Helios Care Offers Healthcare Decisions Webinar, Pandemic Archive Project & Latest Updates on SBA Loan Programs

Helios Care Offers Healthcare Decisions Webinar, Pandemic Archive Project & Latest Updates on SBA Loan Programs

Dear Members,


HELIOS CARE offers Healthcare Decisions Webinar

ONEONTA, NY – April 13, 2020 – Helios Care will offer Start The Conversation: Thinking and Talking About Future Healthcare Decisions, a virtual presentation in support of National Healthcare Decisions Day on Thursday, April 23. The online presentation will begin at 2:00 pm; registration is open now at www.helioscare.org/conversation.

“As a palliative and hospice care provider, we have always advocated for advanced care planning,” said Kelly McGraw, director of access at Helios Care. “During this challenging time, it becomes even more important to have the conversation to make sure you get the care you want if and when you need it.”

Members of the Helios Care team will lead you through the most important decisions to make today, how to start the conversation with loved ones, and how to provide peace of mind for you and your family. The presenters are:

                 • Kelly McGraw, Director of Access

                 • Gail P. Ciccarello, ACHPN, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner

                 • Alisha Rule, LCSW-R, ACHP-SW, Director of Family Support Services

                 • Tammy Christman, Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services


“We can’t control how this pandemic will affect each of us but there are ways we can be prepared— both for ourselves and the people we care about,” said Ciccarello. “We can take the time to make sure they know what matters most to us and who will speak for us if we’re unable to speak for ourselves.”

To register to participate via your computer from the comfort of your home, please visit www.helioscare.org/conversation.



• Pandemic Archive Project 

We’re living through an experience that will probably happen only once in our lifetimes. HML wants to capture and archive Oneonta’s personal stories about the Pandemic of 2020. We want to hear about your daily life with its challenges and rewards. Someday, your great grandchildren will come to the library and be able to read your first-hand account. Help us create the 2020 Pandemic Archive. Donate your journal (or a copy) OR tell us about your experiences during the 2020 Pandemic. Make sure to add your name and age on the cover page. Include things like:

·        How are you coping?

·        What are you doing to pass the time?

·        What do you miss the most about normal life?

·        Has staying home brought any good things to your life?

·        Do you have to work? What is that like? Did you get paid?

·        If you’re a student, how are you taking classes? Do you like it?


Please contact us by emailing huntingtonmemoriallibrary@gmail.com (subject line: Pandemic Archive) if you would like to send an email record or if you would like to let us copy your journal once the library opens again. 




US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Announces $5,000 Grant Applications to Small Business

To extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – in partnership with Vistaprint and a coalition of supporting companies, foundations, and philanthropic donors – is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.  This fund is a key pillar of the U.S. Chamber’s Save Small Business Initiative. For information on this grant program, visit :





SBA cautions business on increase of lending SCAMS


Reports of scammers are on the rise with respect to the PPP and EIDL programs. I would encourage them to report fraud directly via the information below.  If you hear anything directly about a scam from your constituents, please forward their email to my attentiondaniel.rickman@sba.gov




A couple of things that we’ve seen directly:


  1. Emails impersonating SBA to a borrower regarding PPP loan applications. SBA DOES NOT communicate with borrowers regarding specific PPP loan applications. All PPP loan correspondence should be between the lender and the borrower.
  2. Emails impersonating SBA asking for borrowers to complete and sign attached documents to “complete” their disaster “Grant Application.” SBA does not process grants. All EIDL loan processing now occurs through the EIDL portal, and legitimate loan approval emails clearly reference the original confirmation #. If additional documentation is required (95% of loans do not require more documentation), it is electronically handled in the portal. EIDL Advances process with NO action required on the part of the applicant.
  3. These phishing emails are sophisticated, with SBA logos and styling consistent with legitimate SBA communications. If in doubt, the borrower may contact our office.



Report Fraud

Report any suspected fraud to OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online athttps://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/office-inspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline








April 17, 2020



Binghamton SBDC Virtual Lunch & Learn: Maintaining Customer Relationships


Binghamton SBDC Advisors Lindsay Wolf and Jordan Jicha are going to present strategies to help area small businesses maintain their existing customer relationships through this troubled time. As businesses begin to ponder plans for a return to normalcy, what are the best activities that will help keep your existing customers engaged for the next few weeks.


Registration is free, and we will be addressing questions submitted during the registration process.


Tuesday, April 21, 12:00pm




SBA Loan Program Updates

Due to funding constraints, the SBA has stopped accepting applications for both the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).


If you have already applied for either program, you may still receive funds via the originally-appropriated funding pool.


The application process for one or both programs may be reopened if additional funding is appropriated. Please follow our social channels or monitor our email messages for updates.


Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Updates: There is no mechanism to review the status of the application. You will have to wait until the SBA contacts you. The advance will be deposited into the account that you provided in the application without contact from the SBA. When your loan application is assigned to a case manager for processing, you will receive an invitation to the EIDL loan process portal. The e-mail will come from disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


Will additional funding options be available? At this time, we are unable to identify any additional federal goverment-funded lending programs that may be available. However, we do recommend that small business owners who were not able to obtain PPP financing continue to gather accounting and payroll information should these programs receive supplemental funding.


Beware of Scams and Frauds


·    Reports are continuing to surface regarding scams related to disaster recovery.

·    The SBA offers clear guidance on scams and fraudulent schemes. You may access that guidance here.


INCYMI: Recording of the Tuesday Lunch & Learn


The COVID-19 Federal Update with Congressman Anthony Brindisi is now available.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Fund to Support the Small Business Community


In conjunction with Vistaprint, the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced the Save Small Business Fund, providing $5,000 grants for businesses with between 3 and 20 employees in economically vulnerable areas. Applications open April 20.



Alternative Lending Options May be Available

While The PPP and EIDL Programs may not be currently available, there may be other financing options to help your business. Our advisors can connect you with possible commercial lending sources, as well as municipal loan programs that may fit your business.



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Where to get Additional COVID-19 Resources


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