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Covid-19 Resources

Please see below to learn more about the resources available to our small businesses, as well as updates from Governor Cuomo regarding businesses and reopening guidelines. If you are a business owner that would like to share resources here, please email Thank you!



  • Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Southerrn Finger Lakes offers grants and resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation Grant | Thanks to a $55 million significant commitment grant from Lowe's, LISC will provide the emergency grant assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat.  For more details, click here.

  • NY Forward Loan Fund New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses and focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. Click here for more details.



  • Submit any business-related questions about COVID-19 to Empire State Development here

  • Click here for the Steuben IDA website for updates, resources and more.

  • Frequently asked questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) click here


  • Retail Survivors Program | Corning Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a special program with Dan Jablons of Retail Guys, for an interactive webinar where he will share these retail survivors' successful actions, including their marketing methods, inventory and cash flow planning, store layouts, and more. It’s the information you need to make sure your store not only survives but thrives! Click here to view this free webinar (passcode HKV.K84&).

  • Re-opening Restaurants Post the NY Pause | Click here for an informational discussion on re-opening restaurants after NYS is un-PAUSED. 

  • Google Webinar:  Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty | As a Grow with Google Partner, Corning's Gaffer District would like to invite you to tune in to a special live-stream for small businesses:  Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty at 12 noon EST on May 6. Aimed at small business owners just like you who have been impacted by COVID-19, this special live-stream event will help you discover tools, tips and resources you need right now.  Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed and how to host virtual meetings and events.  Google will also share their latest resources and those of other partners to help support small businesses. Click here to watch. Please reach out to with any questions. 


  • Facebook launches Shops to bring more businesses online during the pandemic: click here to read more, and click here to set up!

  • Streetsense Toolkit for Reopening Bars & Restaurants: click here & AIHA Reopening: Guidance for the Restaurant Industry: click here

  • Recovery Readiness Guides by Cushman Wakefield: Cushman Wakefield has assisted over a million employees in China to return to the workforce, and these guides contain many lessons learned from that experience.: The Safe Six Checklist, Recovery Readiness How to Guide 1.0 Pyramid, and Recovery Readiness Deck.

  • Business Mentor NY: click here for small business guidance or to become a volunteer!


7/16/20: Governor Cuomo Announces New Regulations for Bars and Restaurants - Effective Immediately

In a news release on Thursday, July 16th, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the following:

"All restaurants and bars statewide will be subject to new requirements that they must only serve alcohol to people who are ordering and eating food and that all service at bar tops must only be for seated patrons who are socially distanced by six feet or separated by physical barriers."


For more information on this ordinance, please click here



  • Violations Of Reopening Rules And Guidelines Could Result In Immediate Loss Of Liquor License And Shut Down Order For Businesses

  • Also Issues Executive Order to Expand the Enforcement Areas of State Liquor Authority by Giving Bars Responsibility of Area Immediately Outside their Locations

  • Final Decision on New York City Entering Phase Two Monday Expected to Come Tomorrow

  • State to Issue Guidance to Colleges and Universities to Allow Some In Person Instruction and On-Campus Housing for the Fall Semester

  • Less Than One Percent of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive

  • Confirms 618 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 385,760; New Cases in 37 Counties

6/15/20: From Governor Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday, June 15th that gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase Three of reopening, up from the limit of 10. Five regions have already entered Phase Three - Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier. The Governor also announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter Phase Three tomorrow, and the Capital Region is still on track to enter Phase Three on Wednesday, June 17th. Business guidance for Phase Three of the state's reopening plan is available here.


"As more regions look to enter Phase Three across the state and our numbers continue to go down, we're going to modify the guidelines to allow gatherings up to 25 people, which is up from 10 people," Governor Cuomo said. "The people of New York should be very proud of the work we've accomplished together to bring these numbers down, but we must remain vigilant. The rules and regulations of Phase Three are very clear and they have been working. Everyone has a role to play as we're reopening: Employers have a role, store owners have a role, employees have a role, individuals have a role, and local government has a real responsibility to enforce these guidelines and protect New Yorkers."

To read more, click the link:


Reopening Businesses Guidelines:

Specifics guidelines, business plan templates, and attestations for these industries can be found at and should be reviewed and completed prior to reopening your business.  This includes the affirmation that you are following the state guidance. Please also continue to check the New York Forward site for guidance that is applicable to your business or certain parts of your business functions.


The IDA will continue to monitor this guidance and provide updates as they become available. For more information on this and other resources, please visit our COVID-19 resources web page at


UPDATE 5/12/20: 

Governor Cuomo Releases the "NY Forward Reopening" Plan, available here


UPDATE 4/14/20:

Emergency Relief Loan Program (ELRP) Established to Support Small Businesses in Steuben County. Click here for more informationn


UPDATE 3/23/20:

NYS Tax Department issues sales tax guidance related to COVID-19 tax relief. Click here for more information.


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