COVID-19 Resources for Startups & Small Businesses

NextCorps is reopening to visitors on June 1. We will be following new operating procedures that align with CDC guidelines and NYS protocol to minimize risks to the health and safety of our staff, members, partners, and friends. Review the guidelines here.

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting businesses in many ways. To help startups and small businesses effectively plan, respond, and adapt, we’re providing a list of sites where you can find useful information, as well as state, local, and county resources that are available to assist companies.

We hope that you and your family and colleagues keep safe and healthy during this extraordinary time.

Featured Resources

New York Forward Loan Program

The application process for New York State’s ‘New York Forward Loan Program’ of $100 million to provide affordable and flexible loans to small businesses that did not receive federal aid is now open. The program will focus on women and minority-owned businesses and be limited to businesses with 20 or fewer employees and with gross revenues of less than $3 million. Apply

New York Forward Book: A Guide to Reopening New York and Building Back Better

In addition to this guide to reopening, The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of resources including a reopening criteria tracker chart and details on how to create a reopening plan. 

General Business Resources

Empire State Development

The latest news and updated guidance on executive orders, such as the Governor’s PAUSE 10-point policy, plus business-related resources.

The Business Council of New York State: Managing the Coronavirus

A resource guide that is updated daily with useful links and tips for employers and employees, including the latest mandates, policies, and procedures that businesses should prepare for and implement. It also includes a listing of critical supplies that are needed if companies are able to help.

RochesterWorks! Job Portal for Essential Businesses and Job Seekers

A job portal to connect essential businesses with job seekers, created through a partnership between GRE and Monroe County Executive, Adam Bello, RochesterWorks, and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce: Business Bulletin Board

A listing of available resources — from daycare and help with setting up remote working, to service businesses that are offering temporary payment relief and assistance — with the option to submit an entry to communicate how you can help.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Business

Information on state and federal financial assistance, along with resources for handling workforce reduction considerations. This site also includes advice from services providers, including legal, HR, PR/communications, and community and social services.

New York State Department of Labor: Updated COVID-19 FAQs from the Division of Unemployment Insurance

Updated frequently asked questions on Unemployment Insurance benefits, covering Unemployment Insurance (“UI”) assistance for workers impacted by COVID-19 as added by law on March 27, 2020.


Western New York Incubator Network (WIN): CARES Summary

A summary of how the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act — AKA the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus — applies to scalable, early-stage companies.

NVCA: Coronavirus Information and Resources for VCs and Startups

Important information and resources for venture-backed companies about the federal response to COVID-19, including tax credits, loan opportunities, and sick leave.

[PODCAST] Techstars: Running Your Business and Raising in Tough Circumstances

A podcast on all things fundraising, running your business, and getting through the uncertainty that lies ahead, with Techstars NYC Managing Director, Jenny Fielding, and Techstars London Managing Director, Eamonn Carey.

Forbes: Guidance for Startups/VCs from VCs Around the Globe During COVID-19

The perspectives of senior venture capital investors on the pandemic, particularly in contrast to past economic downturns, and their advice for founders navigating the current situation.

NextCorps is continuing to support scalable technology-based startups through the pandemic. Clients can access most of our services remotely, including virtual office hours, founder round table discussions, educational workshops, and our podcast studio and digital media lab so that recordings and production can continue virtually. If you’re not a member but would like our support in moving your startup forward, apply for a one-month free trial.

Small Businesses

Monroe County: Emergency Small Business Support Program

Information on a new Monroe County loan program to support small businesses (defined as businesses having 50 or fewer full-time or full-time equivalent employees) impacted by the pandemic, with a link to the application. 

Small Business Administration (SBA): Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Information on the SBA’s programs and loan resources, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans, plus strategies to overcome common issues small businesses may encounter at this time.

[PODCAST] SBA Loan Assistance: Coronavirus Relief Options

A discussion with Virginia Smith, Branch Manager for the Small Business Administration in Buffalo and Rochester, about SBA funding options and temporary relief programs established with the CARES Act.
*Be sure to check for up-to-date information on SBA programs.*


A free virtual workshop with Kirk Macolini, President of InteliSpark and expert SBIR grant writer, and Virginia Smith, Branch Manager for the SBA. Learn how to apply for SBIR and other SBA funding. Watch the recording or download Kirk Macolini’s presentation.

Inc.: Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by COVID-19

A curated list of companies offering their online tools, classes, and resources at no cost — like ad credits and grants, team video conferencing platforms, and health and wellness apps — updated daily by Inc.


New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership: COVID-19 Resources for NYS Manufacturers

Resources for state manufacturers, including information on business closures; guidance from the SBA, CDC, OSHA, and Department of Labor; and links to grants, loans, and disaster relief. It also offers tools such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Kit, a flyer on how to communicate with customers, and ways to connect about supply chain opportunities. 

The NextCorps Growth Services team assists manufacturers in the Finger Lakes Region. Contact us.

If you are a manufacturer facing difficult decisions about layoffs, consider the Department of Labor’s Shared Work Program. It keeps workers on the job with reduced hours and provides affected employees with partial unemployment benefits.