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We highly recommend following the Small Business Friday Forums

The Friday Forums provide the latest information on how to manage your business issues during the pandemic. You can find all episodes on the Chamber Alliance Facebook Page here.

Restaurant Specific Info is found at the bottom of this page.

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Village of Suffern's Start Up Suffern Here.

The Village of Suffern and Chamber of Commerce are working together to make #SuffernStrong #SuffernStronger!

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As presented by Rockland County Government -



MUST WATCH: County Exec Ed Day's Announcement of Phase 2

6/4/20 Video -


Please process your REQUIRED Phase 2 Guidance:
- File your business plan with New York State
- Print, Sign, & Post your Affirmations conspicuously
- Review & Implement the new health & safety protocol

List of Phase 2 Businesses & Industries -


County Exec Ed Day answers Q's on the following:
- Summer Camps
- Pools: Public and Private
- Retail Store Shopping
- Outdoor Dining
- When social gathering limit of 10 will be increased
- Mentions Protests / Marches
- Visiting group homes
- Social-distance school graduations / Encouraging July


Phase 1 announcement by County Executive Ed Day here.

UPDATE 5/24/20 - NYS Reopening Strategy Phase 1…/ConstructionMasterGuidance.pdf

UPDATE 5/22/20 -

NYS Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

Small Business Owners & small landlords: This just in... Especially, if you are a Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE), click the link to learn more.

County Executive Ed Day delivers bi-weekly videos answering residents questions.

You can find them here.

Rockland County Economic Development -

2nd Information Session entitled "Local Landscape, Global Perspective."
Please pay special attention to the SBA's warning of applying to multiple banks for loans if you feel you are waiting too long for your SBA Loan... all your loans could be canceled out and could be seen as fraud.


Above - Answering questions relating to funding and business assistance available to help our business and nonprofit communities begin recovering from the Coronavirus. The discussion will include information and insights from both local and global representatives, with whom the Rockland County Department of Economic Development and Tourism works closely, to strengthen our County’s business retention and expansion efforts.

This link is the county's initial address to businesses on the SBA/SBDC's concerns -

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Important Suggestion + Resources in the face of Covid-19

Paid Leave Programs: Employer Guide

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Rockland Business Association Covid-19 Early Impact Business Survey

Important Covid-19 Quarantine & Isolation Info for Employers

Lease Agreement Negotiating Points

Provided in an article by Rockland County Biz Journal

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Small Business Loans

Small Business Guide and Checklist.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Updates HERE  

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.

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

Small Business Roundtable Resource Guide

Navigating COVID-19: Small Business Policy & Legislative Resource Guide.

COVID-19 Employer Resource Tracker

Public Private Strategies (PPS) creates opportunities where the public and private sectors meet. We bring together diverse allies including foundations, associations, corporations, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to solve pressing societal challenges. By harnessing the power of the private sector, we build coalitions, activate campaigns, and create strategic partnerships to drive desired policy and market outcomes.


Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Keep up to date with newsletters directly from the SBA by subscribing here.


Provided by Rockland County Economic Development:

Our Office of Disaster Assistance has provided an alternate method for applicants to submit and upload forms while the application portal is down for maintenance.

Here’s the link to the new application page with instructions for uploading documents:

Some notes to help folks with the application:


Our office is advising businesses to fill out the PDF forms and reach out to SBDC if they need assistance with compiling the financial information. They may request assistance with the application at

to make an online request.


In addition to the attached forms, they will also need to submit the most recently filed tax returns for the business and all owners of the business or a justification if not available. Sole proprietors are required to complete the 5C loan application form. All other businesses should fill out the form 5 business loan application.


Notes on filling out the forms:

  • On all forms “Damaged Property” simply refers to your primary location for the operations of the business.

  • On Form 5, skip box 15, this only applies to property damage loans.

  • There is no specific location to input a requested loan amount. The loan amount is determined by the supporting documents and any other relevant financial information provided that substantiates the economic injury.

  • All owners with 20% or greater ownership in the business must be included in the application.

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Contact the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a department of the Small Business Administration (SBA), regardless of whether you believe you are eligible or not. Why?

- There are many different programs you may be eligible for.

- The SBDC may be able to steer you to other valuable resources for your specific situation.

- Sharing your case with the SBDC can help their office build a case to open other opportunities for those businesses that are falling through the cracks as stated by Tom Morley of the SBDC in Rockland County.

Make your Appointment -

SBDC of Rockland County, NY at Rockland Community College, Suffern NY

Please visit the following SBA link for updated information and how to apply for disaster relief.

An online form can be found at this NY SBDC link:


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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.

Rockland County Government Press Releases.

Workforce Development Board for Rockland County in the face of Covid-19

This is a link for "Resources for Job Seekers and Employers"

National Small Business Association Polling

In an effort to illustrate the real-world implications of the virus and help policymakers understand the likely long-term effects the pandemic is causing among America’s small businesses, NSBA has compiled a poll of more than 950 small-business owners on how the virus is impacting their small business.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council Insider 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 Portal 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 Business Center of NY has been established to assist women in a variety of business skills and ongoing technical assistance. WBC has an ongoing collaboration with U.S. Small Business Administration – Syracuse District Office, NYS Small Business Development Centers, area SCORE Chapters, various Women’s Groups and financial institutions.

US Black Chamber Resource Guide

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 Resource Guide 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.


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.



This shared via email by Jeremy Shulman, Director of Rockland County Economic Development & Tourism -

Yesterday Gov. Cuomo issued an Executive Order which allows all licensees in the food & beverage industry in regions that have entered Phase 2 of reopening, and those with outdoor dining and beverage privileges pursuant to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law (ABC Law), to resume these services. The Executive Order also states that this guidance shall continue until July 3, 2020 but may be extended or reduced depending upon how Phase 2 progresses.

Additionally, in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to assist businesses through the reopening process, the State Liquor Authority (SLA) has issued guidance for the service of alcohol beverages.


The SLA guidance for outdoor dining can be found at

For more information on Phase 2, please visit the following links on the New York Forward website:

Phase 2 Guidance Direct Link:

Phase 1 Guidance Direct Link:

Business Lookup Tool:


New Executive Order Extending New York on PAUSE:

The Rockland County Department of Economic Development and Tourism is available to answer any specific questions you may have at 845-364-2170. Please visit our COVID-19 Business and Nonprofit Resource page at

As always, we thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we begin to reopen Rockland County!

Restaurants who are open providing take out & delivery can list with the Rockland Business Association (RBA) here

Restaurants continue providing delivery service for Good Samaritan Hospital.

Good Samaritan Hospital has set up a formal "give and take" program

with a calendar. Reach Irene in the foundation office (working remotely)

at (845) 588-5108 / Text is also appreciated.


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