Richmond Hill Revitalization Program

The Queens Economic Development Corporation began working on a commercial revitalization program in summer 2019 to support small businesses on Liberty Avenue and 101st Avenue, between Woodhaven Boulevard and Van Wyck Expressway in Richmond Hill. As part of the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ Avenue NYC program, QEDC is conducting a Commercial District Needs Assessment and surveying local businesses and consumers to learn about their experiences shopping on these streets.

We are working with local business owners and residents to hear what you believe should happen to ensure a vibrant, booming economy in Richmond Hill. We want to know your concerns and your vision for enhancing businesses in Richmond Hill. This is an important opportunity to have your voice heard, as the city looks to increase economic activity in the neighborhood.

The information from the surveys will be used to develop and implement neighborhood projects over the next few years, ranging from better sanitation services to community events that promote local businesses.

We look forward to hearing from you. For any inquiries, you may contact our program manager, Sam Smouha:

Consumer Surveys

QEDC wants to hear from everyone who lives or shops on Liberty Avenue and 101 Avenue in Richmond Hill. This survey is anonymous, only takes a few minutes, and will help us understand the shopping experience and community needs in the neighborhood. Please share with any people and groups who are in the neighborhood.

The link for the consumer survey can be found here:

Business Surveys

QEDC is also working with businesses to learn about their needs and concerns operating in Richmond Hill. This survey can be completed by owners, managers, and employees who have knowledge of the business and neighborhood. The information we are collecting is all voluntary and will be used to develop community programs and benefits for small businesses. We will not use the surveys to regulate businesses.

The link for the business survey can be found here:

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

  • Reboot & Restart is our webinar series commencing May 26.  These  free webinars with experts who will provide advice as businesses prepare to reopen. Selected videos are available to view in our video library.
  • The Resource Guide details programs that  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 applications and all other client services can be done remotely. 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, wear your mask and wash your hands.


Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, 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.