COVID-19 Resources

Support for Startups During COVID-19

Updated April 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST

The Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) is committed to helping startups grow and thrive, especially during challenging economic times.

Our experienced staff is personally evaluating available resources and opportunities to support startups through the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to publish and update this list as the business climate evolves and more resources are made available.

You can suggest additional resources and opportunities by emailing

CREA Webinar: “Supporting Startups Through COVID-19″

Hosted by Nate Cook, Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University, this webinar addresses SBA Disaster Loans, Unemployment Insurance, and other resources and opportunities currently available to businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19, and features special guests including:

  • Judy Cherry, Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development; and Chair, Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council
  • Jonathan Greene, Senior Investment Director, New York Ventures
  • Kellyann O’Mara, Vice President, M&T Bank
  • Ken Rother, Director, Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Bill Waring, CEO, Areti Construction
  • Brad Treat, Program Director and Entrepreneur-in Residence, Southern Tier Startup Alliance
  • Lindsay Wolf, Business Advisor at Small Business Development Center

Support for New York State and Southern Tier Regional Startups:


Empire State Development


  • COVID-19 Resources for Manufacturers: A resource guide put together by FuzeHub to assist NYS manufacturers during COVID-19.
  • FuzeHub COVID-19 Manufacturing Grants (Applications due April 17): These grants are designed to aid existing New York State small to medium-sized manufacturing companies that can meet prevailing FDA requirements and can quickly accelerate production of personal protective equipment and respiratory care equipment that has been depleted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Six companies will be chosen to share in a total of $400,000 in grant money available to produce N95 masks and manufacture ventilators.

NYS Department of Labor

Schuyler County Resources

Small Business Development Center

  • SBDC (Binghamton University): The SBDC is available to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources, such as working capital loans and counseling, and navigating their preparedness plans.

Tompkins County Resources

Upstate Capital

Support For Startups Located Anywhere in the U.S.:


Business Operations/Model Resources

Employer/Employee Resources

Financial Resources