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COVID-19 Resources

UPDATE: June 23, 2020

PHASE 3 TODAY !
Reopening Your Business
Phase Three (addresses expanded service guidelines and requirements for this segment - even if you are already open this is very important information for you)
The State has released detailed guidelines for Phase 3. Click this Link
Please note that in addition to reading through the guidelines, you are expected to fill out and SUBMIT the affirmation that you have done so.
HELP FOR EMPLOYERS ON PROVIDING PPE FOR YOUR TEAMS! 
Last day to apply Friday, June 26
The State has mandated that all employers provide PPE to their employees. In an effort to alleviate some of the burden on small business owners, the County Executive will be working with the local Chambers of Commerce and BIDs to donate PPE. Here is a simple application that includes the parameters and specifics which is available through this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SmallBusinessPPEPrg.
Filling out the application does not guarantee that the County will be able to fulfill all requests but you are urges to apply for your business.
Announcing the Community Table Partnership Grants
Summer Hunger Program that will be working with restaurants.
Through the Community Table Partnership, Westchester County seeks to help local restaurants who have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic . The restaurant industry is not only a significant economic driver in their respective municipalities but is also a perfect institution to address hunger locally. This program looks to help improve the outcomes for the restaurant industry and employees while helping to feed the most vulnerable.
The grant application attached, is designed to help not for profit agencies to provide funds to local restaurants, while working alongside local governments to serve needy residents in their municipality.
Completed applications are due by July 8, 2020 via email and a hard copy should be sent and must be postmarked by that date as well.
Any questions regarding this application must be sent to my attention by July 1, 2020 and you will receive a response on or before July 6, 2020.
Recipients will be notified by July 22, 2020.

UPDATE: June 9, 2020

Cafe Realty entered Phase 2 of NY Forward on June 9th. Please note that is solely up to a seller to allow in person showings at an occupied home. A screening questionnaire is required for all sellers, buyers, tenants, and landlords.

SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE:  Cafe Realty COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire

Here are the guidelines:

In-person showings

  • May only be conducted in unoccupied (if there is an occupant, they must not be present) and vacant property.
  • Licensees must limit the number of individuals viewing the property. (2 people MAX)
  • Licensees should schedule all showings in advance, whenever possible.
  • Licensees and consumers must wear an appropriate face covering at all times.
  • Gloves and shoe coverings can also be required by the owner or broker.
  • Brokers must provide appropriate face coverings to licensees and consumers.
  • Licensees should not dispose of PPE at the property being shown.
  • Consumers should be instructed to only touch essential surfaces, such as the use of a handrail to go up or down stairs. Consumers should be instructed not to touch other areas or surfaces including cabinets, countertops, appliances etc.
  • Licensees are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails. As a best practice, licensees should disinfect every surface that was touched during a showing.
  • Showing times should be staggered so as not to have the next scheduled buyer/tenant waiting outside for the current showing to end.
  • As a best practice, only one party should be in the property at a time. If more than one party is inside the property at the same time, 6 feet of distance must be maintained at all times between individuals, and face coverings must be worn (face coverings are already mandatory).
  • Licensees and buyers/tenants are encouraged not to bring young children or extraneous guests to property showings, when possible, or leave attended children outside.
  • Licensees should screen each seller/buyer/landlord/tenant prior to a showing. (see screening questionnaire link above) Licensees should discuss the use of the screening questionnaire with the seller/landlord and whether the seller/landlord requires potential buyers/tenants to answer the questions before being permitted access to the property. NYSAR strongly recommends that such screening be done remotely (phone, email etc.).  The following questions must be asked as part of the screening process:
    • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19,
    • tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or
    • has experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
    • Require seller/lessor to disclose if they become symptomatic and/or they test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the last visit to their property.
    • Require buyer/lessee to disclose if they become symptomatic and/or they test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the last visit to a property.

Open Houses (OPTIONAL)

  • Although the Guidance Documents permits open houses, it includes restrictions.
  • Only one party may be inside the property at a time. The licensee needs to be sure no other parties can enter.
  • Licensees choosing to hold a traditional open house run the risk of multiple parties congregating outside the property waiting for their turn to view the property or attempting to enter the property while another party is inside. Licensees should make every attempt to schedule showing times for an open house to avoid such issues.
  • Licensees should not dispose of PPE at the property where the open house is held.

UPDATE: June 5, 2020

Resources Offered by Westchester Community College
Computer and Information Technology Programs 
The IBM Skills Academy. IBM Data Science Practitioner Digital Badge upon successful completion of program and
exam. Click here for more Info

To Register: please call 914-606-6830, press 1 or email workforceandcommunity@sunywcc.edu

 

Check out all IT programs here

 

Resources Offered by Global Entrepreneurship Network
The Entrepreneurship World Cup is already one of the largest pitch competitions in the world with US$1 million in cash prizes. But it is more than just a global pitch competition. 
Everyone who enters gets access to free training, mentorship and perks to help them start and scale their company. US$1.75 million in perks have already been given to EWC contestants and applications are still open.
Click here for more information.

 

Resources Offered by SCORE

Chat with SCORE Mentors -
Get Your Business Questions Answered
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2-5 pm ET
Spanish speaking business mentors now available Thursdays.

 

Resources Offered by the Business Council Of Westchester
New York Is Reopening, Now What? by the Small Business Development Center
Follow this link to watch the webinar
People's United Bank Leadership Conversations-Inspiration from the Entrepreneurial Journey
Follow this link to watch the webinar

 

Resources Offered by New York State
NYS Announces $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund
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. Follow this link for more information.
NYS Rolls Out Tool to Help Determine if a Business is Eligible to Reopen
Businesses looking to determine if they are eligible to reopen can now use the New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool which can be found here.
Click here to have access to a Safety Plan template to allow you to explain how your workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Resources Offered by Westchester County
Follow Coronavirus, federal news and resources updates gathered by Westchester County here.
GROW 2019

 

Watch County Executive George Latimer's Daily Coronavirus Briefing
Every work day at 2:00pm
Event will be streamed LIVE on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/westchestergov/

UPDATE: May 29, 2020

Virtual Events

Jacob Burns Film Center
The Jacob Burns Film Center continues to bring the cinema to you. In the JBFC virtual screening room you will find an array of films curated by their programmers. This weekend you can enjoy "La Traversee De Paris" and "Lucky Grandma." Check out their screening room for the full list of films that are streaming. There is a fee to stream.
ArtsWestchester
Check out ArtsWestchester’s virtual arts happenings including: live streamed concerts, recorded performances, children’s activities and more. Visit link below for their full list of weekly picks.
Wolf Conservation Center
Interested in wildlife, specifically wolves? Visit the Wolf Conservation Center's website and take a look at their wolves via webcam. With their ethogram program you can do daily activities that will help you learn all about Ambassador Wolves, Red Wolves, Mexican Grey Wolves and their daily behaviors. You'll be able to learn about their sleep, eat, play habits and more!
Westchester Children's Museum
Even though you are unable to visit the Westchester Children’s Museum in person while we all practice social distancing for the safety and welfare of the community, don’t worry WCM has your back! With the WCM At Home page, you can bring the Museum home to you!
Tune in every Friday evening for new Featured Activities and Featured Websites Links.
WCM Online Story Time
Join on Zoom every Wednesday at 11:00 am
1st & 3rd Wednesday: Early Childhood Manager Jeannette will do an adapted version of their Young Discoverers program, with a different theme each month. Child participation encouraged!
2nd & 4th Wednesday: Volunteers Emma, Catherine, and Yu will alternate reading a surprise book!

 

 

 

Farmers Market at Muscoot Farm
You can support local farmers and sustainability and enjoy a day at the farm, following social distance guidelines, during the weekly Muscoot Farm Farmers Market on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

UPDATE: May 25, 2020


NYS Announces $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund
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.
Pre-application for the New York Forward Loan Fund will be open on May 26, 2020 at Noon Eastern Daylight Time. Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. This is not a first-come, first-served loan program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen.
  • Small businesses and nonprofits must employ 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees;
  • Small businesses must have gross revenues of less than $3 million per year;
  • Nonprofits must provide direct services and have an annual operating budget of less than $3 million per year; and
  • Have not received a loan from either SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020.
To fill out a pre-application and match with a participating lender, please click here.
NYS Issues Detailed Guidance for Phase One Reopening
NYS has released detailed guidelines for a phased reopening of businesses. The Interim Guidance consists of specific guidelines for businesses opening in
Phase 1:
  • Construction
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
  • Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
The guidance provides more specificity on the businesses that are included in the five general business categories above. There is documentation on mandatory guidelines and recommended best practices by industry for employers and employees. The State has also made available a business reopening safety plan template to guide business owners and operators in developing plans to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
As a reminder, Westchester County, which is part of the Mid-Hudson region, has attained 5 of the 7 milestones for reopening as of 5/21/20. The phased reopening of non-essential business will be permitted once the region has attained all 7 milestones.
See the Regional Monitoring Dashboard for the latest assessment.
Contact Tracers, Team Supervisors and Community Support Specialists Needed in the New York State COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative
Would you like to become a part of the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative? New York State is now searching for people to fill three types of jobs: Contact Tracers, Team Supervisors and Community Support Specialists. Visit this website to apply today.
  • Contact Tracers are responsible for reaching out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure quarantine compliance and determine social support needs.
  • Team Supervisors lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who are working remotely, using digital tools.
  • Community Support Specialists work with the team and the local health departments to address the physical/mental health, and social/human service needs of each family, especially for those who are in isolation or under quarantine.
New York State plans to hire a team of 6,400 to 17,000 staff, to support the New York State Department of Health and local health departments in performing contact tracing in communities across the state. The final number of staff will also depend on the projected total number of COVID-19 cases.
More information about how to apply to be a part of the NYS Contact Tracing Team can be found on the Westchester County Health Department Coronavirus Page. Visit the New York State website to find out more about how you can help.

UPDATE: May 18, 2020

Dinner? Take out From One of Our Great Westchester Restaurants, of Course!

UPDATE: May 8, 2020

 

Despite the economic turndown, many healthcare organizations and national chains are hiring. As of April 20th:

 

NORTHWELL HEALTHCARE (Tarrytown, Mount Kisco)

Click here to apply >

Positions available include: Patient Care Associates, Environment and Food Service Workers

 

MONTEFIORE (White Plains)

Click here to apply >

Positions available include: Nurses, Medical Surgical Techs, Respiratory Therapists

 

NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN (Bronxville)

Click here to apply >

 

WCM HEALTH (Valhalla)

Click here to apply >

 

ST. JOHN'S RIVERSIDE HOSPITAL (Yonkers and Dobbs Ferry)

Click here to apply >

 

ST. JOSEPH'S MEDICAL CENTER (Yonkers)

Click here to apply >

 

OPEN DOOR FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER 

Click here to apply >

Positions available include: LPNs and Medical Assistants

 

EMPRESS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

Click here to apply >

 

NONPROFIT WESTCHESTER

Click here to apply >

 

BURKE REHABILITATION

Click here to apply >

 

KENDAL ON THE HUDSON (Sleepy Hollow)

Click here to apply >

Positions available include: CNA (Full Time), Facilities Coordinator (Full Time), Housekeeping Associate (Full Time), Receptionist (Full Time), Recreation Therapist (Full Time), Support Services Associate (Full Time), Waitstaff PT & PD (Part Time)

Job seekers have the choice to apply directly or consult with our team by phone, email or by registering online at westchesterputnamonestop.com

WE ARE TAKING NEW CUSTOMERS
Although our Career Centers are physically closed our staff is working remotely and are able to help. Job seekers are welcome to reach out in three ways:

1) Call (914) 813-6555

2) Email wpwbcc@gmail.com 3) Register online using our simplified job seeker form

click here >

We can help connect you to local employers, give resume help, sign you up for virtual workshops, and provide career counseling.

NYS Department of Labor Launches Streamlined Application for
New Yorkers to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

 

The New York State Department of Labor announced the launch of a new streamlined application for New Yorkers to apply for traditional Unemployment Insurance or the new COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. This one-stop-shop for unemployment benefits will connect New Yorkers with the benefits they deserve faster, without requiring them to call the Department of Labor. Prior to today, due to cumbersome federal guidelines, New Yorkers were required to apply for regular Unemployment Insurance and be rejected before applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. With this new application, New Yorkers will be able to simply fill out one form to get the correct benefits. Download an updated fact sheet on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance > To apply for benefits go to: https://unemployment.labor.ny.gov.

UPDATE: April 17, 2020

Masks 

The Governor has announced an Executive Order to have all essential workers wear masks and that these masks must be provided by employers. These are not the N95s for our first responders and health care workers. These can be paper or cloth masks that cover nose and mouth. There are a number of amazing volunteers across the County who are sewing and donating these masks. If you need masks or know a group who is making them, contact; Shari Rosen Ascher <SAscher@westchestergov.com> 914-995-2907 Advocacy & Community Liaison Office of the Westchester County Executive
Seeking donations of materials for these groups; fabric, elastic, sewing machines, thread etc

More Help for Restaurants

Here are 2 relief efforts specifically for our restaurants and food workers.
https://rerf.us/ - National Restaurant Association Relief Fund -
For anyone that has a friend that works in the restaurant industry this was just released: Your staff may be eligible for a $500 grant from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEF) Employee Relief Fund. Your staff may be eligible for a $500 one-time grant if they:
✅ Worked on a part- or full-time basis in the restaurant industry for at least 90 days in the past year (this includes food delivery)
✅ Have had a primary source of income in the restaurant industry for the last year;
✅ Have experienced a decrease in wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020, which these grant funds will help offset;
✅ Live in the United States, an overseas U.S. military base, or any U.S. territory;
✅ Are over the age of legal majority in their U.S. state or territory. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. The grants are subject to availability and are limited to one per person.
Grant for Restaurant/Bar workers in NYS -- https://www.restaurantstrong.org/apply-for-grant/index.html
Keep your kids and family sane!
Sources of Information
Watch the County Executive's daily update here.
Village News & Information Here
New: Updated COVID-19 Disaster Funding Guidebook provided by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Small Business Guide to the CARES Act: Prepared by the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship with answers to many Frequently Asked Questions available here.
A Guide to Expanded Unemployment Insurance Benefits
 in the CARES Act available here.
Read new Unemployment Insurance FAQ here.
SBA launches new website for loan applications. Apply here.
Sign up for email updates from NYS here and ask questions about COVID-19 here.
Retail Resources
Restaurant Resources
Small Business Help with eCommerce
Here is a link to a recording of our recent eCommerce webinar which covered how to add gift cards/gift certificates to your existing website, and other eCommerce functions.
The Office of Economic Development has hired an eCommerce expert to provide guidance to small businesses in Westchester County who need help with this. Contact us here and put eCommerce in the subject line if you are interested in a free consultation.

National virtual events

Virtual Events

Resources Offered by Westchester County

Resources Offered by the NYBDC

The New York Small Business Development Council has created a website designed to help businesses navigate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan process. For more information click here.

Webinars Offered by Score

Score is open for business by phone, video and email.
Request a mentoring appointment here.
Submit your Small Business Disaster Loan Application through this form

Notes on filling out the forms:

•On all forms “Damaged Property” simply refers to your primary location for the operations of the business.

•On Form 5, skip box 15, this only applies to property damage loans.

•There is no specific location to input a requested loan amount. The loan amount is determined by the supporting documents and any other relevant financial information provided that substantiates the economic injury.

•All owners with 20% or greater ownership in the business must be included in the application.

Resources Offered by the State of NY

Governor Cuomo has created a website with resources for employees and employers regarding his new legislation on Paid Sick Leave. For guidance for employers, follow this link.

Local Promotion for Take Out & Delivery

Gift Card Program for Restaurant & Shops

sign up free of charge, region-wide exposure

Support Local Businesses

Chefs Helping Hospitality Industry
Businesses are now faced with unprecedented times as the economic impact of the coronavirus continues to unfold. We need to support our restaurants and small businesses now more than ever.

Restaurant Directory

Check out the list of restaurants offering curbside, pickup and delivery. Many are also offering family style meals to-go, as well as bottles of wine and beer.

Purveyor Directory

Farms and Farmers Markets across the valley remain open, continuing to serve the public --make note of special hours or pick up instructions.

 

Additional Resources

 

Online Education

https://outschool.com/

https://www.khanacademy.org

https://www.edx.org/

https://www.udemy.com/

https://www.codecademy.com/

https://ed.ted.com/

https://online.stanford.edu/

https://www.coursera.org/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/education/

https://www.duolingo.com/