March 25, 2020
Dear West Islip Chamber Members:
This past week has been unparalleled; we understand you may be anxious about the recent events as a result of COVID-19. We are here to help and provide guidance wherever possible during this difficult and challenging time.
SUFFOLK COUNTY ALLIANCE OF CHAMBERS
Beginning next week, on Mondays at noon, weekly telephone webinars will be available, from health professionals and public officials, to provide up-to-date information and answers to your questions about the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Suffolk County officials recommend businesses register online at www.suffolkchambers.org
Use the websites provided at www.suffolkchambers.org
- To access payroll questions, loan forgiveness
- For unemployment guidance to assist with your business that relates to your employees
SUFFOLK COUNTY BUSINESS RECOVERY UNIT serves as a One-Stop-for-Business questions and resources related to the impact of COVID-19, as well as the data collection for economic and workforce impacts.
Access this information at
Most Importantly, NYS has been approved for $2.2 billion to be allotted to small businesses. Please note, there is a glitch in the SBA Loan system when electronically signing the document. If you cannot sign the document, it is suggested you log out and then log back in to complete the electronic signature.
We were also informed that it will take at least 30-days for them to receive the paperwork portions via USPS. Any business with an existing SBA loan need not worry; the loan will automatically be rolled into a deferral program. The SBA also offers these loans to not-for-profits.
Furthermore, we were informed that businesses should also apply for loans via banks and credit unions.
Three opportunities for borrowing money:
- There will be special arrangements from business lenders
- Banks/credit loaners will have to be available for payroll needs, etc.
- You can apply through SBA and through a lender, 1-year deferment on loans
IMPORTANT NOTES TO BE AWARE
- National Guard should be on Long Island in the near future; at this time we do not have any specifics
- File for National Disaster Insurance for your business, if you have it. Look for the Business Interim Clause
SAFETY FOR DOWNTOWN BUSINESS DISTRICTS AND MAIN STREET
- The County was asked to please consider an increase in police patrols during this time. Commander Silva of the 5th Prescient and the County is looking into this, as they believe it is an important issue while stores are closed
DISASTER LOAN ASSISTANCE
Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters
- 311 and https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
The SBA requested you have patience with them as they work through to circulate this huge amount of constantly changing information.
The West Islip Chamber of Commerce has been accumulating an ongoing list of what our businesses are implementing as precautions, as well as being in sync with regulations, while they remain open.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ISSUES GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL SERVICES UNDER THE 'NEW YORK STATE ON PAUSE' EXECUTIVE ORDER
Guidance on essential services under the executive order is available at:
Please continue to support our small businesses. Our restaurants need us now more than ever before to enable them to survive this unfortunate crisis. Please try to purchase any of your needs locally and visit these essential businesses as often as possible.
Do your part to slow the spread. Guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak, see the guidelines below.
Most importantly, please stay healthy and safe,
West Islip Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors