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COVID-19 Resources for Business

We recommend that you keep informed about the latest news on COVID-19, as well as the resources that are available in Ulster County, the Mid Hudson Valley, New York State and our Nation. Follow the links below.


The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance

Ulster County Government

Get local information, news updates and community resources from the Ulster County Government.

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)

Chambers and businesses need to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. Learn more about implementing a series of actions that minimize impact on local communities and support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containment strategy.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. We continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials.

Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC)

The impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on society and business activities are difficult to assess and are changing daily. Small businesses need to be resilient and prepared to manage the challenges of the coming weeks and months. Click on the below button for guidance and resources to help business owners adapting to an unpredictable situation.

Update on Guidance of Essential Businesses

An update to the Executive Order: ESD established guidance outlines which deems which businesses are considered essential. That guidance has been updated, but is subject to change as the State adapts its response to combating COVID-19.

Empire State Development

Frequently asked questions for determining whether a business is subject to a workforce reduction under recent executive order enacted to address COVID-19 outbreak.

NYS Department of Labor

Governor Cuomo enacted a law that provides benefits - including sick leave, paid family leave, and disability benefits - to New York employees impacted by mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.

Empire State Development Resources for Business

As New York State continually monitors and responds to developments related to COVID-19, ESD is providing up-to-date guidance for the agency’s partners and other stakeholders impacted by the virus. This is a rapidly changing situation and ESD will be updating the resources to reflect the latest information available.

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