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May 18, 2020

May 17 update

May 14, 2020

Re-opening Phase One

As phase one businesses in the Southern Tier look to reopen, below are the requirements issued by NY State. Phase one businesses should seriously consider their responsibility to keep their employees and the public safe. Any departure from CDC protocol and high standards of workplace safety could result in setbacks in public health and reopening our economy.

 

Businesses will need to go to the following website where they will
have access to the business reopening guidelines for their industry,
a business safety plan template for them to use and a page for
affirming their commitment to follow the detailed guidelines.  They will no need to submit their safety plan to the State, but it must remain on file should a State, County or Local Official come to inspect.

https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase

 

In addition, all essential businesses will need to re-affirm their safety procedures, but at this time we can’t identify where that link is located.

 

All phase One Businesses:

Construction

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Building Finishing Contractors
  • Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
  • Highway, Street and Bridge Construction
  • Land Subdivision
  • Nonresidential Building Construction
  • Residential Building Construction
  • Utility System Construction

Agriculture, Forestry Fishing and Hunting

  • Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production
  • Other Animal Production
  • Other Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Animal Production
  • Support Activities for Crop Production
  • Support Activities for Forestry

Retail

Phase One includes delivery, curbside, and in-store pickup service only for the following businesses:

  • Clothing Stores
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Electronics and Appliance Stores
  • Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Stores
  • Florists
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Health and Personal Care Stores
  • Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
  • Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores
  • Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
  • Used Merchandise Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument and Book Stores
  • Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers

Manufacturing

  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
  • Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
  • Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
  • Printing and Related Support Activities
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Wood Product Manufacturing
  • Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Wholesale

  • Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
  • Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
  • Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers
  • Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers
  • Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
  • Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
  • Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
  • Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
  • Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers

 

May 12, 2020

As we look to re-open in a phased approach, we need to use caution and follow all guidelines set forth by the CDC, County Health Officials and the State. We are waiting on details regarding self certification requirements set forth by the State. Meanwhile, her is the NY Forward Plan released by the Governor’s office yesterday

http://markproject.org/ny-forward-plan/ 

The Safe Six Checklist

May 6, 2020

From the Executive Director
Hi all,
It’s been a long, busy and productive week. We completed our second week of Feed the Frontline! This translates to 560 meals delivered to Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care center. Woo Hoo. Please consider a donation so we can keep this moving forward. http://markproject.org/covid-19-resources/#Donate

Our food pantries (Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury) are working hard, delivering to over 200 families and individuals. You can also make a donation to the pantries using this link: http://markproject.org/covid-19-resources/#Donate. There is a drop down menu to direct your contribution.

Now I would like to highlight some area businesses that have shown their resilience and ability to pivot as we strive to move forward and overcome this health and economic crisis.

Union Grove distillery is still open for bottle sales and is now making hand sanitizer. You can order at www.uniongrovedistillery.comIf you are local, contact them directly to avoid shipping charges. They are open Friday and Saturday from 3-5pm or you can text Brian at 607 287 0208 to make an appointment for pick up.
Tree Juice Maple Syrup had a fantastic production this year and for every bottle sold, they are donating a bottle to the health care workers at Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care center. We need to generate sales for 145 bottles to cover the entire staff. You can purchase a bottle of syrup, knowing that those folks on the frontline will receive a bottle too! www.treejuicemaplesyrup.com/
Homegoods of Margaretville is not only stocking everything you need to celebrate Mom next weekend (cards, awesome teas, candles etc) but they are also selling fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, local meats and cheeses. They are open Wednesday- Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. Strict social distancing protocol in place. Visit their website for a full list of products available at www.hgom.net 
Catskill Seasons also turned on a dime to ensure the community has what it needs. They are stocking all essential goods such as fresh milk, local meats, paper towels, toilet paper etc. To date, Catskill Seasons LTD has supplied 2000 + face masks to our first responders. 10 fire depts & EMS and Delaware County Emergency Services. Doing their part to help keep our community safe. They are open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday’s 10 am to 2pm (845) 586-6044 or visit their facebook for more information about available products  https://www.facebook.com/Catskill-Seasons-LTD-741793195999746/
The 607 CSA is currently offering online ordering for specific items from an array of different farms, and are delivering both to drop-off locations and directly to people’s homes. https://www.the607csa.com
Lisa Wisely of Blue Spark Creative has developed an all-inclusive site that is committed to keeping people informed and businesses open. Eat. Drink. Support these businesses that are ready to serve you in this new reality. Take out & delivery in the Catskills. https://www.sisboomyum.com/ The site is well organized and easy to navigate.

“I am so grateful to be living in the Catskills during this pandemic. We are tough here. Creative, and entrepreneurial, and generous. I suppose it’s a gift of living in these beautiful but hard mountains: you learn to think on your feet and care about your neighbors if you’re going to survive. Every day brings a new story about how someone has found a good answer to the challenges we’re facing or reached out to help someone who needs a hand. This is a hard time, no doubt. But every day, I look around me and think, we’re going to make it. We always, always find a way.”

Leigh Melander, MARK Board President.

In closing, all of us at MARK continue to seek additional ways we can help the communities we serve—now and in the future. Stay safe and stay strong.

#strongertogether
Warm regards,

Peg


April 29, 2020

Please note: Because funding resources for small businesses come from various sources, some geographic locations had more allocation than others. That being said, if you business is located in the Village of Fleischmanns, Roxbury, Grand Gorge, Arkville or the Rt 28 corridor, resources have been used. The only current eligible businesses need to be located on Main Street Andes or Main Street Margaretville. We are working tirelessly to put more resources in place. We will keep you posted. 

Our apologies for the delay in news.

Lissa’s Round up. These are worth the read

https://therivernewsroom.com/coronavirus-roundup-more-details-on-reopening-economy-schools/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

April 24, 2020

Lissa’s Round up. These are worth the read

https://therivernewsroom.com/coronavirus-roundup-contact-tracing-program-launched-relief-for-hospitals/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

The second delivery of meals went out to the Workers at Mountainside Residential Care Center and Margaretville Hospital yesterday (April 23). Thank you Ate O Ate, Liza Belle Kitchen and Trattoria Locale for your great work.  Please consider a donation to Feed the Frontline.

http://markproject.org/covid-19-resources/#Donate

Lissa Harris’ Round Up
April 22 2020
https://therivernewsroom.com/coronavirus-roundup-good-and-bad-news-for-hospitals-nursing-homes/
 
April 17, 2020
US Chamber of Commerce is opening up a 5k grant program fro businesses with 3-20 employees
SBA Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

Lapse in Appropriations NoticeSBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For updates visit SBA.gov

Daily Roundup, NY State  PAUSE Extended
April 15, 2020
Daily Round Up
April 14, 2020
Lissa Harris’ Round up from Momday, April 13

https://therivernewsroom.com/coronavirus-roundup-multistate-task-force/

 

April 13, 2020

weekend roundup! https://therivernewsroom.com/coronavirus-roundup-lagging-indicators-growing-tensions-testing/
 
April 11, 2020

 

Home goods of Margaretville is now carrying lots of pantry staples, fresh food from local farms and CSA’s and more. Deliveries are coming in on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The best way to stay tuned is to check the “Grocery Products” tab on their website www.hgom.net. 

They are also a drop off location for THE607CSA https://www.localline.ca/607-co-op and The Catskills Food Hub. You can order directly through me or through their websites to pick-up Wednesday and Thursday. 

Our Current Hours Are – Wednesday – Saturday 11am until 5pm. 

NYS Business Updates:

  1. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the urgent need for professional assistance and advice for NYS based Small Businesses, ESD is leveraging the Business Mentor NY system as a method of connecting small businesses in need of help with the growing number of business professionals that are stepping up to volunteer to help in this time of crisis. From around the state businesspeople are stepping up to act as Mentors that can guide small businesses through this crisis with financial and related advice on acquiring capital and applying for and leveraging various disaster resources including the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. This COVID-19 Volunteer Mentor Task Force is comprised of business people from various disciplines.

Business Mentor NY is the state’s first large scale, web-based, hands-on mentoring program geared to help entrepreneurs and established small businesses overcome challenges to grow. Mentor volunteers act as pro-bono advisors or sounding boards for the small business owners that are looking for guidance. Providing a potential solution to accessing needed information and expertise through a streamlined process, enabled by technology. It is as simple as visiting the website www.businessmentor.ny.gov and creating a 10-minute profile by clicking Join Now.

Simply use the search tool to select someone you think could help and start a conversation online. Once you connect you communicate in whatever way you both choose. For more information refer to the “Walkthrough for Business Seeking Help with COVID-19” document attached or visit: https://esd.ny.gov/business-mentor-ny-covid-19-assistance  or https://businessmentor.ny.gov/learn-more/about  for more information on Business Mentor NY.

  1. Governor Cuomo announced the state is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols. The Governor reminded localities that they have the authority to enforce the protocols. For individuals wishing to report any non-essential gatherings or any non-essential businesses or entities operating in violation of “New York on PAUSE” they can choose the appropriate complaint below.
    1. File a complaint against your employer or place of work.
    2. File a complaint about a business, location or incident in your community.

April 9, 2020

New unemployment form announced by Governor Cuomo. The system will be down between 5-7 pm to upload the new form, and after that the new form will be available and if there are questions or missing information on the form, the state will call you, you don’t have to call the state and they will do it within 72 hours.

Lissa Harris’ April 8 Roundup

April 8, 2020

DelCo Chamber is hosting a Free Crisis Management and Recovery Workshop for businesses in Delaware County. This is part of a pre-existing platform developed by chamber member GrowthWheel and used around the world to help businesses improve. There is a module on crisis management which will be the template introduced and used as the focus of the workshop. GrowthWheel owner David Madié is based in Bovina now (thanks to rural broadband) and he is generous enough to just donate this proprietary business tool to whoever needs it. .As part of making this work for everyone several folks including Executive Director, Peg Ellsworth  are beginning to be trained tomorrow to to be “crisis coaches” to help others through the process.

If you are business and needing assistance you are encouraged to register for the workshop at the following link:

Upcoming Events

Lissa Harris’ April 7 round up

Coronavirus Roundup: New One-Day High in Deaths, Grim Milestone at Rikers

 

April 7, 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE EIDL AND THE PPP

New Developments–Just in from the SBDC in Binghamton

  1. If you applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) prior to March 30th (before they abbreviated the application), you are strongly encouraged to reapply using the new application. The new application makes you eligible for the $10k advance.
  2. You should know that the 10K advance is actually “up to” 10k and is awarded by number of employees ($1000 per employee).
  3. If you have applied for both the EIDL and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the $10K advance will be deducted from your PPP award. Please feel free to email me with questions. peg@markrpoject.org

If you would like to speak to an advisor  at the SBDC– you can fill out the form at this link.   http://nyssbdc.org/selector/ReqForCons/formo.aspx

Lissa Harris’ April 6 round up

 

April 6, 2020

DEC Announces the temporary closure of Kaaterskill Falls

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/2850256

Lissa Harris’ Weekend Round Up. Take time to read these informative and accurate reports. 

Coronavirus Roundup: Supplies Pour Into New York, Containment Zone Kerfuffle

April 5, 2020

Our friends and neighbors Gail Lennstrom and Diana Mason had an Op Ed published in the Albany Times Union on Friday April 3 entitled “Allow Covid-19 Patients the dignity of not dying alone” Click here for link  

Special thanks to David Rainbird, Julia Reischel and Erik Johansen for setting up and maintaining the new Community Food Pantry website and social media.

Lissa Harris’ Round up from April2.

Coronavirus Roundup: Hundreds of Thousands Out of Work in New York

April 2, 2020

Summary of MARK SBA Zoom Meeting. Info on the PPP and EIDL

SBA Zoom #1 meeting summary

Lissa Harris’ Round Up for April 1

https://therivernewsroom.com/coronavirus-roundup-new-test-kits-no-more-play-time/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

March 31, 2020

MARK will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 1 on how to sift through current SBA and State funding sources.

Email admin@markproject.org with subject header ZOOM to register

SBA Paycheck Protection Program 
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.

If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.

Businesses – including eligible non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors described in the Small Business Act – with 500 or fewer employees may apply.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 31

 

March 31 2020

Catskills Regional Harvest & Butcher Shop  is committed to feeding the Delaware County community with local and regional foods from farmers, producers and suppliers. The Harvest continues to restock its shelves daily adhering to robust sanitation protocols while providing our customers with a safe personal shopping experience. Hours are as follows: Wednesday – Sunday 10-11am (Seniors Only) 11am-4pm for the Public; one customer at a time. Porch Pick-up available; see website for further details.

Good Cheap Food is offering curbside delivery of groceries for email orders, and delivery within the village of Delhi for people who can’t get out. They carry the goods of several fine local bakers who are finding an appreciative audience.

 

Some very useful information. Take the time to watch

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 29

March 28, 2020

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 27

Coronavirus Updates: Schools Close Two More Weeks, Non-Essential Construction Halted

FYI, here is the current language about construction being halted. I was told that more specifics about “essential” will be coming out on monday. Construction
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

March 27, 2020

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 26

Coronavirus Hudson Valley and Catskills News: Thursday, March 26

March 26, 2020

Lissa Harris’ Daily Round up as of close of day on March 25

March 25, 2020

  • A step by step guide for filing unemployment.

https://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/pdfs/Unemployment-Filing-Instructions.pdf

  • NYS just re-opened ACA healthcare enrollment until April 15.

https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov

March 23, 2020

  • New video series on cooking on a budget with Peg Ellsworth and Peggy Bellar.

https://vimeo.com/399995024

  • Lissa Harris’ Round Up from March 22. Lots of moving parts.

 

March 22, 2020

  • MARK opens up Small Business Relief Fund

If you are a small business in the Towns of Andes, Middletown, Roxbury, Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville or the Hamlet of Pine Hill and need assistance with mortgage, rent, utilities or telecommunication costs please email peg@markproject.org for application and guidelines.

  • Round up from yesterday

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-hudson-valley-and-catskills-news-saturday-march-21/

March 20, 2020

  • Congressman Antonio Delgado will hold a telephone town hall Friday. His constituents are encouraged to join by dialing (855) 905-3295 at 6:30pm.

 

  • March 19 Roundup

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-hudson-valley-and-catskills-news-thursday-march-19/

March 19, 2020

  • March 18 roundup by Lissa Harris. This is a great resource for all information pertaining to COVID 19

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-hudson-valley-resources/

A list of resources to people in the Hudson Valley and Catskills manage during the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated regularly.

  • SBA opens up loans to small business

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for NY. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Please review the attached fact sheet with important information about the declaration and EIDL requirements. Businesses can take advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for help with preparing their loan applications. They may visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance to find local help. The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at http://nyssbdc.org/appointment.html.Just in from the Governor’s Office

Fact sheet below.

NY_16346 EIDL Fact Sheet

 

March 18, 2020

  • Margaretville Telephone Company  COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of our staff and our valued customers,  the MTC Business Office, located at 579 Main Street in Margaretville is now closed to walk-in customers. This is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

As an employee owned, critical infrastructure provider, we recognize the importance of being available to our customers in a time of need. Our customer service team is, as always, available to serve you over the phone or by email. Payments can be placed in the drop box outside of our office. If your needs can not be filled through the aforementioned avenues, we kindly ask you to schedule an appointment. Please do so by calling our office  at 845-586-2288 or 877-727-2288 or email us at mtc@catskill.net. We will do our best to respond promptly.

As always, MTC remains dedicated to the communities we serve and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We are all in this together. 

 

  • Empire State Development  has established a special online intake portal [https://esd.ny.gov/covid-19-help] for individuals and businesses to relay business-related COVID-19 questions and concerns. Any information or issue submitted through the portal will be routed to the relevant ESD department, enabling the agency to rapidly respond to questions from our stakeholders across the state. Please feel free to use this link in response to inquiries from businesses.  You can also share this link with your networks.

March 18, 2020

 

  • From Delaware County

http://www.co.delaware.ny.us/wordpress/alerts/

  • Lissa Harris is working very hard to keep us all informed. This includes the Catskills.

https://therivernewsroom.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-hudson-valley-news-tuesday-march-17/

2020.03.17 COVID19 Release - NY

 

March 17, 2020

  • If you are in need, and I mean NEED of wifi service for educational or communication purposes, Margaretville Telephone Company along with municipal officials, have dedicated wifi hot spots. In Margaretville, the Pavilion behind Freshtown of Margaretville and on Main Street near the Binnekill Tavern; back by the barns in Kirkside Park, Roxbury; at Wagner Park in Fleischmanns, Village of. All are live now. Stay in your car and respect the social distancing. Tomorrow MTC will be addressing the same needs in Andes and Downsville. A day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
  • Margaretville Telephone Company and MTC Cable are waiving all installation and reconnect fees and all MTC charges for the difference in upgraded service or new service are waived for 60 days. Special requests are being handled on a case-by-case basis. BRAVO

Community

Town of Middletown Emergency Page: http://emergency.middletowndelawarecountyny.org/
Town of Shandaken:  https://www.shandaken.us/
Delaware County Health Department: http://delawarecountypublichealth.com/covid-19/
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/

April 5, 2020

Special thanks to David Rainbird, Julia Reischel and Erik Johansen for setting up and maintaining the new Community Food Pantry website and social media.

April 2 2020

An interesting read on immune system health.

BNV_COVID_FINAL

March 31 2020

Catskills Regional Harvest & Butcher Shopis committed to feeding the Delaware County community with local and regional foods from farmers, producers and suppliers. The Harvest continues to restock its shelves daily adhering to robust sanitation protocols while providing our customers with a safe personal shopping experience. Hours are as follows: Wednesday – Sunday 10-11am (Seniors Only) 11am-4pm for the Public; one customer at a time. Porch Pick-up available; see website for further details.

Good Cheap Food is offering curbside delivery of groceries for email orders, and delivery within the village of Delhi for people who can’t get out. They carry the goods of several fine local bakers who are finding an appreciative audience.

Local Line

March 25, 2020

  • A step by step guide for filing unemployment.
  • A list of food pantries and their contact numbers. Please note. The Community Pantry in Margaretville has opened up the pantry to anyone who needs. Income eligibility requirements are paused.

March 23, 2020

  • The First in a new cooking series in partnership with Pegg Bellar of the Catskills Dream Team.
  • A comprehensive guide about food and COVID 19
  • Freshtown designating first hour of shopping to Seniors

Senior Citizen Shopping Hour – STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 20TH. This will be the first hour of business EVERY DAY. To all our customers…..7am to 8 am will be reserved for SENIOR’S ONLY. If you are not a senior citizen, please wait until 8 am to come and shop. This will make it easier for the seniors during this difficult time. If you are a senior, we request that you do not bring family members unless you need them to help you shop.

Thank you to the community for adhering to this. We are all working together to get through these unprecedented times. We are so proud of our associates who have been working so hard these past weeks to serve you. We thank you, our amazing customers, for your patience and business in the stores.

Sincerely, Noah Katz, Co President, Noahkatz@psksupermarkets.com

  • Margaretville Telephone Company  COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of our staff and our valued customers,  the MTC Business Office, located at 579 Main Street in Margaretville is now closed to walk-in customers. This is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

As an employee owned, critical infrastructure provider, we recognize the importance of being available to our customers in a time of need. Our customer service team is, as always, available to serve you over the phone or by email. Payments can be placed in the drop box outside of our office. If your needs can not be filled through the aforementioned avenues, we kindly ask you to schedule an appointment. Please do so by calling our office  at 845-586-2288 or 877-727-2288 or email us at mtc@catskill.net. We will do our best to respond promptly.

As always, MTC remains dedicated to the communities we serve and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. We are all in this together.

  • Local Restaurants doing take out business as of March 19th
https://www.sisboomyum.com/
  • If you are, or know of, a family or individual in need of food during this state of emergency, PLEASE email admin@markproject.org with the subject line “food”. We are here to help!

March 17, 2020

  • If you are in need, and I mean NEED of wifi service for educational or communication purposes, Margaretville Telephone Company along with municipal officials, have dedicated wifi hot spots. In Margaretville, the Pavilion behind Freshtown of Margaretville and on Main Street near the Binnekill Tavern; back by the barns in Kirkside Park, Roxbury; at Wagner Park in Fleischmanns, Village of. All are live now. Stay in your car and respect the social distancing. Tomorrow MTC will be addressing the same needs in Andes and Downsville. A day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
  • The Halcottsville Grange has now opened up their wifi for public use as well as Union Grove Distillery. Please stay in your cars and respect social distancing.
  • Margaretville Telephone Company and MTC Cable are waiving all installation and reconnect fees and all MTC charges for the difference in upgraded service or new service are waived for 60 days. Special requests are being handled on a case-by-case basis. BRAVO

Business

April 29, 2020
Please note: Because funding resources for small businesses come from various sources, some geographic locations had more allocation than others. That being said, if you business is located in the Village of Fleischmanns, Roxbury, Grand Gorge, Arkville or the Rt 28 corridor, resources have been used. The only current eligible businesses need to be located on Main Street Andes or Main Street Margaretville. We are working tirelessly to put more resources in place. We will keep you posted. 
April 17, 2020
US Chamber of Commerce is opening up a 5k grant program fro businesses with 3-20 employees
SBA Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Our nation’s small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

Lapse in Appropriations NoticeSBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For updates visit SBA.gov

April 14, 2020

Some answers to questions about the Paycheck Protection Program:
1. If a person owns an S corp and is on salary and is working can they draw that salary from PPP funds?
 As long as the owner takes a W2 paycheck from the S-Corp – yes the company can apply for the PPP and use that W2 wage to the owner as their paying wages for the 8 weeks of the PPP.
2. Is the owners share of payroll taxes an eligible expense?
Taxes are not an eligible payroll deduction under PPP (NYS payroll taxes are eligible not federal)
3. Are there any specific (out of the ordinary) documentation an owner will need to provide for relief from the loan?
All payroll documents, – IRS 940, 941, state income and unemployment tax filing reports – for the  8 week time frame. Copies of payroll reports for each pay period during the 8 weeks. Should include all sick, vacation, etc… Documentation of any health insurance premium payments, copy of invoices and payments, – same for any retirement payments. If they are claiming 25% for Other expenses – such as rent – a copy of the lease and proof of payment (canceled check or bank statement) , same for interest on any loans paid on real estate debt obligations .

April 11, 2020

 

NYS Business Updates:

  1. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the urgent need for professional assistance and advice for NYS based Small Businesses, ESD is leveraging the Business Mentor NY system as a method of connecting small businesses in need of help with the growing number of business professionals that are stepping up to volunteer to help in this time of crisis. From around the state businesspeople are stepping up to act as Mentors that can guide small businesses through this crisis with financial and related advice on acquiring capital and applying for and leveraging various disaster resources including the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. This COVID-19 Volunteer Mentor Task Force is comprised of business people from various disciplines.

Business Mentor NY is the state’s first large scale, web-based, hands-on mentoring program geared to help entrepreneurs and established small businesses overcome challenges to grow. Mentor volunteers act as pro-bono advisors or sounding boards for the small business owners that are looking for guidance. Providing a potential solution to accessing needed information and expertise through a streamlined process, enabled by technology. It is as simple as visiting the website www.businessmentor.ny.gov and creating a 10-minute profile by clicking Join Now.

Simply use the search tool to select someone you think could help and start a conversation online. Once you connect you communicate in whatever way you both choose. For more information refer to the “Walkthrough for Business Seeking Help with COVID-19” document attached or visit: https://esd.ny.gov/business-mentor-ny-covid-19-assistance  or https://businessmentor.ny.gov/learn-more/about  for more information on Business Mentor NY.

April 8, 2020

DelCo Chamber is hosting a Free Crisis Management and Recovery Workshop for businesses in Delaware County. This is part of a pre-existing platform developed by chamber member GrowthWheel and used around the world to help businesses improve. There is a module on crisis management which will be the template introduced and used as the focus of the workshop. GrowthWheel owner David Madié is based in Bovina now (thanks to rural broadband) and he is generous enough to just donate this proprietary business tool to whoever needs it. .As part of making this work for everyone several folks including Executive Director, Peg Ellsworth  are beginning to be trained tomorrow to to be “crisis coaches” to help others through the process.

If you are business and needing assistance you are encouraged to register for the workshop at the following link:

Upcoming Events

April 7, 2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE EIDL AND THE PPP

New Developments–Just in from the SBDC in Binghamton

  1. If you applied for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) prior to March 30th (before they abbreviated the application), you are strongly encouraged to reapply using the new application. The new application makes you eligible for the $10k advance.
  2. You should know that the 10K advance is actually “up to” 10k and is awarded by number of employees ($1000 per employee).
  3. If you have applied for both the EIDL and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the $10K advance will be deducted from your PPP award. Please feel free to email me with questions. peg@markrpoject.org

If you would like to speak to an advisor  at the SBDC– you can fill out the form at this link.   http://nyssbdc.org/selector/ReqForCons/formo.aspx

April 2, 2020

Summary of MARK SBA Zoom Meeting. Info on the PPP and EIDL

SBA Zoom #1 meeting summary

If you are an “Essential Business” Please take the time to fill out this Google Doc so we can share information

https://forms.gle/UwMhmmG7iDSd9nyn7

 

March 31, 2020

MARK will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 1 on how to sift through current SBA and State funding sources.

Email admin@markproject.org with subject header ZOOM to register

March 31, 2020

MARK will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 1 on how to sift through current SBA and State funding sources.

Email admin@markproject.org with subject header ZOOM to register

SBA Paycheck Protection Program 
The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll by providing each small business a loan up to $10 million for payroll and certain other expenses.

If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.

Businesses – including eligible non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors described in the Small Business Act – with 500 or fewer employees may apply.

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries.

March 28, 2020

FYI, here is the current language about construction being halted. I was told that more specifics about “essential” will be coming out on monday. Construction
  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

 

March 27, 2020

We are developing a link for businesses to take an economic impact survey. Will post the link here when it is ready.

March 23, 2020

  • MARK opens up Small Business Relief Fund

If you are a small business in the Towns of Andes, Town of Middletown, Roxbury, Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville or the Hamlet of Pine Hill and need assistance with mortgage, rent, utilities or telecommunication costs please email peg@markproject.org for application and guidelines

  • If you are looking for late Sales Tax filing fees to be waived, here is the link for guidance

https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/notices/n20-1.pdf

March 20, 2020

  • NY State agrees to waive fines for Businesses that miss the Sales Tax Deadline

https://www.syracuse.com/coronavirus/2020/03/new-york-state-agrees-to-waive-fines-for-businesses-that-miss-sales-tax-deadline.html?fbclid=IwAR3kz1-tNW7arEOxl19TU7QLUyfvCRyL9xEN3DjAYlGecYqpKVANz_i-29k

  • Per the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, yesterday Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order to reduce in-person workforce by 50% (E.O. No. 202.6, see link below). Today the Governor ordered further in-person workforce reduction by 75%. Businesses within essential service industries are exempt from these reductions, including: shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain.
  • Detailed guidance for businesses is now available online at:

https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026

  • Businesses unsure if they are included within in exempt categories but still believe they are providing essential services or functions can request a waiver from these reductions by completing this form:

https://esd.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Request%20for%20Designation%20Form_0.pdf

REMINDER: To help keep up with the quickly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some important resources related to the economic impacts for businesses and workers:

March 18, 2020

  • Attention local restaurants: This may be helpful with regards to food prep and distribution spaces.

https://instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/sites/instituteforfoodsafety.cornell.edu/files/shared/covid-19-risk-mgmt-top-measures-v3.pdf

  • From the Catskill Watershed Corporation:  At this time, CWC is conservatively working with our businesses who are being impacted by the State mandated closings, such as restaurants, bars, lodging facilities, wedding venues, theaters and gyms.  As you can imagine, at this time of economic uncertainty, we too, have been negatively impacted by this unfortunate situation.

March 17, 2020

  • The MARK Project is working hard to put emergency relief funds in place. If you are a business in need of assistance please email admin@markproject.org with the header Business
  • If you are a restaurant serving take out please email admin@markproject.org with subject header “take out” to get on our list. We plan to have this up later today on a separate website and will be updated in realtime. Meanwhile See below under “Community”
  • Delaware County Economic Development are deferring loan payments for 90 days. https://dcecodev.com/
  • Some great resources for Artists

https://agmarelief.org/

https://equalsound.org/musicians-corona-relief-fund-application/

 

March 15, 2020

  • The MARK Project is deferring SBDF and BRLF loans until further notice

Education

Parents, Please make sure you are following the curriculum provided by your school district.
The MARK Project has started a public group Support for Education. Please feel free to join the conversation. Hoping to have teachers united with parents and students for a common cause. Parent, please remember to follow your school’s education curriculum FIRST. This is supplemental information and additional connecting resources.

Tips

March 18, 2020

This is serious. Please stay at home and follow all state and federal guidance regarding your health and well being.
Stay calm, try to be more compassionate, we are all in this together.

 

March 17, 2020

 

From the Executive Director: During this challenging time, we at MARK are committed to the health and well being of the Region. We are doing our best to ensure we offer all the support and safety nets possible during this global emergency. Please email me personally with comments, questions, suggestions peg@markproject.org,  I will do my best to respond promptly. Remember, we are #strongertogether. Thank you

We plan to use this page for accurate information as it comes in. Stay tuned and for more information Email admin@markproject.org





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