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COVID-19 Resources & Impacts for Businesses


As the regional chamber of commerce, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to providing employers with the latest information and resources to help you deal with COVID-19 and its impact on business, our community, state, and nation.

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For a complete archive of past bulletins visit our blog

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9/24/21: Navigating the New Federal Vaccine Mandate for Employers
7/30/21: Poloncarz Updates BNP Members on Delta Variant
7/13/21: The Successful Employee Re-Entry Plan

Preparing Your Business for COVID-19 Vaccines – Special 3-Part Series:

04/16/21: #1 Considerations for HR, Operations & Sr. Leaders
04/23/21: #2 Creating a Vaccine Policy & Plan 
04/30/21: #3 Communicating with Customers & Employees

03/04/21: Understanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit
01/12/21: Relief Package 2.0 & Employee Vaccinations
11/17/20: New Guidelines for Out-of-State Travelers
08/26/20: School’s Back (Mostly): What Employers Need to Know About Paid Leave
08/20/20: Borrower Beware: Defending PPP Loans from After-the-Fact Gov’t Scrutiny
07/23/20: Contact Tracing – What Employers Need to Know
06/25/20: A Reentry Plan for Today; A Strategy for the Office of Tomorrow
06/11/20: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act – Updates to the PPP
06/04/20: Manufacturing Council Hosts: Navigating lending, tax law changes and the future of PPP
05/28/20: Manufacturing Council Hosts: Employer Liability Protection
05/20/20: NYS Reopening Guidelines: HR & Legal Implications
05/07/20: Manufacturing Council Meeting: Safety & Operational Protocols
05/16/20: WNY Impact Survey Results
05/01/20: NYS Shared Work Program – Retain Employees During a Slowdown
04/10/20: SBA Loan Facts – EIDL and the Paycheck Protection Program
03/20/20: Covid-19 Latest Updates for Employers from Phillips Lytle
03/25/20: New Paid Leave Policies for COVID-19: Clarity for Employers
03/30/20: COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Details & the Business Impact

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Vaccine Access
Vaccine Education
Vaccine Policy & Plan
Vaccine Communication
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Essential Businesses
Vaccine Policy & Plan
Vaccine Communication
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Paycheck Protection Program

1/25/21 Small Business AdministrationNew PPP Interim Guidance 

1/11/21 Small Business AdministrationSecond Round of PPP Loans 

1/10/21 Small Business Administration2021 PPP Amendments 

1/8/21 Small Business AdministrationPPP Borrower Application

12/22/20 U.S. Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Emergency Loans Guide

6/19/20 Small Business AdministrationUpdated PPP Transparency 

6/16/20 Small Business AdministrationRevised Loan Forgiveness Application

6/16/20 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Updated Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

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Express Bridge Loans
Additional Loan Programs
Debt Relief
NYS Business Assistance
NYS Business Assistance
NYS Lease Assistance
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Small Business Guides
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Employee Health Screening

 U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Rally for Recovery Commitment Toolkit

U.S. Chamber of CommerceWorkforce Tips for Employers

5/21/20 Employer Services CorporationCOVID-19 Employee Daily Health-Screening Form

5/21/20 Employer Services CorporationCOVID-19 Employee Health-Screening Questionnaire 

5/21/20 Employer Services CorporationJob Refusal Checklist Form

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International Association of Business Communicators: COVID-19 Resources & Template Communications

The Communications Network: COVID-19 Crisis Communications Triage Kit


Crisis Management & Planning
Business Continuity & Recovery Planning
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Do you have specific questions related to running your business or your business unit?

Visit the BNP Business Link, a question and answer forum for, and by, the Buffalo Niagara business community. Submit your questions and get expert answers on just about any topic from legal, IT, HR, NYS regulations, sales, marketing, communications and more. It is quick, confidential, powerful and convenient. The BNP Business Link can help you today.

From the Blog

COVID-19 Bulletin: Tax Credits Available for COVID-Related Costs 

By | November 3, 2022

Small businesses can now apply for a new tax credit to help offset COVID-19 costs. The $250 million COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program will cover up to 50% of eligible expenses, for a maximum benefit of $25,000.

With Canada lifting most travel restrictions, border communities breathe sigh of relief

By | September 27, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) —Dottie Gallagher, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said fears of random testing and possible quarantines in Ontario all worked to discourage significant aspects of the region’s integrated economy. She called the move “quite frankly, long overdue,” especially for those travelers discouraged to even try navigating requirements like ArriveCan.

Advocacy Alert

9.26.22 Advocacy Alert: Canada to Remove All Border Restrictions

By | September 26, 2022

The Public Health Agency of Canada announced it will lift all COVID-related restrictions on international travelers beginning this Saturday, October 1.

5.17.22 Member Bulletin: Supporting East Buffalo

By | May 18, 2022

BNP has stepped in to assist the City of Buffalo in their efforts to organize the generous support offered by the business community. Updated 5.20.22 With the establishment of the two funds described below, interested donors are encouraged to contact the appropriate fund directly to provide support.