Issue Date: December 16, 2020
Available Financial Resources from NYS to Help Your Business
As New York State continually monitors and responds to developments related to COVID-19, Empire State Development is providing up-to-date guidance for the agency’s partners and other stakeholders impacted by the virus. This is a rapidly changing situation and ESD will be updating the resources to reflect the latest information available.

New York Forward Loan Fund
New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting 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 residential landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.

Community Capital of NY:
Small Business Lending
If your business has been impacted by COVID-19, the SBA offers grants, forgivable loans and other lending opportunities as part of the CARES Act. You can also apply for our Emergency Express Loan for up to $10,000 in bridge capital. Please note: we are linking to the source for the most up-to-date and current information. COVID-19 SBA lending is available through the CARES Act.

The deadline for applying for applying for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 21, 2020. Click Here for More Information.
For a list of additional grants and funding resources, Click Here.
Westchester County's Economic Development Office has created the Launch1000 program with a goal of enabling 1,000 Westchester residents to start a business or develop an income stream for themselves and their families. Launch1000 is an online, self-paced program teaching you to evaluate your idea, test it with potential customers, and see if it seems likely to succeed. More Info Here.
Post-Election Political Roundtable
What it means for NYS & Westchester
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Deputy County Executive Ken Jenkins, New York State Senator Shelley Mayer, and New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin joined WCA President & CEO Michael Romita for an insightful discussion on the implications of the election for our regional economy.
Member News & Announcements
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The front-line heroes of Empress EMS are spotlighted in this great News 4 video, sharing their "all in this together" experiences as they do everything they can, working together to respond to COVID-19 and to help the people of our region. Thank you to the team at Empress and to all of our first responders! Click Here to Watch Video
Phelps Hospital has been awarded Magnet Recognition® status, a distinguished designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that recognizes commitment to excellence in nursing and dedication to exemplary patient care. Currently, about 500 hospitals worldwide – or about 8 percent – have been granted Magnet® status.The 238-bed acute care hospital, a part of Northwell Health, is known for providing a high-quality patient experience for communities in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Read More Here.
Broadband Communities Magazine has announced that Bob Knight, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Harrison Edwards PR has been named a co-chair of the 2021 Broadband Communities Summit, to be held April 19-22 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, TX. Knight, who leads Harrison Edwards’ broadband practice, will provide strategic direction and help shape programming for this annual industry event that draws upwards of 1,000 attendees and sponsors from around the globe.
In keeping with its deep roots and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, New York Medical College has recently announced the appointment of Mill Etienne, M.D. '02, M.P.H. FAAN, FAES, associate dean of student affairs and associate professor of neurology and of medicine in the School of Medicine (SOM), to the college-wide position of vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. Read More Here.
OLA Consulting Engineers has recently announced the recent promotion of Christine DiSisto, P.E. from Senior Engineer to Associate. Ms. DiSisto has been with the firm for almost nine years in the Mechanical Engineering Services Group where she specializes in fire protection system design. Ms. DiSisto has extensive experience in all facets of fire protection engineering and is a dedicated, active member of several professional organizations. More Info Here.
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