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Greg Pokriki

Updated May 27, 2020

In the face of these COVID-19 global challenges, our community has come together to do our best in flattening the curve and coming out on the other side just as friendly, kind, and communal as folks have always known us Buffalonians to be. Buffalo is The City of Good Neighbors, and it is in times like these when we earn that reputation.

There is no question some very tough days lie ahead. Through determination, hard work, and compassion, we will persevere, evolve, and show what is truly great about Buffalo, about New York State, and about this nation. 

Though much is still uncertain, we wanted to share the resources and organizations that can best be of service to you and your company on what we do know. We'll continue to update this list as information changes, so feel to free to check back.


First, there is an immediate need for personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, gowns, ventilators, and more. If your business is able to produce these products, contact Empire State Development: COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov

Also, Our partner organization Buffalo Niagara Partnership has a great and consistently updated site of new information.

Health Organizations:

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

New York State Department of Health

Erie County Department of Health

Reopening Resources:

NY Forward

Reopening Safety Plan Template

Business Reopening Lookup Tool

Reopen Buffalo

Business Support Information/Resources:

Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP)

Payment Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions

Business Council of NYS Resource Guide

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

SBDC at Buffalo State College assisting local impacted businesses

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

GFDA Crisis Toolkit for Businesses

NYPA Economic Development Customer Assistance Program

Essential employee child care support

US SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

New York State Shared Work Program

National Association of Manufacturers state-by-state restrictions/operations 

Webinars & Articles:

Manufacturing Operational Guide & Webinar

How Chinese Company's Have Responded to Coronavirus - Harvard Business Review

Check back for updates.
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Founded in 1999, Invest Buffalo Niagara represents the eight counties of Western New York. We are the region’s nonprofit, privately funded economic development organization focused on job creation.