Wednesday June 24, 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!
Ahead of the anticipated greenlight of Phase Four in the North Country, the State has posted Guidelines for the following initial categories under Phase Four:

  • LOW-RISK OUTDOOR ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Including outdoor zoos, botanical gardens, and other related low-risk arts and entertainment businesses and organizations.
  • Guidelines
  • Affirmation
  • Safety Plan Template

  • LOW-RISK INDOOR ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Including museums, historical sites, aquariums, and other low-risk indoor arts and entertainment businesses and organizations.
  • Guidelines
  • Affirmation
  • Safety Plan Template

  • MEDIA PRODUCTION: Media Production Activities including activities undertaken in motion picture, music, television and streaming productions on set, on location, or at any production or recording site.
  • Guidelines
  • Affirmation
  • Safety Plan Template

If you are unsure if your operation fits one of these categories, use your NAICS code in the LOOKUP TOOL for an immediate answer.

Openings are subject to the official start of Phase Four in our region and all qualified businesses and organizations are required to affirm the relevant Guidelines and to create and have available a Safety Plan using the provided template.

We will share further word on Phase Four, and any and all further category announcements and guidelines, as they become available. 
Updated Guidelines for Sports & Recreation (Low Risk Youth Sports)
New York State issued updated guidance for Sports and Recreation. These guidelines are posted on the  Forward NY website.
An Open Conversation: Racial Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Business
As a member of the National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity, the  North Country Chamber of Commerce   is pleased to invite you and other business representatives in the region to this upcoming conversation organized by our partners at the  Business Council of N.Y.S.

"   An Open Conversation:   Racial Inclusion, Diversity and Equality in Business” is an important and necessary forum on racial equality within business. A panel with diverse experiences and viewpoints will lend expert analysis and advice on the struggles of black business owners as well as examine how all business leaders can diversify their workplace at all levels, and ensure that employees maintain an inclusive business environment that respects all employees, customers and clients.

  • Date: Thursday, June 25
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

It is FREE and open to all businesses. 
Panelists include:

  • Dr. Hazel Dukes | President, NAACP New York State Conference
  • Garry Johnson | Economic Development Chair, NAACP New York State Conference
  • Helen Brooks | Senior State and Local Government Affairs Representative, FedEx Corporation
  • Michael J. Garner | President, One Hundred Black Men of New York
  • Michelle McCleary | Immediate Past President, National Black MBA Association – New York Chapter
Strand Center for the Arts' Summer Camps are Live!
Starting June 29th The Strand Center of the Arts will be offering summer camps.

They are following current NYS, CDC and DOH guidelines to keep everyone safe. These rules change weekly and sometimes daily and we are keeping on top of it so we can provide a safe fun filled summer for your children.
Classes Include:
  • Clay Camp
  • Pop Art Classes
  • Visual Journal
  • Melted Crayon Class
  • And More!

We are happy to see these classes being offered!
Member Spotlight: Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
We have received several questions about Akwesasne Mohawk Casino opening and what patrons should expect.

We were happy to see this message from, Emily Lauzon - Assistant General Manager answering several frequently asked questions.
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.

  • Forward NY: Official State Website for opening procedures and guidelines.

  • 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.

  • SCORE: Visit Scores Coronavirus page for webinars and useful articles for small businesses.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce