LISC National
Covid-19 Resources

Neighborhood Business Resources

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.

Reopening Buffalo    I    Using Outdoor Spaces   I   CARES Act    I    NYS Guidance   I   Emergency Relief Grants   I    Local Loan Pools   I    For Business Districts   I    For Employers   I    Reopening Main Street   I   Facebook Support Groups

Reopening Buffalo

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.

Business Registration Form - Get on the Reopen Buffalo Business Directory, A full interactive business listing, organized by the City of Buffalo

WNY Black Owned Business Guide - Compiled by Step Out Buffalo

Google Spreadsheet of Black Owned Business - DM @dimaismadduh on Twitter to be added to this list

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

Rethinking Streets - Using streets as a tool for pandemic response and recovery

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)

PPP Application Form

PPP Initial Terms

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.

PPP Frequently Asked Questions

Beware of PPP Scams

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

SBA Disaster Loan Application

New York State Guidance

NYS Deemed Essential Businesses

ESD FAQ Covid for Business

NYS Dept of Health on Corona

NYS Unemployment Assistance

Know Your Rights - Know your rights when it comes to Covid Testing, Insurance, Unemployment, Mortgage/Rent, Utilities, Price Gouging

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.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

The Red Backpack Fund - 1,000 grants of $5,000 for female entrepreneurs

James Beard Food & Bev Relief Fund - Financial assistance to small, independent restaurants

Small Business Covid-19 Loans

New York Forward Loan Fund - Working capital for small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords that did not receive a loan from the SBA (PPP/EIDL) for Covid-19. 

ECIDA Covid-19 Disaster Relief Business LoanRequires 5 FTE and in business for 2 years with a 2.5% fixed interest rate.

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

Retailer Tools

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

E-Commerce Support

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)

Overview of Popular E-Commerce Platforms

Marketing during Covid

Locable Blog on Marketing Small Business/Communities during Covid-19

Special Training Report on Covid-19 for Retail Business

Business Operations & Business Insurance

Next Street Continuity & Restore Toolkit

Perkins Coie Coronavirus Guidance for Businesses

Tonkon Torp Guidance on Business Interruption Insurance

For Employers

Advice from Law Firms

Underberg & Kessler on Paid Sick Leave 

Employment Law Considerations in the Workplace 

Stoel Rives Coronavirus Resource Center

Guidance for Employers Responding to Covid-19

Returning to Work

Considerations for Employers

Furlough Work Recall- Template Included!

Reopening Main Street

Reopening Main Street - Business & district reopening strategies & ideas

NY Business Reopening Safety Plan Template

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