SURVIVING THE PANDEMIC: A Conversation for Restaurants and Retail Businesses

Community Board 7’s Business & Consumer Issues Committee (BCI) is hosting a webinar for restaurant owners, retail business owners, and anyone interested in their survival.

The presentation will include a Q&A and will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 12:30-1:30pm.

Discussions will include commercial leases, available Small Business Administration loans, the viability of PPP loans, commercial insurance policies, working with lenders and other resources to help owners navigate the various options.

With many businesses shuttered nationwide, owners are in survival mode. To help make sense of some of the more pressing issues, CB7 is gathering a panel of experts able to provide information specifically relevant to restaurant and small retail business owners.


Panel members will include:

Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, an association representing restaurants and nightlife venues throughout the five boroughs. In addition, Mr. Rigie serves on multiple advisory boards and is the chair of NYC’s Office of Nightlife Advisory Board and the first vice chair of Community Board 7/Manhattan.

Stephanie O’Rourk, CPA, is a Partner at CohnReznick who leads the Firm’s Hospitality Industry Practice. She specializes in businesses that operate one to 30 units and has assisted clients in restructuring their businesses in an efficient manner and leverages her knowledge of the various technologies available to the industry to help business owners achieve their goals.

Larry Haber is the Managing Partner of the Commercial Real Estate Department of the bi-coastal law firm Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (“AGMB”), In addition, Mr. Haber is the founder and CEO of Leasing REality, an online training and negotiating platform. His broad expertise combines decades of commercial real estate ownership with a professional background in law, accounting, commercial brokerage, property management, construction, planning and development.

Doug Kleiman, Director, RIPCO Real Estate, is a retail leasing and sales advisor. Born and raised on the Upper Westside, Mr. Kleiman has represented retail tenants and landlords in the community and beyond for more than two decades. In addition, he is second vice chair of Community Board 7/Manhattan.

The discussion will be moderated by Linda Alexander, Co-Chair, and Christian Cordova, Co-Chair, Business & Consumer Issues Committee, Community Board 7 / Manhattan


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