Resource Center for Local Businesses

Resource Center for Local Businesses

In our commitment to serving the local business community, we have gathered some useful information and resources to help your business or family plan for and deal with this ongoing situation. As more information becomes available, we will continue to update our website ( and social media (facebook/DiscoverSeneca).

Business Reopening Resources

Phase 3 Guidance

One Seneca Reopening Toolkit - Guidance for Businesses in Formulating a Plan for Reopening

One Seneca Reopening Poster

Business Reopening Safety Plan Template from NYS

A Message from 2020 Chamber Board Chair Tom Murray

Guidance on Outdoor Dining

NY Forward - Information from NYS on Coronavirus Reopening

Sample Business Reopening Plan

Sample Business Release Form (Personal Services)

NYS Business Compliance Affirmation

Sample Employee Monitoring (Temperature) Form

Unemployment Information for Baseline Economic Data (Seneca County)

Support our Local Businesses

Updated List of Restaurants Open for Take-out & Delivery 


Latest News

Effective July 9th- NYS Department of Health Issues Emergency Rule Regarding Enforcement of Social Distancing and Mask Measures for Businesses and Customers

May 11th- Governor Cuomo announces partial reopening of certain industries for three NYS regions.

Finger Lakes, Southern Tier & Mohawk Valley Regions Have Met the 7 Metrics Required to Begin Phase 1 of Reopening Plan, Which Includes Construction, Manufacturing, Retail for Curbside Pickup, & Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing. Read More>>

April 16 - Governor Cuomo Extends Work-From-Home Order for Non-Essential Businesses 

All schools and non-essential businesses will stay closed through May 15. 

April 15 - Governor Cuomo Mandates Face Masks For All People In Public surgeon wearing mask

Executive Order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation. The Executive Order will go into effect on Friday, April 17th. Read More >>

April 12 - Employers Must Provide Masks to Employees Working with the Public

Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order requiring all essential employers to provide “face coverings” for any employee who has direct contact with the public. This mandate takes effect at 8:00 pm April 15th. Failure to comply is a violation of §12 or 12-b of the Public Health Law. Read More >>


Small Business Administration (SBA) Financial Programs

SBA Guidance and Loan Resources

Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. Read More >>


COVID-19 Resources

Does your Business Qualify as Essential Under the Executive Order?

Essential businesses or entities including any for-profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction. Read More >>

Guidance and Restrictions for Take-Out and Delivery Businesses

Pursuant to the Governor’s order, effective Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00PM, all licensed on-premises establishments (e.g. restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs, arenas, catering establishments, etc.) must cease on-premises sales Read More >> 

Empire State Development COVID-19 Resources

As New York State continually monitors and responds to developments related to COVID-19, ESD is providing up-to-date guidance for the agency’s partners and other stakeholders impacted by the virus. Read More >>

OSHA Guidelines for COVID-19 Prevention in the WorkplaceWoman wearing facemask applying hand sanitizer

Measures for protecting workers from exposure to, and infection with, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), depend on the type of work being performed and exposure risk Read More >>

Resources for Businesses Forced to Consider Layoffs

The New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) Act requires covered businesses to provide early warnings of closures and layoffs to workers, employee representatives, the Department of Labor, and local workforce development boards. Read More >>

If you're laid off, how to apply for NYS Unemployment
US Labor Dept. Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Read More >>

See the Latest from the Seneca County Health Department

Seneca County is following current guidance from NYS DOH and CDC in regards to testing and monitoring. Read More >>


Updates for the Chamber Community


Employee facemask requirement, guidance on executive order.


Exploring the Payroll Protection Program (PPP).


CARES Act, local lenders leading the way, the Chamber Community gives back, and more.


Known scams, financial support, resources for employees, COVID-19 health insurance updates, and more.