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. 

Black Business Month Celebration

Borough President Donovan Richards will host the Queens Borough President’s Office’s inaugural Black Business Month Celebration on Monday, August 2 at 5:30pm inside the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens.

The event represents a fantastic  opportunity for Black-owned businesses across The World’s Borough to to creatively present their products and services. If you would like to showcase your business at the August 2nd event, please click here.

For members of the public who would like to attend the Black Business Month Celebration, click here to register. 

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 July iteration of the Fair will be announced in the coming days.

The next Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair will be held on Thursday, August 19 at 2pm, featuring more than a dozen employers in a wide variety of industries.

For the videos of previous Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fairs and the list of jobs presented, visit queensbp.org/recruitmentfair.

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.