Merchant Organizing & BID Formation is a service that we began offering in FY 2016 when Councilmember Jumaane D. Williams allocated funds to HABNET Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of organizing a Merchant Association on Nostrand Avenue from Farragut Rd to Snyder Ave. Consequently, the FS Nostrand Merchant Association (FSNMA) was formed.  FS Nostrand Merchant Association is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. The “FS” in FS Nostrand indicates the boundaries of the corridor, which is from Farragut Road to Snyder Avenue.  In 2016, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams of the 45th District partnered with HABNET to facilitate the FS Nostrand Merchant Association, the first merchant association in the area in nearly two decades.  The Mission of the FS Nostrand Merchant Association is to synchronize the efforts of the merchants and residents of Nostrand Avenue toward promoting and maintaining a clean and safe environment conducive to commercial and social activity, while showcasing, supporting and preserving, the corridor’s unique and largely Caribbean characteristics.”  The Board members of the FS Nostrand Merchant Association are as follows:   Paul E. Nicolas, Chairman of TAP Services, Inc. Aliette Beldor, Vice-Chair of Alouette’s Beauty Salon; Leo Brown of Do Hair Manufacturing; Pamela Date of Fay’s Beauty Empire; Arlene Foster of  Alouette’s Beauty Salon; Patrick Goby of Goby’s Barbershop; Patrice Guillaume of Olympe Pharmacy; Arlene Morris and Reginald Morris of Little Darlings Daycare; Krystal Roberts of D’Beauty Room; and Jackson Rockingster, Coordinator of HABNET. Contact the FSNMA office at 1624 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226 (718) 207-8944.

There are many benefits to having a  Merchant  Association, including:

● Civic engagement allows merchants to join forces

● Networking opportunities to share information and resources

● Collaboration among merchants to improve the commercial corridor

● Speaking with one voice to officials & city agencies about needs and concerns