Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Networking Breakfasts have been suspended until further notice.
Our local small businesses are open to in-person shopping while following NYS guidelines which require masks and social distancing. Some still offer appointment and online shopping with curbside delivery. Bars, restaurants and gyms, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed establishment, can be open for in-person service until 12 midnight daily, starting April 19, 2021. Most restaurants are offering limited capacity indoor dining at 75% capacity. Many are also continuing to offer takeout or delivery service .
We are offering our social media platforms to help get the word out about changes and updates to our member businesses and organizations in these current circumstances. Our social media committee will be monitoring and sharing your posts as much as possible, but please do tag us (Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association) so we don’t miss any. We suggest business members take advantage of our Ballston Spa BSBPA Member News and Deals Facebook group, which is open to join for you to post your information. Furthermore, you can email your information to email@example.com
The BSBPA office is open as usual, M-F, 10 am-5 pm.
We are a Village of Friends, and even as we practice social distancing, we can still support each other. Stay informed and positive—we are Stronger Together Ballston Spa.
Information and Guidelines
NEW 4/19/20 Restaurant Revitalization Fund. This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Saratoga County has set up a new “Vaccine Recipient Interest List.” On this site, you can see the entire list of current eligible recipient categories for the COVID vaccine. If you are eligible for a vaccine from the County, you will be asked to indicate which category makes you eligible. You can then sign up to be on the list. This is NOT a guarantee of a shot. This does NOT allow you to schedule a shot. The Saratoga County Public Health department will use the data collected from this site to sort, determine and reach out to Saratoga County residents when shots become available.
12/29/20 New York Forward Small Business Lease Assistance partnership–Support Services for Small Businesses to Renegotiate their Lease and Avoid Eviction
12/29/20 US Chamber of Commerce-A breakdown of all the federal programs and aid for small business coronavirus assistance, up to and including the latest COVID relief package signed into law on December 27, 2020.
Resources for Mental Health support. The COVID-19 pandemic may cause or exacerbate feelings of depression, anxiety or self harm. Here are some resources that can help guide and inform:
IMPORTANT Each business and organization must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement, or may develop its own Safety Plan.
Your 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.
Group events must also follow Safety Plan guidelines.
10/13/20-Connecting New York State-Based Small Businesses With New Customers, Broader Markets and Bigger Opportunities. Empire State Development and NY Department of Financial Services began a new program connecting New York’s small business community with global e-commerce enablers who will provide training, technology, business services, and marketing support. This first-in-the-nation effort enables small businesses to access new customers, bigger markets and more opportunities.
Saratoga County IDA PPE Grant Program. Recently, the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency announced plans to setup a grant program to provide financial support to local small businesses, with 50 or fewer employees located in Saratoga County, particularly for the purchase of PPE.
More Resource Links:
SCPP also has a direct email for businesses in need of support: Needbizhelp@saratogapartnership.org
Face Mask Usage:
Governor Cuomo has issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear a mask or a face covering when out in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Remember that wearing a face covering does not mean you can ignore other precautions. Wash hands often.
Food Pantry Information: