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American Rescue Plan Act Elevates Small Business Support in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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The American Rescue Plan Act provides additional relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries for programs the SBA is currently administering and adds new efforts.

SBA Prioritizes Smallest of Small Businesses in the Paycheck Protection Program

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Steps to Promote Equitable Relief for Mom-and-Pop Businesses

SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

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The U.S. Small Business Administration, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

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U.S. Small Business Administration shares the latest PPP information.

Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund

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The Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund offers ​approximately $3 million in reimbursement grants for up to $5,000 to eligible businesses.

Albany County COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

The Albany County Legislature and the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region announce a new $500,000 COVID-19 grant program for small businesses.

Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans

As part of an end-of-year pandemic relief package, Congress has passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and created a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan.

Glenmont Roundabout Project Schedule Update

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Important updates on the Glenmont Roundabout project.

COVID-19 Follow-Up Survey for Bethlehem Businesses

This is a follow-up survey to the one we did in April to help the chamber and the Town of Bethlehem assess the impact of COVID-19 on Bethlehem businesses.

Bethlehem IDA COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Grant Program

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Bethlehem, NY – The Town of Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency (BIDA) has approved a new policy allocating $25,000 to fund a COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Grant Program. The Grant Program was made possible through a temporary program created by the State of New York permitting Industrial Development Agencies to make grants to small businesses and…