BID Member Resources

For members of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID), there are a number of resources and services the BID provides. The map below highlights BID members in orange. (Click on map for enlarged view)

Businesses that are not in the BID district, but that are interested in receiving some of the services the LES BID provides, may become BID marketing members.

The Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) publishes a merchant e-newsletter, the LES LETTER, to keep businesses aware of the activities, events, promotions and community news in the Lower East Side.

LES BID Marketing Materials

The LES BID creates and distributes marketing materials to help promote the area:

LES BID Matching Grant Applications

The LES BID provides matching applications for BID businesses to develop new websites, improve the looks of storefronts, and install security cameras:

Additional Resources

In addition to the resources the LES BID provides, there are a number of city, state and federal resources that may be of interest to businesses:

The NYC Capital Access Loan Program provides micro and small business owners and lenders a streamlined method to obtain up to a 40% guarantee for qualified loans and lines of credit up to $250,000. The program uses an expedited eligibility review by having lenders use their own credit decision process and loan documentation. This ensures faster access to financing.


Henry Street Settlement runs a Summer Youth Employment program. In exchange for serving as a mentor, businesses receive the tangible benefits of having a supplemental summer workforce with no payroll obligations.

NYC Wastele$$ helps to prevent waste, cut energy costs and conserve resources while at home, work or school.

MillionTreesNYC is a citywide campaign to plant and care for a million new trees by 2017, to help improve the look and appeal of stores and shopping districts.

Community Board 3 serves the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

SEEDCO Financial Services is a national community development financial institution. Working with local partners, it provides financial resources to assist in the development or rejuvenation of low-income communities.

The LES Ecology Center, through the EcoBizNYC program, helps small businesses, students and the general public to actively reduce air pollution, carbon emissions and airborne environmental health hazards in NYC through environmental auditing, education and action.