COVID-19 Resources

Support for Startups During COVID-19

Updated March 27, 2020 at 4:00 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


NYS Department of Labor

Schuyler County Resources

Small Business Development Center

  • SBDC New York Webinar (March 31, 2020): This webinar, hosted by the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center and presented by Center Director Roxanne Mutchler, covers the basics of the COVID-19 SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan process and includes a step-by-step guide to the new COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loan Application Portal. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
  • 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