The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce has committed itself to providing Chamber members and the wider business community with valuable resources to manage the Coronavirus pandemic in Genesee County NY.

On this page you will find resources and tools to help you, your business or organization, and your employees manage the difficulties of this time and stay more informed of the ever changing climate of our local business community.

For any updates to this page please email

Re-Opening Webinar Phase 4

A Recording of a Zoom webinar with Paul Pettit and Jay Gsell covering Phase 4 of Re-Opening in Genesee County

Phase 4 Guidelines From NYS

Re-Opening Zoom Webinar Phase 3

A Recording of a Zoom webinar with Paul Pettit and Jay Gsell covering Phase 3 of Re-Opening.

NYS Forward

Includes info on regions and phased re-openings.

Business Re-Opening Plan PDF

All businesses should have a filled out copy of this on hand when re-opened. It does not need to be submitted or approved.

Finger Lakes Region Covid Email Has been designated for Business Re-Opening questions for our region. 

Covid-19 Workplace Safety Posters

Reopening GO Health Guidance and Fact Sheet

The current guidance that the Health Department is offering in support of all local businesses and organizations.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide is a collective work by event industry professionals to help our peers who are planning to reopen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Safe Six: Workplace Readiness

A useful infographic to help support local businesses when re-opening.

Guidance & Resources from the Small Business Administration

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

  1. Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  2. Guidance for Businesses and Employers
  3. SBA Products and Resources
  4. Government Contracting
  5. Local Assistance
  6. SBA Disaster Assistance Loans Factsheet
  7. SBA Disaster Loan Powerpoint
  8. Disaster Loan How-To-Apply Guide
  9. SBA Loan Refresher Powerpoint

U.S. Department of Labor Resources

Includes guidance on workplace safety, wages, hours, and leave, and unemployment insurance. Also has recent news from the DOL.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Checklist

UI and PUA Flowchart

UI and PUA Need-To-Know

US Chamber Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist

As many of you are aware, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.  Known as the “Paycheck Protection Program,” the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.  Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. 

CARES Act Q&A Webinar

Find out what the federal government's coronavirus stimulus programs mean to your small business in this presentation from Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Breakdown of Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs

A breakdown of all the federal programs and aid for small business coronavirus assistance.

Business Mentor Program

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the urgent need for professional assistance and advice for NYS based Small Businesses, we are leveraging the Business Mentor NY system as a method of connecting small businesses in need of help with the growing number of business professionals that are stepping up to volunteer to help in this time of crisis. 

Updates from the Governor’s Office

Official news from the Office of the Governor. The Governor’s office has been holding daily briefings and updates on the Coronavirus and the State’s response.

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Page

Includes an updated count of cases in New York State, public health information, and updated guidance for schools/childcare, press releases, and prevention information.         

Tourism Specific Resources:

The New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA) is collecting tourism specific resources for New York State travel supplies.  Please see this page for ongoing updates.


Offering assistance with business plans, financial planning, loan guidance, and more. Free business services made possible by the SBA, the State of NY, and host campuses.

Novel Coronavirus Resources

Resources provided by Genesee County Health Dept and Public Health Director Paul Pettit

State of Emergency and School Closures

A recent news release from The Genesee County Health Department

Public Health Emergency Preparedness

READYGenesee is designed to help citizens learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property.

Daily News Covid-19 Support Map

Genesee County Economic Development Center Covid-19 Response

Updates and Resources From UMMC in Batavia

OSHA Preparing The Workplace For Coronavirus

OSHA Pdf Document

Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families.

U.S. Department of Labor Resources

Includes guidance on workplace safety, wages, hours, and leave, and unemployment insurance. Also has recent news from the DOL.

NYS Dept of Labor Resources for Unemployment

Genesee County Employment Resources

Resources For Working Remotely

Working from home is an important form of social distancing that can help prevent the spread of disease. Here is a list of tools, resources, and information that can equip your employees to work remotely, safely, and securely. Click the link above for remote work resources from Zufall Communications.

Creating Online Gift Cards

Many businesses use electronic point-of-sale (POS) systems, and those vendors often operate their own gift card systems/programs. Many small businesses use Square or Shopify.

The same vendors offer support for selling your product or service online. These resources also can integrate into your existing website. Work with your web manager to implement. If you need recommendations for web developers, contact the Genesee County Chamber.


Facebook Small Business Grants

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

Business Resource Hub

For additional resources about how you can help your business prepare for and manage through disruptions like COVID-19, visit our recently-launched Business Resource Hub.

ACCE Crisis Management Resource Hub

Business Council Resource Page

Resources To Help Agricultural Members and Farms

From Cornell Cooperative Extension

Food Industry Resources