COVID-19 Response

The GCEDC is sharing updated resources available to support critical economic development activity in Genesee County, NY during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

The Genesee County Economic Development Center stands ready to address the short-term and long-term economic needs of our community during the COVID-19 health crisis.

If your business is experiencing issues, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We are engaged with our local, regional and state leaders as response programs develop and evolve, and will be updating our website with new resources and information as it becomes available.

This includes programs we are quickly mobilizing with our partners to support critical economic activity in Genesee County. We are actively working with our municipal, financial and workforce networks on solutions for small businesses and our communities.

Maintaining Operations

The Small Business Administration offers a significant number of porgrams to meet business capital needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Please download an overview of the available loan programs here and contact the GCEDC if you need additional support.

As of March 25, small businesses can maintain operations with assistance of up to $25,000 in under a new Express Bridge Pilot Program. Download the Small Business Administration's guide to the Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program here.

The Small Business Administration programs are connected with local lenders, including the Bank of Castile, M&T Bank, Key Bank and Five Star Bank. Working with your existing lender is required for this assistance.

The Small Business Administration has approved a statewide disaster declaration for New York. This enables eligible small businesses to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans at this link.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to businesses unable to meet their obligations and to pay their ordinary and necessary operating expenses. The program provides up to $2 million in necessary working capital during the period before normal operations resume. More information on the program is available at this link.

See the New York State Department of Health's guidance on cleaning and disinfecting facilities here.

See guidance on businesses supporting New York's COVID-19 response through facility repurposing or product donation here.  See here to participate in the New York State COVID-19 Volunteer and Donation program.


Stimulus legislation is moving in the Congress that includes several programs to support businesses and families.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has provided a guidebook on COVID-19 funding assistance. Download it here, and see a summary of the CARES ACT here.

Sen. Charles Schumer has provided a business explainer on the CARES ACT. Download it here, and see a related guide for small business owners here and a summary of the stimulus bill here.

Workforce and Employee Services

Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by allowing only essential business operations continue at this time.

Request a waiver for businesses that request desingation as an essential business here.

Read Empire State Development's updated (March 27) its guidance on in-person workplace reductions here.

Submit COVID-19-related questions to Empire State Development here. See frequently asked questions to Empire State Development here.

The US Department of Labor has issued guidance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. See frequently asked questions regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act here.

New York State Department of Labor is encouraging businesses to use a Shared Work Program as an alternative to laying off employees  by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, businesses are able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group. More information is available at this link.

Economic Development Meetings

The Genesee County Economic Development Center, Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation, and Genesee County Funding Corporation are observing Governor Cuomo's executive orders that supsend the open meetings law and reduce the number of employees on-site to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Meeting agendas, video archives, and transcripts of meetings held by conference call during the week of March 23 will be provided, with links updating on our website.

Public Health

The Genesee County Economic Development Center also encourages everyone to follow our local, state and federal agencies as they offer gudiance during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Genesee County Public Health Department

New York State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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