This Page is not updated daily, please Visit NYS Move Forward site for the most current information and guidance HERE

The BDC understands that economic and business growth will be affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. As we navigate the programs that are available to help with the relief efforts, we will strive to keep you informed as these programs can be difficult to understand. Below are some resources that may be able to provide your organization direction and possible financial relief as we must do all we can and stay positive in these uncertain times. Our goal is to help organizations with the details of each program and act as a facilitator, as needed. Each program carries specific guidelines and to help you understand what is available.  Please use the resources below as a start to navigating your needs, both employers and employees. The BDC will continue to update this page if and when more programs become available, we recommend knowledge through research as this is not an all encompassing list of what is available at this time.



Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to re-open New York State. Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system. New York will re-open on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses re-open. The Finger Lakes Region is currently permitted to open essential and Phase 1, 2, 3, and 4 Businesses. Please click HERE

Most recently gym’s, cross fit, fitness centers and martial art studios have been allowed to re-open in compliance with the guidelines HERE

Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent
the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out THIS TEMPLATE to fulfill the requirement, or may develop
its own Safety Plan. This plan does not need to be submitted to a state agency for approval but must
be retained on the premises of the business and must made available to the New York State Department
of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection. Please attest with NYS that you have a safety plan in place when your allowed to open through the Governor’s phasing process.

Re-opening guidance and fact sheet issued by Genesee County Health Department HERE

New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.  The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income.  The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.   Please click HERE to learn more about the NYFLF.


Please join us on:

Thurs, May 28th 2020, 8am-9am

Join us for a Zoom Webinar with Paul Pettit (Public Health Director for Genesee County and Orleans County) and Jay Gsell (Genesee County Manager)

Together they will provide their expertise on the steps to re-opening the local economy. They will also answer questions from local businesses and organizations regarding Phase I and Phase II of Re-Opening.

Re-Opening Guidance 

Click Here To Register The Zoom Meeting on May 28th


Please click HERE for the basic information on how the program works. The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and
utilities. For more detailed information on the program, please click HERE.



Please Click HERE for more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.



As of March 25, small businesses can maintain operations with assistance of up to $25,000 in under a new Express Bridge Pilot Program. Download the Small Business Administration’s guide to the Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program, please click HERE.



Please click HERE for more information on the enhanced Unemployment Insurance. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and
Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27, 2020. The Act provides enhanced Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for New Yorkers.

For more information on the Federal CARES Act, please click HERE.

For the CARES Act in its entirety, please click HERE.

Senator Charles Schumer’s guide to Grants and Loans (Great Resource!), Please click HERE.



The US Department of Labor has issued guidance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. To see frequently asked questions regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, please click here.

New York State Department of Labor is encouraging businesses to use a Shared Work Program as an alternative to laying off employees by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, businesses are able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group. Please click HERE for more information.



Three new tax credits are available to many businesses hit by COVID-19. Learn more: click HERE 



The BDC will continue to provide competitive loans out of the Revolving Loan Fund. Please click HERE to be redirected the BDC’s loan guidelines and application page.



Please utilize all of the resources at your disposal to get through this difficult time. Genesee County Chamber of Commerce is an amazing resource for Genesee County Businesses and has done a wonderful job of creating a resources page for COVID-19. Please click HERE to visit their resources page as it is highly recommended.

Genesee County Economic Development Center has done a great job in creating a COVID-19 resources page to help. Please click HERE to access the GCEDC’s resources page.



Please be sure to follow our local, state and federal agencies as they offer guidance during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Genesee County Public Health Department – Click HERE

New York State Department of Health – Click HERE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Click HERE

Guidance on Executive Order 202.6 (Essential Business) – Click HERE