A Bayside group committed to helping local businesses thrive received over $100,000 in state funds to bring a series of enhancements to the community.
On May 18, the Bayside Business Association (BBA) was presented a $115,000 check by state Senator Tony Avella. The group, which currently has 65 member businesses, organizes beautification projects, networking and marketing programming and is responsible for the formation of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District (BID).
Funds will go toward creating “Welcome to Bayside” signage, according to BBA president Ed Probst. Though planning for the capital improvement project is in its very early stages, the president said the group is considering the area where the Cross Island Parkway and Northern Boulevard meet and by Francis Lewis Boulevard “where the town lines run” as possible locations.
The BBA is also exploring the viability of creating a centralized kiosk to promote local businesses and signage for its headquarters at Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue, next to the Long Island Rail Road’s Bayside station.
The group will also use the funds to improve their website, create better networking events for local businesses and for general operating costs.
“I want to thank Senator Avella for this grant that will go a long way in helping us continue to grow our membership,” Probst said. “From operating our organization to fostering new events, providing networks and forums, and helping us give back to member businesses in Bayside, this funding will help us sustain our mission to continue to grow.”
“Obviously I’m always very happy when I’m able to bring money back to the district, and especially for the BBA, which just such a great job in maintaining the vibrancy of Bell Boulevard,” Avella said. “I’m very happy to give them some money to continue and expand their role.”