Information for Businesses
The Office of Economic Development is working to keep businesses updated on resources and information.
For information or guidance not found below, please email Leigh Rodriguez, Director.
Key Links and Resources
Advice and Assistance
- Small Business Advising – Canton SBDC
- Unemployment Information and Guidance for Self-Employed
- St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Resources, Updates and Information for St. Lawrence County
- St. Lawrence County IDA – Local, State and Federal Resources for businesses
- Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) – COVID-19 Response Information
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Save Small Business Initiative resource hu
- Canton Business Guide – Keep the community informed of your status
- STLC Shop Where I Live online marketplace – Get your business included
- Canton Office of Economic Development – Newsletter Archive
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES
First, keep records of ANY impacts on your business due to the pandemic. Have you lost revenue, been shorted on shipments, had to cancel jobs, etc.? Document it all!
If you need financial assistance contact your existing bank first. That will likely be the fastest and easiest way to get help. Other programs, including the SBA Disaster Relief Loans, may require that you go to your own lender first.
If your income is reduced and you are struggling to pay bills, talk with each of your creditors. Most utilities are issuing statements about their policy changes, but make sure you are communicating with any creditors you work with specific to your business.
Contact your insurance agent. The regulations are changing rapidly, so it might be in your benefit to file a claim for certain circumstances.
Look for free online webinars and tools to help you navigate, and share information and experiences with others in a similar situation. Follow SUNY Canton SBDC and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.
If you haven’t, join STLC Strong – Business Network to share communication with other businesses and professionals in the County working to get through this together.