Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Our guide for businesses impacted by coronavirus disruption. Updated regularly with new resources to assist you and your business.

We are here for you.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting our local business community in many ways.  Information changes quickly and we are working to bring you the best, most reliable resources to help you navigate this challenging time.

 

REOPENING GUIDANCE & RESOURCES:
FREE PRINT OR DOWNLOAD POSTERS:

Jump to a list of industry specific resources on this page

COVID-19 TESTING:

WellNow Urgent Care, Auburn, NY

CHILD CARE SERVICES:
FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

SBA scam alert and fraud reporting:

TODAY’S FAQ:
BUSINESS RESOURCES:
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  • Cayuga Economic Development Agency (CEDA) Coronavirus Response Survey–Cayuga County business owners, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your answers will be used to inform policy makers about what our business community needs. It will also help us to determine which COVID-19 emergency business programs (both those available now and those that come out later) are a good match for your business.CEDA Specialists are available to Cayuga County businesses with FREE and CONFIDENTIAL assistance. We encourage you to reach out via phone (315) 252-3500 or email to connect with CEDA.
  • Cloth masks for essential businesses – The Cayuga County Emergency Management Office has received 27,500 cloth masks from New York State to distribute to essential businesses. You can email your request to Harry Sherman (hsherman@cayugacounty.us).
  • COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs– Onondaga SBDC
  • COVID-19 Business Resources– CenterState CEO
  • Buy Local Gift Card Directory– A free service provided by The Citizen in which local businesses can post a link to their websites or enter a phone number. Customers in search of ways to support local businesses can access this directory in order to shop local online and support local businesses.
  • Survey: COVID-19: Its Impact on the Nonprofit Sector in Cayuga County– The United Way of Cayuga County is working to identify needs of non-profit agencies and the community that have been impacted by COVID-19.
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GUIDANCE FROM OUR CHAMBER MEMBERS:

 

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

The Cayuga County Emergency Management Office is seeking donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from local companies, such as unused masks, gowns, gloves, and Tyvek suits. The county’s frontline staff in fire rescue and law enforcement as well as staff at the hospital, health department, and medical facilities are in dire need of PPE to tackle the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 in our communities. Being able to supply county frontline staff with sufficient supplies of PPE goes to the heart of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to protect them, their families, and everyone they work with and serve.

Construction companies or other industries that have extra PPE to donate can contact Harry Sherman at the County Emergency Management Office at 315-702-7643 to coordinate the drop-off. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Support small and local businesses while practicing social distancing by:

  • Purchasing memberships and donating to non-profit organizations
  • Buying gift cards electronically and shopping local online retailers
  • Ordering take out from local restaurants
  • Leaving positive online reviews and social media comments for the local businesses you frequent
  • Use #SupportCayuga in your social media posts and shares to show your support for Cayuga County businesses and the community
A few key priorities for your business or organization to consider are as follows:
  • Communications Plan: Have a point person on your staff who will take the lead in keeping your information current, addressing staff concerns, and communicating updates to your team.
  • Use Your Professional Associations for Support: Many professional networks and organizations are offering webinars and other resources for employers. Make use of these opportunities!
  • Get Updates Regularly: Ensure you are checking back with numerous sources regularly for the most up to date guidance and information regarding the spread of this virus.
  • Remote Work Policies: If you are able to consider remote work as an option, and don’t already have a remote work policy, it may be time to develop such a policy with input from your IT provider. Since many workplaces cannot allow remote work, consider instead how you may shift or rotate schedules.
  • Understand Your Employer Obligations: You are legally obligated to provide a safe workplace and to make accommodations for those with disabilities. Protecting your workplace and team from the spread of Coronavirus is no different.
  • Don’t Tolerate Racist or Ignorant Statements: Address and quell any rumors or statements related to Coronavirus that are based on race, ethnicity, country of origin, or misinformation. Do address valid concerns or questions about recent travel to impacted areas.
  • Examine Your Supply Chain: Large manufacturers are already examining their supply chains in impacted areas to minimize disruptions. Consider whether any of your suppliers are located in regions with significant impacts, and whether your shipping times may be lengthened – with the goal of maintaining necessary inventory levels to support your business operations.
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