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Posted on: April 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Small Business Resources

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COVID-19 Small Business Resources 

Please Note: NY State remains on PAUSE through May 15th. All non-essential workers must continue to work from home. Everyone is required to wear a face covering & maintain a 6 ft. distance from others in public. Schools are closed through end of academic year.

Governor Cuomo has released his NY Forward Re-Opening Plan. The Plan contains important information about the metrics that will be used to determine when different regions of the state can re-open and details a phased re-opening process. The plan can be accessed here:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020.  This and subsequent relief packages are meant to keep businesses and individuals afloat during this unprecedented freeze on the majority of American life. For more information about the CARES Act, please click on these resources:

New:  The U.S. Treasury Department has released new clarifying guidance in an updated in an updated version of its Frequently Asked Questions for the Coronavirus Relief Fund established by the CARES Act.
Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act


Funding Options

In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Paycheck Protection Program

This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program.
** If a business applied with a lender before the first round of funds ran out and have not heard back, their application still stands and the business does not need to reapply. 

Learn more

Please Note:
** If you need technical assistance reviewing the SBA loan application for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, please email Judy Mezey, Deputy Planning Commissioner, City of White Plains, at **

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EIDL Loan Advance

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

Learn more

Please Note:
** If you need technical assistance reviewing the SBA loan application for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, please email Judy Mezey, Deputy Planning Commissioner, City of White Plains, at **

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SBA Express Bridge Loans

Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.

Learn more
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SBA Debt Relief

The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more

Westchester County is working with Volunteer New York! to connect small business owners with trained volunteers who can provide technical assistance in filling out SBA loan applications. For more information click this link: 

Community Capital New York is offering Emergency Express Loans for small businesses in the Hudson Valley. For more information click on this link: 

People Plus Work Connect is an analytics-based platform developed by Accenture that facilitates connections between businesses that are laying people off and businesses that are hiring. Here’s the website:

The Small Business Recovery Fund has completed its first round of assistance but will start a new round soon

Through the Boost with Facebook Program, Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and advertising credits to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. To be eligible, for-profit small businesses must have between 2-50 employees and been in business for over a year, with eligible expenses including payment for employees, rent costs and other operating costs. The deadline is May 5th, 2020.  Learn more and apply:

The CARES Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Click here for Unemployment Insurance resources.

The White Plains Business Improvement District has announced the establishment of its COVID-19 Assistance Program (BIDCAP) to support businesses within the downtown business improvement district. The BIDCAP program is a multi-faceted initiative that supplements existing Federal, State and City efforts to support its member businesses. Read the full press release.

Under BIDCAP, the White Plains BID will:

• Partner with Caring for COVID to raise funds and make food purchases at downtown restaurants to coordinate delivery to first responders. Additionally, the White Plains BID will match up to $100,000 of all donations invested back into small businesses within the White Plains downtown BID. BID food establishments: If you would like to participate and receive a matching contribution, contact

• Subsidize gift card purchases at participating downtown businesses, which will allow consumers to buy gift cards at half price. A customer can purchase a gift certificate up to $200 at half cost at participating BID businesses and the WPBID will underwrite the balance for the business. Download the enrollment form.

• Provide up to 100 hours of free parking validation codes through the ParkWhitePlains App to participating BID businesses for their customers. This initiative is being done to make it easier for people to come downtown as emergency order regulations are lifted. Download the enrollment form.

• Market downtown White Plains businesses and encourage support of the local business community.

• Distribute face masks to BID businesses. Priority will be given to essential employers open currently. Contact


Novel Coronavirus FAQ for Businesses from Empire State Development (ESD)
Submit Your COVID-19 Related Business Questions to ESD
Guidance for Businesses from ESD on Essential Businesses and Entities
Requiring Face Coverings for Public and Private Employees
Protocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection

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