Niagara County and Western New York Begin Phase Three of Reopening Today!
Today the Western New York region, which includes Niagara County, entered Phase Three of the NYS Reopening Plan. This includes businesses in the following industry sectors, all restaurants and food services, food trucks and other food concessions along with personal care including non-hair-related personal care businesses and services, such as tattoo and piercing facilities, appearance enhancement practitioners, massage therapy, spas, cosmetology, nail specialty, UV and non-UV tanning, or waxing.

In order to open, businesses need to have established a safety plan, which includes guidelines and safety protocols designed to protect their employees and customers. These guidelines need to be printed and displayed onsite. Businesses also have to self-certify their safely plan by filling out and submitting the NYS Business Affirmation Form. All of these documents are organized by reopening phase and industry sector and can be found here.

It is important to note that if you own a food service establishment and submitted the Business Affirmation Form for outdoor dining, you must resubmit a new form to self-certify that you have updated your safety plan to reflect indoor dining, and post that along with your complete safety plan at your business location.

Wondering when your business can open?

New York State has designed a lookup tool to assist businesses that want to know where they fit in the reopening plan. Use the NY Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool to learn more.
Niagara County Emergency Services still has face masks, hand sanitizer and goggles available to the business community on a first-come, first served basis.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity you will need to complete and submit this form to the Emergency Services office.  The form should be emailed to Someone from the office will contact you regarding pick-up arrangements.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program has Reopened!

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call the Niagara SBDC office at 716-210-2515 for assistance
Webinars and Training Assistance
Stay engaged to Keep Up to Date on the Latest Developments

Continue to look for emails from our office in the coming days and weeks updating you on the latest reopening news and what assistance is available to help you through this difficult time. Our staff is working hard to compile a complete list of guidelines, safety protocols and programs that are available. We will also share upcoming webinars and training that you can participate in to assist with your reopening. To learn more, be sure to visit our website and bookmark it. Once there, look for the COVID-19 tab.

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