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: May 20


With unemployment continuing to be a major problem in Queens and across the country, Borough President Donovan Richards will host the next edition of his monthly Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair on May 20, 2021 at 2PM.

The Greater New York Nursing Service, the Nursing Personnel Home Care Agency and the MTA Long Island Rail Road are participating in the Virtual Queens Jobs Recruitment Fair series for the first time on May 20, while the United States Tennis Association returns to the series with a presentation about job opportunities available at this summer’s US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

They are joining a group of 12 other employers and recruiters that participated in recent fairs: Animal Care Centers of NYC, Building Skills NY, The Child Center of New York, Commonpoint Queens, the Council for Airport Opportunity, Express Employment Professionals, the New York City Children’s Center, MTA New York City Transit, New York Life, Queens Centers for Progress, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Workforce1 Career Center.

The May 20 fair will feature brief presentations from employers and recruiters seeking to fill numerous positions in a variety of fields, including aviation, transportation, developmental support, retail, finance and more. A question and answer session follows the presentations.

The fair will be livestreamed online from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Those interested in participating in the fair’s live interactive Q&A must RSVP by Wednesday, May 19 at Instructions on how to participate in the Q&A will be emailed on the day of the event to those who register.

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.