Thursday May 28, 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!
Official word is expected today that PHASE TWO re-openings will be allowed to begin in the North Country. We are awaiting official word from the Governor's Office and more details which we will circulate further once confirmed.

REMEMBER: If you are a business confirmed to open in Phase 2, you must attest to understanding and agreeing to safety guidelines on the NY Forward Website and have a Safety Plan in place BEFORE re-opening.

JUNE 4th - 10AM
The  North Country Chamber of Commerce  is hosting a conversation with the Deputy Consul General of the Canadian Consulate General in New York.

Hear an update on U.S.-Canadian relations and our U.S.-Canadian economic partnership, Canada's response to COVID-19 and cross border cooperation, the status of our shared border and a shared path to economic recovery.

  • Date: Thursday, June 4th
  • Time: 10am

Register and submit your questions today by clicking the button below!
U.S. DOL Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a  webpage  with coronavirus-related guidance for construction employers and workers. The guidance includes recommended actions to reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

The webpage includes information regarding:
  • Using physical barriers, such as walls, closed doors, or plastic sheeting, to separate workers from individuals experiencing signs or symptoms consistent with the coronavirus
  • Keeping in-person meetings (including toolbox talks and safety meetings) as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and using social distancing practices
  • Screening calls when scheduling indoor construction work to assess potential exposures and circumstances in the work environment before worker entry
  • Requesting that shared spaces in home environments where construction activities are being performed, or other construction areas in occupied buildings, have good air flow
  • Staggering work schedules, such as alternating workdays or extra shifts, to reduce the total number of employees on a job site at any given time and to ensure physical distancing

Visit OSHA’s  coronavirus webpage  frequently for updates. For further information about the coronavirus, please visit the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
ROOST and Partners Launch #LOVEYOURADK Website
As millions of people visit the public lands inside the Adirondacks, you could say the mountains are being loved to death.

While it may be a good problem to have, we feel it is important to share the message and values of Leave No Trace and sustainable recreation in the Adirondack Park.

After the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics hosted a Hot Spot in the Eastern High Peaks, a group of people came together from across the Adirondacks to provide a digital place where people could get proper information about Leave No Trace, the Adirondacks, and pledge to love this wonderful place a little better.

Adirondack Buyer Days Goes Online
For the first time in its 34 years, the Adirondack Buyer Days artisan tradeshow is available online. 

With the cancellation of the in-person event due to the cornovavirus, ANCA is offering a new opportunity to support participating small businesses.

The online catalog, which features 77 makers from around the North Country, is open to the public as well as retailers.
Winners Chosen for the Governor's "Wear a Mask New York" Ad Contest
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the winners of the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest. The winners were:
  • "We Heart New York" created by Bunny Lake Films
  • "You Can Still Smile" by Natalia Bougadellis and Emory Parker

Both winning videos will run as public service announcements and can be viewed  here .
WEBINAR: Re-Opening Your Nonprofit After COVID-19
Martha Spear and Jacqueline Kelleher, on behalf of the Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network, will lead a webinar for Nonprofits about strategies and tools for re-opening your nonprofit workplace after months of working remotely. 

  • Date: Friday May 29th
  • Time: 2-3pm

This Webinar is free to attend.
To help the North Country reopen safely and meet the state and local mandates, The 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.
Have Questions? We're here to help!

North Country Chamber of Commerce