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We are here to support the work that our vibrant business communities have been leading for decades. We bring business organizations together to learn from each other, build deeper partnerships, and knit a fabric of resilience and opportunity for our neighborhood businesses.
NY Forward Industry Guidance & Reopening - Guidelines on reopening and understanding the metrics that guide the process
NYS Reopening Guidelines - A checklist of mandatory vs. recommended best practices for employers and employees
Business Reopening Safety Plan - An online fillable template for the state-required reopening safety plan
City of Buffalo's "Reopen Buffalo" Page - Updates from the City, along with resources for patio extensions, open business listings, etc.
WNY Black Owned Business Guide - Compiled by Step Out Buffalo
Using Outdoor Spaces
Social Distancing Exterior Premise Use Application - Businesses can fill out this free application to extend their outdoor areas to accommodate customers in a social distance friendly manner
National CARES Act
CARES Act Eligibility - The most succinct guide we have found to navigating the CARES act, and finding which government sponsored programs you are eligible for.
The National CARES Act Guide for Freelancers - This guide breaks down the CARES act, addressing how to receive your stimulus check, providing simplified explanations to unemployment benefits, loan relief, and new loans available through the CARES act.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Video Summary of the Paycheck Protection Program - A two part video summary provided by a law instructor at UC Berkeley, for those who learn best through audio listening.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
New York State Guidance
Small Business Emergency Grants
Covid-19 Small Business Recovery Grant - A LISC grant, awarded by lottery. 1st and 2nd rounds are now closed. The third round will be released in mid May.
The Red Backpack Fund - 1,000 grants of $5,000 for female entrepreneurs
Small Business Covid-19 Loans
For Business Districts - Feel free to share these resources with the businesses you directly support
Commercial Corridor Resource Hub - A hub of guides, templates, case studies, and funding opportunities put together by the National LISC Economic Development team
Commercial District Recovery Guide - A guide put together by National LISC organizing steps for commercial district recovery
Dining at a Distance - A complete list of restaurant offerings & services during Covid
GiveBuffalo - Another list of restaurant offerings & services during Covid
StepOut Buffalo Community Update Board - Offering news of all kinds of businesses, including services that may be open during this time.
Covid-19 Impact Calculator - A well put together, and concise calculator to help businesses assess their financial standing and how covid-19 will affect them.
Steps for Local Retailers - Gives an outline of steps retailers can take through Covid-19
Consumer Credit Counseling Financial Check Ups - Offering free financial check ups through a Certified Financial Counselor; Call 716.712.2060 to speak with someone directly
Shopify Series Part 1: Getting Your Business Online - A 20 minute quick hit video on brand essentials, picking an e-commerce provider, payment gateway & shipping strategy
Shopify Series Part 2: Driving Online Traffic - A 20 minute quick hit video on marketing essentials, organic vs. paid marketing, main marketing tactics, and popular platforms & ad types
Shopify Series Part 3: Store Design Optimization - A 20 minute quick hit video on E-Commerce design principles, developing your brand identity and building your store
Woo Commerce Online Store Tutorial (for Wordpress)
Woo Commerce Online Video Tutorial (for Wordpress)
Squarespace E-Commerce Tutorial (for Squarespace)
Marketing during Covid
Business Operations & Business Insurance
Advice from Law Firms
Returning to Work
Reopening Main Street
Reopening Main Street - Business & district reopening strategies & ideas
Local Facebook Support Groups
Small Business Covid Support Facebook Group - Get real time updates & support from local community members
WNY Nonprofit Coalition Facebook Group - Get real time support from fellow WNY Nonprofits