COVID-19 Resources and Opportunities
- NYC is close to a final ventilator design, but lacks pressure sensors in the volume needed. 30,000 are required, but they'll take what they can get at volume. Below is the part number. The OEM has already been contacted, so we're looking for alternative sources.
Let us know if your company can help produce these.
- Fuzehub has opened a grant competition to provide funding to produce N95 masks and ventilators. Details are available at this link.
- We need your input to make sure the right resources are made available. CITEC is a member of the NYS Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a division of NYSTAR, and we are committed to making sure that our clients have the resources they need to address the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to our local business consultants being available, we are working with our state partners to ensure that the right kinds of state resources are made available, including grants and other kinds of assistance. We are requesting to inform prioritization of assistance and resources. Please take this short survey.
- All of the area Industrial Development Agencies and Economic Development organizations have loan programs and are well connected to other funding sources for your business. If you are not familiar with those organizations in your specific county, give CITEC a call, and we can connect you with the right people.
- National Grid is fast tracking the MPP grant process. For companies looking to retool and adjust their operations to produce critical items, National Grid is teaming up with the NY MEP and CITEC to help you redesign your workflow, get certified by regulatory/industry bodies (FDA, OSHA/NIOSH, ISO), help plan for emergencies and implement programs to sustain these changes.Based on the current Electric Manufacturing Productivity Program, this FAST TRACK COVID19 MPP provides matching funds of up to 40K, or 60% of costs incurred when companies commit to combined productivity improvements and growth targeted activities resulting in the increased utilization of manufacturing capacity at your company. To be eligible for this program, the project must accomplish one or more of the following:
Optimize current operations
Increase machine capabilities
Improve product quality/yield
Expand markets - meet demand
Develop new customers
Develop new products
Reach out to Steve Lockwood for additional information.
- Special Health Insurance Enrollment Period Announced. The State of New York has created an opportunity for uninsured individuals to enroll in health insurance through employer plans or Marketplace plans between March 16 and April 15. Coverage will be effective as of April 1, 2020. Additional information is available at this link for Marketplace plans, or through your insurance broker or carrier for employer plans.
- SBA Emergency Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) now have a simplified application process for COVID-19 assistance. Here is the link.
- The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is part of the Federal Relief Package, is an SBA program designed to help small businesses weather the outbreak. It provides low interest loans with deferred payments, no fees, and some loan forgiveness if payroll counts are maintained. There are many local lenders partnering on this program. Details are available at this link.
- The NYS Workshare Program lets you keep trained staff and avoid layoffs. Employees can receive partial Unemployment Insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible. Details at this link.
- The North Country Alliance is Providing Emergency Working Capital Loans.The North Country Alliance’s COVID-19 Emergency Business Relief Program was created to provide businesses, located in the NCA service region, with short-term relief and access to working capital in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Details here.
- The federal administration is seeking volunteers who can donate and provide and/or produce, within two weeks, large-scale quantities of critical supplies to help the nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete this brief survey about your production ability as soon as possible.
- The North Country Chamber and Jaci Kelleher of Stafford Owens have put together a flow chart to help understand NYS paid leave policies that will be effective until April 1, 2020. Download it here.
- The MEP National Network has created a website for manufacturers that provides up-to-date COVID-19 business management information, federal agency access, and supply chain resources. The page will be updated constantly. It is linked here.
- Treasury, IRS and DOL implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses.
The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. For businesses, the agencies will be easing compliance by instituting a 30-day non-enforcement period for good faith compliance efforts. Details here:
- FDA Makes it Easier to Produce Necessary Medical Devices
In an effort to increase the availability of ventilators and other respiratory devices as well as PPE and other COVID-19 necessities, the FDA is taking action to eliminate every possible barrier to companies with the capacity to address the shortages. Details at this link.
- Governor Cuomo issues a daily update on COVID-19, including policy updates, resources, and ways you can help. Sign up here for the latest COVID-19 updates from New York State.
- CITEC is available. Maybe you have COVID-19-related questions, or are in a position to use this time to address production or other issues in your business. We will find responsible ways to help you. Email Steve Lockwood. firstname.lastname@example.org.