On this page you will find helpful resources & information for your business/organization, as we adapt and work towards recovery from the impact of COVID-19. The Chamber is actively looking for additional resources to ease the pressure that businesses are facing, and will continue to advocate on behalf of legislation that would help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on business. We will continue to post updates as they become available. 

Latest Information

July 21: Ten Additional States Required to Quarantine

July 17: Detailed New York State Liquor Authority Guidance for Restaurants Effective Friday, July 17, 2020

July 16: New Regulations for Bars and Restaurants Announced

July 15: Enrollment for Uninsured Will Extend and Remain Open Through August 15, 2020

July 14: Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin Added to Travel Advisory

July 13: Data-Driven Guidance for Reopening Schools Announced

July 13: Travel Enforcement Operation at Airports Across The State

July 10: NYS Announces DOH Guidance for Resumption of Limited Visitation at Nursing Homes, Adult Care Facilities and Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facilities.

July 9: Reopening Guidance Now Available for Malls

July 8: Malls Can Open in Phase IV Regions Beginning Friday Only with Enhanced HVAC Systems and NY State Will Decide Whether Schools Will Reopen in the Fall During the First Week of August.

July 7: Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma Meet Metrics to Qualify for Travel Advisory

July 6: Casinos and Movie Theaters to Remain Closed as Government Reviews the Facts

June 24: NY, NJ, and CT Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory Quarantine for 14 Days

June 24: Social Gatherings of 50 People and Indoor Religious Gatherings at 33 Percent Capacity in Phase 4

June 23: Phase Four Industries and Guidance are Announced

June 23: Governor Cuomo Announces $65 million NY Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive

June 11: State Allows Localities to Open Public Pools and Playgrounds at Their Discretion

June 6: Commercial Buildings Allowed to Conduct Temperature Checks

June 5: President Signs Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act

June 3: Outdoor Dining at Restaurants Permitted in Phase Two & NYS Liquor Authority Guidance

June 2: New Executive Order Allows Outdoor, Low-risk Recreational Activities and Businesses

May 28: Businesses Authorized to Deny Entry to Those Not Wearing Face Coverings

May 22: Cuomo Launches New York Forward Loan Fund

May 15: SBA Releases PPP Loan Forgiveness Application & Instructions

May 15: Arnot Health Announces COVID-19 Testing for Chemung & Steuben County Companies

May 7: Cuomo Extends Moratorium on COVID-Related Evictions Until August 20th

April 20: NYS DOL Launches Streamlined Application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Reopening Guidance

New York Forward: Phases One, Two, Three, and Four

New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

New York Forward Statewide Guidance

Empire State Development (ESD) FAQ on New York Forward and Business Reopening

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Guidance

Reopening Considerations for New York Employers

BCNYS Webinar Slides – Impact of Coronavirus on Employers – Reopening

Industry Specific Guidance

Manufacturing: COVID-19 Back To Work Playbook

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Pools and Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds Interim Guidance

Retail: Operation Open Doors

U.S. Chamber Reopening Business Digital Resource Center

U.S. Travel Association Guidelines for Reopening Travel Businesses

Travel Advisory

For a complete list of restricted states and more information on the COVID-19 Travel Advisory, please go to NYS Department of Health or see links below.

Interim Guidance on Travel Advisory

Interim Guidance for Professional Sports on Advisory

Interim Guidance for Medical Appointments/Treatment on Advisory

Locally-Sourced Critical Supplies

Business Council of NY Supplier List

Custom Reusable Masks – Rainbow Lettering 

Custom Reusable Masks & PPE – Bobby K Entertainment 

Face & Neck ShieldsEmail Scott Beecher or call 607-796-0149

Free Signage – Multi Media Services

Hand Sanitizer – Finger Lakes Distilling

Hand Sanitizer – Contact Enrique Viveros from Snap Fitness or call (607) 846-1759

PPE Items from NYS Certified Women Business Enterprise

Social Distancing Signs & Decals – JH Design

Thermal Imaging Cameras for Pandemic Response – Email Scott Beecher or call 607-796-0149

Financial Support For Businesses

NY Forward Loan Fund

General Overview

Loan Details


SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Loan Advance

Paycheck Protection Program– extended through August 8, 2020

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

List of Local 7(a) Lenders Who Can Help with PPP Applications

Business Tax Provisions

Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF)

Intuit Aid Assist Estimator for Tax Credit and Paycheck Protection Program

Learn More about the CARES Act
Get Help with the CARES Act

Grant Sources

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Grant Program

The Community Foundation – COVID-19 Mini-Grants for Nonprofits

COVID-19 Unity Response Fund – COVID-19 Grants for Nonprofit Human Services Agencies

The ARTS Council 2020 Emergency Arts Relief Grant Program –  COVID-19 Grants for Artists

SBA Grants – General Homepage

Federal Grants – General Homepage

Relief for Taxpayers


Paid Leave

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Employer Tax Credits

Unemployment Benefits

Learn More about the FFCRA

US Chamber Guide for Employers

US Chamber What Businesses Need to Know

Get Help with the FFCRA


DOL Resources

FFCRA Employee Rights Poster

NY COVID-19 Paid Leave Programs

Guidance for Employers

NYS Paid Sick Leave Program Website

Learn More about NYS COVID-19 Paid Leave

Employee Notice on Paid Sick Leave

Employee Retention Tax Credit

NYS FAQ page

Podcast from BCNYS

Government News

New York State

Executive Orders

How Businesses & Professionals Can Help

More NYS News & Resources

ESD Intake Portal to Submit COVID-19 Related Questions & Concerns 1-888-364-3065 (NYS Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline)

NYS DOH COVID-19 Tracker

NYS Division of the Budget Announces State Budget Financial Plan

Preliminary Economic Impact Assessment

Get Help from NYS

ESD Intake Portal for Questions & Concerns

1-888-364-3065 (NYS Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline)

Chemung County

Chemung County Updates

Chemung County COVID-19 Hotline 1-607-873-1813

More Chemung County News

An interactive map of COVID-19 data

Infection Prevention Fact Sheet

What to Do if you Have a Fever 

Get Help from Chemung County

1-607-873-1813 (Chemung County COVID-19 Hotline)

U.S. Government

Federal Response to Virus

More Federal News

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Across the Globe

Global Dashboard of COVID-19 Government Policies


Chemung Chamber Recordings

“Small Business & Hospitality Round-table on Reopening & Managing Your Business” – 7/21/20

“Best Practices for Maintaining Customer Relationships” – 6/10/20

“Are You Ready for Re-Entry?” with Databranch – 5/27/20

“COVID-19 and the Road to Recovery” with Bond, Schoeneck & King Attorneys – 5/14/20

“Maintaining Mental Health During a Pandemic” with Clinical Associates – 5/5/20

“Communicating in a Time of Crisis” with Long Run Communications – 4/29/20

“Q&A for the Concerned Investor” with John G. Ullman & Associates, Inc. – 4/22/20

“The Federal Cares Act” with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – 4/14/20 >>> Download Slides

“SBA Loan Resources for Small Businesses” with the SBA – 4/7/20 >>> Download Slides

“COVID-19 and the Workplace” with Barclay Damon – 3/31/20 & 4/2/20 >>> Download Slides

Additional Webinar Resources

Brown & Brown Empire State

Cornell University

FuzeHub (Manufacturing)

NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

New York State Restaurant Association

The National Federation of Independent Business

Chemung Chamber COVID-19 Advocacy


Chamber Joins the National Restaurant Association in Urging Congress to Enact the Blueprint for Restaurant Revival

Chamber Urges Congress to Extend PPP and Include 501(c)(6)s


Chamber Joins Opposition to Proposed Occupational Disease Presumption

Chamber Supports the National Restaurant Association Blueprint for Recovery

Chamber Supports Rate Relief for Electric and Gas Customers

Chamber Joins Opposition to Proposed Legislative Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws

Chamber Joins Opposition to Proposed Legislative Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws

Chamber Sends Independent Venues Letter of Support

Chamber Supports Cultural Institution Provisions in CARES Act


ACRAC Supports Increased Funding of PPP and EIDL Programs

Chamber Supports Increased Funding of PPP and EIDL Programs


Chamber Signs Coalition Letter to Support Emergency Relief Legislation for All Nonprofits

Chamber Supports “Small Business Emergency Recovery Act Of 2020” + Second Letter

Chamber Signs US Travel Coalition Letter Supporting CARES Act Provisions

ACRAC Supports COVID-19 Relief Legislation Outlined by U.S. Chamber

Chamber Supports COVID-19 Relief Legislation Outlined by U.S. Chamber

Personalized Assistance

211 Helpline

211 Helpline Comprehensive Information Service: Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211

Business Mentor NY

Business Mentor NY

How to utilize the system

Empire State Development Slides

Chemung County Child Care Council

Referral Service for Employee Child Care Options

Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben (CSS) Workforce

Employment Services for Individuals & Businesses

COVID-19 Resources

Entrepreneurial Assistance Center

Local Contact: Donna Scrivens (607) 249-6193 or dkscrivens@yahoo.com

Health Support

Arnot Health Toll-Free Helpline: 1-800-952-2662 (only if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms)

Legal Assistance

COVID-19 Pro Bono Network

NYS Department of Labor

Local Contact: Lisa Doland (607) 733-7131 x2137 or lisa.doland@labor.ny.gov

Remote Worker Support

For Temporary Remote Workforce Free Consultation for Chamber Members – Contact Amanda

Staples Temporarily Ships to Residential Addresses with No Mins or Fees – Contact Rachael

Small Business Development Center

Binghamton SBDC

Guidelines & Advice

Best Practices for PPE Sanitation Poster

Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Databranch Cyber Security Tips

Leading in Crisis

NYS Executive Order/Labor Law Violations Hotline or call (212) 416-8700

NYS Shared Work Program

NYS Unemployment Guidance for Self-Employed Individuals

NYS Unemployment Information & Filing

New York Human Resources Library (30% off code: nyem30)

OSHA COVID-19 Information

U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Small Business Guide

U.S. Chamber Path Forward Program

US Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources

Visions Hotels Home Office Accommodations, Contact Deirdre or call (716) 860-6190

Industry-Specific Resources


Federal CARES Act Summary for Restaurants

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance

New York State Liquor Authority Guidance

New York State Restaurant Association

OSHA Safety Alert for Restaurants & Beverage Vendors Offering Takeout or Curbside Pickup

ServSafe Free Online Trainings


NYS Tourism Association COVID-19 Toolkit

The Road(s) to Recovery Webinar

U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 Tools & Resources

U.S. Travel COVID-19 Resources for Destinations

U.S. Travel Navigating the CARES Act Webinar


NY Council of Nonprofits

Resources for 501(c)(6) nonprofits

The Community Foundation Weekly Check-in


FuzeHub Resources

National Association of Manufacturers COVID-19 Page

NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM)


Cornell Small Farms Resiliency Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Employment & Agricultural Workforce Questions

Financial & Mental Health Resources for Farmers

Food Production, Processing & Safety Questions

NYS Guidance for Agricultural Industry

Tom Reed FAQ for Farmers

Tom Reed Resources for Agriculture

Artists & Art/Culture Organizations

Southern Finger Lakes Arts Preparedness Network


Federal Resources for Early Childhood Education

PPP for Child Care Providers

Local Initiatives

Bobby K Entertainment Small Business Trivia Night 

CCLD Is Making Face Shields for Local Hospitals

Corning’s Gaffer District “Buy Now, Shop Later” Program

Elmira Downtown “Buy Now, Shop Later” Program

Finger Lakes Wine Country #MyFLXFamily

FLXcalendar Features Online Events

FLX To-Go – Business Updates

FLX Virtual Tip Jar

Food Bank of the Southern Tier Updates & Volunteer Portal

Local Restaurant Offerings – Chemung CountyAdd a Menu

MarkTwainCountry.com Events & Listings

Spectrum Reach FREE 30-Second Video for Any Business in Need

Support Local Artist Shops

United Way of the Southern Tier Helps the Community

United Way of the Southern Tier Volunteer Opportunities

Wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail Keep the Wine Flowing

WSKG Launches Business Unusual, Free Online Directory for Local Businesses

‘Quarantine 4 a Cause’ Campaign Supports Food Bank

Other Resource Pages

Association of Chamber Executives (ACCE) Resources

Binghamton Small Business Development Center

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Chamber Alliance of New York State

Chamber Responses Across the U.S.

Corning Area Chamber of Commerce

EFPR Group

Empire State Development

Greater Binghamton Chamber

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

North Country Chamber

Southern Tier Economic Growth

Tompkins Chamber

U.S. Chamber Foundation

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Watkins Glen Chamber

Health & Recreation

Arnot Health Updates

Essential Plan offered through NY State of Health

Guthrie Updates & FAQ

Health Coverage Options For Individuals Who Have Lost Coverage During COVID-19

New Yorkers Without Health Insurance Can Apply Through May 15, 2020

NYS & Headspace Partner to Provide Meditation & Mindfulness Resources

NYS Parks & Trails for Outdoor Recreation

Cleaning Resources

 A Deep Clean Queen: (607) 259-3652

Maysie May Cleaning and Lawn Care:(607) 873-4046

SERVPRO of Elmira/Chemung & Watkins Glen/Schuyler Counties: (607) 722-2262