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Covid-19 Resources

Please see below to learn more about FREE webinars and other resources available to our small businesses, as well as NYS updates regarding the business community and reopening guidelines. If you are a business owner that would like to share resources here, please email tara@gafferdistrict.com. Thank you!

 

March 19th update | Small Business Administration: Launches Portal to Begin Accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications on April 8. National informational webinar to review application process on March 30. Please click here for more information.

 

March 9th update | Governor Cuomo's office: New Yorkers 60 Years of Age and Older Can Be Vaccinated Beginning March 10. Government Employees, Nonprofit Workers and Essential Building Service Workers Are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning March 17. Please click here for more information.

 

SMALL BUSINESS WEBINARS (UPDATED 3/1/21):

  • Social Media Trends 2021 | Thursday, March 11 9-10am |  A lot has happened in the past 12 months and the digital landscape has rapidly evolved - so where does your business fit in? Join us for our annual update with Sean Lukasik from Creagent Marketing, where we will talk about trends and updates in social media marketing and how your business can adjust for success in 2021. Free for Corning Area Chamber of Commernce members, $10 for nonmembers. Educational Programs are sponsored by Chemung Canal Trust Company. Please register online here or by email to jbmorgan@corningny.com.  The meeting link and details will be provided to registrants via email.

  • Google My Business Listing | Corning's Gaffer District is excited to host a one-hour webinar on paving the path for customers to your business with a Google My Business Listing hosted by Denis Sweeney, of Sweeney Enterprises. Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses and organizations to manage your online presence across Google.  The webinar will cover a variety of topics including how to establish a Google My Business site. Please click here to view for free!

  • 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 gwgpartners@google.com with any questions.

SMALL BUSINESS LOAN & GRANT PROGRAMS (UPDATED 3/4/21):

 A summary of the 2021 COVID Relief Package can be downloaded here.

  • Emergency Relief Loan Program Updated | This loan program has been updated to suit current needs. Loans of up to $25,000, fixed a 1 % with no payment for 1 year to assist business to adjust to the COVID economy. REDEC has additional funds available should a business need it. Currently SBA Microloan borrowers have the first 3 months of new loans issued by REDEC paid by the SBA. Rates are generally 4%-5%, for up to 6 years. Any for-profit business located in Steuben County with less than 50 employees, that was in business prior to March 1, 2020 is eligible to apply. For more information, please click here

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance | The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the PPP will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. For more information, please click here.

  • Rural Relief Small Business Grants | 2/10/21: Currently closed; please check back for additional rounds to be announced. Only businesses located in rural communities are eligible for this grant. Rural communities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or less. A community is defined as the city/town/village where your business address is located. Non-profit organizations are ineligible for the relief funding program at this time, but may be eligible for later rounds of funding. Please click here for more information and for application deadline dates. 

  • EIDL Application Deadline Extended to December 31, 2021 | The U.S. Small Business Administration(SBA) has announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is now extended to Dec. 31, 2021. To review eligibility requirements and apply for the EIDL, please visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loans#section-header-0

  • 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.

  • New York Loan Forward Fund (NYFLF) | Recently Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This conditional change will provide the Fund's network of lenders and financial institutions with greater flexibility and enable them to provide more small businesses with working capital to cover expenses associated with reopening.  When the NYFLF launched in May, the goal of the NYFLF was to help New York-based small businesses that did not receive PPP funding by providing flexible working capital to reopen and adapt to post-COVID needs. However, some NYFLF applicants who needed assistance were deemed ineligible because they had already received PPP funds. Yesterday's change is now making additional resources available to small businesses who received $50,000 or less in PPP assistance. Small businesses who did not receive any federal assistance are still eligible and encouraged to apply as well. Eligible small businesses and small residential landlords can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan with a 3% fixed interest rate. Eligible non-profits can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan at 2% fixed interest. The maximum loan amount is $100,000. Loan funds can be used for working capital including payroll, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities and costs associated with refitting physical space to follow social distancing guidelines. More information is available online at nyloanfund.com.  

  • Steuben County Emergency Relief Fund | The Steuben County loan fund was created to assist local businesses within the county to remain operational through the pandemic. Loan amounts range from $5,000 - $20,000, uses include working capital to assist in payroll, overhead costs, and inventory. The business must employ at least one additional employee outside of the business owner. Loan program terms are no payments or interest for six months, with full repayment over a 30 month period. There is no cost to apply for this loan program and applications are ongoing. Checklist for Emergency Borrowers  | Eligibility Form for Steuben County Emergency Fund | REDEC Loan Application - Steuben County |  SCDLP Guidelines for Borrowers

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES & GUIDANCE: (UPDATED 1/12/21):

  • Build Your Digital Presence And Sell Online: Empire State Digital is an invitation for small businesses to explore the benefits of expanding beyond their physical brick and mortar location to an online marketplace. Building a digital presence allows entrepreneurs and small business owners to reach their existing customer base, new markets and provides continuity of business operations in a time when social distancing is an essential public health priority. Through unique partnerships with leading global e-commerce and e-payment providers, Empire State Digital connects New York-based small businesses with the education, access and resources needed to digitize, expand and adapt to the new economy due to the changes from COVID-19. Terms and conditions may apply. Please click here for more information.

  • NY Forward Small Business Lease Assistance: This program offers support services for small businesses to renegotiate their lease and avoid eviction. The initiative provides both landlords and commercial tenants with pro bono legal services, and the information needed to reach a mutually agreeable lease renegotiation. Read more here.

  • NY.gov updates and Governor Cuomo messages on COVID-19 status here

  • Corning Area Chamber of Commerce updates, including free opportunities for New Yorkers to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers, can be found here

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

  • Click here for the Steuben County Industrial Agency (IDA) website for COVID-19 business community updates, resources, and more

  • Contact the Small Business Development Center at Binghamton University for the latest in important small business updates.  607-777-4024 | Email: sbdc@binghamton.edu

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

  • Best Accounting Software has just published a guide to all the small business state-level support that is available during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for more details

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

  • 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

  • Reopening Businesses Guidelines: specifics guidelines, business plan templates, and attestations for these industries can be found at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-two-industries 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.

Steuben County Industrial Agency (IDA) previous updates:

 

UPDATE 1/8/21:

The Small Business Administration released three documents concerning the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Summaries of the information will be forwarded when they are available.

 

UPDATE 11/11/20:

Effective November 13 at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, must close in-person service from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Click here for more information. Updates can be found here.

 

UPDATE 10/21/20:

Steuben County added to the cluster zone.  For complete guidance for the Cluster Action Initiative, click here.  To find out if a business is located in a cluster zone, click here

 

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.

 

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

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