Business Resources

In Relation to COVID-19

The team at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator is actively working with member companies and community businesses to provide the guidance and resources needed in this uncertain time. Below is a list of additional resources which may aid you and your business as you continue to grow and adapt. Please consult this page on an ongoing basis, as it will be updated as new resources become available. 

Incubator Member Resources

Seasoned marketing master Tony Frontera holds open office hours, which both members and non-members can access via his calendar link above. Discuss your business plan, business model canvas, customer discovery and more.

Multiple Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) with wide-ranging expertise is available to member startups as part of our coalition with the Southern Tier Startup Alliance. Members can consult the list of available EIRs in the link above and reach out to Eric Krohn to get you set up.

Member Slack Channel

Members are virtually connecting and sharing feedback and experiences during this turbulent time through the KSTI Slack channel. Members who have yet to join the channel can reach out to Emma Baudendistel for access.

Broome County Resources

Outlines steps being taken by the local government to curb the spread of COVID-19. It also lists in detail different health services, eateries offering take-out, banks, help groups and more which are accessible in the area.

Learn of the number of infected in the area and stay up to date on health notices and news being updated frequently about cases in Broome County.

Through the Binghamton Local Development Corporation, The City of Binghamton will provide up to $15,000 in zero interest loans to small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus crisis. Visit to learn about the program and its application process.

Binghamton’s Small Business Development Center is providing one-on-one remote consulting to  small businesses responding to the coronavirus crisis. Here you can schedule an appointment with the SBDC and learn about their resources and offerings.

With many students still in the area and many parents concerned for their child’s safety, the University shares announcements on policy changes and its actions to combat the coronavirus crisis.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Way of Broome County is recruiting volunteers to assist local individuals and organizations. You can sign up on their website if you wish to volunteer your service and support the community.

NYS Business Resources

To keep the public updated on their response to the coronavirus outbreak, the state government lists major recent changes in statewide policies regarding COVID-19. The page is updated daily.

Sign up for this New York State resource where you will get emailed accurate and up to date information on New York’s efforts to battle COVID-19 and support people and businesses in the state.

Learn state regulations and general guidance related to the Coronavirus, including a resource directory to statewide departments for businesses and corporations.

Learn the rules of Governor’s Cuomo’s restriction on non-essential businesses and understand who will stay in operation under current provisions.

Information on unemployment benefits and online forms to file an unemployment insurance claim in regards to the Coronavirus.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the United Way of Broome County is recruiting volunteers to assist local individuals and organizations. You can sign up on their website if you wish to volunteer your service and support the community.

Detailed information on Governor Cuomo’s executive order to withhold late filing and payment penalties on taxes.

Details and guidance from Empire State Development on SBA Disaster Loans, and access to a downloadable PDF guide on applying for an SBA loan.

Answers on how the state’s coronavirus response policies will impact and affect businesses and a directory to other statewide resources.

The New York state government has expanded debt relief programs in response to the current crisis, and created this online portal to apply for debt suspension. Please note that no application is needed for suspending medical and student debt.

A list of benefits and policies for New York’s Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave Programs. Also provides application forms for paid leave programs.

NYS Shared Work Program

Shared Work lets you keep trained staff and avoid layoffs. Employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible.

Federal Business Resources

A comprehensive collection of legislation and additional federal resource available to leaders in government and business. Also features a unitue “relief available” state-by-state map.

US Federal Reserve

Up to date news on measures the Federal Reserve is enacting to assist businesses and employees in relation to COVID-19

US Department of Agriculture

A comprehensive FAQ by the USDA outlining resources for farmers, loan programs, grants and additional resources relating to COVID-19

Recommended readings for small businesses adapting to the coronavirus crisis. Topics include information about low interest small business loan programs, hiring and recruiting advice during the coronavirus outbreak, and retaining customers during the crisis.

Information on unemployment, paid leave, and wage policies during the coronavirus outbreak. Also provides resources for preparing a safe workplace during the coronavirus crisis.

A list of EXIM’S temporary programs for financial assistance to Export/Import businesses.

An outline of the CDC’s interim guidance for businesses in response to the coronavirus crisis. It provides advice for preventing workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings and recommends policies to implement to continue healthy business operations.

Details on the extended deadline for tax preparation and payment, presents legal documentation on recently implemented relief policies for taxpayers, and IRS resources for tax preparation and payment.

Webinars and Presentations

Lists COVID-19 related webinars offered by resources nationwide for small businesses.

 SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small businesses. In relation to COVID-19, SCORE has several online webinars planned in the coming month to teach participants business and marketing strategies.

Local company Coughlin & Gerhart cover labor and employment issues arising from the virus — how to manage layoffs and furloughs and additional resources.

Recommended readings for small businesses adapting to the coronavirus crisis. Topics include information about low interest small business loan programs, hiring and recruiting advice during the coronavirus outbreak, and retaining customers during the crisis.

In-depth overview of the SBA Disaster Assistance Loan program — why you might need it, how to access, who can apply, and how to apply.

Alternative overview of the SBA disaster loan program specifically through the lens of NYS business.

Video explaining what businesses should expect in terms of disruption and resources available to manage.

Video by Cornell University discussing funding opportunities and other resources available to businesses.

Grants and Research

SUNY RF’S list of statewide and national funding opportunities in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Funding opportunity announcement from the National Science Foundation for research projects concerning COVID-19. Permitting award proposals for up to $200K in funding.

National Institute of Health resource page outlining guidance and COVID-19 project funding opportunities.

Grants.gov searchable database covering COVID-19 related funding opportunities.

Health and Wellness

Provides advice for maintaining mental health during our current crisis. Outlines actions that children, adults, and families can take to remain social and hopeful during these difficult times.

A guide for all age groups and mental health providers on coping with the anxiety and stress that results from this crisis. Includes tips for reducing anxiety by reducing risk and maintaining hygeine, managing information overload during the crisis, and practicing self-care on a daily basis.

How to stay healthy as well as sage in New York’s state parks. Guidelines on who is reccomended to participate in outdoor activities in the parks.

Other Premier Resource Guides

A comprehensive directory for finding additional resources related to the coronavirus outbreak.

A collectivized document gathering a wide range of advice and resources in light of the coronavirus crisis. It features many resources from and for queer, Asian, disabled, elderly, and indigenous people.

A directory of resources that may be useful for a number of non-profits during the coronavirus pandemic.

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