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The North Country Chamber of Commerce has been designated by Empire State Development, the state's economic development agency, to provide technical assistance to the region's small businesses, helping all who qualify to access assistance from the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program.
The new grant program is part of $800 million in the new State Budget designed to further assist small businesses with recovery from the pandemic. The program is limited to small businesses, with potential grants ranging from $5,000 up to a maximum $50,000 to help cover a range of allowed expenses and losses during the period of March 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021. Eligible businesses may already have benefitted from federal programs such as PPP forgivable loans within a cap. 
The Chamber's support will include one-on-one assistance to help determine if a business qualifies and then to help complete applications, as well as twelve webinars, workshops and training sessions. The North Country Chamber will be working in partnership with AEDC (Adirondack Economic Development Corporation), as well as its twelve Partner Community Chambers across Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton and northern Warren Counties and Akwesasne. Area businesses wishing more information are encouraged to contact the North Country Chamber of Commerce at (518) 563-1000.
"We have been actively assisting hundreds of area businesses over the past year in accessing various federal programs," notes Garry Douglas, Chamber President. "We now look forward to helping businesses determine if they may qualify for state grant assistance. We thank Empire State Development for its confidence."