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Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses

Loans available for small businesses who had to lay off employees, prevent future losses
Following President Trump’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with working capital to cover important costs and prevent layoffs. The CARES Act establishes a... more

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban

WNY coalition of Senators call for small business fund, halt to takeout container ban
The Western New York Senate Delegation called for the establishment of a $890 million Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund for the State of New York. Additionally, the delegation called for the tabling of any budget proposals to ban the use of serviceware, including takeout containers. This proposed ban is especially concerning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the reliance many... more

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)

HOURS OF OPERATION: Here’s who is open, closed & statements from local businesses (continuously updated)
Editor’s Note: If you’re looking for full-coverage of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 click here. This database will be the place where we post all business hours or service changes. Have something you’d like to see here? Send it to news@fingerlakes1.com.  318 Asian Buffet in Seneca Falls: 318 Asian Buffet on Route 318 in Waterloo inside the Finger Lakes Tea... more

Kinney Drugs raises wages for employees, installs shields in stores

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Kinney Drugs is the latest to add acrylic shields to protect those working at its stores amid the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The shields will be installed at all of the chain’s pharmacy counters and front of the store checkout counters to protect workers and customers from the spread of COVID-19. The stores have been deemed essential under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s... more

Auburn diner closes, owners uncertain if they can reopen after state restrictions lifted

Auburn diner closes, owners uncertain if they can reopen after state restrictions lifted
An iconic diner in downtown Auburn has closed. Possibly for good. The Auburn Citizen reported this week that owners Bill and Rachael Juhl worked as hard as they could to keep the business open – even dealing with one of their worst winters since taking over in 2011. Then, Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down all restaurants. And with that move,... more

KOLB: Important information, resources for residents and business owners

KOLB: Important information, resources for residents and business owners
The coronavirus isn’t just an unprecedented public health emergency. It’s turned life as we know it upside down.  Tens of thousands of afflicted New Yorkers are fighting the virus, and selfless healthcare professionals are working around the clock to help them win. They’re in our thoughts and prayers every day. Our efforts to contain the spread of the virus and... more

Unemployed workers continue to have issues with Department of Labor website, phone line

Unemployed workers continue to have issues with Department of Labor website, phone line
Changes were made to the New York State Department of Labor website, but that hasn’t made it work much better. Users are continuing to report slow service, and all the state can do at this point – is ask for New Yorkers to be patient. Ellen Teneyck was a full-time personal care assistant in Penn Yan. “I don’t know what... more

Instacart plans massive hiring spree, looking for 300K shoppers

Instacart plans massive hiring spree, looking for 300K shoppers
Just because the grocery stores have been busier than normal, or have been experiencing shortages on certain items – doesn’t mean everyone is willing to do their grocery shopping. The grocery shopping service “Instacart” has been slammed by demand. And now, the company says they are going to be adding around 300,000 shoppers. “It feels like everyone is panicking. And... more

Starbucks is giving free coffee to front-line workers, first responders amid COVID-19 pandemic

Starbucks is giving free coffee to front-line workers, first responders amid COVID-19 pandemic
Starbucks is giving back. The company announced this week that it would be giving free coffee to front-line first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, customers who identify as a first responder or front-line worker supporting the healthcare system will receive a tall brewed coffee — hot or iced — at no charge. It includes police officers, firefighters, paramedics, doctors,... more

Canandaigua company gets involved in sewing protective masks for local hospitals

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A manufacturing company in Canandaigua is hard at work to build masks for local healthcare professionals. Select Fabrications usually makes shielding tents. Those are typically sold off to government agencies. Now though, workers are teaming up with another company — Turbett Surgical — to make masks. At this point, workers are producing around 500 masks per day, the company says.... more

SBA offers low-interest loans amid disaster declaration in New York

SBA offers low-interest loans amid disaster declaration in New York
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to New York small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced this week. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the... more

Local trucking companies boom, implement social distancing measures to keep supply chain rolling

Local trucking companies boom, implement social distancing measures to keep supply chain rolling
The trucking industry is working overtime amid the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic. Truckers are hauling essentials for those businesses deemed ‘essential’ by the state government. Kevin Cort, a driver for Leonard’s Express located in Farmington, Ontario County talked with WHEC-TV about the experience. He’s driving between Canandaigua and Ontario, Canada — picking-up and delivering a variety of items. “I’ve... more

What’s businesses, industries classify as ‘essential’ under Cuomo’s PAUSE order?

What’s businesses, industries classify as ‘essential’ under Cuomo’s PAUSE act?
New York has the most-confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19 — and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has responded. “We need everyone to be safe, or no one can be safe,”  he said during a briefing on Friday. “This is not life as usual. Accept it, realize it, and deal with it.” An executive order, which he expects to sign... more

Amazon has trouble keeping up with demand, shut down ‘Prime Pantry’ for time being

Amazon has trouble keeping up with demand, shut down ‘Prime Pantry’ for time being
Amazon is having trouble keeping up with demand. As result, it’s suspending its “Prime Pantry” section due to high-volume orders. It provides discounts to grocery and household items. The company is working on restocking. Experts say the supply chain remains strong, though. Even as digital and in-person grocers struggle to keep up with demand. more

BonaDent takes on major role in local COVID-19 fight

BonaDent takes on major role in local COVID-19 fight
– By Josh Durso One of Seneca County’s largest employers is teaming up with Senator Pam Helming to help hospitals across the region — and state — as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in real-time. BonaDent, a local company that has operated for 75 years, spanning three generations — has taken its mission of serving the community —... more

Walmart to hire 150K new workers, hand out bonuses to employees early

Walmart to hire 150K new workers, hand out bonuses to employees early
Walmart has plans to give cash bonuses to hourly employees and to hire an additional 150,000 new ones by the end of May. “Our associates are our heroes,” the company said on Facebook. “To say thank you, we’re providing nearly $550 million through special bonuses and advanced quarterly bonus payouts to hourly store, club, and supply chain associates.” The bonus... more

Domino’s hiring as coronavirus pandemic grows throughout New York

Domino’s hiring as coronavirus pandemic grows throughout New York
Dominos announced that it’s hiring full- and part-time employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Positions include delivery, pizza makers, customer service representatives, managers, and assistant managers. Click here to see open positions and apply. Domino’s is joining other restaurants and food delivery services in offering “contactless delivery”, as a way for customers to minimize contact so both parties stay safe and... more
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