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2020 was to be a promising year with great plans, only to have a sudden slam on the brakes. At the onset of the pandemic, the Chamber Board reassessed how best to serve Suffern businesses.


- The Chamber voted to freeze 2020 memberships without interruption of social media promoting for its members and opened its social media promoting for non-members as well.


- The Chamber doubled up postings promoting several Suffern businesses in one day.


- The Chamber Board provided updates on its Facebook Page and pulled together the below resources.


- New in 2021, the Chamber has created a new Facebook Page specifically for Suffern business owners and managers. Regardless of whether you are a Chamber member,  join the Business to Business Suffern NY page.  This is where we will share the latest news on the national, state, county, and local level to help you navigate through this challenging time.  

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Points for Discussion:

Lease Agreement Negotiating Points

Provided in an article by Rockland County Biz Journal

NY State Unemployment Insurance

It now covers employees, freelancers and gig workers. It also covers employees who were working for a short time, and might not be usually covered by unemployment insurance.

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Where to find Business News & Updates:

- On the Local Level

Village of Suffern

- On the County Level

Rockland County Government

Rockland County Government Video Updates

Small Business Development Center of Rockland

Rockland County SCORE provides free confidential mentoring, local workshops on a variety of business topics along with online resources including webinars.

Rockland County Clerk's Office for filing as a DBA (Doing Business As) 

The Rockland County Clerk files business certificates for individuals or partners doing business in Rockland County under an assumed name. Business Certificate forms are available at our office or can be downloaded through this site. For further information or to download forms, review our Business Certificate FAQ's or call us at (845) 708-7222.

Workforce Development Board for Rockland County

Main St. Marketplace

List your essential business or online business FREE on this new platform designed by

Suffern Chamber Member Simplisk. It's a county-wide website where the community can learn what businesses are "open". You can edit at anytime, include gift certificates options and more. Visit Main St. Marketplace here.

- On the National & State Level

U.S. Chamber of Commerce  

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

U.S. Small Business Administration

National Small Business Association

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council is dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship.  Our network of supporters, including entrepreneurs and small business owners, state and local business organizations, corporate partners and associations work with us to strengthen the environment for robust entrepreneurship, investment, innovation and small business growth.

National Association for the Self Employed is focused on providing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs and their small businesses successfully complete in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Women's U.S. Chamber of Commerce

US Black Chamber of Commerce

We're hopeful for the best but bracing for the worst. An economic downturn would devastate many Black-owned businesses. We are leveraging our contacts to gain greater insights into policy and innovative strategies that can be put into place to safeguard Black-owned businesses and small businesses, alike.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses.

National ACE Asian-American executives and business owners established the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE), a new national organization that gives a voice to the business interests of Asian American and Pacific Islanders.  It seeks to improve the economic, political, and social well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) by encouraging the growth of existing AAPI entrepreneurs, advocating for AAPI businesses in Washington, D.C., fostering the next generation of AAPI entrepreneurs, and promoting the need for wider AAPI leadership in corporate America.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.37 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.

Disability:IN is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Our network of over 185 corporations expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. Our central office and 30 Affiliates serve as the collective voice to effect change for people with disabilities in business.

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