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SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for NY. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Please review the attached fact sheet with important information about the declaration and EIDL requirements. Businesses can take advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for help with preparing their loan applications. They may visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find local help. The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.

Empire State Development has issued its guidance implementing the Executive Order 202.6 restrictions on non-essential business, and Executive Order 202.7, which increases the required staff reduction for non-essential business to 75%.


The guidance is available here

The request for waiver form is available here.

The guidance lists sixty-six categories of business that are designated “essential.”  It states that the essential business designations, and the staffing restrictions, apply on a location specific business.  It also provides that if a business performs both essential and non-essential functions, only those business operations related to the essential services are exempt.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments regarding this material, or if we can provide any additional information or support as we together respond to this state of emergency.


Ken Pokalsky
Vice PresidentThe Business Council of New York State, Inc.Direct 518.694.4460 | Cell: 518-339-5894
[email protected] | www.bcnys.org

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