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Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Guidance for Businesses       

Last Updated  6/30/2020   

Information & Resources For Business Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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 York Forward: Reopening New York 

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For guidance on phased reopening of businesses please visit the comprehensive New York Forward website:

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 a loss of rental income. ​

For more information click here:

Main Street Lending The Federal Reserve's Main Street Lending Program is offering loans starting at $250,000 for businesses with 15,000 or fewer employees or 2019 annual revenues of $5 billion or less.

The loans are offered by participating banks, and may cover working capital expenses, including payroll cost, rent, utilities and mortgages. Unlike the Paycheck Protection Program, Main Street Lending loans are not forgivable. Companies will have five years to pay it off. Please contact your local bank to see if they participate.

PPP Flexibility Act - Payroll Tax Deferral
Signed into law June 1st, allows small businesses that took PPP to defer their payroll taxes, which could free up cash in the near term. This amends some earlier provisions of the Paycheck Protection Program.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program The program has been extended to August 8th.  As of July 1st 130 billion is available.

Small Business Administration Programs (SBA) To contact the SBA Hotline call 1-800-659-2955

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance/Loan Small business owners are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Recipients do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total loan eligibility. Small business owners and qualified agricultural businesses in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

U.S. Small Business Administration Express Bridge Loans (EBL) The EBL Pilot Program is designed to supplement the Agency’s direct disaster loan capabilities and authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses located in communities affected by Presidentially-declared disasters while those small businesses apply for and await long-term financing (including through SBA’s direct Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, if eligible)

Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC)  HVADC COVID-19 Resource Guide 
Contact HVADC:

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 Application for the Suspension of Debt Collection Activity

This application is for persons or businesses that owe (non-medical and non-student*) debts to the State of New York that have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection and litigation. Click here for details. 
New York Small Business Development Center
Online Request for Assistance
Federal Resources    
U.S. Small Business Administration 
Resources for  Businesses Impacted By Covid-19 
SBA Hotline 1-800-659-2955  
 COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
Workforce Resources  
 New York State Department of Labor (NSDOL)
NYSDOL 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.

 U.S. Department of Labor 
 Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers

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)