From John Goldswer, President of the Schoharie Chamber of Commerce:
We are certainly living in uncertain times. But isn’t that when Schoharie County thrives? We come together (though not literally since we are all practicing social distance) and find a way through difficulties, together. For our economy; for each other. And we come out the other side, stronger.
During this time of uncertainty, it is important for all of the leadership of Schoharie County to come together to help prepare our community for the difficult days, weeks, months ahead. We want to encourage creative thinking, and positive solutions to this devastating event that affects us all and have a plan in place for the recovery that comes when this storm blows over. We must call upon our strengths in leadership, compassion, and cooperation like never before to ensure that we help our friends and neighbors make good decisions based upon facts, not fear.
In collaboration with SEEC, IDA, Tourism, Assemblyman Chris Tague’s office and several other businesses/community organizations the Schoharie Chamber is committed to sharing up-to-date, vital information pertaining to the health of our community, and to the ever-changing regulations facing our local economy.
We have compiled a comprehensive listing of resources for small business owners and community members on our website at schohariechamber.com/covid-19/.
We have also hosted webinars and presented information on how affected businesses can apply for SBA loans… offering assistance in contacting SUNY Albany, and filling out the proper paperwork.
The flood that greatly affected this community, and so many others around us took less than a week to rise, crest, and recede… but the devastating effects to our local businesses and economy as a whole have been felt for many years afterward. We want all people of Schoharie County to be safe, be vigilant, and make good decisions. We also need them to remember to support local businesses now, and in the future.
“Social Distancing, does not mean Social Discount. Check in… don’t check out!”
Stay informed, make smart decisions, keep positive.
Watch our website/facebook for more information on future seminars and information on “Success During a Pandemic”, “Employment opportunities/Re-education”, postponed events, and more.
**Website information found at www.schohariechamber.com/covid-19/ including
SBA U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FACT SHEET, ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS, SBA Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information
COVID-19-General-Building-Cleaning-Guidance Interim Guidance for Procedures When Identifying an Employee with Concerns for COVID-19 Exposures, Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection for COVID-19 For Retail Stores, Official news from the Office of the Governor www.governor.ny.gov/news Schoharie County Government (COVID-19) link www4.schohariecounty-ny.gov/home/covid-19/ and CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. www.labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm