News on the Paycheck Protection Program and
Upcoming COVID-19 Business Webinars
A Message from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Dear SBA partners and friends;

SBA is committed to ensuring that small businesses continue to get the resources they need to get through this challenging time. We encourage all eligible borrowers that need the #PaycheckProtectionProgram assistance to work with an approved lender to apply. Money is still available.  Learn more here or contact the NCCC Small Business Development Center at (716) 210-2515 for assistance.
To stay ahead of the latest pandemic developments, join our complimentary virtual office hours – flash sessions where Harris Beach attorneys inform you of the latest COVID-19 impacts/status on particular critical business issues and field your questions, in an interactive, 30 minute audio/video conference. 
Attendees can submit questions in advance when registering for the following topics:

10:00 - 10:30 A.M.
Brendan Kelleher and Tracie Lopardi
Returning to work under COVID-19: workforce protections and safety protocols, employees who refuse to report to work, and the implications of enhanced unemployment benefits
1:00 - 1:30 P.M.
Melanie Marotto
Real estate transactions/agreements and COVID-19 

10:00 - 10:30 A.M.
Judy Cuzzacrea Wagner
Estate and Long Term Care Planning:  How Crucial Planning Continues in a Covid-19 World
1:00 - 1:30 P.M.
Rajat Shah
Corporate M&A – what new due diligence challenges have arisen due to

10:00 - 10:30 A.M.
Brian Mahoney
Contract disputes in the realm of COVID-19: what clauses are likely to be invoked when courts reopen and what can you be doing now?
1:00 - 1:30 P.M.
Pietra Zaffram
Opportunity Zone strategies during COVID-19: changes to important deadlines in the program and highlights of gain rules that may attract investors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with
our attorneys via audio/video conferencing.

If you’re interested in a specific topic but unavailable during that time, email
 Courtney Lusk at for alternate arrangements. 
Upcoming session: May 6, 2020

COVID-19  presents difficult times, maybe the most difficult in the life of your small business so far. However, with the support of your WBC entrepreneurial community you can get re-focused and re-energized for progress. This is how  #WEunite:

Every Wednesday Morning we will hold our popular Knowledge Exchange program with a twist. Since we are all struggling with todays "new normal" we will be adding focused brainstorming. The program will run 1 1/2 hours, it will be limited to 12 businesses each week with 7 minutes dedicated to each business.

Going "around the room" we will hear from you first on what question or challenge you would like us to focus on, then with the WBC resources and the other business owners on the meeting we will all try to support you with answers and ideas. You could be wondering which audio/visual is tried and true for working remotely; or my business was all in-person services, how can my business remain viable; or whatever else you are grappling with.

  • Registration is required but limited (please don't take a spot unless you can use it!)
  • Each Wednesday Morning event will be held through Zoom from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.
  • NO cost to participate.
  • A Zoom invitation will be sent to you after we receive your registration the day before the session at 2:00 pm.

Please check your SPAM Folder if you don't receive the Zoom invitation.

Stay engaged. Continue to look for emails from our office in the coming days and weeks updating you on what assistance is available as we work through this difficult time together. Our staff is working hard to compile a complete list of programs that are available. To learn more, be sure to visit our website and view the COVID-19 tab.

Niagara County Center for Economic Development
(716) 278-8750