Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Gov Cuomo Announces Winter Plan to Combat COVID-19 Surge in NYS
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York's plan for combating COVID-19 this winter. Over the past week, Governor Cuomo and the state's COVID Task Force has worked in consultation with global public health experts, local governments and other stakeholders to ensure that the plan builds off the lessons learned during the past nine months to anticipate and prepare for an expected increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations over the Holiday season.
Specifically, the winter plan consists of five targeted strategies focused on mitigating the spread of the virus and bolstering New York State hospital preparedness including:
  • Continue and Strengthen New York's Targeted Micro-Cluster Strategy while Managing Hospital Capacity to Enhance and Equalize Care;
  • Increase and Balance Testing Resources and Availability;
  • Keep Schools Open Safely;
  • Prevent Viral Spread from Small Gatherings; and
  • Operationalize an Equitable and Safe Vaccination Program

"While the holiday season often brings joy to many, the increase in social activity and mobility will also bring an increase of viral transmission. We understand the cause and effect, and the effect is dramatic," Governor Cuomo said. "We must adapt to this reality and have a plan in place that specifically addresses the challenges that come with it. We've been through the worst, and while we're not done yet, we are moving forward with the lessons we learned in the spring to come through this together."
  • Strategy 1: Continue and Strengthen New York's Targeted Micro-Cluster Strategy while Managing Hospital Capacity to Enhance and Equalize Care
  • Strategy 2: Increase and Balance Testing Resources and Availability
  • Strategy 3: Keep Schools Open Safely
  • Strategy 4: Prevent Viral Spread from Small Gatherings
  • Strategy 5: Operationalize an Equitable and Safe Vaccination Program
Area Unemployment Remains Significantly Lower than State
The New York State Labor Dept. recently released unemployment numbers for the month of October. Statewide, unemployment stood at 9.2% compared with 3.7% a year earlier.

Our area counties continue to fare significantly better than the state at large, with Clinton at 5.4%, Essex at 5.3%, Franklin at 5.4%, Hamilton at 4.4% and Warren at 5.7%. Comparative rates one year earlier are between 3.8% and 4.1%.
How to Launch your e-Commerce and Start your Online Business During Covid-19
Do you operate a brick and mortar business? Are you considering adopting eCommerce? Have your sales been negatively impacted by the COVID19 pandemic?

The skills required to effectively create & operate a seamless shopping experience for your customers will test your aptitude as a business owner in a variety of different subject fields.

Whether your business has a couple of products, a comprehensive catalog of thousands of SKUs, or anywhere in-between: the answer to increasing your sales long-term is likely an effective eCommerce platform and thought-out customer acquisition campaign.

There are many companies that offer eCommerce solutions so where do you begin?

  • Date: December 9th
  • Time: 3pm
National Congress of American Indians announces $1 million grant from Google.org
The National Congress of American Indians is proud to announce, with support from Google.org, the Small Business Stabilization Grant program – a $1 million investment in Indian Country. This new funding is an expansion of a $250k NCAI small business support program, also funded by Google.org. 
Gaps in Broadband Coverage Complicate At-Home Education
As more school districts across the North Country cancel in-person classes and switch to online distance learning, due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, many families living in more rural areas of the Adirondacks are facing major hurdles as they try to learn remotely at home during the pandemic.
Town of Plattsburgh Holiday Lighting Contest
Do you live in the Town of Plattsburgh and have an amazing lighting display each year that you want to show off!? Join the 2020 Holiday Lighting Contest by November 30th and have your display judged in one or more of the following categories:

  • Most Lights
  • TOP Council Pick
  • Best Storytelling Scene
  • Most Festive Business

Learn more and get signed up today OR simply enjoy the festivities and participate in the online voting December 11-18!
  • 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.
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.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce