Paycheck Protection Program Is Back! (2021)

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will open the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 9 a.m. ET.  When the PPP loan portal system opens, it will initially accept First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs, which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries. 

Visit the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program page to learn more. Or, for an eaiser read, check out Ridgewood Savings Bank's PPP Information Page. (Ridgewood's Baldwin branch is at 835 Atlantic Avenue.)

Grant Opportunity for Restaurants (2021)

On January 5, 2021, Empire State Development (ESD) announced a $3 million “Raising the Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund to assist restaurants in New York State during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant funding has been made possible through financial donations led by Diageo North America and supported by Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits (a division of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits) and will be implemented by the nonprofit National Development Council (NDC). The “Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund'' will help eligible restaurants adjust their operations to the impacts of COVID-19 and adherence to New York State’s public health and safety measures during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited. Restaurants can apply to the Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery fund beginning Monday, January 11th via

Small Business Administration Funding Resources (Link to U.S. Small Business Administration information about Paycheck Protection Program, EIDL Loan Advance, Express Bridge Loans, and Debt Relief.)

New York State Unemployment Assistance (Link to NY State Department of Labor, or call 888-209-8124.)

Prevent Getting Sick (Link to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page providing steps to protect yourself and others during a COVID-19 outbreak; updated regularly.)

Letter from NY State Senator Kaminsky about benefits of the federal stimulus law passed on March 26, 2020.

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act (Link to report about features of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security
(CARES) Act from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.)

Newsday Live Conversations (Link to Newsday page with video of informational webinar about COVID-19 moderated by columnist Joye Brown and featuring medical professionals, including Q&A with readers' questions.)

New York State Coronavirus Information Page (Link to New York State government website with extensive essential information for New York state residents.)

COVID-19 Financial Impact Analysis and Sales Tax Revenue 2020-2021 (Link to Nassau County Comptroller's analysis of impact of COVID-19 on projected sales tax revenues under various re-opening scenarios.)

Baldwin Resources for COVID Preparedness

Baldwin Businesses That Are Open

(List provided by Baldwin Chamber of Commerce)

ALL business are in need of our support at this difficult time. Please support them as much as you can, so they can be still be open for business when this crisis is over.

Links to Helpful Information

Baldwin Restaurants That Are Open

(List provided by Baldwin Chamber of Commerce)

Restaurants are doing takeout or deliveries. Most offer curbside pickup. Please ask when placing your order. Eat local!