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Managing Economic Impact to County - April 8, 2020
Westchester County Office of Economic Development’s SBA Application Assistance Program has solicited volunteers to help small businesses complete applications for the following programs: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and Paycheck Protection Program applications. Volunteers will be provided training on all aspects of the application process. Training will be developed and conducted in coordination with the SBA and Community Capital New York, a Community Development Financial Institution and SBA-lender. The training will be provided by webinar, and the materials and step-by-step application guides will be provided to the volunteers.  Westchester has had a 200 member volunteer group step forward in just 24 hours of posting the program.

Erie County Business Task Force Announced - April 8, 2020
The Erie County Business Task Force has been formed to provide immediate and targeted business assistance to local businesses struggling to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With representatives from a broad swath of local businesses, governmental agencies, and community organizations, the Task Force will begin by collecting data from businesses to form a better picture of how the coronavirus has impacted their operations and what actions might be needed.

CCIDA Emergency Working Capital Loan Program - April 6, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on businesses throughout Chautauqua County, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) is providing low-interest loans not to exceed $10,000 to businesses throughout Chautauqua County. This emergency funding can be used for working capital needs, and the normal application and securitization requirements are being relaxed. While these emergency loans are to be paid back in their entirety, they will be interest-only for a minimum of three months, and leniency is being exercised in terms of normal collateral requirements.

Team Tioga to Gather Information on How COVID-19 Is Impacting County Businesses - March 31, 2020
Tioga County Economic Development & Planning — which has branded itself as TEAM Tioga — is conducting a 10-minute survey via email to gather information in preparation for the federal advantage stimulus funds. TEAM Tioga is asking all Tioga County businesses and organizations to participate. The information gathered will be “necessary” for many forms of short-term and long-term assistance. It’ll also help in the distribution of information regarding financial programs developed for impacted businesses and organizations. 

Warren County has "A Taste of Optimism" for local restaurants - March 31, 2020
The Warren County Board of Supervisors has launched an effort to promote the local restaurants that are working to keep everyone fed and their staffs employed as we wait out the COVID-19 outbreak by staying safe at home. The County Tourism Department has put together an exhaustive list of all of the region's eateries that remain open. It includes everything from burgers and pizza-and-wings to some rather haute cuisine in Warren County and adjacent communities. 

Oneida County Creates COVID-19 Business Impact Survey - March 30, 2020
Oneida County, in collaboration with Mohawk Valley EDGE, the Utica Chamber of Commerce, the Rome Chamber of Commerce and Oneida County Tourism, is conducting a survey to identify and assess the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19), on Oneida County businesses. Individual responses will remain confidential, and data collected and disseminated will be aggregated. Information will be used to assist in helping to mitigate the impacts to the economy and to connect businesses with the quickly evolving tools and resources you need during this challenging time. 

Commerce Chenango debuts new resource web page - March 29, 2020 has compiled a comprehensive list of local, state and national resources for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates to information on Local Small Business Resources, Takeout/Curbside Restaurants, School-Based Lunch Information, Health Information and Federal/National links can be found on the site. 

Ulster County Passes ‘Shop Ulster Saturday' Resolution - March 28, 2020
The resolution calls on residents to support local businesses online and purchase a gift card from one of our many great local stores, shops and restaurants and then use that card later in the year or give away as a gift for a birthday, anniversary or even during the holidays.

NYC publishes workplace guidance - March 28, 2020
On Twitter, Council Speaker Corey Johnson shared a publication from the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) that outlines employment protections and obligations during COVID-19. This publication also includes important information about City and state resources for businesses and workers.

Nassau County creates email for residents to report price gouging - March 23, 2020
Nassau County has a zero-tolerance policy for price gouging necessary products during a pandemic – and they're enforcing it. Residents can report complaints to

Ontario County reminds businesses of state Shared Work Program - March 20, 2020
Ontario County is reminding businesses of the Department of Labor's Shared Work Program, which can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns. Instead of cutting staff, businesses can reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group with support from DOL. 

WNYCOSH Guidance for Cashiers in Retail Establishments During COVID-19 Outbreak - March 19, 2020
The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) is releasing guidance to improve working conditions for frontline workers while reducing the risk of community spread. WNYCOSH recognized that Wegmans has already implemented the first recommendation for businesses across all of their stores. It is important that businesses and workers follow this guidance to reduce the risks of community spread and worker exposure.

Chautauqua County creates “Buy Local” website - March 19, 2020
The County announced the launch of, a website where people can find a list of open businesses (for takeout or delivery) in Chautauqua County. Any restaurant or essential service business that is not currently included in the searchable list can sign up to participate. 
Suffolk County creates business recovery unit - March 19, 2020
Suffolk County has launched a webpage is intended to consolidate available information and resources for the business community. The Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit serves as a one-stop-shop for business questions and resources related to impacts as a result of COVID 19 and at a collection for economic and workforce impacts. They have also created an Economic & Workforce Impact Survey to help capture the monetary loss to businesses and workers. 

How NYC Cocktail Bars Deliver Drinks During New Coronavirus Pandemic - March 18, 2020
After a change to laws allowing liquor delivery, the city's bars are trying to figure out how to keep business alive with cocktail and wine delivery.

Nassau County Creates Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council - March 17, 2020
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran established a Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council to assess the countywide impact on both small and large businesses. As part of this effort, Hofstra University is supporting the County Executive and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency in a data collection strategy to assist in addressing and mitigating the economic impacts of the pandemic. They are asking businesses and private nonprofits of any size or sector to take ten minutes and respond to a survey to assist the Council in assessing the impact of the coronavirus on their operations, finances, and employees. This information will be provided to Nassau County to inform advocacy for economic relief.

Genessee County Provides List of Business Offerings - March 17, 2020
Many Genesee County businesses have gotten very creative to keep residents fed, entertained, and active during this difficult time. The County has compiled a list of what's being offered daily and will continue to update it as new information arises. 

Picente Releases Covid-19 Business Impact Survey Results
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. today released results from the county’s COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. “This data is important to help guide us, our partners and state and federal policy makers in driving assistance to where it is needed now and in crafting broader policy solutions for the future,” Picente said. The survey was made available to Oneida County businesses on March 25, 2020 and has been answered by more than 300 respondents thus far.