Our affiliate, Renaissance Economic Development Corp. (REDC), is co-hosting a Lower East Side/East Village Small Business Fair Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Downtown Art, 70 East 4th St.

A large number of commercial vacancies have depressed daytime foot traffic, hurting neighborhood shops and restaurants. The looming L Train shutdown is also a major concern for local mom-and-pop businesses. The fair will take place one day after the New York City holds a long-awaited hearing on the Small Business Jobs Survival Act, which would give commercial tenants lease renegotiation rights. At the Small Business Fair, participants will hear from key stakeholders about how the commercial vacancy dilemma is being addressed. There will also be a range of counseling services and resources available to small business owners, free of charge. Experts will be on hand to assist businesses with financial, legal and marketing issues, and much more.

Co-hosts: Renaissance Economic Development Corp. (REDC), East Village Community Coalition (EVCC), Cooper Square Committee, East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA).

Sponsors:  U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (honorary co-host)) City Council Member Carlina Rivera, State Sen. Harvey Epstein, State Sen. Brad Hoylman, State Sen. Brian Kavanagh, Community Board 3.

Businesses interested in attending can register by calling 212-964-6022. Online registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lower-east-side-east-village-small-business-fair-tickets-51418293500?aff=ebdssbdestsearch