The WBCC understands the importance of your health during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, and the monetary impact it may have on your business. As your chamber, we're in close contact with local government officials, and will consequently share any kind of relevant information to assist you during these hectic times.
Please check this page often, we are here to help, we are in this together!
Stay safe, see below for news & links and to be better informed:
- What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) -
Familiarize yourself with true information about the virus from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, learn exact facts from true experts in the health field.
- PPE Announcement/Status Update from TOB -
As a part of the Babylon is Back program TOB will be announcing a PPE program for small businesses as outlined below. Additionally, they have acquired (through an IDA client located in Copiague) 4oz. hand sanitizer spray bottles with the Babylon Is Back logo for use and distribution by merchants. Below are a few helpful links, any questions can be forwarded to The Town of Babylon.
PPE Reimbursement / PPE Stopgap
The Babylon IDA has made available $175,000, to be put towards reimbursing local small businesses who have laid out funds for personal protective equipment for their employees and business. Babylon understands that common sense hygiene and PPE use will play a central role in ensuring our successful and safe economic resurgence. In addition, $25,000 has been made available to purchase and distribute PPE to local small businesses who are experiencing supply chain issues, to act as a stopgap measure, and allow them to operate safely until they can acquire the proper supplies. Businesses can apply for either of these programs with the consolidated application found here.
What We’ve Done
Babylon is Back Loan Program
Through the New York Forward Loan Fund, the Babylon IDA, in partnership with the Town and Villages, has made available $2.5 million worth of loans for small businesses throughout the Town of Babylon. These loans provide working capital to businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic who were unable to take advantage of the PPP program. Babylon businesses are encouraged to apply to the program here, and to choose the National Development Council as their CDFI if applicable. You can learn more about the IDA’s investment in Babylon’s small businesses here.
Phase II of the region’s COVID-19 recovery plan allowed businesses to open for outdoor dining. The Town of Babylon - in partnership with the Babylon IDA and the Town’s local village mayors- have streamlined the permitting process for outdoor dining by cutting red tape to get permits in the hands of qualified businesses owners in record time. The application is clear, quick, easy, and free. Restaurants can apply for outdoor dining here.
Free Face Shield Distribution to Barber Shops and Hair Salons
Thanks to a generous donation of 1,000 face shields from L3 Harris, a North Amityville manufacturer, The Town of Babylon, along with the Babylon IDA, was able to supply local Hair Salons and Barber Shops with much needed PPE free of charge. This generous donation of a crucial product poised businesses to be able to reopen safely as soon as the region entered Phase II. The Babylon IDA is actively working to get these shields in the hands of local businesses. Babylon Hair Salons and Barber Shops can sign up to receive their face shields here.
Guidance on Re-opening Local Business
- Informational Video
- Recommendations for Reopening
- Safety Measures for Reopening
- The Phases of Reopening
Programs to help with Reopening
- Babylon IDA Mentor Program- fill out this form to be connected with someone to guide you through reopening.
- Town of Babylon Commercial Cleaning Options
- Stony Brook College of Business Survival Guide- click this link to connect with Stony Brook faculty and students to gain resources on a successful reopening.
- Farmingdale Small Business Development Center- contact email@example.com for free technical assistance on reopening a business
- Click here for an online forum with local officials and Erica Chase, director of SBDC
- Do not fall victim to any COVID19 scams -
- Town of Babylon Small Business Connections Resources -
1. Town of Babylon Government Operations
2. Latest Resources
i. Town of Babylon COVID-19 Business Assistance
ii. Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
iii. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Paycheck
Protection Program (PPP)
iv. Facebook Small Business Grants
3. Upcoming Webinars
i. Second installment of Councilman Anthony Manetta SBA Small Business
Series (check TOB website and TOB social media for upcoming dates).
4. Feedback – In addition to the direct financial assistance, are their any resources
that can be helpful to your business?
5. Key Contact Information:
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Robert J. Piechota
Branch Manager- Long Island, NY Office
Town of Babylon IDA
Tom Dolan, CEO
Phone: (631) 587-3679
- Help for small businesses from SBA -
or visit them at: https://www.sba.gov
- Below is a letter received from Town of Babylon Industrial Development Agency -
It can be used as a reference guide for our local businesses during this pandemic.
Dear Business Owners,
The Babylon IDA is working with our economic development partners across the state to ensure the stability of our local economy at this time of uncertainty. Please see the below program information, advice, and guidelines from Agencies across all levels of government and NGOs that we have compiled for your benefit.
Please know that the Town of Babylon and Babylon IDA stand in solidarity with our business community at this difficult time, and we will be doing everything possible in the coming days, weeks, and months to keep Babylon and our community strong. Thank you and stay safe.
World Health Organization
- Information and updates about the outbreak from the WHO can be found here
CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
- Respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged
- More thorough interim guidance for businesses and employers can be found here
Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
- The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19
- The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing
- States must make a request to the SBA in order for businesses to be eligible. NYS and the Governor’s office has made this request as of last Thursday and are in the process of receiving approval
- In the interim, businesses are advised to reach out to their regional Empire State Development (ESD) office and the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). They will be coordinating, assisting, and communicating once NYS receives its approval
- Additional small business guidance and loan resources from the SBA can be found here
US Chamber of Commerce
- The Chamber is advocating for immediate unemployment benefits for those who are displaced from their jobs and lack income to make ends meet
- The Chamber supports a tax credit to help businesses continue to pay people even if they can’t be on the job due to quarantines, closings, or limited operations
- The Chamber is also calling for low to no-interest business loans to cover revenue losses as a result of the outbreak
- Additional information about and advice from the US Chamber of Commerce can be found here
New York State
- New York State banned gatherings of 50 people or more
- NYS strongly advises only essential services remain open after 8pm
- NYS is asking private businesses to aggressively consider voluntary closings and to allow employees to work from home
- All schools in NYS will be closed for a period of two weeks at a minimum (March 18th to April 1st)
- The Governor has announced that NYS will be opening drive-through testing facilities in Suffolk, Nassau, Richmond, and Rockland Counties.
- The Nassau drive-through testing facility will be open as of 3/17
- Find interim guidance for procedures when identifying an employee with concerns for COVID-19 exposures here
- The latest update on the virus from the New York State Department of Health can be found here
- Suffolk County is in talks with Villages and Towns across Long Island about whether or not to postpone property tax due dates
- Suffolk County is working with NYS to set up a drive-through testing facility in the County
- More information on the County’s response can be found here
Town of Babylon / Babylon Industrial Development Agency
- The Town of Babylon is asking residents to utilize online services and/or call rather than visiting town facilities
- If the Town of Babylon, in conjunction with the County and Villages,. decide to postpone property tax due dates, the Babylon IDA will mirror those postponements for Pilot payments
- More information on the Town of Babylon’s response to the outbreak can be found here
- PSEG said it would suspend electric shut-offs for non-payment through the end of April
- The policy is aimed at addressing customers who “may be negatively affected by issues related to the pandemic”
- Customers facing financial difficulty related to the pandemic should contact the utility to work out a deferred payment plan. The number is 800-490-0025
- Babylon IDA clients may also contact Tim Harris with PSEG, our partner in economic development, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information about PSEG Long Island business services can be found here
- National Grid said it would be temporarily suspending “collections-related activities,” such as shut -offs
- Customers facing financial difficulty related to the pandemic should contact the utility at
- Babylon IDA clients may also contact Lyle Sclair with National Grid, our partner in economic development, at email@example.com
- More information about National Grid Long Island business services can be found here
Suffolk County Water Authority
- A Suffolk County Water Authority spokesman said it would not shut off water because of non-payment
- Customers facing financial difficulty related to the pandemic should contact the utility at 631-698-9500
More information about the Suffolk County Water Authority can be found here
- See below note and link from Mr. Anthony Manetta, Town of Babylon Councilman -
Small Business UPDATE: New York is now showing as approved for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Economic Impact Disaster Loans on the SBA’s website.
Here’s the link to apply online: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Account/Register1
- A message from your Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey -
US Treasury, IRS, and Labor Department Press Release
In our effort to keep our business community informed with the latest information from federal, state, and local governments we would like to share this press release from the US Treasury that was released last night. It explains in further detail the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.
“ Attached is guidance sent last night from the US Treasury on reimbursement for providing paid leave related to the Coronavirus. This reimbursement is geared to mid and small businesses with less than 500 employees. Self- employed individuals are also eligible for the credits. The reimbursement is in the form of payroll tax credits. If the amount of the credits due exceeds the amount of the reimbursement the business can file a request for an accelerated credit for the balance.
We are awaiting details of phase 3 of relief for small businesses and individuals which is expected early this week. “
Please click link below:
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Checklist by U.S. Chamber of Commerce -