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Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Guidance for Businesses           

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Washington County is committed to providing you with information regarding available resources while COVID-19 is affecting our daily lives. 
Contact for Economic Development Director Laura Oswald (518)746-2291
Please contact me by email, or phone. A phone call will generate an email message. 
Although the County Municipal Center is currently closed to the public, we will make every effort to assist.
 New 6/7/2021

NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations that have experienced economic hardship due to COVID-19 pandemic More Information
New York Forward: Reopening New York 

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For guidance on  reopening of businesses please visit  New York Forward   
To review industry-specific public health and safety guidelines visit New York Forward Business Reopening Wizard

 Financial Assistance:

NY Forward Loan Fund                                                                                                The New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE.  The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen loss of rental income.                    For general information click HERE                                                       

NY Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership  
The New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance Partnership is a public-private partnership between Empire State Development, the nonprofit Start Small Think Big, and the New York Bar Association to help avoid business evictions. The initiative provides both small businesses and commercial landlords with pro bono legal services, and the information needed to reach a mutually agreeable lease renegotiation.
Small Business Administration Programs (SBA)                                                           To contact the SBA Hotline call 1-800-659-2955  Click HERE to visit SBA website information  for the most current information regarding federal programs such as the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (COVID-19 EIDL), and Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
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Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC)                                      HVADC COVID-19 Resource Guide 

   Contact HVADC

Local Development Corporation (LDC)                                                                                 LDC COVID-19 Resources Information & Resources for Businesses                            (scroll down page)

Lake Champlain Lake George Regional Planning Council (LCLGRPC)                              COVID-19 Businesses Interruption Micro-Loan Program  

Other State Resources
New York State Department of Labor - Guidance for NYS Businesses related to COVID-19
The New York State Department of Labor website offers business services for employers related to job postings, unemployment insurance and more.

Shared Work Program  WEBSITE     FAQ    
Contact Kimberly Haviland, Business Service Representative or call (518) 743-0925 x8887

NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) closures or quarantines. 
Here is a step by step process to file a claim online.

New York Attorney General
COVID-19 Business Interruption & Paycheck Protection

Click here for details. 
New York Small Business Development Center
Online Request for Assistance
 U.S. Department of Labor
 Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
 COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

Contact Us

Laura Oswald

Director of Economic Development


Ph: 518-746-2291

Physical Address

383 Broadway Fort Edward, NY12828

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Mailing Address

383 Broadway Fort Edward, NY12828

Ph: 518-746-2290                     Fx: 518-746-2293


(Excluding Holidays)

Mon - Fri  8:30am-4:00pm

About Washington County

Located in New York’s Capital Region, Washington County offers an unparalleled quality of life and an excellent place to do business. We are bordered by Vermont to the east, the burgeoning Saratoga region to the west, and within easy access to Albany and on to New York City to the south and Canada to the north, affording proximity to many major markets. We invite you to explore the many benefits of doing business in Washington County; a great place to live, work, and play.

Workforce and Industries

Our largely rural communities boast a stable workforce of about 32,000.  Supported by the many nearby institutions of higher learning our workforce is a significant asset to our businesses. The county is home to many manufacturers of a diverse array of products such as paper and wood products, furniture, jewelry, masonry, medical devices, batteries, industrial fabrication and much, much more. Service industries are also significant; businesses serving the healthcare and agricultural industries in particular are a  powerful force. The county also boasts several strong and growing industry clusters, such as paper, machining, agriculture and stone quarrying.

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Entrepreneurial Focus

We are one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the State of New York. Close to 10% of our workforce is self-employed, a rate which is more than 3.5% higher than the state average.  Businesses that start here, stay here.

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Final Broadband and Cell Existing Conditions Report (PDF)
Final Broadband Survey Report
In order for our communities to thrive, tools are needed to support and expand our business climate, maintain safe communities, support the flourishing arts and cultural resources, increase access to excellent schools, and provide ease of access to farm fresh foods and shopping experiences in our historic villages.  In today’s complex world, the tools available to make us thrive are driven by connectivity and broadband.
View Final Broadband and Cell Existing Conditions Report (PDF)