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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?

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From the Blog

3.21.22 COVID Bulletin: State Reverses Course on HERO Act

By | March 21, 2022

Without fanfare, the New York State Department of Labor updated its website to announce the relaxation of some NY HERO Act provisions. Employers can now forego enforcing their workplace safety plans.

2.10.22 COVID Bulletin: BNP Gets Answers on Masking and HERO Act

By | February 10, 2022

Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.

2.9.22 COVID-19 Bulletin: Hochul Ends Mask Mandate; Poloncarz Will Follow Suit

By | February 9, 2022

Today, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she will NOT be renewing the state’s mask mandate, so the mandate will expire tomorrow.

1.28.22 COVID-19 Bulletin: Hochul Extends Mask Mandate

By | January 28, 2022

Today, Gov. Kathy Hochul extended the state’s mask mandate for indoor public places through February 10th. The mandate was previously set to expire on Tuesday.