We hope you are staying safe and healthy. EDGE is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and its impact on public health across the state, our local economy and our own operations. Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Please call the EDGE office (315-338-0393) if your businesses is experiencing any issues. We are here to assist.
- This guidance updates and supersedes any guidance you may have received to date on this topic.
- Any business with a pending inquiry must refer to the updated guidelines or the New York Forward website to determine the status of your business. If your business is included in the list of essential businesses, you do not need confirmation of such by ESD. ESD will not be responding to individual requests for determinations.
Local Reopening Guidance:
NYS Covid-19 Guidance:
Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order requiring companies to reduce ‘in-office’ personnel from 75% to 100%. ESD was tasked with providing businesses guidance on what is exempt from the directive and created a process for companies outside of the identified categories to seek an ‘essential’ designation. Empire State Development Essential Business Guidance can be found here.
All businesses and counties are advised to reach out to their regional ESD office and DHSES. They will be coordinating, assisting, and communicating once NYS has received its approval. Click here for guidance for businesses and corporations from ESD.
How to Navigate the Funding Process – Guide to the CARES Act
A Guide to COVID-19 Disaster Funding: How to Navigate the Funding Process, details some of the federal grant and loan opportunities and will be updated as more programs and funding become available. The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act provides information about the $350B Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which is a supercharged version of the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7A program aimed at helping U.S. small businesses, which have faced devastating losses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. INC provides an easy to read summary of How Paycheck Protection Loans Are Different Than Traditional 7(a) SBA Loans.
U.S. Department of Labor: Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Business Resources
The Small Business Administration has also issued the following guidance: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
For updates from CDC, please see the following:
The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.
In-depth guidance is available on the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page.
Other Business Guidance:
Deloitte Consulting: Combating COVID-19 With Resilience
Public authorities are taking decisive action to respond to the emerging health threat, leading the business community to reconsider the adequacy of their preparedness measures. This page brings together all of the resources available from Global Deloitte insights to help businesses manage and mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Read about 10 Key Actions for Enterprises in An Epidemic, Rapid working capital optimization and credit solutions, Practical workforce strategies that put your people first, managing cash flow during a period of crisis, building a crisis resilient workforce, and more here.
Facebook has also compiled resources to help small businesses navigate the effects of COVID-19. Thank you to our partners at the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center for compiling many of these resources.
We’re here to help your organization or business through this difficult time, and we will continue to provide relevant updates as they become available. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you are in need of assistance. Staff contacts can be accessed here.
-Mohawk Valley EDGE