businesses, and they have never been more essential than they are today. My Administration was pleased to be a part of the virtual webinar, in partnership with Next Street, to help address some of the most urgent needs of those businesses hit the hardest in our community. Stay safe. Stay Buffalo strong. We will get through this together.

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown