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March 30, 2020
New regulations, guidance and resources for small businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic are developing rapidly. Stay tuned for updates. 

NEW RESOURCE PAGE: Resources to help businesses respond to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are being assembled on the Planning Division’s website, under our Technical Assistance and Funding Resources page. Click here for information on safety protocols, NYS regulations, resources for employees, grant and loan opportunities, and more. Check back often as the site will be updated as we learn of new programs.

BUSINESS QUESTIONNAIRE: Sullivan County’s economic development agencies are working together to harness all available resources to help local businesses hurt by the New York State PAUSE. Help us identify the areas of greatest need and assistance by completing, or asking businesses to complete, this questionnaire. Please click here to fill out the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business - Impact Assessment Questionnaire. Businesses are asked to kindly fill out the survey by April 3, 2020

SBA LOAN PROGRAM UPDATE:  We have heard that the webpage for SBA disaster assistance has either stalled or crashed during some application processes. SBA has advised us that since the rest of the country is also logging onto the portal, the system becomes overwhelmed, so the best times to apply online would be at either earlier in the day or later at night. However, as applications continue to surge, SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance has provided an alternate method for applicants to submit and upload forms while the application portal is down for maintenance. Here’s the link to the new application page with instructions for uploading documents:  The page has links to all of the relevant forms. You may have to clear your browser cache if you receive an error accessing it.

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