JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is holding a special meeting Monday afternoon to help local businesses learn more about resources available to them during the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
The meeting will take place from 3:30 to 4 p.m. via LogMeIn’s GoToMeeting platform. Local businesses can also dial into the meeting by calling 1 (408) 650-3123 using the access code 410-709-597.
Last week, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo mandated that all non-essential businesses decrease their internal workforce by 100% in an effort to help stop the spread of the virus.
Since then, the state has called on local businesses to help aid the virus fight in any way they can.
Cuomo called on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine, and PPE product providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state’s response.
A statewide disaster declaration has been approved which allows eligible small businesses to apply for Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Businesses can get free assistance to prepare EIDL applications online.
The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency has also established an Emergency Working Capital Loan Program.
There are also a variety of resources emerging that could be useful to local business’s employees. Various questions have been posed regarding how to help employees apply for unemployment insurance as well as questions regarding shared work. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has setup a special webpage to answer those questions.