This information was updated on September 1, 2020
Commerce Chenango continues to extend our services and advocate for all businesses and groups in Chenango County throughout the pandemic. Visit https://forward.ny.gov/ to keep up-to-date on industry reopening phases or visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for daily updates. For more information on Unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, visit https://forward.ny.gov/know-your-rights.
Our doors continue to remain closed to the public for safety purposes, but someone from the staff is here Monday-Thursday 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Friday until 4:00 p.m. Please contact Commerce Chenango at 607-334-1400 or email us if you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment to see one of the staff.
Five States Removed from Incoming Travel Advisory
The Governor issued a press release earlier this week announcing Guam has met the metrics to qualify for the 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers entering New York. Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, and Montana have been removed from the travel advisory. See the full list at https://on.ny.gov/3bdIgLL.
The State Liquor Authority SLA Takes Action
If you are a bar or restaurant with a liquor license and are not practicing social distancing, mass gatherings of 50 or less, and other COVID protocol, be prepared for the SLA to take action. Governor Cuomo said, “Bars and restaurants that continue to act irresponsibly are disrespectful, engaging in illegal behavior, and not only violating public health, but they are violating common decency. Protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers remains our number one priority, and we will continue to take aggressive enforcement actions against businesses that violate the law.”
State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley said, “Blatantly ignoring public health and safety is inexcusable and the State Liquor Authority will continue to seek out and shut down businesses refusing to comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders.”
Emergency Summary Suspensions are imposed when the SLA finds the continued operation of a licensed business threatens public health and safety. Suspension orders are served immediately and remain in effect indefinitely, with the maximum penalty including the permanent revocation of the license and fines of up to $10,000 per violation. Licensees subject to an emergency suspension are entitled to an expedited hearing before an SLA Administrative Law Judge.
DCC COVID Loan Fund ~
Development Chenango Corporation (DCC), the Economic Development arm of Chenango County and part of Commerce Chenango, Inc. recently announced a new loan opportunity for Chenango County businesses needing financial help amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The loan funds, with a maximum amount of $25,000 per project, can be used to reopen your business, hire back employees, replenish your inventory, or for working capital. Funds may be used for equipment or rebuilding if it pertains to COVID-19 related loss or injury; they cannot be used for additions or capital improvements unless there is a specific need related to the new COVID-19 operating guidelines. Streamlined and simplified for a quick turnaround, this is a rolling submission process and funds will continue to be awarded until the money is depleted.
For more information, email Kgreen@chenangony.org or call Kerri at 607-334-1404.
The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) ~
This iis a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, including Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs)**, nonprofits, and small landlords that have been excluded by other relief and recovery efforts, as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.
The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan. For additional information about the program visit https://www.connect2capital.com/partners/new-york-forward-loan-fund/.
Families in Need and Community Programs
Families in Need Can Call Chenango United Way
Families in need of food, rent/utility assistance or childcare may call the United Way offices at 607-334-8815 for a referral to one of the programs collaborating with the Chenango United Way and the Chenango Area Recovery Team (CART) on COVID 19 assistance. Some of those organizations include; Roots & Wings at Catholic Charities, Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s Our Daily Bread and Emmanuel Mission, Oxford’s Taste N See Soup Kitchen, Chenango County Area Agency on Aging, Chenango Health Network, The Place, Norwich Family YMCA, Family Enrichment Network or one of several other community programs.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. Learn more to see if you are eligible and apply for SNAP here: www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap. Our local food banks can also help with this application. Additional food bank resources can be found by calling: Food Bank of the Southern Tier – (607) 796-6061 or Food Bank of Central New York – (315) 437-1899.
Health Information and Updates
Bassett Healthcare: 607-547-5555 or visit https://www.bassett.org/covid-19
Chenango County Health Department: https://www.co.chenango.ny.us/public-health/
UHS Chenango Memorial: (607) 337-4111 – To be evaluated online through the UHS Virtual Walk-in visit https://www.nyuhs.org/
NYS Health Department: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Mental Health Counseling: New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE): https://resources.acce.org/crisismanagement
National Restaurant Association: https://www.restaurant.org/Home
New York State Tourism Industry Association: https://www.nystia.org/covid-19
Small Business Development Center: https://www.nyssbdc.org/
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/small-business-resources-for-surviving-coronavirus
U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/additional_resources.html
U.S. Small Business Administration: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
U.S. Travel Association: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/covid-19-cares-act-relief-resources