Wednesday June 3, 2020
Hello Chamber Members and Partners,

Here are the latest updates and resources for businesses and employees during this uncertain time.

Send us any questions or updates you may have, we are here to help provide information, connect the dots and assure those in the North Country that we will get through this together.

Onward and Be Well!
with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Representatives

The  North Country Chamber of Commerce  and  SCORE  will be hosting a call on Friday, June 5th at 11:00am to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness application, policies, and procedures. Staff from the  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  will be on the call to provide the most up-to-date information available on the program and answer your questions.

  • Date: Friday, June 5th
  • Time: 11:00am

Questions will be accepted ahead of time, using the link below. Due to time constraints, questions will not be accepted during the webinar itself. 
LUNCH & LEARN: Returning to Work & Showing Up As The Inspirational Leader You Are 

Join the North Country Chamber of Commerce and guest speaker, Gabrielle Theresa, Holistic Life, Career, and Leadership Coach, for Information & Conversation. During this webinar, we will provide you with the resources and strategy to build your confidence and leadership skills through these times of change.

Topics to be Covered:
  • How to Inspire and Lead From The Front
  • Shifting Your Mindset and Team Strategy
  • Communication Best Practices

Date & Time:
  • Date: Thursday, June 4th
  • Time: NOON

We’ll have an opportunity for discussion during this session, so best experienced if you log in with both audio and video. Attendance is limited to 30 people, so register today!

Designed for managers and team leaders.
GOVERNOR: Summer Day Camps Can Open Beginning June 29th
Summer day camps can reopen on June 29, per an announcement yesterday by Governor Cuomo . Over-night camps are not included at this time.
In addition, the Governor issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses to open in regions cleared for Phase 1, which includes the North Country.

Further definitions and guidelines are not yet available but are expected soon from Empire State Development. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
PHASE 2 - Guidelines, Safety Plan Templates and Links Below
We know that several businesses are navigating the opening of Phase 2. Below are all the links and information each business needs to address upon opening. Please look under your business category for complete guidance.

If you have questions please visit the NY Forward website for more information.
NY Forward Loan Fund for Small Businesses
The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. 

The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. 

The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.  

Hundreds Line Up To Get Free Dairy and Produce In Plattsburgh
In a scene that has played out around the country during the pandemic, hundreds of people took advantage of a drive-through food giveaway in Plattsburgh on Sunday morning.

Fifteen hundred boxes of produce and another 1,500 filled with dairy products and 4,500 gallons of milk were loaded into cars, trucks and vans that slowly made their way through the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House parking lot.

The drive-through pickup of dairy and produce is thanks to a USDA Farmers to Families Food Program grant awarded to Glazier's Food and Beverage Distributors.

The drive-through pickup of dairy and produce is thanks to a USDA Farmers to Families Food Program grant awarded to Glazier's Food and Beverage Distributors. Owner Shawn Glazier says because they distribute food as a business they can fulfill the direct truck-to-trunk grant goal. “Basically I’m facilitating the program, the USDA program. So I’m coordinating with the farmers and the suppliers and I’m working with non-profits, great people like the JCEO but there’s also the United Way and some other people, and it allows me to basically purchase the product, come up with a program with a non-profit, give to a food bank or a non-profit and then let them disseminate it out how they choose. We worked with JCEO and we figured that this was the biggest way to make an impact.”
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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