United for Small Business NYC (USBNYC) is a coalition of community organizations across New York City fighting to protect New York’s small businesses and non-residential tenants from the threat of displacement, with a particular focus on owner-operated, low-income, minority-run businesses that serve low-income and minority communities. 

The Project

The rising cost of commercial rents leads to displacement that affects both long-term and newer small businesses across New York. Displacement disproportionately affects owner-operated, low-income, minority-run businesses that serve low-income communities and communities of color.

Small business displacement is cultural displacement, and our coalition of tenant’s groups, artists, and nonprofit developers fights to create protections and resources for small businesses so that they can be valued and thrive. In the long term, we aim to change the current power imbalance between commercial landlords and their tenants.

Take a look at our platform.

Take Action

The constant threat of gentrification affects commercial tenants just as much as it affects residential tenants. The City’s most vulnerable small businesses need tools to fight back against unscrupulous landlords. Part of the problem is most people do not understand the full scale of the issue. If you see a vacant storefront in your neighborhood, take a picture, tweet it at @usb_nyc, and use the hashtag #NoSmallBizNoNYC. Even better, let us know what small business was lost from that space. You'll be helping bright light to this important problem!

USBnyc Campaign Video: Commercial Vacancy from FABnyc on Vimeo.


USBnyc Campaign Video: Tenant Harassment from FABnyc on Vimeo.

USBNYC Members

Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD)
Brooklyn Legal Service Corporation A
Chhaya CDC
Community Development Project of Urban Justice Center (CDP)
Cooper Square Committee
Fourth Arts Block (FAB)
Municipal Arts Society (MAS)
Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC)
NYC Artist Coalition
Street Vendor Project (SVP)
Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)
Volunteers of Legal Service (VOLS)

If you have questions or would like to contact the coalition, please click here.

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