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Resources for Businesses

The Long Island Association has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for Long Island business owners that is updated regularly. Make sure to check eligibility requirements. If you have anything you will like to add please email Kristin Kelly at kkelly@longislandassociation.org.

Testing

Vaccines

Sept. 1, 2022 - CDC Recommends the First Updated COVID-19 Booster

Government Policies and Guidance

Testing Kits

Suffolk County was recently allotted additional COVID-19 test kits for the residents and workforce of the County. There are 90 test kits to one box. Each kit contains 2 tests.

Get your Covid test kits here

 with $52 million in SSBCI funding, will provide up to $5 million in matching funds to accelerators, venture studios, and/or incubators providing structured programmatic support to New York State entrepreneurs with high growth potential. Applications must be sent by 3:00 p.m. on December 19th
 
The State Small Business Credit Initiative is providing $102 million for the Emerging and Regional Partner Program Fund to support the growth and establishment of diverse and emerging private sector and regional fund managers. Applications must be sent by 3:00 p.m. on December 19th

Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grants
The multi-year OSWD funding includes $150 million for new grant programs administered by ESD that will support employer-driven, high-skilled workforce training programs. 

  • Capital Grant Program will support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings. 
  • Pay for Performance Grant Program (“P4P”) will support the operational resource needs of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, skills, and certificates in high-demand fields. The P4P Grant Program will provide flexible funds through two distinct tracks:
    • Flexible Operating Grants
    • Capacity-Building Awards to workforce trainers for successfully placing trainees in a good job

Applications are on a rolling deadline: Round 1 Application Batch Closing November 14, 2022

New York State Council on the Arts' Capital Projects Fund

Governor Kathy Hochul announced $150 million in capital funding for arts and culture organizations through the New York State Council on the Arts' Capital Projects Fund.

The two opportunities are: 

  • Small and Midsized Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture
  • Large Capital Improvement Grants for Arts and Culture

The application portal for these opportunities will open on Friday, Sept 30, 2022 and can be accessed on NYSCA's website, arts.ny.gov. NYSCA will also conduct webinars about the application process and host multiple virtual office sessions for applicants to receive one-on-one assistance before the January 12, 2023 deadline. 

Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI)

Governor Hochul announces $35 Million Available for Permanent Supportive Housing Projects: Awards to Provide Operating Expenses for 1,400 Supportive Housing Units Statewide.

New York State Small Business Recovery Program: Grant for small businesses, award is 10% of gross receipts in 2019 up to $2,500,000. Need free assistance with your application? Contacts:

New York State Empire State Development

  • Capital Grants: Capital-based economic development projects intended to create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business or economic activity in a community or region. Office hours every Wednesday at 10 am - email for zoom link.
  • Tax Credit Programs: Click on link for full listing.

Boost Nassau

  • $10,000 grants for eligible small businesses that experienced financial hardship due to Covid-19.

New York Grant Program

  • Will provide grants to help convention centers and conference spaces bring more events. The deadline to apply for these funds is December 31, 2022.

FAST NY Shovel-Ready Grant Program

  • Empire State Development will provide up to $200 million in grants to prepare and develop sites statewide.

COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program

Small businesses with 100 or fewer employees can check if they are eligible for a new tax credit for capital costs related to Covid-19 that were necessary for the business to comply with regulations. Read more.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • If your business received a PPP loan you may be eligible for loan forgiveness.
  • EIDL: The SBA is no longer accepting applications, but will continue to accept requests for increases, appeals, and reconsideration.
  • SBA Debt Relief: Offers debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by Covid-19.

New York State Empire State Development

Community Development Financial Institutions

These organizations provide financial counseling and low interest loans to small businesses meeting certain eligibility criteria.

New York State Empire State Development: A New York State agency focusing on economic development. Check the website for resources to grow your business, including tax credit programs for job creation.

Long Island Regional Economic Development Council: The LIREDC serves as an economic advisory board for the Long Island Region.

Industrial Development Agencies: IDAs are established under the General Municipal Law and the Public Authorities Law to foster economic development in specific localities.

Chambers of Commerce provide a network of support for business owners in their local community.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are funded through the US SBA and provide counseling and training to small businesses.

SBDCs on Long Island include:

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers (EACs) are funded through New York State and provide instruction, training, technical assistance and support services to entrepreneurs.

The EACs on Long Island include: 

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Employee Handbook for Small Business
This handbook is intended to assist you in creating your own custom employee handbook. Download here.

The NYS Department of Labor invites you to the Long Island Virtual Career Fair, being held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
If you are interested in exhibiting, please register, by Friday, March 25, 2022.

Employee Retention Credit Seminar on May 13th - sponsored by S.J. Edwards, Inc.

The Employee Retention Credit provides economic relief to businesses through the CARES Act.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a free Small Business Cyber Summit on October 25th from 12pm - 5pm where you will learn the best practices and resources to help small businesses protect against cyber-attacks during National Cybersecurity Month. To register for this free summit, click here.

There are many resources on Long Island to support businesses founded by entrepreneurs of color, women, and veterans.

  • MTA Small Business Development Programs for MWBE, SDVOB, and DBE businesses: The goal is to develop and grow emerging contractors through classroom and on-the-job training and technical assistance in prime contracts with MTA Agencies, thereby creating a larger pool of diverse qualified contractors who can compete for and complete MTA construction projects safely, timely and within budget.
  • Ascend Long Island: A business development program for diverse owners to support them with obtaining contract opportunities administered by Hofstra University, Boc Capital Corp, and an Anchor Partner Council, primarily funded by JPMorgan Chase and sponsored by Northwell Health, the PSEG Foundation, and the Long Island Community Foundation. Part of a national program. 

Organization and Government Agency Links 

New York State has designated a network of support for early stage companies through Innovation Hot Spots and New York State Certified Business Incubators.

Services and support could include physical space; shared administrative staff; access to capital; coaching; mentoring; networking connections; prototype development; and access to other technical services. Companies that are part of these programs could be eligible for tax incentives through the Long Island Innovation Hot Spot. 

The locations on Long Island include: 

National Grid Long Island Business Site: Provides information on assistance during Covid-19. 

PSEG Main Street Revitalization Program: Eligible businesses can receive incentives to occupy vacant spaces and breathe new life into struggling business districts.

ReChargeNY: Qualifying businesses and nonprofits statewide can potentially lower their energy costs by using specially allocated NYPA power which is set aside by the state government and the NYPA board for economic support.

Ukraine Cyberattacks: What businesses need to know 

  • A guide for businesses published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that offers four major steps to protecting your digital assets amid geopolitical conflicts 

Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency Guide

  • A U.S. Agency that has compiled a list of free cybersecurity tools and services to help organizations further advance their security capabilities. 

Slides from LIA event "Cybersecurity Demystified" presented by SVAM International and New York Institute of Technology in October 2021 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a free Small Business Cyber Summit on October 25th from 12pm - 5pm where you will learn the best practices and resources to help small businesses protect against cyber-attacks during National Cybersecurity Month. To register for this free summit, click here.

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