New York Forward Website

New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool

New York State Department of Labor (DOL) Website

NYS DOL Unemployment Filing Instructions

Information on Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19 Impacted New Yorkers


Small Business Administration Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources


New York State Executive Order Guidance for Businesses


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North Country Alliance COVID-19 Emergency Business Relief Program:  Through this program, the North Country Alliance (NCA) is providing businesses located within their service region with short-term relief and access to working capital during the Coronavirus pandemic. The program will provide eligible for-proft and not-for-profit businesses with less and 100 employees loans of up to $25,000. It is administered by the Development Authority of the North Country and those seeking more information can click here for full guidelines, or email the Development Authority's Project Development Specialist, Matt Siver, at

WLDC Emergency Working Capital Loan Program: On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 the Watertown Local Development Corporation Board of Directors approved an emergency loan program for City businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Emergency Working Capital Loan Program” will allow eligible privately owned for-profit businesses to borrow up to $10,000 for emergency working capital needs. For more information, click here.