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 COVID-19 Emergency Resources 

This Webster Economic Development Alliance website page is specifically focused on resources and links for Webster residents, business and employees who are dealing with the economic impacts of the government response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The unprecedented regulations and restrictions put in place within New York State to guard public health are having a significant impact on businesses and their employees.

Check back regularly for updated information as it becomes available. 

New York State's regularly updated (throughout the day) website providing a broad array of information including further links and information for businesses and the latest announcements.

The Webster Chamber of Commerce has established a collection of resources for local businesses and employees regarding the COVID-19 emergency response. This page offers a wealth of information and is updated regularly as the government emergency response evolves.

Empire State Development (ESD) has created this FAQ to offer information to businesses regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the coronavirus. If your question is not answered in this FAQ, please contact ESD at its website at:

Guidance on Essential Businesses from Empire State Development

Paid Sick Leave Legislation - A summary from NYS Governor's Office

Layoffs, Staff Reductions & other Workforce Resources

Layoffs and temporary layoffs:  If you need to layoff workers, you can direct them to the NYS Department of Labor website to register for Unemployment Insurance. Let your employee know if the layoff is temporary or permanent and if you have an estimated return to work date. Currently, the normal 7 day waiting period to collect unemployment has been waived. Instructions and details to applicants can be found on their website.

New York State Shared Work Program:  Consider the Shared Work program to manage your work force. Shared Work 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. See the website for details.  SHARED WORK PROGRAM FAQ SHEET

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for NY.  Find out if you qualify here.

Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at

Monroe County is included in Disaster NY-00197.

Please review the fact sheet with important information about the declaration and EIDL requirements. Businesses can take advantage of free assistance offered by SBA’s network of Resource Partners for help with preparing their loan applications. They may visit to find local help.

The NYS Small Business Development Center network recommends submitting a request for assistance online at

The Webster Community Chest exists to Improve, develop, and care for the health, welfare and general well being of residents of the greater 14580 Webster community.

Free Community Dinners

FoodLink Events

Food Assistance

Rochester's directory to find food from local restaurants who offer take-out, delivery or online ordering during COVID-19.

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The ALLIANCE A Local Development Corporation

28 West Main Street
Webster, NY 14580

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