There are a number of local, State and Federal resources to help guide businesses during the current economic slowdown brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. We will update these resources as more information and additional programs become available.
Broome County Reopen Playbook Updated 5/29/20
A Guide for Safe Operations During COVID-19
Resiliency Toolkit for Broome County Businesses Updated 5/26/20
In a recent survey to local businesses, we found that the greatest need for the moment is a centralized source for information related to COVID-19 assistance. The Leadership Alliance (Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce and The Agency) has released a Resiliency Toolkit for Broome County Businesses to provide a comprehensive guide to aid businesses in navigating this crisis.
Resources for Re-Opening
For information on the regional re-opening phases and industries, please visit the Governor’s New York Forward website here. For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool. Broome County is currently in PHASE 2 of reopening.
Businesses will be required to develop and certify a plan they are following to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For guidance on what kind of protocols to institute in your business, visit the New York Forward website and the CDC website. Per New York State, “This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.”
Click on the links below for industry specific guidance –
- Phase 1 Industries:
- Phase 2 Industries:
Leadership alliance covid-19 economic response, recovery & resiliency task force
The COVID-19 Response, Recovery and Resilience Task Force is a collaboration of industry, government, economic development and non-profit organizations established to address the immediate (0-6 months), short term (6-12 months) and long-term (12-24 months) needs of businesses and non-profit organizations operating in Broome County/Greater Binghamton.
Bi-Weekly Task Force Community Updates via Zoom
Funding & Programs
The $2 trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to businesses, states and municipalities and individuals affected by COVID-19.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion federal stimulus package passed on March 27. The PPP provides loans of up to $10 million to support small businesses and other eligible entities to pay workers, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, insurance, paid sick or medical leave, utilities, and payroll related costs incurred from Feb. 15, 2020 – June 30, 2020. View lenders here.
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Released
- Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQ’s
- New York State Attorney General – Small Business Bulletin on the Paycheck Protection Program: Protecting Yourself and your Business from Fraud
Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance Application
To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here. In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received.
New York Forward Loan Fund
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen sharp reduction in rental income.
The Agency – Broome County IDA/LDC
The Agency has created an emergency loan fund for businesses impacted by COVID-19 crisis. Through the Broome County Emergency Loan Fund businesses can receive: no principal and interest payments for 12-months, no equity requirement, associated application and closing fees waived, expedited closing process, and an expedited loan review by the Advisory Loan Committee. There is approximately $1,000,000 in funds available for lending and the interest rate will be at 75% of the prime interest rate at the time the deferral period ends.
BLDC Business Assistance Loan
Through the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC), the City of Binghamton has established a $350,000 fund to provide up to $15,000 in zero-interest, 12-month deferred repayment loans to local businesses with fewer than 50 employees. To qualify, businesses must demonstrate a reduction in workforce, customer access, production or other operations due to coronavirus.
Town of Union LDC
The Town of Union Local Development Corporation (LDC) is offering a short-term zero percent interest rate National Disaster Assistance Recovery Loan Program to assist small businesses that were hurt economically by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $450,000 in funding is available for eligible applicants with loan amounts up to a maximum of $15,000. This loan program is available to small businesses within the geographic boundaries of the Town of Union (including the Villages of Endicott and Johnson City). To apply contact the Town of Union LDC at (607) 786-2945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRS: Tax Relief Resources
Tax payment deadline extended to July 15, 2020
Treasury and IRS Release FAQs to Help Small and Midsize Businesses Navigate Paid Sick and Family Leave Tax Credits
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service are offering small and mid-size employers more information on refundable tax credits that reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing their employees paid sick and family leave wages related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Information & Relief for Arts
A list of relief and funding available for Arts organizations.
U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA Disaster Loan Paper Application*
*Please note you still need to submit online but this form will serve as a reference piece before applying
Other resources include the following links
Coronavirus News for Business
Customizable Workplace Flyer (Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize.)
Webinars, presentations and podcasts
Art Organization & Non-profit Resources
- Majority of Upstate CEOs Say Return to Pre-Virus Economy Will Take Longer than 6 Months
- By 58-37%, CEOs Say NYS Should Focus on Public Health NOT Relaxing Restrictions for May 1
- Nearly 90% Downgrading 2020 Revenue & Profit Expectations; 40% Have Laid off Workers; 58% Cutting Back on Buying Equipment
- 89% Say will be in Business a Year from Today; 61% Confident in Fed Response; 72% Plan on SBA Paycheck Program
- View the full results here
- This forum allows businesses to share company policy changes, strategies and ideas to help one another navigate COVID-19
local Restaurants Offering Takeout and/or Delivery
View the list here.