Thursday April 16, 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!
GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING ALL PEOPLE TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS IN PUBLIC
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issue an Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The Executive Order goes into effect on Friday, April 17th.

Click here to read the executive order.

Yesterday's press release also discussed Antibody Testing, an update on SUNY schools producing face shields and more updates.
A webinar, "Customs and Borders for Canadian Businesses: Getting your Trucks Across the Border During COVID-19," served as a reminder that the border is open for business and what your business needs to know to continue conducting business between QC-NY.
 
The webinar took place April 8th and featured panelist​s Garry Douglas, President/CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Jerrod Nutt, Customs Brokerage Manager of AN Deringer, ​and was moderated by Dina Mansour, Advisor of International Market Development of the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain.
LOCAL & REGIONAL COVID-19 LOAN FUNDS
Local alternative lenders and IDA's have created new loan funds to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus.

Click here for the details, look under the heading "Local and Regional Loan funds created to help Small Businesses".

Thank you to all of these organizations for quickly putting together these assistance programs for our small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
THE ANNUAL DAY OF CARING HAS GONE VIRTUAL AND IS NOW A WEEK OF CARING!
Everyday from April 20th to April 25th, The United Way of the Adirondack Region , Project HELP at SUNY Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau are encouraging the public to complete that day's volunteer opportunity.⁠
These opportunities include:⁠⁠
  • Showing gratitude to those frontline workers with signs, thank you notes, videos and other creative ways of saying THANK YOU
  • Calling people that may need you kindness
  • Donate or make PPE
  • Complete the census
  • Donate needed funds.
  • Be a role model and inspire other acts of kindness by using #UWADKWeekofCaring!⁠
For the full schedule, visit https://bit.ly/2UlghTv!
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: SENIOR PLANET
Senior of Planet of the North Country  is offering their technology classes virtually
Visit their  event page  for a list of classes currently being offering.

If you have any questions, leave a message for Senior Planet at (518) 284-0950 and they will return your call.
DONATE NOW: FEED OUR FRONTLINE
Hospital staff is 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 hospitals.

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,  northcountrychamber.com  will hopefully make things a bit easier for you during this challenging time.
QUICK LINKS:




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

North Country Chamber of Commerce
518.563.1000