News from the Business Committee

Saturday, April 10, 2021

By: Lillian Seidman Davis, Chair

2020 was a challenging year for us all and especially for the small and medium sized businesses that define each neighborhood in NYC. Last year, the MHNA and the Business Committee Forum & Discount Program engaged the business community to help them navigate through the different phases of opening, offering insights and resources to help keep their businesses afloat. At the end of 2020 and into the first quarter of 2021, we further engaged businesses to consider sharing their “teachable moments” on how businesses tackled this challenging time. Connecting and supporting one another is crucial during times of crisis. Unfortunately many businesses did not survive; some are still around in survival mode and others look different. We embrace and acknowledge all the entrepreneurs and risk takers that have businesses and are forging forward. We encourage them to utilize our services and advertise to our community as well as update and highlight for our neighbors and members what is going on in their businesses.

We learned of businesses that truly care about community involvement. Many reached out to the community to learn of their wants and wishes so that businesses could help patrons have a safe and enjoyable experience, whether it was dining, picking up take out, shopping or other service-oriented purposes. Many businesses employ teams that possess an impeccable work ethic and have a high consciousness of the pandemic backdrop with goals to make all patrons feel safe and well attended to. We are excited to support this community and are confident NYC and, in particular, Murray Hill will once again be the vibrant neighborhood it once was. We support our local businesses, especially those that have had a significant positive footprint in our community.