Welcome to SEEC’s COVID-19 Business Resource Hub


In response to the Schoharie County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, SEEC Associates have scoured the internet, sourced trade associations, government agencies and banking experts to present the latest and most credible information to help organizations and professionals BEST manage their business through this COVID-19, world pandemic crisis.  Not only will business owners and not-for-profit leaders find resources here – so, too, will creative professionals, independent contractors, crafters and farmers.


Schoharie County Public Health Updates

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SEEC Announces $75,000 Resiliency Fund for the Schoharie County Business Community


Read all about it in the Times Journal.

Read the official press release here.


Click HERE to read Resiliency Fund Policy Guidelines. 

Click HERE to download Resiliency Fund  application


If you do not have a written business plan summary, please 

consider one of these resources: Service Business Template or Product Business Template.


All completed applications can be emailed to SEEC Executive Director Julie Paccatte at [email protected] 

SchoCo Promise

We can help you complete the NY Forward affirmation process ... and once you are NY Forward compliant, we invite you to participate in the SchoCo Promise!​


Read about it here.

Once your business is compliant with NY Forward requirements, you are then eligible to participate in the SchoCo Promise, an initiative meant to reward NY Forward-compliant businesses committed to keeping our community HEALTHY and OPEN!

SchoCo Promise "Perks" include a SchoCo Promise Designation Certificate and Window Clings for display, access to Shared Resources like business safety plans and safety protocol signs and inclusion in Exclusive Marketing Opportunities like social media posts, website features and special advertising, sponsored by the Schoharie County Economic Alliance (SEEC, Destination Marketing Corp, Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce and Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce)


CLICK HERE  to participate in the SchoCo Promise!

Is YOUR business NY Forward-compliant? The process requires you to:


(1) Read the reopening safety guidelines for your specific industry


(2) AFFIRM your business' compliance (you receive a certificate once this process is completed)


(3) Print a business safety plan.


IF NOT, please CLICK HERE to complete our NY Forward Safety Plan & Affirmation Tutorial, a step by step manual that provides you with direct links to the NY Forward website so you can complete the process (which is REQUIRED by NY state).


New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF)

Pre-Applications Available NOW!


Pre-applications are now available for the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. 

Click below for more information about eligibility or to fill out a pre-application:


New York Forward Loan Fund

NY Forward:

The Pivot to Reopening



Governor Cuomo outlined guidelines that will help regions create individual plans 

based on facts and data to reopen New York.

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Map of the 10 regions of the state and a list of counties within each region.


The state will monitor core factors to determine if a region can reopen.

The loosening of restrictions in New York will be considered on a regional basis, based on the following criteria. These criteria are designed to allow phased reopenings to begin in each region only if:


• The infection rate is sufficiently low;

• The health care system has the capacity to absorb a potential resurgence in new cases;

• Diagnostic testing capacity is sufficiently high to detect and isolate new cases; and

• Robust contact-tracing capacity is in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.


Regional Control Rooms


The regional control room will monitor regional metrics during the reopening process. These regional control rooms will monitor the hospitalization rate, death rate, number of new hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ICU bed capacity, testing and contact tracing within its region during reopening and alert the state if the region's metrics no longer meet the reopening guidelines and adjust the reopening plan for that region accordingly.

We are pleased Schoharie County Supervisor Federice/Chairman of the Board is representing Schoharie County.


View a list of members of each regional control room

View SEEC's Reopening Task Force presentation



Click HERE for the latest information from the U.S. Small Business Administration

Phase 4 Guidance is has been released by the Governor's Office


The Mohawk Valley entered Phase 4 on Friday, June 26th. Business Owners must read the detailed guidelines HERE and provide their digital signature affirming that they have read and understand the document.


The Phase 4 guidelines apply to non-essential businesses in regions that are permitted to reopen, essential businesses throughout the state that were previously permitted to remain open, and commercial and recreational activities that have been permitted to operate statewide with restrictions. If guidance has not yet been published for your specific industry, but you are permitted to reopen, please refer to the NY Forward Safety Plan template.


For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool HERE


Guidance for Phase 4 includes:


• Higher Education DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Low-Risk Outdoor Arts & Entertainment DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Low-Risk Indoor Arts & Entertainment DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Media Production DETAILED GUIDELINES


Please also review Statewide Guidance for:


• Childcare and Day Camps DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Religious and Funeral Services DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Dentistry DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Auto Racing DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Professional Sports Training Facilities DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Public Transportation DETAILED GUIDELINES

• Sports and Recreation INTERIM GUIDELINES

SEEC Announces $75,000 Resiliency Fund for the Schoharie County Business Community


Read all about it in the Times Journal.

Read the official press release here.


Click HERE to read Resiliency Fund Policy Guidelines. 

Click HERE to download Resiliency Fund  application


If you do not have a written business plan summary, please 

consider one of these resources: Service Business Template or Product Business Template.


All completed applications can be emailed to SEEC Executive Director Julie Paccatte at [email protected] 

Latest Information from the SBDC

(Small Business Development Center)


Contact the Albany Small Business Development Center (serving Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie Warren and Washington Counties)





Points of Light

Local artists will soon have a place to collaborate and create! 

(Stories courtesy of the Times Journal)

Read More Here








Business Tip of the Week:

Five Things NY Business should be doing ahead of ReOpening: 1. Manage Your Cash Flow. 2. Prepare Your Workforce. 3. Identify Profit Drivers. 4. Streamline Your Processes. 5. Find Ways to Innovate. For the full Albany Business Review article click here.




Utility Relief 

The Schoharie County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey revealed most businesses reported immediate “Utility Relief” was necessary. Not only has the Public Service Commission mandated protections for businesses and individuals during this crisis, many utilities have risen to the occasion ensuring students and workers have the resources they need. If your business has not done so already, contact your service provider to make service and payment arrangements.


National Grid Offers Zero Percent Financing 

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Resources

Workforce Programs


  • Unemployment
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Department of Labor

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Access to Capital


  • Small Business Administration
  • Pursuit
  • Paycheck Protection Program

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Safety Regulations


  • Centers for Disease Control
  • NYS Department of Health

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Agriculture


  • Farmer Relief Fund
  • CADE


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Trade Associations


  • NYS Hospitality & Tourism
  • Farm Bureau
  • NYS Restaurant Association

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Volunteer Opportunities 

  • SALT Development
  • Joshua Project
  • Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley

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Agencies


  • Empire State Development
  • NYS Liquor Authority
  • Schoharie County Tourism
  • SEEC


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Government Representatives Resource Guide

  • Learn the latest news from our elected officials


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