Message from the President/CEO
What a difference a month can make.

The last time I wrote this message, the Chamber was full steam ahead with our major spring event and educational programs for our members.

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across our country.

Within days, almost everything was shut down. The enormity of the situation was obvious, especially to our business community. Read more .
Week #3: Governor Cuomo has extended NY PAUSE, closing schools and non-essential businesses through April 29th . While the daily numbers of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in New York State are decreasing, the governor says now is not the time to let up on social distancing.

The $178 billion state budget was passed, but there is still so much uncertainty. The state predicts a $10-$15 billion deficit as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, so rolling cuts are expected throughout the year unless the state can receive more federal funding.
What's in this budget: Paid Sick Leave, Middle Class Tax Cuts. What's out: Small Business Tax Cuts and Legalizing Recreational Marijuana. See details in the link from the Governor's Office below.

Also, the SBA loan process continues with the rolling out of the Paycheck Protection Program. Here are the options and you can find application information in the link below.

▶️Paycheck Protection Program: This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.

▶️Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses currently experiencing temporary difficulties. 

▶️SBA Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

▶️SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Need help with SBA Disaster Loan Application?
Call 1-800-659-2955 or email:

Unemployment Information:

Job Opportunities:

More COVID-19 Information:

Reminder: Non-essential businesses are required to reduce the number of employees working at each location by 100% . The Town of Amherst will be enforcing this order to ensure compliance. More information below.

Health Insurance Update
NEW: All three health insurance carriers have announced that COVID-19 medical testing, diagnosis and treatment will be covered with $0 copays through 5/31/2020. More information below.

EXTENDED: The NY State of Health is opening a time-limited special enrollment period related to COVID-19, aimed at ensuring individuals do not avoid seeking testing or medical care for fear of cost.

  • New May 15 enrollment deadline for uninsured for May 1 or June 1 coverage.

  • 60 day window to enroll due to loss of employer coverage

  • Review the ACC Individual plan options here, then contact us at or (716) 632-6905 for more information and enrollment forms. We bundle health/dental plan guidance with business assistance and recovery resources.
Open ProNet is Back!
Date: Wed., April 8

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Weekly Zoom videoconference with ProNet facilitators Paul Greiner and Allen Dembski.

Miss networking?
Join us every Wednesday at 9 a.m.!

COVID-19 Webinar
DATE: Thursday, April 9

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

Zoom webinar with Allen Dembski, COO of Buffalo First Wealth Management on how the fluctuating market affects your business and investments.
All members welcome.

Date: Monday, April 13

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Weekly Zoom videoconference offering uplifting and inspirational messages for a positive start to your week.

Tune in for some encouragement from Leadership expert Larry Mietus. Join us!

Put A Spring In Your
Step: Get Walking!

Walking is an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages and abilities. Not only does it get the heart pumping and the calories burning, it’s a great way to clear your mind, relieve stress and anxiety, and improve your overall emotional health.
Now that spring is here and the temperatures are getting warmer, commit to walking three to four days per week. Track your progress and then reward yourself once you’ve accomplished your goal.

Get a walking workout with these tips
·       Prepare for a walk by warming up, wearing the correct clothing and shoes, and making sure that you are well hydrated. Warm down after a walk.

·       If you want to jump start the pace of your walk, take short, quick strides to increase your intensity.

·       Bend your arms at 90 degrees and swing them naturally front to back as you walk. You can add power and speed by using your arms effectively. 

·       Walk with shoulders back, but relaxed. Good posture for walking allows you to breathe well. Your chin should be parallel to the ground, and your eyes should focus on the street or track 10 to 20 feet ahead. Your back should have a natural curve. If you feel strain in your lower back, you’re probably leaning forward, or not at a relaxed position.

·       Incorporate a total body approach to pump up your walk by using small hand weights. This will work those arm muscles and burn more calories, too.

·       Contact your doctor before embarking on any new fitness program, particularly if you are obese, haven’t exercised in a long time or suffer from a chronic medical condition.

No matter the goal you set, we encourage you to stay physically active by getting outside and taking a walk on a regular basis. 
ICYMI: COVID-19 Info from 3/31
More COVID-19 Resources

There is shortage of personal protective equipment — or PPE — products in the state, including gloves, masks and gowns. The Governor is asking all PPE product providers to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used.

Help New York State By Manufacturing Products
The Governor is encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture personal protective equipment products. 
The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel.
Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture products should send us an email .

Donations of Goods, Services and Space
In times of need, New Yorkers are there to help. Donations of essential goods, services and spaces are being accepted to support New York’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Your Money:

Videoconferencing Tools:



Important Phone Numbers:

Erie County COVID-19 Hotline- (716) 858-2929 , Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm
Crisis Services- (716) 834-3131
Need/Offer Childcare-
 Amherst Chamber of Commerce | (P) 716.632.6905 | (F) 716.632.0548 |