Top recommendations for Hudson business owners and residents
The City of Hudson website is being updated regularly with information for city residents.
The Columbia County Economic Development Development Corp. has a dedicated page with resources and information for business owners.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also has a dedicated page with general updates for all of New York State’s residents and business-owners.
Re-Opening and NY Forward Plans
The following is compiled from information shared through Columbia Comeback.
Includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing, as well as low-risk business and recreational activities, including drive-in movie theaters and some outdoor activities like tennis.
Each re-opening business, as well as all essential business, must develop a written Safety Plan, outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19 and read and affirm detailed guidelines (see links below). A business may fill out the template (see link below) to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan. Your reopening plan does NOT need to be submitted to a state agency for approval. You DO need to retain a copy of your plan on the premises of the business and it must be made available to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) or local health or safety authorities in the event of an inspection.
Business owners should refer to the State’s industry-specific guidance for more information on how to safely operate (see below).
All Phase One Businesses
Non-Federal Grant, Loan, and other Financing Programs
- CEDC Rapid Recovery Loan Fund
- Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region: COVID-19 Small Business Continuity Program – Emergency Grants
The Creative Economy: Helpful links for artists and creators
- Columbia County Arts Fund (Furthermore)
- Hudson Art Fair
- Covid-19 and Freelance Artist Resources
- Artist Relief Fund
- New York Foundation for the Arts
Other financial assistance programs:
- Emergency Funds for Artists in All Disciplines
- Emergency Funds for Writers
- Emergency Funds for Visual Artists
- Emergency Funds for Musicians
Links and Resources for Hospitality Businesses
- Mid-Hudson Regional Hospitality Industry Presentation on ‘Guidelines for Reopening After Covid-19’ (PDF)
- Hotel industry issues coronavirus safety guidelines before anticipated travel surge (USA Today)
- How the coronavirus will change hotel stays (NBC News)
Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 Loan Programs
As part of the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill (CARES Act) passed on March 27, New York State nonprofits and other small businesses are eligible for a number of relief benefits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Information about these programs is available on the Empire State Development website. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to Apply Now as funding is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Key programs include:
Helbraun Levey, a law firm servicing some of our local businesses, has compiled a directory of helpful links in regards to Coronavirus and Legal Questions.
The New York State Bar Association has a frequently updated coronavirus resource center.