COVID-19 Business Resources
We’ll get through this together. Ithaca is Resilient.
The City of Ithaca Office of Economic Development is committed to working with our local businesses and economic development partners to ensure that businesses have the information and resources that they need to help weather the economic impacts of COVID-19.
For assistance navigating local resources or to suggest additional COVID-19 business resources, please email email@example.com. This page was last updated on May 1, 2020.
Guidance for ReOpening - To be updated on an ongoing basis as new resources and guidance are developed.
- NY Forward - New York State’s Plan for ReOpening. Start here for reopening phases and state guidance for industries.
- Back to Work Guidance and Industry Playbooks - a curated list of resources compiled by Ithaca/Tompkins County economic development service providers
The following is a curated list of links with COVID-19 Business Resources:
SBA Coronavirus Relief Options from the Small Business Administration, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Business Mentor NY connects small business with mentors that can guide small businesses through this crisis with financial and related advice on acquiring capital and applying for and leveraging various disaster resources.
COVID-19 Small Business Resilience Fund
Due to the very large number of applications received, this program is now closed to new applications.
COVID-19: How Can I Help?
Stay home and practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the following is a list of ideas for helping Ithaca businesses, neighbors, and community, compiled by the City of Ithaca Office of Economic Development. Updated 4/20/20
Helping Local Businesses
- Donate to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis Response Fund. Please use the notes field to indicate if your donation is to be used only for the “Small Business Resiliency Fund”
- Purchase gift cards. The Tompkins Chamber has collected a database of gift card offerings, links to online stores and innovative approaches: https://www.tompkinschamber.org/support-small-businesses
- Virtual Tip Jar. Want to support workers that rely on tips? Check out http://ithacatipjar.com
- Order takeout to help keep local restaurants afloat. A number of Ithaca area restaurants are offering take-out options. Here’s a list.
- Donate to the Chamber’s Member Support Fund. Consider a donation to the Tompkins Chamber Member Support Fund: https://www.givegab.com/campaigns/chamber-member-support-fund
- Support Downtown Businesses. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has a list of restaurants providing take-out services and shops open for walk-in service & shops providing online, by appointment, or other experiences: https://www.downtownithaca.com/
- The Ithaca Voice also has a list of ideas for supporting local businesses during NYS “Pause”
- Support Collegetown Restaurants. Some Cornell alumni have put together a GoFundMe campaign - https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-collegetown-restaurants - to help Collegetown restaurants during the COVID-19 business disruption.
Helping Neighbors and Community
- Donate to a local charitable fund.The United Way of Tompkins County and Community Foundation of Tompkins County have both set up COVID-19 funds:
- Community Foundation of Tompkins County: https://www.cftompkins.org/covid19/. The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to basic needs nonprofit organizations in our region working with our communities to address how they and their participants are impacted by this crisis.
- United Way: https://www.uwtc.org/responding-covid-19. United Way of Tompkins County is responding to an increase in local needs due to COVID-19 by expanding and expediting our existing funding processes. As always, 100% of donations given through United Way of Tompkins County (UWTC) will continue to go directly to agency programs and services. Donors can continue to contribute any of UWTC’s existing community initiatives or a nonprofit agency of their choice. In addition they can designate their gift to support UWTC’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
- Sign up on the Ithaca/Tompkins County “Offer Support” Volunteer form: . This form is organized by the ‘COVID-19 Tompkins Mutual Aid Response’ group. The group is helping link volunteers with local individual-to-individual as well as opportunities through local service organizations.
- Sign up on the United Way’s Volunteer Form: https://www.uwtc.org/volunteer-sign. which will be used to match individual volunteers with opportunities.
- Visit the ‘Tompkins COVID-19 Immediate Needs’ Facebook Group to request or offer assistance on a person to person basis. https://www.facebook.com/groups/541333123157147/
- Donate Food. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is a resource. https://www.foodbankst.org/
- Donate Blood. There are still a number of local blood drives and the need is constant.
- Check out the Daily Run Down, also organized by the COVID-19 Tompkins Mutual Aid Response group. If you would like this delivered straight to your inbox every day please fill out this form. The community resource folder has all of the relevant info and is updated daily.
- Mask sewing. Tompkins County Health Department is initiating a collaborative effort to produce and distribute cloth masks for essential workers. Essential businesses can request cloth masks for their employees through a process set up by the Tompkins County Emergency Operations Center. If you are able to volunteer in this mask-making effort, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Tompkins County Health Department website for more information and updates.
- Deliver Goods by Bike: Deliver goods by bike, support local businesses with your bike needs, and/or help individuals get bikes to use for their mental and physical wellbeing. Learn how you can help at www.bikewalktompkins.org/covid-19
Send additional ideas for how individual community members can help during the COVID-19 crisis to email@example.com