Assistance to Oswego County’s Small Businesses During the Pandemic

Assistance to Oswego County’s Small Businesses During the Pandemic

L. Michael Treadwell ooc@oswegocounty.org ‘Looking to the future, we want to ensure that as many of our small businesses as possible not only survive the pandemic but thrive despite it.’ Not all small businesses in Oswego County have struggled with the pandemic. HealthWay Home Products in Pulaski, for example, has embarked on a new $2,795,000 project, consisting of the renovation of two buildings and the purchasing of necessary equipment. It will create 40 new jobs. Financial assistance was provided by Operation Oswego County, the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency and Central New York Enterprise Development Corporation. Throughout the COIVD-19 pandemic, Operation Oswego County (OOC) has heightened its focus on the small businesses of Oswego County. The OOC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program is an emergency loan fund, which provides zero-interest, 180-day loans to small businesses with 50 or less employees. The maximum loan amount a business could receive is $10,000 to support operations and employment that were directly affected by COVID-19. There is no cost to apply, no closing costs, no filing fees, and no attorney fees (unless you hire an attorney at your own expense). Over the course of this program, OOC has assisted over 40 businesses from all

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