The Mohawk Valley SBDC is ready to assist your small business during this challenging time. Schedule an appointment with one of our business advisors or call us at (315) 731-5884.
3 Things to Know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (New)

1. Get the program details.
Get the program details such as eligibility, funding amount, allowable use of funds and more. If you haven’t already, sign up for RRF email updates.

2. How to prepare.
Currently, SBA is not accepting applications for RRF. However, you can prepare your application by reviewing the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. You will be able to apply through SBA-recognized Point of Sale Restaurant Partners or directly via SBA in a forthcoming online application portal. Registration with is not required. DUNS or CAGE identifiers are also not required.

3. When to apply.
The official application launch date will be announced shortly. Ahead of the application launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period for the RRF application portal and conduct extensive outreach and training on how to apply, application requirements and where to apply. Participants in this pilot will be randomly selected from existing PPP borrowers in priority groups for RRF and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public.

Following the pilot, the application portal will be opened to the public. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.
Update on the Targeted EIDL Advance (New)

Effective immediately, applicants can request a reevaluation of a Targeted EIDL Advance application that was declined. Applicants should follow these instructions when requesting a reevaluation:

  • Send an email to 
  • Use the subject line “Reevaluation Request for [insert your 10-digit application number]”
  • In the body of the email, include identifying information for the application such as application number, business name, business address, business owner name(s) and phone number
  • Important: Include an explanation and any documentation that addresses the reason for the decline, if available. SBA will contact applicants if additional documentation is required to complete the review.
UIDC Expands COVID-19 Loan Program (New)

As local businesses continue to deal with the uncertainty of a COVID-affected economy, while also trying to recover and become more resilient, the Utica Industrial Development Corporation (UIDC) has expanded its COVID-19 Relief Loan Program.

UIDC’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund can assist businesses with less than 25 employees in covering short-term working capital needs or capital expenses that aid in building business resilience to COVID and other potential disasters.
Employee to Entrepreneur
May 4; 10:00 - 11:30 AM

If you are considering self-employment, or if you find yourself at a career crossroads, this webinar is for you! Join this special session and learn:

  • Common traits of successful, happy, self-employed professionals 
  • Four viable pathways to own your own business (Start Up - Consulting - Buy a business - Franchise ownership)
  • Funding options 
  • Q&A session with a franchise representative and a franchisee

This webinar is presented by FranNet and hosted by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center.
QuickBooks Training
May 12 & June 2; 10:00-11:00 AM

The Mohawk Valley SBDC has partnered with (part of the Simon Sez IT family) to provide QuickBooks Desktop training. This hybrid program includes training videos from along with two virtual classroom sessions with QuickBooks experts from the Mohawk Valley SBDC.
Leads & Lattes
Apr 29; 8:45 - 10:00 AM

Meet like-minded professionals and make connections! Offered exclusively for Chamber Members, this unique networking opportunity offers participants the opportunity to share up to a four-minute pitch about their business or organization with their fellow participants all at once.
Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence Calls for Proposals

SPIR was established to strengthen New York State's small and mid-sized businesses by helping them apply technology solutions to make them more competitive. This is essential in today's rapidly changing and technology-dependent business environment.

Whether you are a small firm looking to upgrade or introduce new technology, a high- technology firm addressing the challenges of product development and testing, or a company seeking to improve operational excellence, SPIR can help you with these and many other tasks to make your business more competitive.
USDA Invests More Than $330 Million in Specialty Crops Grants, Incentives to Purchase Fruits and Vegetables, Help for Cotton Producers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the availability of more than $330 million to help agricultural producers and organizations in the food supply chain recover from the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding announced is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative launched in March, and includes $169.9 million for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), the availability of $75 million for Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program [GusNIP; formerly known as Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI)] grantees and approximately $80 million in payments to domestic users of upland and extra-long staple cotton.
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New York SBDC is a Partnership Program with the SBA, administered by the State University of New York. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
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