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Coronavirus COVID-19 Help for Businesses

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Unemployment Insurance Benefits & Updates - Updated 3/31/20

• Updated April 10: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause has been extended through April 29.

• Updated April 10: ESD’s general information and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues and questions:  https://esd.ny.gov/esd-covid-19-related-resources

• Updated April 9: The Guidance for essential businesses from the Governor’s Executive Order: https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 and information for those NOT covered by the guidance in seeking a waiver.

o Information on filing a complaint: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

• Updated April 10: Information on the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Loan Programs, particularly resources on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Subsidy Loan Program, and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program https://esd.ny.gov/small-business-administration-sba-covid-19-loans

• NEW: Business Mentor NY COVID-19 Task Force: New York State has partnered with business leaders to create a dedicated group of volunteers across different NYS industries – from law firms to financial professionals – to assist business owners with questions related to the impact of COVID-19 and to provide guidance on the SBA loan applications:  https://esd.ny.gov/business-mentor-ny-covid-19-assistance   More information attached.

 • NYS has called on businesses to produce needed supplies related to COVID-19 - Sourcing products: https://esd.ny.gov/sourcing-covid-19-products-nys:

• READY TO SUPPLY - Our company is able to immediately sell OR produce approved COVID-19 related test kits, medical equipment and supplies (i.e. ventilators, N95 masks, surgical masks, etc.).
• WILL REPURPOSE OR SCALE-UP PRODUCTION - Our production company has a facility in New York that would need to retool in order to produce approved COVID-19 related test kits, medical equipment and supplies (i.e. ventilators, N95 masks, surgical masks, etc.) for New York State.
• VOLUNTEER OR DONATE - I would like to offer donated goods, services, or space for use in New York's response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

• Important Information for Agricultural-Based Businesses:

o U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA) Announces Loan Flexibility, relaxing the loan-making process, including extending the deadline for applicants to complete farm loan applications

• Preparing Direct Loans documents even if FSA is unable to complete lien and record searches because of closed government buildings. Once those searches are complete, FSA would close the loan; and closing loans if the required lien position on the primary security is perfected, even for loans that require additional security and those lien searches, filings and recordings cannot be obtained because of closed government buildings.
• FSA is extending deadlines for producers to respond to loan servicing actions, including loan deferral consideration for financially distressed and delinquent borrowers. FSA will temporarily suspend loan accelerations, non-judicial foreclosures, and referring foreclosures to the Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will make the determination whether to stop foreclosures and evictions on accounts under its jurisdiction. Further information regarding FSA’s loan flexibility can be found here.

o USDA Adds Flexibility for Crop Insurance: USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is authorizing additional flexibility due to coronavirus state of emergency. Working through Approved Insurance Providers, RMA is ensuring that crop insurance will be delivered. RMA is providing support to producers working through Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) to deliver services, including processing policies, claims and agreements. These flexibility include enabling producers to send notifications and reports electronically; extending the date for production reports and providing additional time and deferring interest on premium and other payments. Further information can be found here.

• American Farmland Trust: AFT’s Farmer Relief Fund will award farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis. Initially, eligible applicants include any small and mid-size direct-market producers. These are defined as producers with annual gross revenue of between $10,000 and $1 million from sales at farmers markets and/or direct sales to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products as inputs.  Apply here