Information for manufacturers small business owners

By on March 21, 2020
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For Manufacturers and other Companies Seeking “Essential Business” Designation

Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Order (E.O. No. 202.7) with details about the 75% in-person workforce reduction and other items, including the closure of personal care businesses such as hair salons. Essential businesses, including food processing operation, are exempt from the requirement. As of March 21, 2020, this is being increased to 100% in-person workforce reduction. 

A waiver for businesses that request exemption from the reduction is available at

Empire State Development has provided a full guidance on in-person workplace reductions available at

Empire State Development also encourages businesses with COVID-19-related questions to connect with relevant support through this form and to review frequently asked questions at

For Small Businesses with Economic Injury

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 

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 

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. 

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