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In response to the pandemic, Chashama is partnering with NYC Small Business Services through our Enliven NYC: Storefront Startup program, which connects small businesses with temporary vacant storefronts at no cost to the business owner. One of the biggest challenges facing small businesses is access to capital for commercial leases, made more difficult during the pandemic. Storefront Startup alleviates the burden of making rent for participating small businesses with our pop-ups. We welcome applications from business owners residing in low to moderate-income neighborhoods throughout New York City. Check the Locations page for a listing of current businesses as well as our expanding portfolio of vacancies.

Supporting Small Businesses to Lead the Recovery

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Dreswel by Daryl Wright

About Chashama

For over 25 years, Chashama has partnered with property owners to transform $9 million worth of unused real estate into 85 spaces for 30,000 artists and small businesses, creating economic growth for New York City. In 2018, Chashama saw the need of expanding what we do to work with small businesses. We have given spaces to small businesses to help them grow their clientele, help them advertise, and gain the knowledge of how to run a small business. It is our hope to help hundreds of small businesses in NYC.

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Uptown Underground Market


Local tourism and foot traffic to



Jobs for local residents



Access to temporary space to small businesses that lack upfront capital



Viable platforms for small businesses  

that reflect the culture and character

of their neighborhoods 



The neighborhoods with connection

and hope, making a positive flywheel

in the community



The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

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