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


Businesses and entities must put a Safety Plan in place upon re-opening to help lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Businesses will be required to:
• Adjust workplace hours and shift design as necessary to reduce density in the workplace;
• Enact social distancing protocols;
• Restrict non-essential travel for employees;
• Require all employees and customers to wear masks if in frequent contact with others;
• Implement strict cleaning and sanitation standards;
• Enact a continuous health screening process for individuals to enter the workplace;
• Continue tracing, tracking and reporting of cases; and
• Develop liability processes.

Businesses/Employers must have a re-opening plan, there are many sample plans available below (CDC/OSHA and industry specific) and on the NY Forward website.

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. 

COVID Testing Guidance - Testing for COVID-19 shall be authorized by a health care provider for individuals who would return to the workplace in Phase One. This is currently voluntary and not a requirement.

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


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 help your small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue you may be experiencing.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.

The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $150,000 or Less

Read the Guidance

Important: Contact your local lender to discuss their current position on the PPP Loans and their forgiveness process.


Re-Start Wyoming County: Planning for Recovery

The Covid-19 Pandemic of March 2020, 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 has created a crisis environment for our economic well-being.

You must decide now how your business will be able to survive this crisis and remain in business.  This is different than a simple business continuity plan, as the factors that have caused this crisis were out of your control.  In this way, the effect that this has had 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 "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.


 

Face Mask Providers in Wyoming County:

  • ACO is making a 3-ply cotton/poly face mask, that is washable. If any businesses are interested, they can email Jan Newville, at jnewville@teamaco.com or call (585) 245-4740. The masks are $6.00 with a tax-exempt certificate, otherwise $6.50.
  • Chaffee Chick Design in Arcade. CCD.espwebsite.com Verify with Angela Wojcik first for availability. Offering 10 percent off the prices shown.
    Phone: 716.907.8113, Email: chaffeechickdesign@gmail.com
  • Attica Pharmacy, 5 Pack masks $9.95. Large (50 Packs) available for employers. Ear Loop Style. 2 Market St. Attica. Phone: 585-591-1111 web: atticapharmacy.com
  • Sinclair Pharmacy. N95 style masks available. Contact the pharmacy for supplies. 75 N. Main Street, Warsaw. Phone: 585-786-2330. Sinclair Pharmacy
  • JN White has the Splatterguard face shield available now (direct to consumers) on www.splatterguard.com. They are currently sold in case quantities of 50 with a one case minimum. 129 N. Center Street, Perry, NY 14530. Phone: (888) 303-1911 
  • Montgomery Building Supplies For sanitary reasons, full boxes only. Two styles disposable one is 50/box at $1.69 each mask, KN95 mask is 50/box at $7.99 each mask. Any questions, please call the store at 786-2510. 100 Allen Street in Warsaw.

Any other businesses that have a supply of masks for sale to other essential businesses, please let us know by emailing info@wycochamber.org and we will share your information here.

 

As per the Governor on April 12, 2020, for those of you that have been deemed “essential businesses” by the state of New York, please see the Executive Order language below and the section relating to masks that must be worn by employees. Read the Executive Order

"For all essential businesses or entities, any employees who are present in the workplace shall be provided and shall wear face coverings when in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings for their employees. This provision may be enforced by local governments or local law enforcement as if it were an order pursuant to section 12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. This requirement shall be effective Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m."

In-depth guidance on face masks from the NYS Dept. of Health can be found here


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

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook has committed to offering up to 30,000 small businesses $100 million in cash grants and Facebook advertising credits. The grants will be provided to businesses in more than 30 countries. Information is limited, but sign up to get more details from the company when they’re available.

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.

Wyoming County Tourism Business Library


 

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)


Chamber President Scott Gardner discusses re-opening plans and offers guidance and sources for information.

Best practice sample plans and guidance from multiple industry sectors

Business Continuity Planning Basics  (1.4 MB)
A retail focused resource from the National Restaurant Association
NYSHTA Health Guidelines  (317.3 KB)
Operating guidelines and best practices for the NYS hospitality industry
Reopening a business with workers of low to medium risk  (49.2 KB)
Editable Word document that can be modified as a template for businesses with workers of lower medium risk.
Manufacturing workforce tactics  (524.3 KB)
Provided by MAST the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier
Travel in the New Normal - Guidance for hospitality based businesses  (5.8 MB)
Industry Guidance for the Health and Safety of all Travelers. Created by the Travel Industry Association.
Sample campground facility plan  (1.8 MB)
Sun Communities drafted this plan for its facilities and provides a comprehensive plan for re-opening
Back2Golf course presentation  (440.2 KB)
Back2Golf sample template for golf course operations
Back2Golf sample operations  (71.3 KB)
Back2Golf Sample golf course operations playbook

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces

OSHA has prepared a publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. This guidance is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. It contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content, and are intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace.