Niagara County and Western New York Will Begin Phase Four of Reopening Tomorrow!
Today Governor Cuomo announced that the Western New York region, which includes Niagara County, has met the health metrics needed to begin Phase Four, and will be permitted to enter that phase tomorrow.

This will include businesses in the following industry sectors, Higher Education, Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment (outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, grounds of historic sites and cultural institutions, outdoor museums, outdoor agritourism, local agricultural demonstrations and exhibitions, and other similar institutions and activities), Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment (indoor museums, historical sites, aquariums, art galleries, and other related institutions and activities), and Media Productions encompassing all activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television, and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site.

Businesses will 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 will 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 .

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.
Together, we can keep each other safe

As we continue to progress through the re-opening phases and welcome visitors back to our destination, we are all taking the necessary precautions and making safety protocol changes to keep each other safe.
Unified in Safety is a shared commitment for our locals, the hospitality community and visitors to Niagara Falls USA to stay safe and healthy, while following recommended public health guidelines. This is a message that we want to be certain our visitors hear from us loud and clear.
With a variety of formats and versions to choose from, we encourage our Niagara Falls USA partners to prominently display the Unified in Safety commitment at your place of business, or on your website and social channels. Together, we can support the safety of our community and enhance confidence for all. Unified in Safety resources can be found on here .
Webinars and Training Assistance
Niagara SBDC Hosting "PPP Forgiveness Review"
Webinars on July 1st
Sanborn, NY – On Wednesday July 1st, the Niagara SBDC and speaker Shieke Sharpe, CPA, CFE, will present two live webinars covering the recent changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. These webinars will also include an overview of the revised Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness application and the new short form. Ms. Sharpe will review both forms, step by step, and help you determine which form is right for your business. There will be time for Q & A.
Ms. Sharpe has over 12 years experience in accounting and tax. She is a graduate of Canisius College with a Master's degree in Forensic Accounting. She worked at Ernst and Young before starting her own business Shieke Sharpe Consulting.
The webinars to be held live at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. are provided free of charge through a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email and in online meetings. For more information on the webinars or how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, visit  or  call
(716) 210-2515 .
Session #4
Learning Objectives: 
Webinars and streaming;
CRM, surveys & analytics;
E-commerce, payment & more
Most experts are saying that even once we "open up" our new normal will not be the same. The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything for businesses in just a few short weeks.
Many small businesses have already embraced digital technologies in order to bring their once offline businesses online. If you have not yet figured out how on your own, this series will get you there. This is a 6-session series starts right from the beginning and progresses to help you learn how to get your business running in our new virtual world.
Participation in earlier classes is not required to participate in this one. Registration is therefore required for every Thursday session.

There is NO cost to attend the sessions but seating is limited
(Please don't take a spot unless you can use it).
The sessions are held bi-weekly, every Thursday, via Zoom from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

A Zoom invitation will be sent to you after we receive your registration the day before each session at 2:00 pm. *
*Please check your SPAM Folder if you don't receive the Zoom invitation
*BONUS* We are offering follow-up individual coaching, if needed to the program participants, to help implement and advance your business right away. More details will be provided to the registrants by email after the session.
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