COVID Business Resources

The Chamber's business resource page offers information on safety plans and how and where to file them; general business assistance; where to find mask suppliers; and a variety of other resources available from federal, state, and local sources. 

If you have a specific question or can't find what you are looking for please call the Chamber at 585-786-0307 or send an email  

To view the ReStart Wyoming page click here

For PPE requests click here

New York State has created a one-stop website for information including testing info; metrics for reopening and micro-cluster strategies; Vaccination plans; business resources; info on advisory boards; protecting yourself; and other important resources for your business. 

Visit NY Forward

New! New York State has updated the re-opening guidance for businesses with a new website

New York has also launched the new Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative the largest and most comprehensive business recovery initiative in the State’s history. Empire State Development is also making it easier for businesses to access a number of federally funded COVID-recovery programs.

The state still advises that businesses and organizations have safety plans in place to help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19, and they can be found under the industry specific sections of the NY Forward website. Businesses in need of assistance in developing a plan may reach out to the Chamber for guidance. The NY Forward website also has industry specific plan templates that may be used. Currently, you do not need to file your plan with any federal, state, region, county or local agency. Your plan needs to be in writing and made available should any state or local health agency inspect your facility.

Check out our "How to Self Certify your Business" guidebook


The US Small Business Administration has a number of programs designed to assist businesses in recovering from financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently updated information can be found here   


Re-Start Wyoming County: Planning for Recovery

The Covid-19 Pandemic led to a response that was unforeseen, and for businesses, largely unplanned.  The closing of non-essential businesses coupled with shelter in place orders for most citizens created a crisis environment for our economic well-being. It is critical for business owners to plan ahead to be able to survive this crisis and remain viable into the future.  This is different than a simple business continuity planning, as the factors that have caused this crisis were out of your control.  In this way, the effect on our business community is very similar to communities coping with large scale natural disasters.  Many businesses in those communities were able to bounce back and recover as a result of good self-evaluation and planning.

Read the quick guide here


US Chamber's Free "Resilience in a Box" Resources

The US Chamber has created the "Resilience in a Box" web resource based on best practices and designed to educate newcomers on business resilience. Small businesses are both highly vulnerable and can be without adequate resources to focus on preparedness actions. These resources will guide companies toward addressing preparedness issues while building in flexibility to handle potential business interruptions. Learn More

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business - An extensive article from the US Chamber of Commerce.

COVID-19 Vaccine Digital Resources Center (US Chamber)


Small Business Development Center Assistance

The New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) is a network of 22 campus-based centers and outreach offices across NY State. The centers provide free business advising and free and low-cost training to startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners with goals to grow and stay competitive in NY. The NY SBDC is part of America's SBDC, the association that represents America's nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). They are administered by the State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses.

Susan A. McCartney, Director
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave, Cleveland Hall 206
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4030 
mccartsa@buffalostate.edu
smallbus@buffalostate.edu

Paul J. Morrell, Executive Director of Finance and Business Development
Director, Small Business Development Center

SUNY Geneseo, Doty Hall 119
One College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: (585) 245-5429
morrell@geneseo.edu


Business Organizations and General Resources

New York State Business Council - The NYS Business Council lists a variety of good links and webinars.

Facebook Business Resources

Small Business Resources from Google

Complete Payroll Resources for Employers

How Small Businesses Can Prepare from NFIB

Business Continuity planning resources from Ready.Gov

NFIB NY News

News from the NYS Farm Bureau

Cornell Small Farms Program

New York FarmNet: Financial and Mental Health Resources for Farmers

Cornell University Workforce Development Page - Find Ag-specific resources and sample letters that can be used or modified/given to "essential" employees in case they are pulled over or detained by law enforcement.


 

Business Resources & Guides on the Stimulus and US CARES Act

Commonly Asked Questions about the Coronavirus Small Business Loans - from the US Chamber

How to Get a Coronavirus Emergency Paycheck Protection Loan - from the US Chamber

Everything You Need to Know About SBA Disaster Assistance Loans - from the US Chamber

SBA Coronavirus Small Business Financial Assistance Programs Quick reference resources created by the Small Business Development Center on the CARES Act and available programs

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARE Act NEW Information provided by Sen. Schumer's office

Small Business Stimulus Section-by-Section Summary

Stimulus Small Business "Explainer"

US Chamber's Small Business Guide & Checklist

SBA's Three-Step Process for Disaster Loans (Document)

ESD Presentation on SBA Disaster Loans (PDF)