COVID-19 Business Assistance

The Town of Babylon and Babylon Industrial Development Agency (IDA) are committed to helping our local business owners navigate the economic difficulties presented by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Locally-owned businesses are the backbone of Babylon’s economy, and we want to make sure every resource is available to them during this unprecedented situation.

Please check this page regularly for updates on the latest resources for business owners dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19.

Babylon is Back Loan Program

For Businesses with Less than 20 Employees (click here - choose NDC on the portal)

Outdoor Dining

Guidance on Re-Opening Local Businesses

The Town of Babylon has put together the below resources containing the information that you need to know and guidelines you must follow to re-open your business. Please watch the informational video and see the documents below for details.

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Links
Click here to read and e-sign the guidance for your industry.


Click here to sign up for the Babylon IDA mentor program for assistance regarding how your business can comply with re-opening guidelines.

Re-Opening Babylon Presentation Slides (PDF)

Commercial Cleaning Options in the Region (PDF)

Stony Brook College of Business "Long Island Small Business Survival Guide"

The Stony Brook College of Business has collected resources for businesses in the age of COVID-19 and is offering the advice of their faculty, students and alumni to those businesses in need of assistance. To learn more, visit their page here. Check back for updates, including informational videos and virtual Q&A sessions.

If you are a business in need of advice, complete their short survey. Questions can be  emailed to collegeofbusiness@stonybrook.edu.                 

Farmingdale Small Business Development Center

The Farmingdale Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is located on the campus of Farmingdale State College and provides free, one-on-one business advising. This free technical assistance is available to anyone who wants to start a business or who already owns a business. Contact them at sbdc@farmingdale.edu

Erica Chase, Director of SBDC, recently joined with Councilman Anthony Manetta and fellow local officials for an online forum about what resources are available to small businesses at this time. Watch the discussion in full below: 

Local Officials Hold Online Forum for Businesses Affected by COVID-19


Federal

The United States Small Business Administration has outlined its response to the spread of COVID-19 here. Councilman Manetta recently hosted a Q&A with SBA representatives:

The United States Department of Treasury has a complete list of resources on its website.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

On March 20, 2020, the State of New York received a Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4480-DR from President Donald Trump for the COVID-19 Incident.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a disaster declaration for New York which makes  available Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) for small businesses in New York State.  The objective of the EIDLs it to provide working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. Please find the attached information from the SBA providing program details and application information. Apply now for an EIDL (PDF).

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The federal government has also passed the CARES Act. The stimulus package offers support for businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

Learn more about the CARES Act via the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (PDF).

This fact sheet outlines paycheck protection and EIDLs (PDF).


New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo has outlined several resources and programs to support local economies amidst the spread of COVID-19.

***New York State is looking for companies that are able to immediately supply, produce, or re-purpose their facilities in order to produce much needed medical supplies such as ventilators, N95 masks, surgical masks, nasal swabs, exam gloves, gowns, eye/face shields, goggles, bio-hazard bags, liquid soap (1L), safety box needle disposal, etc. Please visit the following link if you are interested: https://esd.ny.gov/sourcing-covid-19-products-nys***

Visit NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s economic resource page for information about the various assistance programs available at this time.

Insurance Payment Deferrals

Business owners have the ability to defer some insurance payments. Learn more via this Department of Financial Services press release.

For Companies in the Clean Energy Sector

Read this message from clean energy partners in New York State.


Miscellaneous Resources

Governments aren’t the only entities looking to help small businesses at this time.

Facebook Small Business Grants

Facebook is rolling out a new grant program to support local businesses with $100 million in cash grants and ad credits. Visit the Facebook Business website for more information on how to apply.


Important Contact Information

Still have questions? Don’t worry - we, and many others, are here for you.

Councilman Anthony Manetta, Small Business Committee Chairman

(631) 957-4482

amanetta@townofbabylon.com

sluongo@townofbabylon.com

Babylon IDA CEO Tom Dolan

(631) 587-3679

info@babylonida.org

U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Representative Robert J. Piechota

631-454-0762

robert.piechota@sba.gov

Farmingdale Small Business Development Center

934-420-2765

finnm@farmingdale.edu

darrowm@farmingdale.edu

Stony Brook College of Business

collegeofbusiness@stonybrook.edu