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Many small businesses are hanging by a thread as they wait for another round of federal stimulus money, hoping to keep remaining employees on payroll and pivot to online sales amid further COVID-19 restrictions. But there are resources to help businesses stay afloat.

A bartender makes a drink at the Savoy Taproom in Albany, NY.
Karen DeWitt

New York state is operating under a new set of metrics to determine pandemic-related shutdowns. But some, including restaurant owners, are finding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new criteria difficult to decipher, and worry it will mean more eateries will soon be out of business.

(from left to right) Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; President/CEO of the Business Council of Westchester Dr. Marsha Gordon
Courtesy of the Office of Westchester County Executive George Latimer

A number of counties have been announcing various programs using federal CARES Act funding to help soften the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of Westchester County’s programs is to help small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by coronavirus.

Andrew Wheeler plays for WAMC in a socially distanced interview in his living room.
Jackie Orchard / WAMC

The Northeast is slowly reopening from coronavirus shutdowns, as businesses welcome back customers with safety precautions in place. One industry that we haven’t heard much about? Music teachers.

Dance Fire Studio and Fitness livestreaming classes from the studio.
Courtesy of Dance Fire Studio and Fitness Facebook

Many businesses in the Capital Region are struggling to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic – but there is a new grant available to help keep them afloat.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul Holds Small Business Town Hall, April 16, 2020
Courtesy of the Office of Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined the Ulster County executive Thursday afternoon for a small business town hall. They took questions as several small business owners wondered if they’ll ever be able to recover from the pandemic.

NY Rep Sponsors A Bill To Help Small Businesses

Apr 11, 2019

A New York congressman has introduced a bill that would ease regulatory compliance for small businesses.

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand with workers at employee-owned Schenectady Steel in Rotterdam. (April 30, 2018)
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited an employee-owned company in Rotterdam Monday, promoting legislation she says would pave the way for more employees to obtain partial ownership of companies they work for.

A new study from AARP New York shows just over two-thirds of New York’s small businesses want the state to establish a privately managed retirement savings plan for their employees.

Small Business Majority

A new survey of small business owners finds the majority favor an increase of the federal minimum wage.

It has been widely reported that Republicans contend President Obama's proposed hike to the federal minimum wage would be a job-killer. But that's not how Republican small business owners feel, if a new poll released by the Small Business Majority is any indication. 

Philip Taylor, flickr

A congressional representative from New York introduced a bill today that would extend credit card protections for individuals to small businesses. The legislation comes during the 50th annual National Small Business Week.

Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey of the 17th district introduced her “Small Business Credit Card Act of 2013,” saying many small businesses across the country need credit cards to help keep their doors open.