Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Small-business resources for reopening

If you are a small business owner and are unsure which phase of reopening your operation falls into, you can use the Look Up Tool on NY Forward and search by the NAICS code, which can be found here.

Regardless of which phase you are in, each business will need a plan in place of how they can re-open safely.

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce has provided the following resources for developing your re-opening plan:

  1. Create a Business Safety Plan to share with employees and to keep on file at your business. It does not need to be submitted. NYS has provided templates available here. The US Chamber of Commerce has links by sector to guidelines which can be put into a plan of action, available for viewing Check out St. Lawrence Counties Public Health Reopening Rubric Checklist as well.
  2. Utilize the NY Forward Website in order to view guidelines from your specific industry, and to read and affirm your compliance through an online form.
  3. Prepare your workplace by printing and posting flyers for customers and employees made by the CDC. Utilize a daily sign in to track symptoms and to help stop the spread. A template for the sign in can be found And stock up on necessary supplies
  4. Communicate with your customers, suppliers, and employees so they know the new process and procedures your business will be following.

Prerecorded webinars are also available to watch to be better prepared for the reopening process:

SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center is also available to help you create a business plan with free counseling as well. Click here to make a virtual appointment.

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