We’ve gathered local, state, and national resources for businesses and individuals here.
Local City & County Resources
City of Rochester: Business Loans, Services, and Grants
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce: Corona Virus Planning Resources
Kiva Rochester: Working capital loans at 0% to hold your small business over. KivaRoc Hotline available Monday-Friday 2-4 p.m. Call or Text 585-210-0573 to schedule a chat.
The Community Foundation: COVID-19 related resources for non-profits and small businesses
The Business Council: NYS Corona Virus Paid Sick Leave
Small Business Administration: Economic Injury Disaster Loans
AVOID BUSINESS SCAMS AND FRAUD: The Small Business Administration (SBA) does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants. If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.
If you are contacted by someone promising to get you approved for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, but requires any payment upfront or offers a high-interest bridge loan in the interim, suspect fraud. If you have a question about getting an SBA disaster loan, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to email@example.com.
If you are in the process of applying for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan and receive email correspondence asking for personal identifying information (PII), ensure that the referenced application number is consistent with the actual application number. Any email communication from the SBA will come from accounts ending with sba.gov.The presence of an SBA logo on a webpage does not guaranty the information is accurate or endorsed by the SBA. Please cross-reference any information you receive with information available at www.sba.gov.
Federal Emergency Management Agency: News Releases
Operation HOPE: Virtual Financial Recovery Support to Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19
USA.gov: Financial Assistance after a Disaster
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation: Coronavirus Response Resources
Paul Weiss COVID-19 Relief Center: National and state resources
Paycheck Protection Program: The newly launched federal Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses (including nonprofits) to keep their workers on the payroll. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
Gorbel Manufacturing Hiring Event: August 11 & 18
RochesterWorks!: COVID-19 resources.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits: Updated FAQs (March 31st)
*Important – If you are filing a new Unemployment Insurance claim, the day you should apply is based on the first letter of your last name.
A – F file on Monday | G – N file on Tuesday | O – Z file on Wednesday
Missed your day? File on Thurs-Fri-Sat
Any claim you file will be backdated to the date you became unemployed. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.
^ Important – It is necessary to have a NYS ID to file for unemployment online.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Checklist
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Flowchart
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) What you need to know
Indeed: Find a virtual job fair
LinkedIN: Job search.
Open Door Mission at 56 N Plymouth Avenue is reducing the number of guests in the dining room during meal service by implementing a “Grab & Go” system. For more information call (585) 454-6696.
St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality at 402 South Avenue provides sandwiches and packed lunches. For more information please call 585-232-3262.
Cameron Community Ministries at 48 Cameron Street provides lunch to go Monday-Friday from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Sunday Dinner is closed until further notice. For more information please call 254-2697.
Dimitri House at 102 North Union Street serves individuals and families living in zip codes 14604, 14605, 14607, and 14609 once every 30 days by appointment. No referral is necessary. Please call 585-325-1796 to schedule an appointment.
St Peter’s Kitchen at 681 Brown Street provides lunches to go Monday-Friday from 12 – 1:15 p.m. For more information please call 585-235-6511.
Summer Meals for Children
The Summer Meals Program provides free breakfast and lunch meals for youth who are 18 years of age and under. The program helps to ensure that school-aged youth continue to have access to the same nourishment they receive during the school year and that no children are hungry while school is not in session. For more information on the Summer Meals Program, visit www.SummerMealsROC.org
Starting Monday, July 6, youth will be able to get grab-n-go meals from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, at the following sites:
Recreation Centers (Open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for breakfast & lunch):
- Adams Street Rec Center – 85 Adams Street.
- Avenue D Rec Center – 200 Avenue D.
- Carter Street Rec Center – 500 Carter Street.
- Tyshaun Cauldwell Rec Center – 524 Campbell Street.
- David F. Gantt Rec Center – 700 North Street.
- Frederick Douglass Rec Center – 999 South Avenue.
- Humboldt Street R-Center – 1045 Humboldt Street.
- Trenton and Pamela Jackson Rec Center – 485 N. Clinton Avenue.
- Roxie Ann Sinkler R-Center – 75 Grover Street.
- Thomas P. Ryan Rec Center – 530 Webster Avenue.
Additional City Sponsored Sites (Open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for breakfast & lunch):
- Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 – 465 Seward Street.
- Genesee Valley Park Field House – 1316 Genesee Street.
- LaGrange – 455 LaGrange Avenue.
- Lake Riley Lodge – 100 Norris Drive.
- Norton Village – 350 Waring Road. (Waring Road Plaza)
- Rochester Youth Sports Complex – 330 Smith Street.
For the Community
YMCA (Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for lunch & dinner)
Maplewood YMCA: 25 Driving Park Ave., Rochester, NY 14613
FoodLink Emergency Food Supply Boxes
Foodlink continues its drive-thru food distributions throughout August. Boxes of non-perishable goods, as well as an assortment of perishable goods such as dairy products and produce, are available. Pre-registration will once again be required for Monroe County sites, while most sites in other counties will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 211 or text 898-211 to get details, register, or get specific site information for all area counties.
Times of crisis often brings out the best in people. Unfortunately, for others, they see it as an opportunity to take advantage. To protect yourself, make sure you get your news and information from reputable outlets and remember the adage “if it seems too good to be true…” Before making any important decisions be sure to consult with a trusted friend, family member, your physician, or your financial advisor.
Federal Trade Commission: Coronavirus Scams: What the FTC is Doing
United States Department of Justice: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General: COVID-19 Fraud Alerts
National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline: Call 866-720-5721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to report any fraud related to COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus)
Federal Communications Commission: COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips
Better Business Bureau: Tips on COVID-19
Consumer Finance Protection Board: Beware of Scams Related to the Coronavirus
New York State Attorney General: Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams
United States Department of Health and Human Services: Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams
Federal Bureau of Investigation: FBI Urges Vigilance During COVID-19 Pandemic
National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association: COVID-19 Anti-Fraud Resources
Federal Emergency Management Agency: Coronavirus Rumor Control
April is financial literacy month. If you are sheltering at home it is the perfect time to set up that budget you’ve been putting off, establish short- and long-term financial goals, or learn how to make your money work for you by investing.
Rochester Financial Empowerment Center: Free one-on-one financial counseling for all residents of Monroe County. To speak to a counselor please call 585-252-7110.
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester is a non-profit organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals and families deal with financial difficulties. Certified professionals provide confidential counseling, educational services and other solutions enabling clients to meet their financial goals. Customer service lines are open from 9a-5pm Monday through Friday and our counselors are available Monday-Thurs 8a-8p, Friday 8a-5p. Please call (585) 546-3440.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy from the American Institute of CPAs: Money Minutes. An interactive video series to help improve your personal finance know-how in just minutes. During each session, you’ll hear straight from professional CPAs on topics like budgeting, saving and managing debt, and then complete a short quiz at the end to test your new knowledge.
FINRA Investor Education Foundation: Investor Education Library
Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions. (on local PBS station, WXXI). Host Dave Coyne leads viewers through an exploration of what behavioral economics reveals about why we spend, save (or don’t save) and the way we think about money. Dave meets with innovative thinkers who mix economics with psychology. Their experiments and insights into our financial behavior teach us to recognize how our brains and the marketplace can trick us into spending money we shouldn’t.
Thinking Money: Practical Solutions. As a follow up program to the successful national release of the documentary Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind our Best and Worst Financial Decisions, MPT created a community event and produced a new program to expand upon the lessons learned from the original documentary.
Operation Hope: COVID-19 Disaster Response. Operation HOPE is a for-purpose organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults. Call their HOTLINE: 1- 888-388-HOPE (4673) or REGISTER for Virtual Financial Recovery Coaching
TD Ameritrade: Videos for beginning to experienced investors.
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eCornell Keynotes: Be Informed. Be Inspired. Experience the Best of Cornell, Live and On Demand.
Coursera: Coursera collaborates with 190+ leading universities and companies
edX: As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location, and access. Course content includes urban planning, civil engineering, and data science.
MIT Open Learning Library: Includes coursework on urban planning and design, management, and more.
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Open Culture: Free culture and education media.
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Courses on Demand: From brand development to creating a profit and loss statement, and everything in between.
Gartner: Webinars from a leading research and advisory company.
EntreSkills: Online courses in entrepreneurial education sponsored by the NYS Small Business Development Center International Trade Council: The ITC is an internationally renowned apex chamber of commerce, providing services to chambers, business associations, export councils, government trade agencies and businesses alike.
International Trade Council: The ITC is an internationally renowned apex chamber of commerce, providing services to chambers, business associations, export councils, government trade agencies, and businesses alike.