During this time, filled with uncertainty, small businesses in our community are worried about paying their employees and losing their businesses. In an effort to support our neighbors, County Executive George Latimer is urging individuals to support the small businesses in their community.

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“Small businesses depend on people going about their daily routines. That’s not possible right now,” said Latimer. “So, we’re asking our neighbors to use some of their unexpected downtime to support our vital network of small businesses that is facing extreme hardship.”

Businesses and individuals should not fear eviction during this time. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced no evictions for at least 90 days. His office is also looking for businesses who can make ventilators and personal protective equipment including gloves, gowns and masks. If you are capable of making these products please call the Empire State Development Corporation at (212) 803-3100.

Additional resources are available for businesses. Small businesses can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration, Emergency Express Loans up to $10,000 through Community Capital New York, and nonprofits serving ALICE populations can apply for grants up $5,000 through the United Way of Westchester and Putnam.

The Office of Economic Development is committed to providing relief to small businesses in our community and is currently working on a program with community partners to provide relief to small businesses and individuals in Westchester County. 

Small Business Saturday

Every Saturday going forward has been designated “Small Business Saturday” in the County.  Whether they are sponsoring a little league team or providing food for a community event, small businesses are at the heart of our communities. Consider buying a gift certificate that you can use later, or call a local restaurant and place an order for pick up.

“We need to support small businesses for the next two or three months to protect our local economies,” said Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County’s Director of Economic Development. "I urge everyone to log on to their local business group's website or social media page to get details about which local merchants are ready to serve the public safely."