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Think Dutchess Alliance for Business- COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Most Recent Updates



Due to technical difficulties, the U.sS Small Business Administration has temporarily suspended the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal. SBA is working diligently to reopen the portal as soon as possible. To ensure equitable access and allow applicants sufficient time to prepare, SBA will share advanced notice of the time and date of reopening when applicable. Applicants can continue to register for a new account. For information regarding emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19, visit the SBA’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Information Page.


**The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a splash page to sign up for information regarding the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). Eligible entities can sign up to be informed when the program opens at the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) portal.

Official Press Release.

Additionally, a national informational webinar to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Those interested in participating can register here.**


The New York Forward Loan Fund (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.


Empire State Development announced The Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund to provide microgrants for full-service restaurants. In an effort to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund offers ​approximately $3 million in reimbursement grants for up to $5,000 to eligible businesses. Learn more information at: Raising the NYS Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund


The U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury issued new guidelines for the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Read the official press release HERE.

The new guidance released includes:

More information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses can be found at:  visit or


The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to Dec. 31, 2021.

EIDL loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds. Every eligible small business and nonprofit is encouraged to apply to get the resources they need. For more information on COVID Disaster Assitance, visit:


Congress has passed H.R. 133, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. This $900 billion for coronavirus assistance includes:

    • $284 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and an extension of PPP through March 31, 2021. Certain 501(c) (6) organizations are now eligible for PPP.
    • $3.5 billion to resume debt relief payments of principal and interest (P&I) on small business loans guaranteed by the SBA under the 7(a), 504 and microloan programs.
    • Extension and expansion of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC).
    • An additional $300 per week to supplement all state and federal unemployment benefits.
    • Full federal financing of state work-share programs.
    • One-time direct payments of $600 for individuals earning up to $75,000 and $1,200 for couples making up to $150,000, as well as an extra $600 per eligible child dependent.

To view a more detailed summary of the bill, click here.

Please note, state local and state government funding was not included in this round of stimulus. Check back for more details.


New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo, issued new Executive Order extending through January 17, 2021. Information regarding continuing temporary suspension and modification of laws relating to the disaster emergency and guidance for certain businesses located in Orange Zones, can be found HERE. Additionally, information on the moratorium on commercial evictions or foreclosures can be found HERE.


New York Empire State Digital Initiative

Through unique partnerships with leading global e-commerce and e-payment providers, Empire State Digital connects New York-based small businesses with the education, access and resources needed to digitize, expand and adapt to the new economy due to the changes from COVID-19. Terms and conditions may apply. Learn more HERE.

E-Commerce Opportunities Available for Restaurants and Food Service Establishments Affected by COVID-19

Through April 2021, e-commerce company Ritual will offer its commission-free digital ordering platform Ritual ONE to New York’s restaurants and food service businesses at no cost, for pickup and delivery. Additionally, PayPal has committed $1 million towards discounted purchases for customers of participating businesses on Ritual ONE in February 2021, at no expense to the businesses. Learn more HERE


New Grant Opportunities Available:

NAACP Black Owned Small Business Impact Fund

BeyGOOD is on a mission to spread hope. The goal is to provide a lifeline for small businesses at the epicenter of dual pandemics. BeyGood has teamed up with the NAACP to expand economic opportunity by awarding grants of $10,000 on the 15th of each month through the end of 2020. Apply at:

NAACP Powershift Entrepreneurship Grant

The NAACP Powershift Entrepreneur Grant is Daymond John’s quest to find and award up and coming black entrepreneurs $175,000 in grants! Black Entrepreneurs across the country can apply now for the chance to win $25,000 each to help them grow and scale their businesses during a time they need it most. Learn more about the Black Entrepreneur Business Grant HERE.


The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) Announces Availability of Coursera for Workforce Recovery
Poughkeepsie, NY— October 6th, 2020 – The Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (DCWIB) announces the deadline to enroll in Coursera for Workforce Recovery has been extended. Residents throughout Dutchess County may continue signing up for free online classes. Currently, more than 4,000 classes, ranging from workplace skill-builders to personal enrichment, are being offered by universities and companies from around the world. The deadline to complete courses is December 31, 2020. Once enrolled learners may begin coursework immediately. Coursera for Workforce Recovery is part of The DCWIB’s commitment to support job seekers and employers throughout the County during these unprecedented times. To date, there have been 541 enrollments, 1,100+ hours of learning, and 1,400+ lessons completed. Dutchess County resident, Jason V., who is out of work due to COVID-19 states, “I absolutely love it. I have taken five courses so far and it not only keeps me busy but gives me new skills and improves on my current skills. I am learning so much.”In addition to making the Coursera platform available to residents, the DCWIB through the Dutchess One Stop ( continues to offer job seekers resume assistance, career counseling, connection to On the Job Training (OJT) programs as well as assistance to employers with recruitment through mini job fairs, customized recruitments, and conducting job matching services.

  • 9.9.20

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced $430,000 in grants available to assist microenterprise businesses negatively affected by COVID-19. The program, administered by Community Capital New York (CCNY), provides grants of up to $10,000 to stabilize microenterprises and preserve low- and moderate-income jobs. Eligible businesses can apply online at

Read the official press release HERE.

The New York Department of Financial Services released the new premium rate for the state’s Paid Family Leave for 2021.

  • 8.19.20
    • Think Dutchess is proud to announce that the Think Dutchess Small Business Relief Loan Fund is now accepting applications. The loan fund provides a zero percent interest loan to Dutchess County small businesses that have been unable to access other loan options. Loan applications are being processed from our CDFI partner, Community Capital New York. A small application fee applies. For more information on loan eligibility and requirements, and to apply visit the Think Dutchess Small Business Relief Loan Fund.
  • 8.4.20 

SBA & Treasury have recently released additional guidance: 

For more information and updates, visit or

  • 7.21.20

Empire State Development recently opened the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This new economic recovery loan program aims to support 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 a loss of rental income.

Visit the Empire State Development Website for more information.


Business Financial Information Resources

Click here for the Guide to COVID 19 Disaster Funding

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

What is an EIDL and what is it used for?

EIDLs are lower interest loans of up to $2 million, with principal and interest deferment at the Administrator’s discretion, that are available to pay for expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, including payroll and other operating expenses.

For more information visit: SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

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.


The CARES Act was enacted to provide immediate assistance to individuals, families, and organizations affected by the COVID–19 emergency. Among the provisions contained in the CARES Act are provisions authorizing SBA to temporarily guarantee loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Loans under the PPP will be 100 percent guaranteed by SBA, and the full principal amount of the loans and any accrued interest may qualify for loan forgiveness.

Helpful links:


For Employees:
Pandemic Unemployment Resources:

For Employers:
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Helpful Links:

SBA Document- PPP Program

Empire State Development PPP Checklist 

PPP Frequently Asked Questions

PPP Loan Calculation Worksheet

What is a PPP loan and what is it used for?
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any participating, federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once approved and enrolled in the program. Consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

• Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls. Loans are available through June 30, 2020.
• Whether you’ve already received an EIDL unrelated to COVID-19 or you receive a COVID19 related EIDL and/or Emergency Grant between January 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, you may also apply for a PPP loan.
• If you ultimately receive a PPP loan or refinance an EIDL into a PPP loan, any advance amount received under the Emergency Economic Injury Grant Program would be subtracted from the amount forgiven in the PPP. However, you cannot use your EIDL for the same purpose as your PPP loan.

Additional Business Loans & Grant Opportunities


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.

Learn more at: Central Hudson Back to Business Program


Local Loan Assistance available at:
If a small business needs immediate cash flow, they can apply for an Emergency Express Loan with Community Capital New York (CCNY) for up to $10,000 with expedited closing. Please see the terms in the link-



The SBA is warning of an increase in reports of scammers with respect to the PPP and EIDL programs. The following are phishing scams that have been identified:

    • Emails impersonating SBA to a borrower regarding PPP loan applications. SBA DOES NOT communicate with borrowers regarding specific PPP loan applications. All PPP loan correspondence should be between the lender and the borrower.
    • Emails impersonating SBA asking for borrowers to complete and sign attached documents to “complete” their disaster “Grant Application.” SBA does not process grants. All EIDL loan processing now occurs through the EIDL portal, and legitimate loan approval emails clearly reference the original confirmation #. If additional documentation is required (95% of loans do not require more documentation), it is electronically handled in the portal. EIDL Advances process with NO action required on the part of the applicant.
    • *These phishing emails are sophisticated, with SBA logos and styling consistent with legitimate SBA communications. If in doubt, the borrower may contact their local SBA office.
      Report any suspected fraud to Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at: OIG Online Complaint Submission
    • Additional information can be in the SBA tab below and at SBA Programs Scams and Fraud Alerts


Additional Resources:

Think Dutchess Alliance for business is proud to share two new programs offering assistance for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. On May 13, The Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (DCIDA) approved a Sales and Use Tax Exemption to support and encourage local businesses in the production, supplies and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other COVID-19 recovery products. The fast-tracked, no-fee package helps local manufacturers expand capacity and produce much needed personal protection equipment.

Additionally, the Dutchess County Local Development Agency approved a Small Business Express Loan Program. The express loan offers local businesses access to capital in a nimble and quick manner due to the economic challenges from COVID-19. The program will offer 0% interest loans up to $10,000 with a 36-month repayment term. More details on the program will be released soon. For information please contact, Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee, at

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA)


An updated FAQ has been posted today on addressing how SBA will evaluate the good faith certification regarding the necessity of the PPP loan request:



EIDL Application Re-Opening

    • The EIDL Advance/Loan portal will be re-opening shortly. The re-opening of the portal is for agricultural businesses that were previously ineligible for the program. New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.
    • Note: If you have already applied under the streamlined application (March 30th to program closure), there is no need to re-apply.
    • Use the link below to apply:

    • New non-agricultural business applications will not be accepted.

Agricultural Businesses Defined: SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application. Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).

4.27.20– EIDL/EIDL-A Status

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) & Advances: The SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the EIDL -COVID-19 related assistance program, including EIDL Advances, based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Previous EIDL & Advances Status: If you submitted an application, received correspondence from SBA, and have a loan number that begins with a “3”, you are in the queue and your patience is appreciated.  If you would like to further inquire about the process and understand what to expect next you should contact the Office of Disaster Assistance 24/7 Customer Service line at 800-659-2955.  


Memo from Bill Briggs, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Capital Access, U.S. Small Business Administration – Sunday, April 26, 2020

PPP Lending Operations Update – Sunday, April 26, 2020

Due to the unprecedented demand for Paycheck Protection Program loans by the nation’s small businesses and to ensure equitable access and system integrity, SBA and Treasury are taking prudent and reasonable steps to protect SBA’s loan systems for the next phase of PPP loan processing.

SBA and Treasury are implementing the following measures:

Pacing the number of loans processed in the E-Tran system for participating lenders when processing resumes on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30 am EDT;

Instituting a maximum dollar amount at 10% of PPP funding authority that any lending institution will be able to originate, exclusive of the additional $60 billion preserved for lenders with assets under $50 billion (i.e. $60 billion cap);

Implementing operational standards to ensure that lenders access PPP funds based on their asset size;

Ensuring the Paycheck Protection Program continues to operate on a first-come, first-serve basis so that every small business has access to PPP loans to sustain their business and retain their employees; and

Issuing the following guidance ( for lenders who have received a significant amount of loan applications.

SBA and Treasury value all lenders and their small business customers and will continue to provide updates to the PPP lending community as loan processing resumes this week.

Interim Final Rule & FAQ Updates Posted

 Updated PPP FAQ – additional questions Q&A added Friday and last night.


Interim Final Rule on Requirements for Promissory Notes Authorizations Affiliation and Eligibility posted 4/24-

PPP Resources are below; they are frequently updated with FAQs and other guidance:

4.16.20-SBA Announces Lapse in Appropriations

SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.  Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more HERE.

Loan Application

Paycheck Protection Program

Corona Virus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources-


4.16.20- SBA Warns of Scammers

The SBA is warning of an increase in reports of scammers with respect to the PPP and EIDL programs. consistent with legitimate SBA communications. If in doubt, the borrower may contact their local SBA office.

Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at,–sba-programs-scams-fraud-alerts

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration in response to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the largest financial assistance bill to date, includes provisions to help small businesses. Fraudsters have already begun targeting small business owners during these economically difficult times.  Be on the lookout for grant fraud, loan fraud, and phishing.

Scams and Fraud Schemes


  • SBA does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants.  If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.


  • If you are contacted by someone promising to get approval of an SBA loan, but requires any payment up front or offers a high interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud.
  • SBA limits the fees a broker can charge a borrower to 3% for loans $50,000 or less and 2% for loans $50,000 to $1,000,000 with an additional ¼% on amounts over $1,000,000.  Any attempt to charge more than these fees is inappropriate.
  • If you have a question about getting a SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to
  • If you have questions about other SBA lending products, call SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or send an email to


  • If you are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII, ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number.
  • Look out for phishing attacks/scams utilizing the SBA logo.  These may be attempts to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII),to obtain personal banking access, or to install ransomware/malware on your computer.
  • Any email communication from SBA will come from accounts ending with gov.
  • The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does notguaranty the information is accurate or endorsed by SBA.  Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at

Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at,


4.6.20.- Paycheck Protection Program Updates

We now have a web page where everything you need to know about PPP is available to lenders, borrowers, and an updated lender locator.  That site is  Borrowers who want to know how to participate, lenders who want info, and the lender locator are available here.

EIDL loan dollars should start to be disbursed on or near 4/7/20.  Anyone wanting to know the status of their loan should call 1-800-659-2955. Please be patient.  Money that the applicant was approved for will be direct deposited into their account once it is approved.  If a borrower filed for EIDL under the original website or the upload portal, they must submit again on the new streamline website. Those applicants will be contacted and they will NOT lose their place in line. Please note, if you did not need to upload anything, and are unsure of your status, you probably completed the form correctly. The new streamlined EIDL program contains a self-certification system so there is nothing to upload.  Additional information is only requested if contacted by an SBA loan officer after submission.


4.1.20- Paycheck Protection Program

Please note that while the application form has been made public by the US Treasury Department, SBA advises us that currently there is no mechanism to apply for the program yet.

Target date is Friday, April 3, 2020 for lenders to be able to start processing applications. Therefore, you will not be able to apply for this program until then. You can find out more information about the PPP on SBA’s website at

Please note SBA’s instructions on HOW TO APPLY – IT WILL NOT BE THROUGH AN SBA PORTAL like the Economic Injury Disaster Loan:

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union,  and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Below is a list of SBA’s approved district lenders.

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act

U.S. Small Business Administration NYDO Lenders Resource Guide


3.30.20- New Business Resource Page

Small Business Guidance Loan Resources

3.27.20- Forms

SBA Business Loan Application 2020

IRS 4506-T SBA

EIDL Supporting Information (P-019)

EIDL Additional Requirements – Form 1368

Schedule of Liabilities Instructions

Schedule of Liabilities Instructions

SBA Personal Financial Statement (Form 413)



Disaster Loan Submission Form

Submit your Small Business Disaster Loan Application through this form

Some notes to help you with the application:

The SBA is advising businesses to fill out the PDF forms and reach out to SBDC if they need assistance with compiling the financial information. They may request assistance with the application at to make an online request.

Welcome to

In addition to the attached forms, applicants will also need to submit the most recently filed tax returns for the business and all owners of the business or a justification if not available. Sole proprietors are required to complete the 5C loan application form. All other businesses should fill out the form 5 business loan application.

  • On all forms “Damaged Property” simply refers to your primary location for the operations of the business.
  • On Form 5, skip box 15, this only applies to property damage loans.
  • There is no specific location to input a requested loan amount. The loan amount is determined by the supporting documents and any other relevant financial information provided that substantiates the economic injury.
  • All owners with 20% or greater ownership in the business must be included in the application.

3.23.20New Informations from the SBA regarding Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020

3.19.20- Dutchess County business are now eligible to apply for SBA disaster loans through New York State disaster declaration.

Businesses are eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program only at this time. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Summary

Disaster Loan Assistance Available:

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

Credit Requirements:

• Credit History – Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
• Repayment – Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
• Collateral – Collateral is required for all EIDL loans over $25,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.

Interest Rates:

The interest rate is determined by formulas set by law and is fixed for the life of the loan. The maximum interest rate for this program is 3.750 percent.

Loan Terms:

The law authorizes loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years. SBA will determine an appropriate installment payment based on the financial condition of each borrower, which in turn will determine the loan term.

Loan Amount Limit:

The law limits EIDLs to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. SBA also considers potential contributions that are available from the business and/or its owner(s) or affiliates. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.

Loan Eligibility Restrictions:

Noncompliance – Applicants who have not complied with the terms of previous SBA loans may not be eligible. This includes borrowers who did not maintain required flood insurance and/or hazard insurance on previous SBA loans.
Note: Loan applicants should check with agencies / organizations administering any grant or other assistance program under this declaration to determine how an approval of SBA disaster loan might affect their eligibility.

Refinancing:Economic injury disaster loans cannot be used to refinance long term debts.

Insurance Requirements:

To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA may require you to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance. By law, borrowers whose damaged or collateral property is located in a special flood hazard area must purchase and maintain flood insurance. SBA requires that flood insurance coverage be the lesser of 1) the total of the disaster loan, 2) the insurable value of the property, or 3) the maximum insurance available.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, FortWorth, TX 76155.

To apply online go to:

If you have questions or need assistance contact the Small Business Administration (800) 659-2955

For further guidance and instruction, you can also reach out to the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development (845) 802-9150


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Connecticut Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

La SBA ofrece asistencia en caso de desastre a las pequeñas empresas de Connecticut afectadas económicamente por el Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dutchess Business Notification Network

Dutchess Business Notification Network

A collaborative resource from our partner network to provide you with email notifications regarding changing COVID-19 information as it pertains to business, health, and safety.

To receive these notifications email:

For more information visit:


The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is offfering periodic educational and informational webinars for business. Learn more at:


  • 5.26.20

On Friday, May 22, Governor Cuomo approved the Mid-Hudson Region to begin Phase 1 of reopening contingent upon adequate numbers of contact tracers.  Beginning Tuesday, May, 26 Dutchess County is ready to move forward and begin the reopening plan. Information on reopening safely can be found:

Dutchess BNN has a list of Dutchess County-based suppliers of PPE Equipment. View the list HERE.

Dutchess County Government


Dutchess County Government

How You Can Help:


Dutchess County Mental Health Hotline

(24/7): (877) 485-9700

Council of Industry
Council of Industry

Council of Industry prepared a summary of CARES Act as it impacts the manufacturing industry. Download the Key Highlights for Manufacturing in the CARES ACT, including information on manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) here.

Empire State Development (ESD)



ESD’s Guidance on Essential Businesses was updated on May 16th. You can find the updated guidance here:

Some of the updates include:
Acupuncture, prescribed by a medical professional is now considered essential (section 1).
Pet grooming but only to the extent necessary to ensure animal health is now considered essential (section 5).
Landscaping, gardening, and horticulture are now considered essential without the previous caveats (section 5).
Outdoor, low-risk recreational activities are permitted so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place, including: tennis, non-motorized boat use and rentals, and golf and driving ranges (except miniature golf), with food and retail services subject to the restrictions that are currently in effect within the region (section 13).
Drive-in movie theaters are considered essential, so long as social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting measures are in place (section 13)
Please review the updated guidance in detail on ESD’s website.

For Technical Assistance


Essential Business Guidelines–

Exempt List:

Request To Be Exempt:

NYS Department of Health

Health and Safety Resources

NYS Dept. of Health–

OSHA COVID 19 Guidance –


Dutchess County Tourism

Dutchess Tourism Open Restaurant List:


NYS Department of Labor

Workforce/Unemployment Assistance


How to file a claim:

Immediate job opportunities:

After clicking on the link, go to the right sidebar “Filter by City” and click on the (+) to see locations in our area. While many are in healthcare, if you continue (click MORE) down the list there is a diverse list of opportunities.





Labor Reporting


Othe Labor Complaints:

(212) 416-8700




3.30.20– Unemployment Information


If you are filing a new Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim, the day you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name:

Monday – last name starts with A – F

Tuesday – last names starting with G – N

Wednesday – last names starting with O – Z

If you missed your filing day, file your claim on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Filing later in the week will not delay your payments or affect the date of your claim.

Any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.

The telephone filing hours have been extended as follows:

Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7:30 pm.
Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm

Call to file 1-888-209-8124 or go online:

If you are uncertain about your qualification for benefits, more information regarding the new federal act and other COVID-19 updates will be posted in the Frequently Asked Questions about Unemployment Insurance During the Coronavirus Emergency.


You can also visit:



Unemployment Insurance Claims: The State is working to alleviate the significant pressure the influx of unemployment claims has created on the workforce system. Therefore, the New York State Department of Labor has just released a new schedule for individuals filing new Unemployment Insurance Claim by phone or web. As a reminder the 7-day waiting period has been waived. UI is a complicated process and determining  eligibility before anyone files a claim is often difficult. The best advice is to give the inquiring party is the information on how to actually file so they may receive a determination or the UI handbook

The day you file is based on the first letter of your last name, and filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of your claim. Claims are effective on the Monday of the week of filing:

·     A-F: Monday

·     G-N: Tuesday

·     O-Z: Wednesday

·     If you missed a filing day, claim on Thursday or Friday.

Shared Work Program



Dutchess County Workforce Development Center

Workforce/Unemployment Assistance

How to file a claim:

Immediate job opportunities:

After clicking on the link, go to the right sidebar “Filter by City” and click on the (+) to see locations in our area. While many are in healthcare, if you continue (click MORE) down the list there is a diverse list of opportunities.


Additional Resources


The New York Council of Nonprofits have released a page on their site that provides resources nonprofits may find helpful. This includes funding resources and opportunities. The page can be found HERE.


The NY SBDC has set up a website regarding the COVID-19 response which includes a link to a PDF that guides applicants through the EIDL process. There is a second page with a collection of resources and news that is of salient interest to New York’s small business community.

This page will be updated frequently so the information may be fluid. Additional information can be found under the SBA tab as well.

Dutchess SCORE—

is offering assistance to those applying for SBA loans. You can learn more HERE

GOV- US State Senator Gillibrand’s Office—

U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, has prepared a guide to navigate the COVID-19 disaster funding process. Download your copy HERE.




Empire State Development has created contact lists for resources for small businesses including:

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EAC) Contact List

Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Contact List

As resources are sent to us, we are keeping a running list at


US COMMERCIAL SERVICE- A Note to Exporters Regarding COVID-19 

The health and safety of our employees, clients, partners and communities is our top priority. Given the developing COVID-19 outbreak, we have made some recent changes to the way we serve U.S. exporters.

Our global network of experienced trade specialists will be working virtually and is looking forward to connecting with you via email, conference call, Skype, or video conference to discuss your international business plans. To contact a trade specialist in your area, visit our list of local U.S. Export Assistance Centers.

Know that we are here for you whether you have questions about the status of an event, need to cancel a service, or are checking on the status of an export market. To learn more about our virtual services, visit

Additional Federal Government resources are available from the Small Business Administration and EXIM Bank.

Our thoughts are with you and the global business community, and we remain firmly committed to serving the needs of U.S. exporters like you. We will continue to evaluate options to ensure we can deliver on the objectives of our mission, and that we consider the safety of all parties involved. Connect with us on social media @USCommercialSvc for our latest updates and resources.

We look forward to working with you soon.

For more information on coronavirus, please visit:

Critical Food Industry Resources- 

as provided by The Institute of Food Safety at Cornell University

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health and Safety Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC– Novel Coronavirus Hotline (24/7): 1-888-364-3065


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