Ulster County Enters Phase 1 Reopening
Ulster County, as part of the Hudson Valley region, is entering Phase 1 Reopening TODAY, Tuesday May 26th 2020.
What does this mean? Selected business sectors, listed in detail at the bottom of this newsletter, are allowed to reopen once they completely read and affirm health and safety guidelines opens in a new window, and print and complete their safety plan template opens in a new window. If you believe you are a Phase 1 business but don’t see your specific industry listing, this tool opens in a new window will help you to determine the phase for your business classification. If you still need assistance determining your business classification, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org new email
Ulster County is also requiring Phase 1 businesses fill out this form opens in a new window to certify they have created a plan. The form also includes a short survey about Ulster County business needs.
We will be listing the Ulster County businesses that are Open For Business on Ulster County’s COVID-19 website opens in a new window. We will be sharing the open list through our emails and the county’s various social media outlets. To ensure you’re included, fill out the form above.
For more details on how and when New York State businesses included in Phases Two – Four will reopen, please visit: https://forward.ny.gov/ opens in a new window
Central Hudson Announces Back to Business Grant Program
Later this week, Central Hudson will launch the Back to Business funding program, committing up to $1 million in economic development support. Local small businesses (20 or fewer employees) will be eligible for grants of up to $10,000 to help pay down new working capital loans taken with participating local banks, to assist in their continued operations or re-opening when the economy is restarted. Check back with https://www.cenhud.com/ opens in a new window for details.
Ulster County Zoom Meeting for Local Restaurant Owners
Ulster County restaurateurs are invited to join County Executive Pat Ryan, Ulster County Chamber of Commerce President Ward Todd, and Department of Economic Development Director Lisa Berger for an interactive Zoom meeting on Friday, May 29th at 11 am to discuss the new and emerging challenges of continuing to operate a restaurant as an essential business. Guidance on the culture of carry out dining will be offered, and best practices will be shared. There will also be a discussion of expanding opportunities for restaurants and future plans for phased reopening.
Register in advance for this meeting here opens in a new window.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center and the Ulster County Office of Economic Development Present: Business Recovery from the Shutdown
The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, in collaboration with the Ulster County Office of Economic Development (OED), is offering a free Zoom webinar for Ulster County businesses on Thursday, May 28th at 10 am. Co-hosted by Myriam Bouchard, MBA, a Certified Business Advisor and Lisa Berger, Director of OED, the 90-minute webinar will explore how to address the minutiae of your financial operations while keeping in mind the end goal.
Many run a business without much in-depth knowledge of their numbers. It works, for a while, until it doesn’t anymore. These are extreme times during which having a handle on your numbers is vital. You most likely didn’t have much (if any) income in the last two months, and it’s catastrophic. Moving forward, it’s important to understand how you will get out of this hole for the survival of your business.
Do you know your break-even point? Can you create cash flow projections? These two tools help you be in control of your short- and long-term business strategy, and marketing decisions. During this presentation, you will learn how to turn your numbers into friends so you can make knowledge-based day-to-day business decisions and increase your bottom line.
Register in advance for this meeting here. opens in a new window
Learn more about the reopening process and phases For more details on how and when New York State businesses will reopen, please visit: https://forward.ny.gov/ opens in a new window
Phase One: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting Other Animal Production Other Crop Production Support Activities for Animal Production Support Activities for Crop Production Support Activities for Forestry Phase One: Retail Trade
Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses: Clothing Stores Direct Selling Establishments Electronics and Appliance Stores Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores Florists General Merchandise Stores Health and Personal Care Stores Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores Used Merchandise Stores Shoe Stores Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Phase One: Manufacturing Apparel Manufacturing Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing Machinery Manufacturing Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing Paper Manufacturing Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Printing and Related Support Activities Textile Mills Textile Product Mills Wood Product Manufacturing Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Phase One: Wholesale Trade Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Lisa Berger, Director
Kate Heidecker, Deputy Director
Barbara Loughran, Business Services Administrator
Natalie Michael, Confidential Secretary