NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Application Closing Sept. 30

As of September 13, 2022, due to adjusted guidelines, your business may now be eligible for the NYS Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant.

Governor Hochul announced that applicants of the grant no longer need to demonstrate positive net profit on 2019 Business Returns ($1 or greater) or at least a twenty-five percent (25%) loss in annual gross receipts in a year-to-year revenue comparison as of December 31, 2020, to the same period in 2019, in each case, as reflected on Grantee’s 2019 and 2020 filed federal tax returns, including any 2020 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Federal Pandemic Unemployment.

NOTE: Per the NYS website in the link below, existing applicants will be reexamined for eligibility and contacted by Lendistry via email. Please do not submit a new application, as this may be considered as potential fraud and disrupt the reexamination process.

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on September 30, 2022. All applications in progress must be fully completed with all required documents and banking information uploaded by 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2022, to be considered for a grant.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 1-877-721-0097 to speak to an ambassador.

Visit the grant page here to learn more

Two Opportunities for New York Businesses & Entrepreneurs Announced

Seed Funding Grant Program Now Open

Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge Applications Now Open


NYS Seed Funding Grant Program for Early Stage Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

This grant program will provide flexible grants to support early stage, micro and small businesses in a recovering New York State economy. The program will ensure that small businesses that opened shortly before or during the COVID-19 pandemic, have the funds to continue to operate and grow. The application portal opened as of September 14, 2022.

Governor Hochul states, “This first-in-the-nation Seed Funding Grant Program rounds out $1 billion in flexible funding to support both early-stage, and established small and micro-businesses. New York businesses were among the hardest hit nationwide at the height of the pandemic, but with this funding, we’re extending a lifeline to help them continue to grow and operate. Applications open tomorrow, and I encourage all New York business owners to take full advantage and be a part of New York’s remarkable recovery.”

The application and eligibility requirements can be found here.


Empire State Development Announces Applications Open for the New York State Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge

Will Leverage the Power of Advanced Materials to Promote Greater Environmental Sustainability and Drive Innovation Across the State. Empire State Development (ESD) announced the New York State Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge is open and accepting applications through September 30.

New York State-based innovators are encouraged to submit projects for the Advanced Materials Innovation Challenge that achieve one or more of these goals:

  • Reduce the use of toxic chemicals during manufacturing.
  • Shorten the supply chain to use locally-sourced and sustainable materials instead of materials that require long-distance transportation.
  • Identify, develop and/or validate alternative sustainable materials.
  • Reduce or eliminate the creation of harmful byproducts during manufacturing.
  • Reduce landfilling and/or repurpose waste from manufacturing or product end-of-life.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight states, “Advances in materials science are providing groundbreaking opportunities to replace or reduce the use of toxic or excessive materials in manufacturing while also developing new and improved high-performance products. The strongest proposals for the New York State Innovation Challenge will deliver positive change by using or developing advanced materials that are themselves sustainable while creating applications that promote environmental sustainability.”

Read the full announcement here

More details, including guidelines and the application, are available on Fuzehub’s website here

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Business Excellence Awards

Winners represent what makes our region Distinctly Dutchess – our community 

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – September 21, 2022

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Business Excellence Awards. Each fall, the annual awards recognize key businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact on Dutchess County.

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at The Culinary Institute of America  in Hyde Park, NY.  The winners were determined based on a variety of criteria which contribute to overall economic development including innovation, creativity, community engagement and total impact made in their respective industry.

The premier business event of the year will honor the following Dutchess County businesses:

  • Large Business of the Year: Arnoff Moving & Storage
    • Since 1924, Arnoff Moving & Storage has been a family-owned and operated, full-service moving and storage company. Arnoff focuses on ways to expand their company while providing the necessary services to exceed customers’ expectations. Through 2022, Arnoff has continued to adapt to the changes in the industry and economic environment while upholding their company commitment of giving back to the community.
  • Non-Profit of the Year: Family Services
    • Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley. Founded in 1879, programs ranging from Community Safety to Family Programs serve over 14,000 individuals annually in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties. Utilizing an evidence-based and research-based approach, Family Services strives to enhance their work by remaining open to innovation that will result in the best outcome for clients and the community.
  • Small Business of the Year: Hybrid Electrostatic Industries (HES)
    • Operating out of iPark in Hopwell Junction, HES Industries designs and manufactures a device called an Electrostatic Chuck which is used to hold special material in place during the manufacturing of computer chips – successfully contributing to the dynamic semiconductor manufacturing industry in Dutchess County. HES has overcome COVID related supply chain difficulties, developing new opportunities through growing partnerships and reaching out to local technical schools to work to employ their students.
  • Grand Award: Kirchhoff Companies
    • Founded in 1986, Kirchhoff is an integrated real estate development, investment and management firm. Kirchhoff has remained dedicated to the growth and development of Dutchess County, contributing to the community through sponsorship, taking part in local events and building residential and commercial spaces that help increase jobs and housing in the area. As the Eastdale Village developer, Kirchhoff has built a new live, work and play, mixed-use experience in Dutchess.
  • Innovator of the Year: Uncharted
    • Uncharted’s mission is to accelerate the equitable development of smart and sustainable infrastructure. Uncharted helps cities access smart city insights at a fraction of the typical cost so every city has the opportunity to be a smart city. Demonstrating thought leadership, innovation and commitment to youth community engagement, Uncharted continues to make a lasting impact locally and internationally. Among these successful initiatives has been a $1.8 M grant to pilot an alternative modern standard for infrastructure development (partially taking place in Poughkeepsie) and the STEM/innovation UPlift program reaching 200+ students in the Poughkeepsie City School District.

Tickets are on sale now for the October 27th event at The Culinary Institute of America




Visit to purchase tickets or find out about sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

Think Dutchess Adds to its Growing Team

June 30, 2022

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Announces New Director of Business Attraction and Marketing & Development Manager

Poughkeepsie, NY  – Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, recently added two new hires to its growing team: Philip Scarano III, Director of Business Attraction and Amanda Gomes, Marketing and Development Manager.

As the Director of Business Attraction, Philip Scarano III manages all business and investment attraction activities, working closely with Sarah Lee, CEO of the Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, to market the Dutchess County region alongside the Business Development and Marketing team. With more than twenty years of media publishing and marketing experience, Philip supports business investment and job creation goals in Dutchess County by expanding local partnerships and developing strategies to attract and retain companies in the region.

Philip joins Think Dutchess from AIN Publications, an aviation and aerospace publishing company, where he developed and managed logistical strategies for all onsite operations. Philip’s history of directorial roles informs his ability to lead a team of staff while developing multi-media marketing objectives that assess needs and introduce viable strategies and solutions to successfully promote and market the region.

Amanda Gomes also joins the Business Development and Marketing team. As the Marketing and Development Manager, Amanda executes the communication and fundraising goals of Think Dutchess, implementing and managing marketing, advertising, and media-relation objectives to communicate Think Dutchess’ impact to a wide variety of audiences.

Amanda comes to Think Dutchess with extensive experience in marketing communications and social media management. Having developed a marketing department from the ground up in her previous role as Marketing and Social Media Manager at an international company, Amanda leads a variety of marketing initiatives and campaigns from conception to completion. With a background in event management, Amanda thrives in dynamic and fast-paced settings and applies solution-based approaches to her work – from everyday responsibilities to crisis management.

“We’re thrilled to have Philip and Amanda join our Think Dutchess team,” said Sarah Lee, “Both Phillip and Amanda will play crucial roles in supporting business investment in the Hudson Valley.”

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit

Think Dutchess Providing Complimentary At-Home COVID Tests to Local Business

Available now, Dutchess County businesses can pick up COVID-19 at-home test kits to distribute to their employees at the Think Dutchess office.

Please complete the form below with the number of test kits you are requesting and when you would like to pick them up. Pickup is available M-F between 9-4 pm at: 3 Neptune Road, Suite 21-A, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. While supplies last. Please allow 24 hours from the time of request to assure your request can be filled. Please call 845.463.5400 or email with questions.

COVID Test Kits

Dutchess County businesses can pick-up COVID-19 at home test kits for their employees at no charge at the Think Dutchess office at: 3 Neptune Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Dutchess County Nonprofit Social Enterprise, Unshattered, Lands Collaboration with Southwest Airlines

Unshattered’s Latest Partnership with Southwest Airlines® Gives Plane Seats New Wings

Unshattered X Southwest Airlines Collaboration. Photo of three Unshattered employees modeling new line of upcycled bags at Dutchess County's Hudson Valley Regional Airport

Unshattered is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Hopewell Junction, NY.  Founded in 2016, by CEO Kelly Lyndgaard, the company fosters long-term recovery for women winning their battle against drug and alcohol dependency by providing pathways to economic independence. Unshattered’s employees are provided with employment, personal development training, community, and a second chance at life after addiction. To date, Unshattered has worked with more than 100 women in various stages of overcoming addiction, homelessness, and criminal behavior.

In addition to supporting sustained sobriety, Unshattered also supports a sustainable fashion footprint using upcycled material to manufacture the handbags the Unshattered women design and create. Each Unshattered bag is handcrafted and sewn by a team of professionally trained female artisans using repurposed fabric from Broadway sets, military uniforms, reclaimed manufacturing scraps, and personal items for custom designs. 

Unshattered’s unique business model has proven immensely successful. As the team expands into a larger location, the company is taking off in other directions,  including new partnerships. Most recently, Unshattered and Southwest Airlines® teamed up to support women in recovery through upcycling. The airline is adding Unshattered to its Repurpose with Purpose program, a global sustainability initiative that upcycles items such as leather seat coverings and transforms them into new products. Southwest is donating used aircraft seat leather from its aircraft to Unshattered which will be cleaned and prepared for use in the 501c3 non-profit’s new line of travel bags and accessories.

2022 Unshattered X Southwest Airlines products photographed on airplane stairs in Dutchess County, NY

“At Southwest Airlines we believe in living responsibly, respecting our resources, and sharing our heart with others,” said Laurie Barnett, Vice President Communications & Outreach at Southwest Airlines. “One of the many ways we do this is through our Repurpose with Purpose program. We’re honored to welcome Unshattered as a partner and support their work; generating social and economic opportunities for communities all over.”

The new “Possibilities Take Flight” collection with Southwest includes exclusive handbag and accessory styles unavailable in any other Unshattered fabrics. The line has been available both at Unshattered’s flagship store and on the organization’s website since February 21st.

Read the full Unshattered x SW Airlines Press Release

Unshattered earned the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year at the Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards. Since then, the team has not only become part of our thriving business community as ambassadors of the possibility they represent but also as Think Dutchess Digital Ambassadors. As a Digital Ambassador, Unshattered CEO, Kelly Lyndgaard, shared why she chose Dutchess County to start and grow this non-profit social enterprise and what she loves about Dutchess County.

“There are so many incredibly talented people doing incredibly amazing things all hidden in plain sight.”

Kelly Lyndgaard

Think Dutchess continues to support the women of Unshattered and the many different types of talents and employers that exist here in Dutchess.

Looking for more information about starting or growing your business in Dutchess?

Reach out to Renee Richard, Director of Business Retention & Expansion with questions.


Think Dutchess Hosts Business Breakfast with Special Guest Keynote Speaker, Linda Kaplan Thaler

Think Dutchess Business Breakfast Features Acclaimed Keynote Speaker

Best-selling author and Advertising Hall of Fame legend, Linda Kaplan Thaler, will inspire and entertain at a networking event celebrating last year’s Business Excellence Awards winners and the future of Dutchess County’s economy.


March 1, 2022


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is hosting a Business Networking Event on May 12, 2022 at the Grandview. The special event will feature, keynote speaker, best-selling author and Advertising Hall of Famer, Linda Kaplan Thaler.

Ms. Thaler is responsible for some of America’s most famous and award-winning advertising campaigns, including the Aflac duck and the hilarious “Yes, Yes, Yes” commercials for Clairol Herbal Essences, as well as America’s longest-running jingle, “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘R Us Kid.” Today, Linda is a renowned motivational speaker, national bestselling author of several books, including “Grit to Great” and “The Power of Nice.”

“This sounds like a great event!” said Thaler upon working with Think Dutchess Alliance for Business. “After an unprecedented year of challenges and recovery, I am excited to deliver a fun and inspirational talk to such a prestigious group.”

“We are honored to have such a pop-culture legend keynote our event,” said CEO of Think Dutchess, Sarah Lee. “After such a challenging year, Linda’s entertaining and motivational style that celebrates grit, determination and success is sure to inspire our guests and a perfect way to celebrate our business community.”

Thaler’s talents have earned her a number of awards including: the prestigious Matrix Award, the Advertising Woman of the Year Award, and the Muse Award. She is also one of Ad Age’s “Most Influential Women in Advertising” and most recently, she was the first woman to earn the Clio’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to the keynote speech, the Business Networking Breakfast will recognize last year’s Virtual Business Excellence Awards winners. The event provides winners the traditional fanfare of the in-person event that pivoted to virtual as pandemic challenges once again surfaced. The Business Networking Breakfast will take place on Thursday, May 12th at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie from 7:30-9:30 am. Tickets are on sale now. Advertising opportunities are still available. Learn more at:




About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit


About Linda Kaplan Thaler

Advertising Hall of Famer Linda Kaplan Thaler is responsible for some of America’s most famous and award-winning advertising campaigns. She founded ad agency Kaplan Thaler Group, which she grew from a fledgling start-up to a company with over a billion dollars in billings. Her talents have earned numerous awards and today, Linda is a renowned motivational speaker, national bestselling author, and celebrity business expert having appeared on “The Apprentice,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” CNN, and as the host of Oxygen’s television series “Making It Big.” To learn more visit: Kaplan Thaler Productions


Four Ways Re-development Revitalizes Communities

What is redevelopment?

The American Planning Association defined redevelopment as “the development or improvement of an area that was developed in the past but presently suffers from real or perceived physical deficiencies such as blight or environmental contamination or is developed for uses that have become obsolete or inappropriate as a result of changing social or market conditions.” From Dia:Beacon and the Roundhouse to more recent projects like iPark 84, Dutchess County has a proven track record for redevelopment success.

Recently, CEO, Sarah Lee was asked to discuss redevelopment and its role in revitalizing communities in American City & County. In the article, Sarah details how redevelopment not only repurposes buildings and land —it  creates opportunities to attract key industries, target community needs and build a better, sustainable and supportive community for everyone.

Read “How redevelopment revitalizes a community” in American City & County here:

American City & County How redevelopment revitalizes community


Four Ways Redevelopment Revitalizes Communities


1) Redevelopment attracts target industries

Every community has a handful of target industries it wants to attract, and the vision of reuse projects can encourage a city to evaluate which types of businesses or industries it wants to recruit. Projects like Dia:Beacon and The Roundhouse helped create a successful craft manufacturing cluster including success stories like Niche Modern.  While iPark 84’s redevelopment of the long-vacant IBM facility attracted several companies in our food and beverage manufacturing, logistics and advanced manufacturing industry clusters. Having clusters of companies in the region also attracts like-minded businesses, helping to spark innovation and growing investment.

2) Redevelopment targets community needs

When successful projects like iPark build a buzz around industry, great things happen. Take Sloop Brewing Co. Since relocating to iPark 84 in 2018 they have increased production by more than 250 percent. This success, drew several others in the food and beverage industry to follow suit, relocate to larger spaces and expand their business offerings. This healthy balance of business communities helps to support a diverse population of visitors and residents.

3) Redevelopment builds diversity through business offerings

A holistic community provides something for everyone—from housing and apartment rentals to restaurant and retail accommodations, warehouse space, manufacturing facilities and more. Mixed-use redevelopment projects are an ideal way to cater to diverse populations. Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory is a successful example of a thriving community of small food and beverage businesses, private art studios, co-working spaces, apartments created in a factory built in 1874.

Hudson Heritage is a redevelopment project that is actively developing residential units, a hotel, medical facility, performing arts center, a retail shopping village and connections walking and biking trails, combining live, work and play elements all in one space.

4) Redevelopment instills meaning in community members

Many development approval processes take public opinion into consideration. In the approval process for the Youth Opportunity Union (YOU) project, we are seeking public input on the design of the building, which is set to begin construction in 2023. This call-to-action allows us to learn of considerations that should be included to better accommodate our community, such as accessibility elements for those with sensory, motor or learning deficiencies. We want to ensure this redevelopment project is properly equipped with all the necessary tools needed to educate and support Dutchess County’s youth population.

Successful Redevelopment Projects in Dutchess County, NY

These are just a few of the projects reshaping our communities and growing our economy.

Are you excited for what’s coming soon? If you love Dutchess and how these projects have transformed our community, join our Think Dutchess Ambassadors and let us know which one you think made – or will make – the biggest impact.

Join HERE!


Frito-Lay Announces Major Project in Dutchess County

Frito-Lay to Invest $100 Million in Fulfillment Center in Dutchess County



Contact: Sarah Lee, 845.463.5406,


December 22, 2021

Dutchess County, New York – Frito-Lay announced it will invest $100 million in a new 150,000 square-foot advanced fulfillment center to be constructed on the north end of iPark 84’s campus, located between I-84 and Route 52 in the town of East Fishkill.

The new facility, set to be one of the largest additions to the campus since the site was acquired by National Resources in 2015, will create 80 construction jobs and 80 full-time jobs. Construction on the site will begin in 2022 and the facility is expected to be operational in 2024. Hiring for the new jobs at an average wage of $50,000 will begin in 2023 with start-up anticipated in 2024.

The project includes advanced technologies, allowing Frito-Lay to serve retail customers with customized product portfolios.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro said, “We are excited to welcome Frito-Lay to Dutchess County, furthering the county’s logistics and manufacturing significance in the northeast. The region will benefit from new jobs, and locally the county, town and school district will benefit from new tax dollars, and the added benefit of eliminating a long vacant and blighted site. Moreover, Frito-Lay’s commitment to sustainability, and diversity and inclusion will provide social, environmental, and economic benefits for years to come.”

“This is very exciting news, East Fishkill is thrilled to have Frito-Lay build in our community,” said East Fishkill Town Supervisor, Nicholas D’Alessandro. “This development fits perfectly with East Fishkill’s aggressive economic redevelopment plans. Over the past several years I have put forward initiatives that entice companies like Frito-Lay and many others to locate their businesses in East Fishkill. This not only helps East Fishkill but the whole Hudson Valley.”

Frito-Lay has been active in local communities across the nation for more than 85 years, manufacturing tasty, renowned brands such as Lay’s, Frito’s, Cheetos, Doritos, among others. In 2021, Frito-Lay affirmed its commitment to increasing site investments to fulfill strong consumer demand by hiring nearly 15,000 frontline sales and supply chain employees with more than 5,000 roles actively being filled through the end of the year. Comprised of 66,000 associates nationwide, Frito-Lay’s network serves customers, supports local communities, and employs more than 8,500 associates across New York in conjunction with its parent company, PepsiCo.

“We appreciate the continued support of Dutchess County and the Town of East Fishkill as they have been essential to this project. Frito-Lay is proud to expand its presence in New York State and become a new member of this community,” said PepsiCo Senior Director, Economic Development, Kathy Alfano.

“We are excited to welcome Frito-Lay to our community,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess Alliance for Business. “The company’s presence will support economic growth in Dutchess County for many years to come. We are eager to have one of America’s most recognizable household convenient food producers join our leading logistics and manufacturing facility at iPark 84.”


About Frito-Lay North America

Frito-Lay North America is an $18 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, N.Y. Frito-Lay snacks include Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos tortilla chips, Cheetos snacks, Tostitos tortilla chips and branded dips, SunChips multigrain snacks and Fritos corn chips. The company operates 30+ manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and Canada, more than 200 distribution centers and services 315,000 retail customers per week through its direct-to-store-delivery model. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website,, on Twitter @fritolay, on Instagram @fritolay and on Facebook Frito-Lay.


About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is a one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, N.Y. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing, and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit


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COVID-19 Grants and Funding Resources

We are committed to continuing the safe reopening of our economy and progressing towards long-term recovery while also reducing the risk of COVID-19. We maintain our commitment to the Dutchess County business community as a credible resource as we navigate these uncertain times. As we continue to collaborate with our partners and local, regional and national government towards economic recovery and resiliency, supporting our local business community and workforce is our main priority.

We want to ensure you are prepared for business disruption, including accessing government resources to mitigate potential impacts to your business and employees. We’ve compiled this list below of the most resources available:


COVID-19 Relief Programs and Resources


Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations with fewer than 100 employees that are currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019, and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (maybe shuttered due to Covid-19 restrictions).

Central Hudson Back to Business Program

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. has launched its Back to Business funding program, committing up to $1 million in economic development support to provide local small businesses with grants to help pay down new working capital loans taken with participating local banks.

Verizon Small Business Relief Grant

LISC is providing grants to small businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of Covid-19. Learn more about Verizon’s Small Business Relief Grants

The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

NYFLF eased requirements for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) borrowers. Effective immediately, small businesses and non-profits that received a PPP loan of $500,000 or less or EIDL loans of $150,000 or less can be eligible for an NYFLF loan. Visit the New York Forward Loan Fund for more information and eligibility requirements.

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)

Guidelines and applications for organizations and artists within New York’s nonprofit creative sector available at NYSCA FY2022 Funding Opportunities.

Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program

The $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit Program provides an incentive to COVID-impacted restaurants to bring restaurant staff back-to-work, and to increase hiring at NYS restaurants. Qualifying businesses are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 per new worker hired, up-to $50,000 per business. The Program is open to eligible restaurants located in New York City, or in an area outside of New York City that was designated an Orange or Red Zone for at least thirty consecutive days.

EDA American Rescue Plan Programs

See all of the EDA American Rescue Plan Programs HERE 

Good Jobs Challenge

$500 million for Industry-led training programs, designed to provide skills for and connect unemployed or underemployed workers to existing and emerging job opportunities. Three project types: System Development, Program Design and Program Implementation. Deadline: January 26, 2022

Economic Adjustment Assistance

$500 million available through EDA’s most flexible program. Wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program. Deadline: March 15, 2022 (suggested; applications reviewed on a rolling basis). Eligibility: State & local governments, higher education institutions, not-for-profit organizations

Helpful links:

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

To inquire about the process and understand what to expect next, contact the Office of Disaster Assistance 24/7 Customer Service line at 800-659-2955.


Department of Labor – Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Assistance Information

SBA PPP Program

PPP Frequently Asked Questions

NY State of Health

NYS DOL Shared Work Program

Report COVID-19 SCAMS 

Report any suspected fraud to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at: OIG Online Complaint Submission


Please contact Renee Richard for additional information and resources.


A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.