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.
June 15: COVID-19 Restrictions and New York Forward Industry Guidance Lifted Across Commercial Settings, including Retail, Food Services, Offices, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Amusement and Family Entertainment, Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Personal Care Services, Among Others
June 14: $105 Million in Grant Funding for Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations and Artists and Second Phase of $40 Million Global Campaign to Support Revival of New York State Tourism Industry Announced
June 10: Empire State Development Announces the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, Applications are Now Open and Businesses are Encouraged to Apply
June 9: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Updates International Travel Guidance
June 8: Proposed Legislation to Waive Taxes on Funding From $800 Million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program and New Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools Released
May 31: Indoor Dining Curfew Lifted
May 26: STREDC Promotes NYS Business Recovery Programs
May 17: New York State to Adopt New CDC Guidance on Mask Use and Social Distancing for Fully Vaccinated Individuals Effective Wednesday, May 19th and Announces Additional Guidance for County Fairs and Local Festivals
May 3: Chamber Members Encouraged to Oppose the Governor’s Signature on the Health and Essential Rights Act (“HERO Act”) Legislation: Although well meaning, the HERO Act stands to impose significant new obligations on employers as employees begin to more consistently return to in-person work. To sign on in opposition of this legislation, please click here.
April 28: State Will End Food and Beverage Service Curfew and Updates Additional Items for the Industry. NY Lawmakers Vote to Rescind Order Requiring Food Purchase at a Bar or Restaurant Before Being Served Alcohol
April 27: Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) Registrations Begin on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. EDT and Applications* Open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon EDT. Additionally, New Statewide Guidance for Mask Use.
*The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
April 23: SBA Announces Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) Portal Will Reopen Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. Applicants can register today; updated documents now available through the link.
April 19: Movie Theater Capacity Will Increase to 33 Percent Beginning April 26; Museums, Aquariums, Zoos and Botanical Garden Capacity Will Increase to 50 Percent Beginning April 26; Large-Scale Arenas and Event Venue Capacity Will Increase to 25 Percent Beginning May 19
April 14: Spectators Will Be Allowed at Horse and Auto Races at 20 Percent Capacity Beginning April 22 and Curfew for Food/Beverage Establishments Moved from 11 p.m. to Midnight; Curfew for Catered Events Moved from Midnight to 1 AM
April 6: $212 Billion Budget Deal Reached Among New York State Leaders in Albany*
*The Chamber is currently reviewing the $212 billion budget in terms of how it will impact the business community and our ongoing advocacy efforts. Although targeted assistance for industries impacted by COVID-19 shutdowns and state restrictions was included, additional business taxes and spending may ultimately hurt New York’s overall recovery.
April 2: Performing Arts and Entertainment Venues Can Reopen at 33 Percent Capacity Beginning Today and An Overview of the New COVID-19 Travel Advisory Also, Governors Issue Letter Asking President Biden to Support Repealing the SALT Cap.
March 15: Wedding Receptions and Catered Events Can Now Resume Statewide. Detailed guidance for in-person and catered events can be found here. Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced extended deferment periods for all disaster loans, including the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, until 2022.
March 3: Important Events, Arts and Entertainment Venues Guidance Updates and Domestic Traveler Quarantine Requirements Adjusted. Additionally, the Chemung Chamber signs-on in support of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce coalition initiative urging Congress to extend the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to December 31, 2021 to ensure that the segment of small businesses facing the greatest obstacles do not get left behind.
January 14: Chemung County Orange Zone Restaurants to Allow Dining In with Yellow Zone Restrictions and Governor and Department of Labor Take Action to Protect Businesses from Higher UI Experience Charges Related to Pandemic Layoffs
January 6: SBA has issued the following Interim Final Rules related to the Paycheck Protection Program: Letter from the Administrator: SBA Guidance on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran and Women-Owned Business Concerns; Interim Final Rule: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as Amended by the Economic Aid Act ; and Interim Final Rule: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw Loans
December 22: Key Provisions for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in the $900 Billion COVID-19 Relief Bill and a General Overview of the Stimulus Package. For detailed information, view the US Chamber Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans.
October 27: Chemung County Launches New COVID-19 Dashboard
For complete information on the new COVID-19 Travel Advisory guidelines, please go to NYS Department of Health or see links below. Click here for Interim Guidance for Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State Following Out of State Travel as of 3.10.21. Please note, quarantine for domestic travel will no longer be required starting April 1st.
Financial Support For Businesses
Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs
In March of 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act provided additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and added new efforts as well. For a complete list of Federal COVID-19 relief programs administered by the SBA, please click here. Programs include:
- Paycheck Protection Program (This program closed on May 31, 2021)
- COVID-19 EIDL Loan and Targeted EIDL Advance
- Restaurant Revitalization Fund
- Shuttered Venues Grant
- SBA Debt Relief
- Cross Program Eligibility
For additional details on these financial resources, please visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
To receive PPP loan forgiveness, a borrower must complete and submit the Loan Forgiveness Application (SBA Form 3508, 3508EZ, or Lender equivalent) to its Lender. A borrower may submit a Loan Forgiveness Application before the end of the 8-week or 24-week covered period, provided that the borrower has used all of the loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness and the borrower’s loan forgiveness application accounts for any salary reductions in excess of 25 percent for the full covered period. The Lender of record must review the Loan Forgiveness Application in accordance with the requirements of Part III.2.a. of IFR #15 on SBA Loan Review Procedures and Related Borrower and Lender Responsibilities.
New York State Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative
Grants, Tax Credits, and Technical Assistance Programs for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic available through New York State include:
- Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program: $800 million in funding for small businesses – including for-profit arts and cultural institutions that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Restaurant Resiliency Program: $25 million in grant funding to support restaurants that provide meals to distressed and under-represented communities.
- Restaurant Return-To-Work Tax Credit: For small, independently owned restaurants within New York City or any area in New York State designated by the NYS Department of Health as either an Orange or a Red zone for at least 30 consecutive days.
- New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund: $40 million dedicated for a life science-specific initiative to capitalize on New York’s research and development assets and expertise in life sciences, biotechnology, and biodefense.
- New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF): The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is an economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small residential landlords.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted December 27, 2020, amended and extended the Employee Retention Credit (and the availability of certain advance payments of the tax credits) under section 2301 of the CARES Act.
REDEC Local Business Relief Program
Small business with at least 1 employee in addition to the owner, and up to 50 employees are eligible to apply for relief of $2,500 to $15,000 in Chemung County. Funds are to be repaid over 30 months with no interest (0%), with no payments required for the first 6 months. There is no cost to apply. Applicants must have been in business in March 2020 when the State’s PAUSE Act was implemented, demonstrate how they have been negatively impacted by the resulting economic crisis, and identify how the relief funds will be utilized to reopen their business operations and reemploy workers.
Please note, this program has been extended indefinitely beyond the original October 31, 2020 deadline.
For additional information contact REDEC at (607) 962-3021 or Info@redec.us
“Raising the Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund
Please note this program has closed as all funds have been utilized. If more funding becomes available, applications will be accepted through the Grant Portal.
Empire State Digital Initiative
New York State has partnered for a first-in-the-nation program with leading global e-commerce partners–Ritual ONE & PayPal, Shopify, Square, and Clearbanc–to accelerate New York State-based small businesses’ ability to grow their online presence.
The participating digital partners are offering specialized solutions such as education, free resources, marketing support and discounted pricing that are unique to the needs of New York State small business owners, restaurants and food service establishments.
Restart Elmira Small Business Grant Program
This grant program is now closed. Round 2 applications were due Friday, February 5, 2021. For more information or to apply for this program, please click here.
Excelsior Pass: The reopening of key economic activities in New York State, such as arts and entertainment venues, stadiums and arenas, and weddings and catered events, will require proof of a vaccine or negative test for attendees.
Excelsior Pass is a digital ecosystem that enables individuals to store digital proof of test results and/or vaccine status and businesses and venues to verify these items without accessing personal health data.
Industry Specific Guidance
Locally-Sourced Critical Supplies
Hand Sanitizer – Contact Enrique Viveros from Snap Fitness or call (607) 846-1759
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Learn More About FFCRA
US Chamber Guide for Employers
Get Help with the FFCRA
FFCRA Employee Rights Poster
NY COVID-19 Paid Leave Programs
Learn More about NYS COVID-19 Paid Leave
Employee Notice on Paid Sick Leave
NYS FAQ page
New York State
ESD Intake Portal to Submit COVID-19 Related Questions & Concerns 1-888-364-3065 (NYS Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline)
1-888-364-3065 (NYS Coronavirus COVID-19 Hotline)
Chemung County COVID-19 Hotline 1-607-873-1813
1-607-873-1813 (Chemung County COVID-19 Hotline)
Chemung Chamber Recordings
Additional Webinar Resources
Chemung Chamber COVID-19 Advocacy
Chemung Chamber signs-on in support of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce coalition initiative urging Congress to extend the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to December 31, 2021 to ensure that the segment of small businesses facing the greatest obstacles do not get left behind.
The Chamber Advocates that Albany Stop Unemployment Tax Increases on Small Businesses.
Chamber Requests Congress Stop a Surprise PPP Tax Liability for Restaurants.
Chamber Advocates on Behalf of RESTART Act to Fund Relief for Small to Midsized Businesses
211 Helpline Comprehensive Information Service: Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211
Business Mentor NY
Chemung County Child Care Council
Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben (CSS) Workforce
Entrepreneurial Assistance Center
Local Contact: Donna Scrivens (607) 249-6193 or email@example.com
Arnot Health Toll-Free Helpline: 1-800-952-2662 (only if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms)
NYS Department of Labor
Local Contact: Lisa Doland (607) 733-7131 x2137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remote Worker Support
Small Business Development Center
Guidelines & Advice
NYS Executive Order/Labor Law Violations Hotline or call (212) 416-8700
New York Human Resources Library (30% off code: nyem30)
Visions Hotels Home Office Accommodations, Contact Deirdre or call (716) 860-6190
Artists & Art/Culture Organizations
Other Resource Pages
Health & Recreation
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