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Please review this information from New York State, last updated April 7, 2020, at 3:00pm, to determine whether or not your business is subject to a workforce reduction under recent Executive Orders.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

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$350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses was approved by Congress to help them keep workers employed.

If small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. This guide from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can help you through the process.

Cares Act – America’s Small Business Development Center New York

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The Cares Act business relief programs are now available.
All information sessions will be held virtually on the Zoom platform.

SBA EIDL Applications 3/26/20 UPDATE

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As the EIDL applications continue to surge, our Office of Disaster Assistance has provided an alternate method for applicants to submit and upload forms while the application portal is down for maintenance.

SBA NY-Statewide Disaster Declaration

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SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for NY. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online. Read on for more information.


the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

Shared Work Program – Your Layoff Alternative

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The Shared Work Program gives you an alternative to laying off workers during business downturns by allowing them to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial Unemployment Insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Managing Anxiety in an Anxiety-Provoking Situation

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The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, individuals should be taking care of their psychological well-being.

2020 State of the Town Address

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On January 22, 2020, Bethlehem Town Supervisor David VanLuven delivered the State of the Town address. If you missed the event, view the full speech here.