Chhaya CDC Hosts Congressman Meeks


QUEENS, NY — On March 15th, 2023, Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York’s 5th Congressional District met with local small business owners, community leaders, and Chhaya staff at Chhaya CDC’s Richmond Hill office.

The Congressman’s remarks focused on the indispensable role local, independently owned businesses play in our communities and reaffirmed his support for initiatives that bolster their success and stability.

Chhaya’s Small Business program has provided essential assistance and services to a diverse population of small business owners in Queens, including financial counseling, marketing and social media support, legal assistance, and more. Chhaya’s team also provides technical assistance with grant and loan applications, as well as resources to help businesses navigate the changing regulatory environment.

Congressman Meeks secured $150,000 in Community Project Funding to support this program, which will allow Chhaya to expand its services to more small businesses, help them stay open, and grow in the face of current economic challenges.

“The $150,000 in federal funding awarded to Chhaya CDC provides recipients of the small business assistance program with the financial support they need to operate when experiencing economic hardships,” said Congressman Gregory W. Meeks. “I am excited about the many possibilities that this funding provides for small business owners looking to expand and maintain their companies.”

“Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, providing jobs and critical resources. As the city continues to change and transform at a rapid pace, these businesses are not safe from displacement or gentrification. We are excited about this incredible opportunity from Congressman Meeks and this support is so meaningful as we lean in and focus on ensuring the stability of this community.” – Annetta Seecharran, Chhaya CDC Executive Director