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Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit


The Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit serves as a:

  • One Stop for business questions and resources related to impacts as a result of COVID 19
  • Data collection for economic and workforce impacts


December 10, 2021 - Governor Hochul today announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.

This measure is effective Dec. 13, 2021 until Jan. 15, 2022, after which the State will re-evaluate based on current conditions.

September 9, 2021 - The SBA has improved the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to better meet the needs of small businesses, especially those hardest hit industries and smallest entities that still need relief.

Increased Loan Cap to $2 Million; Expanded Use of Funds to Pay and Prepay Business Debt; Streamlined Review Processes, and Deferred Payments; First Approval and Disbursement of Loans of $500,000 or Less Also Introduced.

Find out more here:

NYS Announces $3.5 Billion in Assistance for Renters and Small Businesses - May 25, 2021

  • $2.7 Billion Rental Assistance Program to provide funding for eligible households experiencing financial hardship. Online applications accepted starting June 1. For more information applicants and landlords should review the ERAP section below and visit
  • $800 Million Small Business Recovery Grant Program to provide funding to small businesses to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Online applications accepted starting June 10. For more information visit

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Suffolk County has been awarded Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funding through the U.S. Treasury Department.

Suffolk County is partnering with Family Service League, OLA of Eastern Long Island and Nassau Suffolk Law Services to assist residents applying for ERAP funding through NYS in the Towns of Smithtown, Riverhead, Easthampton, Southampton, Southold and Shelter Island. Click here for a flyer in English and Spanish for more information. Residents in the Towns of Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip and Babylon should visit the NYS OTDA website for more information.

Please visit for more information about who is eligible, what documentation will be required, and frequently asked questions.

Suffolk County BACKSTOP

Rental and Small Business Assistance

The Small Business Assistance Grant Program will be taking applications until funds are exhausted.

Small Business Assistance Pre-Application

Small Business Assistance - Quick Reference Guide

Emergency Rental Assistance Program - Quick Reference Guide: English | Spanish

Rental Assistance FAQs: English | Spanish

Rental Assistance Lottery Application

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

Notice: SVOG applications closed August 20, 2021

SBA has opened supplemental grant applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant awardees for 50% of the original award amount, capped at a total of $10 million (initial and supplemental combined). Details can be found here.

More information on SVOG can be found at the SBA Website.

Business Recovery Unit

Statewide Guidelines

Both Active and Archived New York Forward industry reopening guidance documents can be found here on the NY Forward website

Suffolk County Gyms and Fitness Centers Summary and Inspection Process

COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Small Businesses – Last year’s Reopening Guide was helpful to tens of thousands of small business owners. This year, with their input, a new more comprehensive Guide is available.

All NYS Governor Executive Orders:

Financial Employer Resources


Restaurant Revitilization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.

Applications Submission period ended May 24. 2021, 8pm ET

Click HERE for complete details.

On July 15th, 2021, the Restaurant Revitalization Platform disabled the ability for applicants to login and access information about their application or status. Your application will be held in its current status on the platform. The SBA will rapidly move to approve and disburse your eligible application when/if new funds are made available.

SBA Coronvirus Resource Center: It is updated daily with changes to laws and regulations. It can be found at
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act: Information on all SBA financial resources available to small businesses
Committee on Small Businesses: Economic Injury Disaster Loans vs Paycheck Protection Program:
ESD SBA Loans Webpage:
OIG’s Beware of SBA Scams and Fraud Schemes:
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):
SBA Paycheck Protection Program:
SBA Loan Subsidy Program: Eligible businesses can apply for the SBA to pay interest and principal payments for 6 months on their existing SBA loans:
  • For SBA loans made prior to March 27, 2020
  • SBA loan types eligible: 7(a), community advantage, 504 and microloans.
SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program: Allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. More info at
SBA Microloan Program:

NYS and Local Financial Resources

Rental and Small Business Assistance

The Small Business Assistance Grant Program pre-application will open on April 9th at 9am and will be open through April 23rd.

Small Business Assistance Pre-Application

Small Business Assistance - Quick Reference Guide

Emergency Rental Assistance Program - Quick Reference Guide: English | Spanish

Rental Assistance FAQs: English | Spanish

Rental Assistance Lottery Application

NY Forward Loan Fund:The NYFLF is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. Be sure to select the NDC (National Development Council) as the lender when applying.
Suffolk County Gift Card Portal:Register your business to allow local patrons to support your business by purchasing gift cards. Set up is free, can be integrated into a current gift card sales process (physical or online) or set up for businesses that do not currently sell gift cards:

“Raising The Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund

No longer accepting applications.

Eligible Restaurants Can Receive up to $5,000 to Assist with COVID-19 Safety Measures.

The more than $3 million “Raising the Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund will help eligible restaurants adjust their operations to the impacts of COVID-19 and adherence to New York State’s public health and safety measures during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited.

Applications opened January 11, 2021. For information, visit the Empire State Development Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund webpage.

NY Attorney General COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity:
NYS Small Business Development Center:
  • Can assist with SBA EIDL and PPP Applications and business mortgage counseling

SCORE Mentor Assistance: SCORE is available to assist business owners with SBA programs for free. Information is available for the following programs: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), SBA Express Bridge Loans, SBA Debt Relief

NYS Department of Taxation and Finance:
Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance: DOL has been working hard to keep up with the demand for Unemployment Insurance and has institute new rules that include extended hours and restrictions about when to file based on last name:
  • The fastest and most secure way to apply (file a claim) for Unemployment Insurance benefits is at
  • Filing can also be done by phone toll-free at 888-209-8124
  • Guidance for self-employed individuals:
  • If you filed for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic, you do not need to prove you are searching for employment to make a claim. Department of Labor Commissioner Reardon has signed a new order that limits all work search activities for all unemployment claimants. No activities are required during the pandemic to receive unemployment benefits
DOL Shared Work Program: The Shared Work Program can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you are able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group:
Nationwide Disaster Relief Pro Bono Portal: This centralized, sortable database will include opportunities to serve those impacted by COVID-19, the tornadoes in Tennessee, earthquakes in San Juan, and future disasters as they occur, and is free to all attorneys across the country.
  • Lawyers willing to provide pro bono legal services, please view and sign up for opportunities at
  • Individuals who are looking for disaster-related legal assistance can connect to their state hotlines by calling the DLS Program’s national line at 1-844-435-7486.

IRS & Treasury

Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP)

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is opening the application process for the Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP), a new initiative designed to support access to capital in communities traditionally excluded from the financial system and that have struggled the most during the COVID-19 crisis. The program will ultimately invest $9 billion in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and minority depository institutions (MDIs), supporting their efforts to provide financial products for small and minority-owned businesses and consumers in low-income and underserved communities.

IRS Relief regarding COVID-19:
Treasury, IRS and Labor Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave:


Financial Resource Aimed for the Long Island Region.

LIDC & LISBAC - A 501 (c) 3 Family of Nonprofit Economic Development Organizations Providing:

  • EDA Cares Act Revolving Loan Fund
  • EDA Defense Diversification Revolving Loan Fund
  • EDA Fisheries Assistance Revolving Loan Fund
  • NYS Targeted Industries Revolving Loan Fund
  • Innovative Micro Loans
  • Financial Literacy & Loan Preparedness Training
  • Private Sector & Public Sector Procurement Support
  • MBE/WBE/DBE/VBE Business Development Services

Note these do not support restaurants or retail establishments.

For more information vist their websites:



Information for Non-Profits:
COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund: The Long Island Community Foundation has announced emergency funding for arts organizations. Grants will be awarded to Long Island nonprofits meeting emergent and critical needs affecting our local region. Priority will be given to nonprofits addressing essential health and human services and food insecurity, as well as arts and culture as it is directly tied to our communities’ health and wellness and economic recovery:

Informational Employer Resources:

Announcements & Updates

Sign up for NYS COVID-19 email updates:
Newsday Free Announcements: Offering free announcements for businesses to communicate to their customers

Health & Cleaning Guidance

Interim CDC Guidance on what to do if you are sick (including guidance for returning to work):
CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance:

NYS and Local Informational Resources

Empire State Digital - Digitization and Global E-commerce Suite

Through unique partnerships with leading global e-commerce and e-payment providers, Empire State Digital connects New York-based small businesses with the education, access and resources needed to digitize, expand and adapt to the new economy due to the changes from COVID-19.

Empire State Digital - Digitization and Global E-commerce Suite

Through unique partnerships with leading global e-commerce and e-payment providers, Empire State Digital connects New York-based small businesses with the education, access and resources needed to digitize, expand and adapt to the new economy due to the changes from COVID-19. New York State Liquor Authority Guidance On COVID-Related Closing Times
Long Island Personal Protective Equipment Provider Platform: This platform connects local businesses to local manufacturers of COVID-19 related personal protective and social distancing equipment to support our local economy and the reopening of the region.
Suffolk County Forward Job Board: This newly created job board can help match employers to job seekers
Suffolk County Business Industry Sector Operating and Reopening Best Practices: Industry specific guidance links on operating and reopening: click here.
New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool:
Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers:
Discover Long Island:
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): CISA released the first in a series of six Cyber Essentials Toolkits. This is a starting point for small businesses and government agencies to understand and address cybersecurity risk as they do other risks:
Export Import Bank Small Business Group:
Hofstra University’s Center for Entrepreneurship - provides Hofstra University's students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community with the skills and training necessary to become accomplished entrepreneurs:

Stony Brook University COVID-19 Economic Recovery Assistance: Provides the following services:

  • Virtual Expert Network Office Hours: Receive guidance from faculty members on various business topics
  • Small Business Tech Enhancement Program: Receive guidance on technology and software solutions to aid your business in recovery and beyond
  • Pandemic Shift Business Survival Workshops: Cohort based webinar series designed to assist small businesses through this event.
NYS Business Counseling Support: Governor Cuomo announced Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling support to 70 non-profit partners across New York State. The funding will enable these organizations to provide small businesses with necessary guidance to secure disaster assistance, such as Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

EAP at SCCC: Suffolk County Community College 631-851-6214 or

NYS DFS FAQ’s on Business Interruption Insurance:
Employer WARN Notices are still required: If New York State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) thresholds are met, businesses still need to file. Private sector employers in New York State that employ more than 50 employees must issue a WARN Notice 90 days before closing a plant. They must also issue notice when there is a layoff that affects either: 1) 33 percent of the workforce (at least 25 workers), OR 2) 250 workers from a single employment site. Many businesses are facing rapid and unexpected closures due to the coronavirus. If your business is forced to close, please provide notice as soon as possible and identify the circumstances that required the closure.
NYS Department of Labor:
Volunteer or Contribute to the Response: Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should should visit:
NYS Empire State Development:
NYS Dept. of Homeland Security and Emergency Services:
Price Gouging Complaints: All price gouging complains should be reported to the NYS Attorney General’s office:
NYATEP COVID-19 Updates:

Suffolk County Foreign Trade Zone: If your company is already involved in international trade, and imports components to make local products.

For more information, go to

Health & Cleaning Guidance

Surgeon General Video “How To Make Your Own Cloth Face Covering”:
CDC Factsheet: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19:
CDC Guidance on Running Errands:®i_id=122963332&segment_id=24376&te=1&user_id=6308b0522f85b0c615c21fd93b76d5e1
Multilingual CDC COVID-19 Factsheets:
Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19:
Interim CDC Guidance on what to do if you are sick (including guidance for returning to work):

Resources for Current or Former Employees

New Tools for Landlords and Tenants Impacted by COVID-19. HUD strongly encourages all grantees and owners of HUD-assisted housing to work with tenants at risk of eviction to negotiate rent repayment plans to help them stay housed. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
FAQ – Returning to work and Unemployment Insurance: This guide provides answers to common questions about how returning to work impacts your unemployment benefits.
Suffolk County Forward Job Board: This newly created job board can help match job seekers to employers.
United Way Assistance Fund: The United Way has created an assistance fund for Low-income, wage earners who reside in Suffolk or Nassau County and are recently unemployed or have been furloughed due to the effects of COVID-19. Applicants must meet the monthly eligibility guidelines.
Department of Labor Unemployment and Pandemic Insurance: Prior to 4/20/20, due to cumbersome federal guidelines, New Yorkers were required to apply for regular Unemployment Insurance and be rejected before applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. As of 4/20/20, New Yorkers will be able to simply fill out one form to get the correct benefits. The updated unemployment benefits application system will determine which unemployment program — unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — New Yorkers should apply for and then prompt them to answer a specific set of questions.
  • To submit a new claim/create an account (for those who have not yet submitted a claim):
  • Review/Manage an existing claim:
  • Pandemic Insurance Factsheet:
  • Pandemic Insurance: The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which was included in the Federal CARES Act, provides unemployment benefits for individuals who are ineligible for traditional unemployment insurance, including:
    • Self-employed New Yorkers;
    • Independent contractors;
    • New Yorkers who worked for an app-based company (i.e. "gig workers")
    • Farmers;
    • Those diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have COVD-19 symptoms and are seeking a diagnosis;
    • Those living with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • Those providing care for a family or household member diagnosed with COVID-19;
    • A primary caregiver for a child unable to attend school or another facility due to COVID-19;
    • Those unable to reach their place of employment due to an imposed quarantine or because they have been advised by a medical provider to self-quarantine due to COVID-19;
    • Those scheduled to commence new employment that cannot reach their workplace as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • Those who became a major breadwinner because the head of their household died from COVID-19;
    • Those who quit their job as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • Those whose place of employment closed as a direct result of COVID-19;
    • Those with insufficient work history and affected by COVID-19; and
    • New Yorkers otherwise not qualified for regular or extended UI benefits and affected by COVID-19
Emergency Paid Sick Leave: To address the immediate need of employees affected by COVID-19 who are subject to mandatory or precautionary orders of quarantine or isolation, the new law provides the following:
  • Additional Information about Paid Family Leave:
  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide their workers:
  • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide their workers:
    • At least 5 days of paid sick leave
    • Job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
    • Guaranteed access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000. Here's how to apply for Paid Family Leave and disability benefits.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide their workers:
    • At least 14 days of paid sick leave
    • Guaranteed job protection for the duration of the quarantine order
    • The provisions of the quarantine legislation took effect immediately upon the Governor's signature, ensuring that New York workers are able to take advantage of these benefits now.
  • Additional Notes:
    • If you are quarantined but are working from home you do not qualify for these benefits.
    • You may be eligible for additional leave under NYS Paid Family Leave and disability benefits. Please call the hotline for more info.
    • If an employer is closed due to COVID-19 or a quarantine order, employees may immediately apply for Unemployment Insurance.
    • Questions: Call the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
NYS DOL Workforce Resources:
  • Affordable healthcare options through the New York State Department of Health:
  • DOL Hire Now: Immediate job openings for employers that are looking to hire:
  • JobZone is a no-cost, interactive resource to help adults manage their careers. Adults can explore career interests, occupations, and job openings:
    • Ability to “Live Chat” with a Career Advisor for advice and job search strategies
  • Jobs Express: Lists current job openings (currently, over 138,000) in New York's 10 regional economies. Job opening numbers are updated frequently. You’ll find businesses hiring because they are unaffected by COVID-19 and businesses hiring in response to COVID-19:
Free or low cost Wi-Fi and Cellular Data:
  • Free WiFi: Charter Communications (Spectrum) and Comcast are giving households with K- 12 and college students, and those who qualify as low-income complimentary Wifi for 60 days
    • Families who do not have the service will also receive free installation of the service
    • Both companies are expanding Wi-fi hotspots to the public within the company’s available regions
    • Call (844) 488-8395 (Charter) or (855) 846-8376 (Comcast) to enroll
    • Individuals must call company after 60 days, or they will be automatically billed
  • Unlimited data: Charter, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are offering unlimited data plans to customers until May 13 for no additional charge
Touro Law School Helpline: Touro Law School has established a helpline to answer legal questions arising from the pandemic. Volunteer attorneys will provide referrals to our own clinical program and appropriate legal partners on a wide range of legal issues.
For more information:

Contracting and Manufacturing Opportunities:

Suffolk County IDA Sales Tax Relief Equipment Program: The program establishes sales and use tax exemptions of up to $100,000 for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors helping to provide various forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the men and woman on the front lines of the global pandemic. Businesses who fit the criteria are encouraged to visit
Business Incubator Association of NYS: Innovate to Ventilate initiative provides a variety of resources for businesses looking to develop, manufacture or procure PPE and other items critical to the COVID-19 response:
National Grid Fast Track COVID-19 Manufacturing Productivity Program (MPP): Applicants MUST be a an eligible Long Island customer in good standing within National Grid’s downstate New York gas service territory and be a business that is classified in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as Manufacturing (NAICS codes 31, 32 or 33):
NYS Center for Biotechnology COVID-19 Funding and Resource Opportunities:
Manufacturing or Selling Supplies to NYS: NYS site to assist with the response:
  • Manufacturing PPE: The Governor is encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should email and include “COVID19 BUSINESS TRANSITION” in the subject line.
  • Selling PPE to NYS: Governor is asking all PPE product providers (including gloves, masks and gowns) to sell to the state any products that are not essential or not currently being used. Businesses interested in selling products to the state should complete a submission form:
Supply and Real Estate Opportunities with Suffolk County:
Contracting with US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Volunteer Opportunities:

Become an NYS Citizen Public Health Leader: To continue the fight against COVID and prepare for the next public health emergency, the State launched a free, online Citizen Public Health Training course for New Yorkers. This innovative course, delivered by the NYS Department of Health in partnership with Cornell University and supported by SUNY, will prepare and equip New Yorkers to become NYS Citizen Public Health Leaders and build an informed network of community health leaders across the state.
Volunteer or Contribute to the Response: Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should visit:
Volunteer Technology SWAT Teams:
Suffolk County PPE Donations: To make a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), please contact Peter Guaraldi, Asst. to the Commissioner, SC FRES, at or 631-852-8755. Please note, at this time non-PPE items are not being accepted.
NYS Donation Offers: To offer any donated goods, services, or space for use in New York’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency:

Local Organizations:

U.S. Small Business Administration October Webinars

Wed. Oct. 20, 2021 at 2:30pm
PPP Forgiveness Application: New SBA platform for loans of $150,000 or less, Forms 3508 and 3508EZ for loans more than $150,000, Calculation and Documentation

Thurs. Oct. 21, 2021 at 9:30am
America’s Seed Fund-Grants for Research & Development: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

Thurs. Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:00am
Business series 3: How SBA Can Help Your Business Succeed

Starting a Business at 50+ ( or

Mon. Oct. 25, 2021 at 2pm
Building a Blog for Your Business Step-by-Step

Thurs. Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:00am
Business series 4: Business Plan Writing

Starting a Business at 50+ ( or
SBA Webinar Series for November 2021. PPP Forgiveness, Grants for R&D, How SBA Helps Your Business, Blogging, Business Plan Writing, Marketing Strategies and more. Register today.

Recorded Webinars:

Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Round 11 Grant Funding.

Regional Economic Development Council Round 11 is open. There is more than $750 million of funding available through more than 30 state programs.

"Cash Reigns Supreme" Free Webinar Series for Small Business Owners Affected by the Pandemic.

The National Development Council, a national leader in community and economic development training, has released a three-part webinar series to teach small business owners the importance of financial statements and how they can be used to make better business decisions.

Still Have Questions About PPP?

The NDC has made a webinar available to help answer some of those questions. In this webinar, an NDC loan officer reviews the requirements, documents, and updates related to the First and Second Draw PPP Program. At the end of the session you will understand how to prepare for and obtain a First or Second Draw PPP loan with NDC’s GAF.

Thurs. 8/20/20: Suffolk County officials discussed reopening plans and procedures for gyms and fitness centers in light of the New York State announcement around reopening.
Tues. 7/7/20: Suffolk County - “Are you interested in starting a Food Truck business?”

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901