Unemployment Insurance Support
Weds, June 17 | Noon - 1 p.m.

Jackie Mouillesseaux , Interim Director of the Tompkins Workforce New York will provide an overview of Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance under the CARES Act.

Topics will include:
  • UI/PUA - How to apply
  • UI Help (FAQs and Tips) for employees and employers
  • Moving Forward - Using these programs as tools to support your recovery

The format of the webinar will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
De-Escalation Techniques for Businesses: Dealing with Noncompliant Patrons
Thurs, June 18th | 9 - 10 a.m.

Are you and your employees wondering how to manage customers who are non-compliant with NYS and TC Public Health requirements for mask wearing, social distancing, and Covid symptoms?

Mike Ellis and the team at Family & Children's Service are experienced trainers with de-escalation techniques and tools for frontline workers. Thanks to co-hosts Downtown Ithaca Alliance , City of Ithaca.

The format of the webinar will be a 30 minute presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A.
Shared Work Program Support
Weds, June 24 | Noon - 1 p.m.

Mary McLaughlin , Workforce Development Specialist with Tompkins Workforce NY, will provide an overview of the Shared Work Program and provide participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Learn more about:
  • Shared Work - How to apply
  • FAQs and Tips
  • Moving Forward - Services available through TWNFY including workshops, online trainings, Tompkins ReDirect and NYS DOL job sites.

The format of the webinar will be a 45 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
Did you miss one of our recent L.E.A.R.N. Business Impacts webinars?

You can watch them all right on our website.
Networking @ Noon: Marketing & Media Industry Insights
Thurs, June 18th | Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, June 18th to explore industry insights in the Marketing & Media sector. Our panelists will share insights and advice for businesses and nonprofits in dealing with both internal and external stakeholders, as well as community messaging and responses to public health and economic crises.

Our panelists will include: Adrianne Torea and Maddie Ulrich from Communique Design & Marketing; Todd Mallinson from Vizella Media; and Dominick Recckio from Tompkins County.

Questions are welcome! Please email David Walton with advance questions.
Binghamton SBDC Team Offers Lunch & Learn Today
Tuesday, June 16 | Noon

There still remain a lot of questions about the current turbulent times for small businesses. What are best practices for reopening? Can you clear up the confusion about the latest PPP rules? How do I create a safe work environment for my employees and customers?

The entire team of SBDC advisors will be available to address these questions and more. They will deal with specific issues, as well as discuss resources available: state, federal and those within our 12-county region. SBDC encourages you to submit your questions during the registration process. They will also take questions live.
**EIDL Applications Reopened June 15th**

SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on June 15 to qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

New York State Covid-19 Updates
25,000 Complaints Filed Over Violations
Concerned About Spikes in Other States, NYS Announces Punitive Action for those in Violation

Businesses, organizations, and local governments are expected to comply with and enforce all NYS guidelines with customers and employees. Those found in violation of the NYS guidelines may be fined, lose their liquor licenses, or undergo additional closures.

New York State has successfully controlled the Covid-19 pandemic in recent months, but as we reopen, we must remain cautious. Many businesses and organizations have not yet submitted their affirmation of the guidelines to NYS. Resources linked below will support your business in complying with these guidelines to help ensure positive public health outcomes as well as continue supporting a much needed economic recovery.
If Your Business is Open, You Should Follow Your Industry Guidelines and Submit an Affirmation to NYS - ASAP
Please visit the NY Forward website using the links below to find your industry sector guidelines if you are an Essential Business, Phase 1, Phase 2, or Phase 3.
Essential Businesses need to read and affirm the appropriate industry sector guidance.
 This applies to all retail and transaction based Essential Businesses - focus on complying and updating procedures ASAP. If you don't see a close industry sector match, review and follow the Retail Master Guidance.
New Liquor Authority Guidance for Outdoor Dining Expansion in Phase 2
Effective Thursday, June 4, 2020, all licensees in regions that entered Phase 2 of reopening and which have on-premises service privileges under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC Law) may resume outdoor, on-premises service.
Expansion on Outdoor Recreation Activities Allowed Under Essential Business Definition
The list of outdoor recreation activities allowed under the Essential Business Guidance has been expanded on the Empire State Development website.
New Childcare & Day Camp Guidelines Issued
New York State issued new guidelines for Childcare and Summer Day Camps. This guidance applies only to day child care and camp programs. It does not include overnight child care and camp programs, which are not authorized.
Sales Tax Deadline Pushed to June 22
New York State announced on Thursday that sales tax interest and penalty relief are being extended through June 22, 2020. The state previously provided relief through May 19 for returns due March 20.
Shared Work Program may be a Worthwhile Tool to Bring Your Team Back Gradually
If you are ready to reopen but cannot have 100% of your workforce report full time, are struggling to attract employees back after layoff, or are still experiencing reduced revenues - one program you might consider is Shared Work. Individuals on Shared Work receive Unemployment Benefits and the additional $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - while reducing payroll costs to employers.
Gatherings of Up to 25 Now Allowed in Phase 3 Regions
Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that gatherings of up to 25 are now allowed in all Phase 3 Regions, which includes Tompkins County. Those participating in these gatherings should continue to follow social distance, mask wearing, hand hygiene, and guidance to stay home when symptomatic.
Economic Development Partners Shared Resource Documents
Area economic development service providers including the Tompkins Chamber & Visit Ithaca have created a list of resources to support your reopening and recovery goals.

Please click below to review the resources, which are updated regularly.
Member Businesses with PPE, Supplies, and Services to Support Your Business or Organization's Reopening
Many of these members have additional items - visit their website or call
PPE, Hand Sanitizer & Supplies
Adminders PPE Store - Masks, gaiters, thermometers, sanitizer, sneeze guards, & much more
Cooper Electric - Masks, shields, thermometers, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, stickers & signage
Ecolectro - Local startup manufacturing hand sanitizer
Myer Farm Distillers - Locally made hand sanitizer in 12.7oz glass bottles
Safeguard - Masks, thermometers, sanitizer, gloves/booties, sneeze guards, custom logo items
Staples - Masks, face shields, signage, cleaning supplies, and more

Cleaning Services
Castle Cleaning Services - Regular CDC compliant cleaning; surface misting, carpet & fabric extraction
Servpro - V iral pathogen cleaning & disinfecting, air filtration equipment rental, and other emergency or regular cleaning services

Reopen/Safety Planning
All-Mode Communications - NYS compliant Covid-19 employee health reporting service
Moylan Safety Services - R eturn to operations” strategies, procedures, and training in compliance

Marketing & Outreach
Communique Design & Marketing - Offering support with consumer messaging and marketing strategies, creating branded signage packages, and more.
Flair Strategic Communications - Support with new online stores, sales tools, product photos, marketing & communicating to customers.

Have a product or service to add to this list? Contact Jennifer .
Download County Issued Signage
Communicate Expectations to Consumers Regarding Masks, Social Distancing, Hand Washing, and Symptoms
Request Masks & Sanitizer
You can still request masks and hand sanitizer from Tompkins County. Fill out the form at the link below to request these supplies for your business. Available while supplies last.
Uncommon Excerpts and Others: The Wendy Chronicles
Hangar Theatre Virtual Season
Saturday, June 20th | 7:30 p.m.

Scenes and excerpts from the life and work of Wasserstein, from  well-known comedies ( The Heidi Chronicles, Sister Rosensweig ) to insightful lesser-known essays. She was the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award! Tickets: click below or call 607.273.ARTS
Ithaca Ranked 19th of 30 Best American Cities to Live in After the Pandemic

Business Insider decided to find out which cities could be the best to live in after the coronavirus pandemic for those Americans seeking a new home and planning to continue remote work. To do this, they used nine economic, educational, and demographic metrics from government data sources and academic research that people might consider when moving, and that could help a metro area recover faster from the economic effects of the pandemic.

"Ithaca has the seventh-highest total spending per student in elementary and secondary public schools, where the school district in the metro area with the most students enrolled spends $21,220 per pupil. The metro area also has the sixth-largest share of residents with a bachelor's degree or higher, at 51.9%."
William Henry Miller Inn Hits One Year Anniversary Under New Ownership

Congratulations to Amy Fuhr of the William Henry Miller for her one year anniversary owning and operating this beautiful historic bed & breakfast in downtown Ithaca. We can’t wait to visit you again soon, Amy!


Tompkins County has a new resource for your job posting called " Workforce Redirect", intended to match job seekers with those employers that are currently hiring.

Contact Workforce Development Board Executive Director Natalie Branosky to have your business added to this page.
June Meeting Schedule

Board of Directors
Wednesday, June 24, 8 - 9:30 a.m.

Monday, July 13, Noon - 1 p.m.

All meetings require advance registration & will be virtual until further notice.
Register with Carly Hansen at chansen@tompkinschamber.org .
Have questions?
Our team is here to help.

Just call the Chamber at 607-273-7080, or email us at info@tompkinschamber.org . For specific need areas:

Ritza Francois, Membership Referrals & Support
Carly Hansen, Operations/ Account Assistance
Diane Hemly, Bookkeeper - AP/AR Questions
Ryan Shehu, COVID-19 Resource Provider
Jennifer Tavares, Economic Recovery/ Communications & PR
David Walton , Event & Program/Sponsor Inquiries

Note : our team is on reduced hours due to Covid-19 impacts. Please be patient if our response time is longer than usual.