Let’s Work Toward What’s Next
Forget everything we said before about ever loving the word “corona.” We’re over it.
And as we all start to move tenuously toward something more akin to normalcy – or at least what that looks like now – we’ve looked to rework our resource page to help share information on what areas and industries are open, what our clients are doing to get ready to allow customers and clients, and how to stay informed.
Take a look at our updated page below and find the latest information we have to share on moving forward and working toward the “new normal” of life in the era of social distancing.
Western New York is getting back to business. In a four-phased plan, non-essential businesses in the region have been cleared to open their doors back up starting Tuesday, May 19. To reopen, the five counties of Western New York had to meet seven tracked health criteria marking a decline in the virus. Continuing to further reopening phases also hinges on continuing to meet these goals. See the full list for all regions in New York state here.
Industries reopening in Phase 1 include construction, agriculture, curbside retail, manufacturing and wholesale trade. Find more information on Phase 1 industries here.
Phase 2 reopenings consist of offices, real estate, essential in-store retail, auto sales and rentals, building management and hair salons. You can learn more about Phase 2 here.
In Phase 3, reopenings reach even further, including restaurants and personal care services like nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapy. For more details on Phase 3, visit here.
Finally, Phase 4 reopenings expanded to include nearly all industries and entertainment venues, including low-risk indoor and outdoor venues, media production, sports (without fans) and highest education campuses. For more details on Phase 4, visit here.
WNY Client Status
We are here to help if you need us
Whether you’re here on behalf of your company or your family, we’ve put together some helpful information for you. Learn how you can find support for your business or learn how to find health care help or save on your home budget. And, of course, we’re still a marketing company, so learn how we can help you find the right platform and message for your budget to help your brand find stable footing in the forever-changed marketplace.
Small Biz Loan Programs
The C.A.R.E.S. Act, also known as the Payroll Protection Program, provides loans to cover payroll and other expenses – and could be forgiven if certain guidelines are followed,.
The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund offers grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
Facebook Small Business Grant Program – Grant program allocating $100 million to help 30,000 small businesses. Applications are only available in or near locations where Facebook operates.
Small Business Support Links
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together five resources that are designed to help small businesses survive.
Lender Match – Free online referral tool that connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders.
The New York Federal Reserve Bank has set up its own resource page with plenty of links for workers, employers, financial counseling, credit protection and more.
Ways You Can Save at Home
This is one of those rare times in history when everyone on the planet is being negatively impacted by one thing. The last one was either the Black Death or when Game of Thrones ended, depending on your perspective. And, whether you own a small business or have been let go (or furloughed) by your company, you could use as much cash on hand as possible right now. Our company is no different and we wasted no time reaching out to all of our vendors/suppliers to determine what could be done to help. Some services we canceled outright because we’re no longer in the office, but that’s not always the best answer for people at home.
So, we wanted to share some of the tips we’ve learned over the past few weeks with everyone. On a good day, calling any of these places can be as pleasant as driving an ice pick through your forehead, but look at it this way: you probably have time on your hands now; the savings are well worth it; and the person at the other end of the line is definitely being impacted by the crisis in some way as well. That means they may be more apt to show empathy provided you don’t come at them like a caged animal; start off by saying, “Where are you located? Is your family safe?” Then go for the discount:
CDC Prevention Guidelines
Information on how the virus spreads and ways to protect yourself, your family and others.
CDC Mental Health Management Tips
A resource for advice on coping with stress and anxiety during this uncertain time.
Horizon Telehealth Services
Remote counseling that brings safe, secure and life-changing treatment directly to the people who need it.
COVID Testing Availability Map
Western New York Nonprofits
Nationally, Buffalo is known for chicken wings, snow and losing Super Bowls. But the true defining characteristic of Buffalo and Western New York is our generosity. We’re known as the City of Good Neighbors for good reason (and that “city” includes all of WNY). So, let’s remember to continue to help those less fortunate than we are by reaching out and supporting the following nonprofits (we’ll be adding to this list regularly, so please check back or submit your suggestions below). As it’s been said before, if you have a roof over your head, food in the fridge and clothes on your back you are richer than 75% of the world. Time to pay it forward.
Alzheimer’s Association of WNY provides support to people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and the dedicated families who provide care. Learn more here.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo provides counseling services and basic emergency assistance, while its nine food pantries remain open. Learn more here.
Child & Family Services works to create safe environments for children, adults and families in area homes, schools, workplaces and communities, Learn more here.
Family and Children’s Services Niagara provides a range of services that protect vulnerable children and families. Learn more here.
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier supports people in vulnerable, underserved and marginalized communities. Learn more here.
Mental Health Association in Niagara County provides a wide variety of mental health services. Learn more here.