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TOB COVID-19 SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS APPLICATION

Application to assist existing businesses and places of worship in the Town of Brookhaven who have been authorized by the Governor of the State of New York to re-open, but do not have the indoor area or facilities to accommodate COVID social distancing requirements and wish to use existing outdoor areas or install pick-up windows or parking lot signs on a temporary basis.  CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION   Covid Revised Application 5-20-20 FP Revision2 (2)[35900]

 

SPECIAL CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP OFFER

With the hardship caused to our businesses by the Covid-19 Crisis we are automatically giving our current members a 3-month extension on their memberships and offering a special 3-month free trial* for new members.
If you are a current member and your renewal fell due during April or May, you may have noticed that you were not billed for renewal. Billing will automatically resume in July. If at that time, we are still in crisis and you are unable to renew, please contact Lenore or Doreen. New Members visit https://middlecountrychamber.com/join/ for the application.
This is a limited time offer.
The Chamber is here to support our local businesses.
* Free Trial Offer – Applications must be received by July 1, 2020. Ignore payment options at this time.
 

EMERGENCY MICROENTERPRISE BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM

NEW! Brookhaven Town is offering 40 $10,000 grants to small business…..5 or less employees and business must fit revenue criteria……
It is on a first come, first served basis.
The Town of Brookhaven has received a Special Allocation of funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Public Law No. 116-136) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACT NOW!!!
 

NEW YORK STATE LAUNCHES CORONAVIRUS CONTACT TRACER PROGRAM

Employment   Opportunity… New York State Launches Coronavirus Contact Tracer   Program
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New   York State is accepting applications for Contact Tracers to help slow the   spread of the Coronavirus. This program will help control the   infection rate and will be executed in coordination with New Jersey and   Connecticut. It will serve as an important resource to gather data and be a   model to replicate across the country. Applicants are being sought for   the role of Contact Tracer, Team Supervisor and Community Support Specialist.
The Contact Tracers are important to Long   Island, as “contact tracing” is one of the 7 metrics of the Governor’s   reopening plan for the state. The program will include a baseline of 30   contact tracers for every 100,000 individuals with a total of 6,400 to 17,000   tracers statewide. Currently, the Long Island region requires a minimum   of 852 contract tracers, which could change due to an increase or decline in   the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Go to https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help to   apply online.
New PSA   Contest: ​The Governor also   announced a contest asking New Yorkers to create and share a PSA video   explaining why people should wear a mask in public. You can learn more   at http://www.WearAMask.ny.gov. Please feel free to share with your   constituents.
Contact   Tracing: To learn about how   to apply to be apart of the NY contact tracing initiative, please   visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/assistance.​ At this link, you will find application to   apply to a contact tracer, team supervisor, and community support specialist.
Enforcement   Hotline: The NYS on PAUSE   Enforcement hotline is still active. Individuals can file complaints   regarding the operation of non-essential businesses or gatherings 24 hours a   day, 7 days a week through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470.​ The   online form can be accessed by clicking here​.
Sincerely,
Lisa M. G. Mulligan,   Director
Town of Brookhaven
Division of Economic   Development
 

WEBINAR TOMORROW 4/16 – GMCCC/U.S. DOL/WHD FFCRA Conference

You have been invited to the event “Greater Middle Country Chamber / U.S. DOL/WHD FFCRA Conference”
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). The Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective April 1, 2020. For more information, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra
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FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The legislation will ensure that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus, while at the same time reimbursing businesses.
Nano Bustamante
Nano Bustamante is the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) for the Long Island District Office. Nano began his career in the federal government in 1995. He transferred to the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division in 2010 as an Investigator. Nano accepted the CORPS position in April of 2016.
To know more, click https://dolwhd.cosocloud.com/exj3wuwclard/event/speaker_info.html
Event: Greater Middle Country Chamber / U.S. DOL/WHD FFCRA Conference
When: Thursday 16 April 2020, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Audio Conference Details:
To register now, please visit the following link:
https://dolwhd.cosocloud.com/exj3wuwclard/event/registration.html
To know more about the event, please visit our website:
https://dolwhd.cosocloud.com/exj3wuwclard/event/event_info.html
Thank you,
David An
 

Join us for a Virtual Chamber Meeting – April 21st

We will be getting back to monthly chamber events, although for the time being, they will be virtual meetings. Next week, we will ‘host’ our previously scheduled March meeting. Join the Miller Business team as they demonstrate some of their favorite online resources, mobile apps, and more that are beneficial for small business owners.

Join the Meeting Here!

 

April Luncheon Meeting Cancelled

Due to the Stay in Place order effective through April 30th, this month’s luncheon meeting has been cancelled.

The Active Shooter Presentation presented by Suffolk County Police Department Shield Program will be rescheduled.

 

IMPORTANT: Stimulus/Small Business Disaster Loan Relief

Congressman Lee Zeldin held a Small Business Telephone Town Hall Meeting Thursday, March 26th. Below are the key points from this call:
Stimulus / SBA Loan:
– The vote has passed the Senate and is going for vote in the House on 3/27. If it passes the House it will be going to the White House to Sign.
– Further updates will be provided as this progresses the channels.
– There will be a special page that they come out with on Lee Zeldin’s website
– There is no section in the application for a specific dollar value request. The value will be based on the documents submitted.
– Money, if approved, will be disbursed in increments and based on the documents submitted with the filing.
Website for Submittal / Review – Disaster Loan Assistance
Should you apply?
APPLY, APPLY, APPLY – Get your User ID and get in the system now.
– Applications can take ~21 days to be accepted
– No matter what, you should apply for the SBA (If you are interested)
— Before it goes through final processing, you can ‘opt-out’ and deny the loan if something else comes out better
– Even if you are a new business / not profitable business, as long as you are making sales and headway, this loan is still an option and is not an automatic disqualification
Forgiveness / Payback
– The /entire/ loan can’t be forgiven, but there will be a portion that may be: payroll, utilities, rent, can be forgiven, up to a maximum of 8 weeks.
– All payments are deferred for 6 months
– Applies to all business that retain employees up until June 30th, 2020
– This is based on headcount (If someone leaves, you could replace with another person and it still counts)
Contacts:
Robert J. Piechota
Branch Manager- Long Island, NY Office
U.S. Small Business Administration
(631) 454-0762
(516) 672-6387 Cell
 

Stay informed – Helpful Links

Please refer to these links as needed. Once we have more specific info to share, we will post it on our website, our group facebook page and via email. Please sign up for our facebook page if you have not done so.

US Offices:

US Chamber of Commerce – https://www.uschamber.com/

Department of Labor https://www.dol.gov

US Small Business Administration Covid-19 information – https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

FEMA – https://www.fema.gov/

NYS Offices:

NYS Department of Health Covid-19 Info- https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo (Executive orders) – https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders

NYS Small Business Development Center – http://www.nyssbdc.org/

NYS Unemployment – https://www.ny.gov/services/get-unemployment-assistance#overview-

Suffolk Country Offices:

Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit – https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/News/suffolk-county-executive-bellone-announces-new-actions-to-support-local-businesses-affected-by-covid-19   Call 311 or email

Congressman Lee Zelden – https://www.Zeldin.house.gov

 

Helpful information on dealing with the pandemic

The US Chamber of Commerce has published several helpful articles for businesses dealing with the
COVID-19 Pandemic.

Visit www.USChamber.com for more info.