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Posted on: April 19, 2020

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COVID-19 Small Business Resources 

The Coronavirus is still present in New York. Everyone is required to wear a face covering & maintain a 6 ft. distance from others in public.


NEW:     Financial Assistance for Small Businesses:

County of Westchester IDA Loan and Grant Applications

On Monday, August 24 at 9:00 am the County of Westchester Industrial Development Agency (IDA) launched a new program designed to ensure the short-term viability of both small businesses and not-for-profit corporations negatively impacted by COVID-19. The program allows the IDA to provide financial assistance through the State Disaster and Emergency Loan and Grant Program.

Under the program, the IDA is providing grants to small businesses and small not-for-profit corporations in an amount not to exceed $10,000. The proceeds must be used for the purpose of acquiring personal protective equipment or installing equipment necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The IDA is also offering loans through the administration of the State Disaster Emergency Loan Program to small businesses and small not-for-profit corporations in an amount up to $25,000. The loans are available at 0% interest. 

More information about the IDA Loan and Grant Program can be found on the website.

Applications can be found at:

IDA Loan and Grant Application

In preparation for applying for the grant or loan it is prudent to gather up the documentation that you will need to submit along with your application. The documents must be in electronic format (e.g., PDF, Word document, etc.) so that they can be uploaded into the application on the website. No paper applications or paper documentation will be accepted. Your application will not be reviewed unless all the required documentation is submitted online with the application. Here is a list of the required documentation.

Loan Program Application - Small Business:

  • Brief description and history of the business.
  • Most recent Business Federal Tax Return including all schedules. If 2019 tax return is not available, provide 2018 Federal Tax Return and 2019 internally prepared year-end financial statements and balance sheets. 
  •  Most recent owners/guarantors tax returns for individuals owning 20% or greater of business. One file must be submitted with the returns for all owners.
  •  If a C-Corp or S-Corp: certificate of incorporation.
  •  If a C-Corp or S-Corp: bylaws.
  •  If a C-Corp or S-Corp: borrowing resolution.
  •  If LLC: articles of organization. 
  •  If LLC: operating agreement. 
  •  If LLC: borrowing resolution. 
  •  If sole proprietor: Business Certificate Registration. 
  •  If you are “doing business as” (“DBA”): DBA certificate.
  •  If a General Partnership: Assumed Name Certificate. 
  • If a General Partnership: Partnership Agreement.
  •  If a Limited Partnership: Certificate of Limited Partnership.
  •  If a Limited Partnership: Partnership Agreement.
  •  Voided check.
  •  Bank signature card (if the voided check does not reference legal name of business). 

Loan Program Application - Small Not-for-Profit:

  • Brief description and history of the not-for-profit.
  • Most recent filed Form 990.
  • 2019 audited financial statement. If 2019 audited financial statement is not available, provide 2018 audited financial statement and 2019 internally prepared year-end financial statements and balance sheets.
  • Board resolution authorizing borrowing.
  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • A listing of your current Board of Directors.
  • A copy of your 501c3 letter or equivalent. 

Grant Program Application - Small Business:

  • Brief description and history of the business.
  • Most recent Business Federal Tax Return including all schedules. If 2019 tax return is not available, provide 2018 Federal Tax Return and 2019 internally prepared year-end financial statements and balance sheets. 
  • Most recent owners/guarantors tax returns for individuals owning 20% or greater of business.
  • If a C-Corp or S-Corp: certificate of incorporation.
  • If a C-Corp or S-Corp: bylaws.
  • If a C-Corp or S-Corp: grant resolution.
  • If an LLC: articles of organization. 
  • If an LLC: operating agreement. 
  • If an LLC: grant resolution. 
  • If a sole proprietor: Business Certificate Registration. 
  • If you are “doing business as” (“DBA”): DBA certificate.
  • If a General Partnership: Assumed Name Certificate. 
  • If a General Partnership: Partnership Agreement.
  • If a Limited Partnership: Certificate of Limited Partnership.
  • If a Limited Partnership: Partnership Agreement.
  • Voided check. 

Grant Program Application - Small Not-for-Profit:

  • Brief description and history of the not-for-profit.
  • Most recent filed Form 990.
  • 2019 audited financial statement. If 2019 audited financial statement is not available, provide 2018 audited financial statement and 2019 internally prepared year-end financial statements and balance sheets.
  • Board resolution authorizing grant application.
  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • List of your current Board of Directors.
  • Copy of your 501c3 letter or equivalent. 

Questions? email: IDAloangrant@westchestergov.com


Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program:

The Main Street Lending Program offers business loans to help eligible small and medium-sized companies through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  •  Designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but now need loans to help maintain their operations until they have recovered from, or adapted to, the impacts of the pandemic.
  • The program offers 5-year loans, with floating rates, and principal and interest payments deferred as indicated in the chart below to assist businesses facing temporary cash flow interruptions.
  • The loans range in size from $250,000 to $300 million – a wide range that may support a broad set of employers.
  • More information is available at www.bostonfed.org/mslp.


Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources:

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.


EIDL Loan Advance

This low-interest loan program is aimed at providing economic relief to small businesses and not-for-profits experiencing temporary loss of revenue to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Learn More


Please Note:
** If you need technical assistance in reviewing the SBA EIDL Loan Advance application, please email Judith Mezey, Deputy Planning Commissioner, City of White Plains,

at jmezey@whiteplainsny.gov **


SBA Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Learn more


SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by paying 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Micro-loans.

Learn more


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 


New York Forward Loan Fund:

The 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. The 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 a loss of rental income. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with
guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

Pre-application for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come,
first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.

• Small businesses and nonprofits must employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees;

• Small businesses must have gross revenues of less than $3 million per year;

• Nonprofits must provide direct services and have an annual operating budget of less than $3 million per year; and

• Have not received a loan from either SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.


More information on how to apply: https://esd.ny.gov/nyforwardloans-info
Fill out a pre-application and match with a participating lender: https://www.connect2capital.com/partners/new-york-forward-loan-fund/


COVID-19 Assistance Program for WP Business Improvement District (BID) Members:
The White Plains Business Improvement District has announced the establishment of its COVID-19 Assistance Program (BIDCAP) to support businesses within the downtown business improvement district. The BIDCAP program is a multi-faceted initiative that supplements existing Federal, State and City efforts to support its member businesses. Read the full press release.

Under BIDCAP, the White Plains BID will:

• Partner with Caring for COVID to raise funds and make food purchases at downtown restaurants to coordinate delivery to first responders. Additionally, the White Plains BID will match up to $100,000 of all donations invested back into small businesses within the White Plains downtown BID. BID food establishments: If you would like to participate and receive a matching contribution, contact caringforcovid@gmail.com

• Subsidize gift card purchases at participating downtown businesses, which will allow consumers to buy gift cards at half price. A customer can purchase a gift certificate up to $200 at half cost at participating BID businesses and the WPBID will underwrite the balance for the business. Download the enrollment form.

• Provide up to 100 hours of free parking validation codes through the ParkWhitePlains App to participating BID businesses for their customers. This initiative is being done to make it easier for people to come downtown as emergency order regulations are lifted. Download the enrollment form.

• Market downtown White Plains businesses and encourage support of the local business community.

• Distribute face masks to BID businesses. Priority will be given to essential employers open currently. Contact brittany@wpbid.com


Additional Resources:

  • Community Capital New York is a resource for small business lending option and resources Community Capital NY.
  • One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to tipped and service workers through a new support fund.
  • GrantWatch is a search engine connecting non-profits and small businesses to grant opportunities.  


Additional Government Resources:

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