For more information, please contact:

Shurn P. Anderson
Director of Economic Development
(718) 286-3157
[email protected]

The Queens Borough President’s Office works strategically and collaboratively to support the Queens business community, which includes Chambers of Commerce, the 13 Business Improvement Districts, non-profit organizations and the local development corporations to enhance the business community, and to support workforce development to advance and promote the growth of the borough of Queens.

Scroll down to learn about some of the major economic development initiatives underway, courtesy of the Queens Borough President’s Office. 

Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair

With unemployment continuing to be a major problem in Queens and across the country, Borough President Donovan Richards continues to host monthly Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs. The most recent iteration of the Fair was October 21.

The next Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held in mid-November. Details will be announced in the coming days.

For the videos of previous Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs and the list of jobs presented, visit

Queens Small Business Grant Program

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, in partnership with the City and Pursuit, launched the Queens Small Business Grant Program to provide resources to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Through a generous $17.5 million donation from Steve Cohen, the City partnered with community-based organizations to offer $15 million worth of grants to Queens small businesses in need up to $20,000 to support operational expenses.

In an effort to support small business recovery, Borough President Richards worked with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to provide Queens-based small businesses and vendors that are minority-owned, located in one of the COVID-19 hardest hit zones or low-and moderate-income communities (LMI) with financial resources. 

More than 750 entities were approved for funding for grants averaging more than $18,000. Click here for full Queens Small Business Grant Program statistics.

In March, Borough President Richards penned a letter to JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes urging him to keep the airline’s headquarters in Long Island City, following media reports that JetBlue was considering relocating its headquarters to Florida.

Click here to read BP Richards’ letter.