Tuesday March 9, 2021
SBA Releases Additional Information on Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Program and More Changes May Be Coming Soon
On March 5th, the U.S. Small Business Administration released additional information on the SVOG program. While the program has not yet begun accepting applications, the information released last week can help interested parties determine if they are eligible and help them begin collecting the documentation they will need when applying.
The new information includes:

While reviewing this new information, it is important to keep in mind that more changes to the SVOG may be coming soon. While it has not yet been passed by the House or signed into law, the third stimulus bill which was recently passed by the Senate seeks to expand eligibility for the SVOG program by removing the restriction that eligible entities have not previously applied for/used a PPP loan.
Please know that the North Country Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring the SVOG program. As additional changes are made, and once the program begins accepting applications, we will distribute this information expeditiously via our Today’s Dose e-newsletter, website, and social media pages. We will also work with the SBA to arrange for additional informational webinars.  
More than 5.5M Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Have Been Administered
More than 5.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to date. 1,056,422 doses of the vaccine were administered this week. The Governor also announced that 175,321 doses were administered in the last 24 hours. More than 18 percent of New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose and more than 9 percent are fully vaccinated. As of 11AM today, New York providers have administered 86 percent of first doses so far delivered. The Week 12 allocation from the federal government will finish being delivered to providers for administration today.  
Approximately 10 million New Yorkers are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. New York's vast distribution network and large population of eligible individuals still far exceed the supply coming from the federal government. Due to limited supply, New Yorkers are encouraged to remain patient and are advised not to show up at vaccination sites without an appointment.  
The 'Am I Eligible' screening tool has been updated for individuals with comorbidities and underlying conditions with new appointments released on a rolling basis over the next weeks. New Yorkers can use the following to show they are eligible:  
  • Doctor's letter, or
  • Medical information evidencing comorbidity, or
  • Signed certification 
Vaccination program numbers below are for doses distributed and delivered to New York for the state's vaccination program, and do not include those reserved for the federal government's Long Term Care Facility program. A breakdown of the data based on numbers reported to New York State as of 11AM today is as follows. Beginning week 9, allocation totals are inclusive of some excess vaccine doses that have been reallocated from the federal Long Term Care Facility program. The allocation totals below include 100 percent of the week 12 allocation which will finish being distributed to New York provider sites today. The week 12 allocation figures now include deliveries for the New York State-FEMA mass vaccination sites and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership.
First Doses Received - 4,227,090
First Doses Administered - 3,650,948
Total Doses Received - 6,541,110
Total Doses Administered - 5,517,582
YOUR VOICE NEEDED: NYS Business Workforce Survey
The New York State Department of Labor and The Business Council of New York State are partnering to conduct a statewide business workforce survey.
Their goals are to understand the current and anticipated future needs of the business community, specifically as they relate to hiring needs, skills gaps and training and to better outline where and how to position resources related to training and hiring programs and initiatives.

Please complete the survey below before March 19th.
Looking for a Vaccine Appointment?
If you are looking for a Vaccine Appointment we have a roundup of places and resources to use.

For people 65+
If you are over 65+ you can make an appointment at area pharmacies to receive the vaccine, here is a quick group of links to check out for vaccine appointments, many have appointments available.

For assistance registering for a vaccine, seniors can contact their local offices for the aging:
  • Clinton County - 518.565.4620
  • Essex County – 518.873.3695
  • Franklin County – 518.481.1526

State Vaccination Sites
If you are in 1a &1b categories of have any of the identified comorbidities you can make your appointment at any of the state ran vaccination sites, click here for details.
Adirondack Buyer Days is Going Virtual
Adirondack Buyer Days will look a little different as we will be using a virtual platform, BoothCentral. We are looking forward connecting makers and buyers in a safe manner. Our virtual show will be held over two days, April 20-21 from 9 am - 5 pm. 

This is a nonprofit, juried trade show featuring the best handmade gifts from Northern New York state and surrounding areas. Wholesale only. Not open to the public.

Makers: To be considered for a virtual booth, apply here.
Returning Vendors exempt from application -- reply to this email for registration.

Buyers: To attend virtually as a buyer, register here.
Open to buyers holding a resale certificate.
LayerEight Continues an 118-year History with The Faces You Know! 
Continuing more than a century of quality products and service to its customers, Champlain Technology Group, parent company of LayerEight, is now offering solutions to everyday IT challenges.

LayerEight, formerly operating as PrimeLink Managed Services, is proud to reintroduce itself to the business community. LayerEight understands that not every business can afford its own IT Department and that’s why they look to form partnerships with their clients to meet their short and long-term IT goals. 

The team at LayerEight includes majority owner Trent Trahan, along with:
  • Greg MacConnell, CFO and General Manager
  • Vicki Marking, Sales and Marketing Director
  • Denise Calkins Ryder, Business Development Director
  • Bryan Brayton, Director of Managed Services
  • Steve MacNerland, Director of Network Operations
  • Mike Southwick, Outside Plant Director

Take a deeper look at LayerEight in this month’s Strictly Business, and then give these faces you know a call (518.324.LYR8) to talk about your IT needs.
**This is paid content sponsored by LayerEight**
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The North Country Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of resources to navigate state and local requirements. Check out the home page for details. There is also a series of webinars available for businesses to help educate and provide answers to common questions.
Today's Dose is Generously Supported By:
  • NYS Vaccination Updates: Official Site for making an appointment to get the COVID-19 Vaccine.
  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.
  • NYS Travel Advisory: Stay up to date on the latest NYS Travel Advisory Updates.
  • Looking for Supplies: If your business is looking for hard to find protective products, we have created a list of businesses offering hand sanitizer, gloves, wipes, masks and other items.
  • SCORE: Small business owners are resilient and can power through this challenging time, with SCORE by their side.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

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