Business Resources

Updated March 30, 2020
Niagara County COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-364-3065

Please adhere to Governor Cuomo's Social Distancing requirements.

Know Your Rights - Information regarding testing, insurance, unemployment, mortgages and banking, utilities, and price gouging can be found HERE.

Empire State Development - Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for determining whether a business is subject to a workforce reduction under recent Executive Order enacted to address COVID-19 Outbreak
 Executive Order 202.6   - UPDATED 3/27/20

To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers:

There are so many questions regarding the 
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)
Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep
workers employed amid the pandemic and economic
downturn. 

We have found this PDF from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the best resource to use as a guide / resource to answer any questions you might have.

Download the PDF file HERE.
Source:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE LOAN program

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New York State
State Website  https://www.ny.gov/     
New York State COVID-19 Info
New York State Department of Labor Unemployment 
New York State Department of Labor - Shared Work Unemployment Program

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (including people who are self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the #COVID19 emergency.  Easy to read PDF of PUA.

For more information, please visit: labor.ny.gov/ui/cares-act.shtm


Niagara Small Business Development Center - Contact for Assistance filling out SBA loan applications

Federal Government

USA Gov - Federal Information

Grants
Facebook Small Business Grant - Under Development

Loans
Empire State Development Resource Guide to COVID-19
Small Business Administration Disaster Loans - Click HERE for the link
Niagara County Center of Economic Development

Members
Join the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce Member Facebook Group HERE.

The Chamber is operating both in the office and remotely during regular business hours. If you need to contact us , please use the info below:
Call: (716) 754-9500 (OFFICE)
Jennifer:  Jennifer@NiagaraRiverRegion.com  (716) 940-1063
Suzanne: Suzanne@NiagaraRiverRegion.com  (716) 628-4607

Small Business Administration 
Click on the link below for important information from the U.S. Small Business Administration on loans, etc.
NCCC Small Business Development Center
Small Business Administration - Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Remote Work 
Guidelines and Template for Employees  - from Complete Payroll
Work from home Employee Agreement - from Complete Payroll

Graphics to Share on Website/Social Media
Open for Business - Social Media Badges
Downloadable jpg files
OPEN for Business Lewiston OPEN for Business Niagara Falls OPEN for Business Ransomville OPEN for Business Sanborn OPEN for Business Wilson OPEN for Business Youngstown
Lewiston
Niagara Falls
Ransomville
Sanborn
Wilson
Youngstown
Don't see your township? Let us know and we will create one!  If you are a member of the Chamber and would like a personalized badge with your logo/business name on it, contact Jennifer@NiagaraRiverRegion.com

Show your Support for Small Business
Support Small Business
Support Small Business  - JPG File to share on social media
Printable PDF File

Listing of Take-Out / Delivery Options
Brochure format
Listing to share on social media -
JPG File to share here
Link to share with updated businesses

River Region Gift Certificates Accepted Here

Social Media Badge Gift Certificate Accepted Here
River Region Gift Certificates Accepted Here - JPG File to share on social media
A listing of our member businesses who accept River Region Gift Certificates can be found here.

Share the jpg below with your customers!
Gift Certificate Offer 2020 COVID facebook

Village Gift Cards - Tom Deal has created a website for Village of Lewiston businesses to list their information regarding purchasing gift cards.

We want to remind everyone that the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government official. Our goal is to share information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner.

If you are sick or feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.