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COVID-19 Small Business Resources
CARES ACT:The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. This and subsequent relief packages are meant to keep businesses and individuals afloat during this unprecedented freeze on the majority of American life. For more information about the CARES Act, please click on these resources:
New: The U.S. Treasury Department has released new clarifying guidance in an updated in an updated version of its Frequently Asked Questions for the Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the CARES Act.
New: For more help in accessing federal funds and navigating federal assistance, check out the webinars and resources from the COVID-19 City Fiscal Tracking and Reimbursement initiative, which is part of ongoing partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/caresSmall Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) RESOURCES:
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.** If a business applied with a lender before the first round of funds ran out and have not heard back, their application still stands and the business does not need to reapply.
Please Note:** If you need technical assistance reviewing the SBA loan application for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, please email Judy Mezey, Deputy Planning Commissioner, City of White Plains, at email@example.com **
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEED HELP FILLING OUT AN SBA LOAN APPLICATION?Westchester County is working with Volunteer New York! to connect small business owners with trained volunteers who can provide technical assistance in filling out SBA loan applications. For more information click this link: https://www.volunteernewyork.org/vvc
COMMUNITY CAPITAL NEW YORK:Community Capital New York is offering Emergency Express Loans for small businesses in the Hudson Valley. For more information click on this link: https://communitycapitalny.org/emergency-express-loan/
FACEBOOK:Through the Boost with Facebook Program, Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and advertising credits to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. To be eligible, for-profit small businesses must have between 2-50 employees and been in business for over a year, with eligible expenses including payment for employees, rent costs and other operating costs. The deadline is May 5th, 2020. Learn more and apply: https://apply.facebook.ureeka.biz/prog/facebook_smb_2/
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE:The CARES Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Click here for Unemployment Insurance resources.
ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES:Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses from Empire State Development (ESD)Submit Your COVID-19 Related Business Questions to ESDGuidance for Businesses from ESD on Essential Businesses and EntitiesRequiring Face Coverings for Public and Private EmployeesProtocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection