Friday May 22, 2020
A Note from YOUR Chamber Team as We Release Our 50th Daily Dose Enewsletter!

Over the last few months YOUR Chamber team has worked tirelessly to provide our members and partners with the latest information, resources and guidance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Part of the communication strategy we have in place, is a daily enewsletter called the “Daily Dose”. 

Today, you are reading our 50 th enewsletter and we are incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished. But this is just the beginning, your Chamber team is committed to aiding your business and our region through this challenging time.

We thank you all for your continued trust and support. We look forward to opening the North Country back to the thriving economy it was mere months ago!

Onward! and Be Well!

Garry, Jody, Sue M, Kristy, Lisa, Sue P, Alyssa, Joel, Ashlie, Stacey, Becky and Lynn 
RETAIL: COVID-19 Training & Navigating a New Business Environment
MAY 26TH - 1:00PM

Due to Federal Workplace Safety requirements ALL companies must provide training to assure competency to their employees anytime there is a recognized hazard that is causing harm.

As the government allows businesses to resume operations following the COVID-19 shutdown there will be requirements within these businesses to assure compliance with these standards! 

This program will provide, information on the required safety plan, training and best practices specific to the retail industry.

Upon completion of the course participants will receive:
  • An Approved COVID-19 Response Plan
  • Training PowerPoint to Use for Future Instructions
  • Access to Training Documents
  • Tracking Forms
  • Ongoing Support as New Protocols are created via Catamount Consulting
  • Certificate of Attendance

State to Allow Gatherings of 10 or Fewer People for Memorial Day
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will allow gatherings of 10 or fewer to gather for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, citing the "important tradition" of honoring our country’s military heroes.

The exception was announced during his daily coronavirus briefing, signaling a temporary ease on guidelines banning nonessential gatherings.

The governor added that enforcing those rules will be at the discretion of local governments.

“This is important to many, many families all across this state,” the governor said. “It’s important to the veterans that they be recognized, and I think we can do that, and I think we can do it safely.”
Area Business Leaders & Government Officials Participated in a Quebec-NY Round Table
We were pleased to join with our partners at the FCCQ in hosting a strategic round table discussion involving both Chamber leaders, 12 Quebec and North Country business leaders, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, State Assemblyman Billy Jones and Quebec Delegate General Catherine Loubier.

The discussion provided valuable guidance for joint messaging and activities aimed at maximizing the Quebec-New York economic dynamic as a key part of restoring prosperity post-pandemic.
UVM Health Network Begins Rescheduling Non-Urgent and Elective Outpatient Procedures
In accordance with changing state guidelines, UVM Health Network hospitals and health care facilities are gradually welcoming back patients for non-urgent and elective procedures and appointments that do not require a hospital stay. While the details will look a little different, the common theme is that we are taking additional precautions across the health system to keep our patients and our staff safe.

Some of this work includes:
  • Social distancing
  • Staff screening
  • Face Coverings
  • Cleaning and sanitizing

As they take these precautions for in-person visits, they also will continue to see many patients via eHealth options like video visits whenever possible. COVID-19 has greatly accelerated their use of these tools, and they are here to stay. For some patients, it’s not only about safety: Video or telephone visits are a more convenient way to see their provider.

Regardless of how people prefer to receive care, They are urging all of their patients to not delay getting needed care. Patients should call their provider with any health questions or concerns.

More information about all of these precautions and care options available their website.
Sales Tax Deadline Pushed till June 22
New York State announced on Thursday that sales tax interest and penalty relief are being extended through June 22, 2020. The state previously provided relief through May 19 for returns due March 20.
Making a Connection When You, or a Friend, Need help
Citizen Advocates understands that this pandemic has led to a rise in mental health issues and instability. Because of this they have provided several blogs addressing this matter and resources available should you find yourself or someone you know in need.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, T he 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.
  • 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.

  • Now Hiring: Whether you are hiring or looking for work, we have a page dedicated to helping pair potential employees with employers.

  • Webinars: Did you miss one of our webinars, you can find them all here.

  • How to Help: If you are looking for a way to help the North Country, we have created an ever growing list of needs in our community. And if you are a non-profit, health care organization or a business helping those in need, email us with your needs, contact information and we will be happy to add you to our growing list.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
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