Thursday March 25, 2021
State Budget Bills Contain Major Small Business Funding
As we near a new 2021-22 State Budget, both the Assembly and Senate have recently passed their own versions of a budget and both include substantial funding for what would be a new SMALL BUSINESS REOPENING AND RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM. 

The North Country Chamber and its partners in Upstate United met with key legislative leaders last week on this pending program and other key issues such as broadband, a pending middle class tax cut, extension of the Nourish NY Program which is assisting upstate farms, and concerns about the impact of proposed new mandates of various kinds. Among key leaders we met with were Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal People-Stokes, Assembly Small Business Chair Al Stirpe, Senate Transportation Chair Tim Kennedy and Assembly Transportation Chair Bill Magnarelli among others.

We are monitoring the proposed Small Business Grant Program and will provide information and guidance as soon as it is available after upcoming approval.
AEDC Pandemic Recovery Working Capital Loan

AEDC is offering their second iteration of a small loan product for pandemic recovery working capital. They are offering grants of up to $10,000 and eligibilty and guidelines are below. They are also happy to help any businesses you know that need help in navigating the continued and new federal and state programs. 
SBA to Increase Lending Limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.

Businesses that receive a loan subject to the current limits do not need to submit a request for an increase at this time. SBA will reach out directly via email and provide more details about how businesses can request an increase closer to the April 6 implementation date. Any new loan applications and any loans in process when the new loan limits are implemented will automatically be considered for loans covering 24 months of economic injury up to a maximum of $500,000.

Questions about SBA COVID-19 EIDL and disaster loan payments can be emailed to or directed to SBA’s Customer Service Center at
Clinton County Health Department Has Vaccine Appointments Available TODAY!
The Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) has appointments available TODAY for eligible residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

A vaccination site is scheduled for (today) Thursday, March 25 in the gymnasium at Clinton Community College.

Register Below!
As Ontario Enters 3rd Wave of COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec Could Avoid it Completely
As Ontario enters a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, neighbouring Quebec may very well avoid one altogether thanks to its months-long curfew.

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year and the end of its second wave in Canada, many provinces are grappling with the growing possibility of a third wave as more contagious variants of the virus spread throughout the population.

But in Quebec, which was heavily criticized for its initial pandemic response last spring as the virus raced like wildfire through long-term care homes, daily new cases have plateaued around 700, with hospitalizations and deaths also largely unchanging from one day to the next.

Now, experts say there is a chance a third wave never materializes in la belle province, even despite the growing number of variant cases.

“We’re not completely safe from a third wave, but if we can convince Quebecers to continue to respect sanitary measures for another few weeks, we very well may avoid it. We’re in a race between the virus variants and vaccines,” says Marie-France Raynault, professor emeritus of public health at the Université de Montréal.

Though it hasn’t been proven scientifically yet, both Reynault and Benoît Barbeau, associate professor of biology at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), suspect Quebec’s stable numbers are due in large part to its stricter lockdown measures.
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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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