Sam Smouha

Program Manager, Commercial Revitalization

Sam Smouha is the program manager for commercial revitalization, working with the Department of Small Business Service’s Avenue NYC program in South Richmond Hill. Sam is now conducting a commercial district needs assessment of the Liberty Avenue and 101st Avenue corridors, engaging property owners, business owners, residents, and community stakeholders to determine the local needs and priorities for the community.

Having grown up on Long Island, he came to know Queens through his grandparents living in Jackson Heights. He is passionate about supporting small businesses, and appreciates the cultural impacts that they have in Queens’ neighborhoods.


Sam earned his Master’s in Urban Planning at Hunter College and his Bachelor’s in Urban Studies at Vassar College. As an artist and filmmaker, he believes in using creativity as a tool for community engagement and development. Sam is currently a Co-chair of the Arts & Culture Committee of the American Planning Association’s New York Metro chapter. He can be contacted at

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • We have compiled a Resource Guide detailing programs to assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out application and all other client services will be done remotely via telephone. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable and wash your hands.


Queens Together

Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Together, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.