Friday April 10, 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!
We are getting many requests to help identify sources of basic items such as:
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • N95 Face Masks
  • Other Face Masks
  • Face Shields
  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • And More

Please share with us any information or leads you know of, either local sources or out of area sources, whether being donated or sold, and we will make these leads available to members needing such items. Please send information to Becky Drollette and we will do our best to connect those in need.
The  North Country Chamber of Commerce  hosted a conversation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, State Senator Betty Little, and Assemblyman Billy Jones yesterday. They updated the community on our current environment and what the Federal and State Governments are doing to address the situation. 

Did you miss it? No worries, you can listen here !
Health Insurance Information and Bill Payment
Many small businesses are completing applications for the PPP loans and are being asked to calculate payroll costs and expenses which would include health insurance benefits. The information required is for the last 12 months or for the previous calendar year.

Excellus BCBS and other health insurance companies are making this information available to you by contacting them directly or signing on to your group account through the company’s website. You can also contact your insurance broker who is able to assist you in accessing the information.
Having electronic access to your group account online is very important. Go to the insurance carrier’s website and request a username and password. At a time when your normal account processing and personnel may not be available, you will have access to needed information and online billing and payment options.  

Got questions? Lisa, our Director of Health Services , may be able to help!
DATE CHANGE - Webinar: Solutions for Mitigating the Impact on Global Supply Chains
Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted how companies operate in their global operations & supply chain responsibilities. In this 1 hour webinar participants will hear from a subject matter aspect on updated status of the Pandemic globally & global supply chains, logistical data on world freight markets & key trade lanes as well as plans to prepare.

That is why the The U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, has cordinated a webinar to discuss.

  • The most updated status on the Pandemic globally
  • Update on impact on global supply chains
  • Specific logistical data on world freight markets and key trade lanes
  • Short-term and immediate actions for companies to follow in their supply chain management responsibilities
  • Longer-term strategies for managing the impact of any form of trade disruptions
New Date: April 13
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Greer Cicarelli Photography
Jason Greer and wife, Vanessa Cicarelli, of Greer Cicarelli Photography started the Front Porch Project last week, using a long-focus lens to photograph about 25 area families on their front porches. To date they have raised over $1,500 for the CVPH Foundation .

"The photos were completely free," Greer said. "We were open for donations if anybody wanted to make one. We thought it would be a fun way to give back to the community."

Each session was a quick 10 minute shoot while maintaining social distancing. Some families had homemade signs thanking the area’s health care workers.

We at the North Country Chamber of Commerce, applaud Jason & Vanessa for their work and putting a smile on our faces.

Healthcare workers are working around the clock and risking their own health to care for our North Country residents.

Restaurants are struggling to stay open, and people want to know how they can help others get through this challenging time.

Feed Our Frontline  is an initiative that brings it all together.

All funds raised will be used to buy meals for our frontline at area healthcare establishments.

The  North Country Chamber of Commerce  wants to thank our incredible health care teams and provide residents and corporations with a way to show their support.

If you would like to help support the health care community and local restaurants,  DONATE TODAY.
The home page of the Chamber's website is now your go to resource for all things Coronavirus related. From information to help your business, health insurance, employee guidelines, restaurant offerings and CDC resources,  will hopefully make things a bit easier for you during this challenging time.

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

  • WebinarsDid 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.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce