A Message From the New York NFIB Team

Date: April 15, 2020

Including helpful information for state  members

NFIB and every member of our team is working around the clock in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals to make sure the voices of small businesses like yours are being heard by policymakers. When the worst of coronavirus is finally behind us, it will be the small businesses that restart our economy, rehire workers, and bring that elusive feeling of “normalcy” back to our communities.

Please visit NFIB’s Small Business Resources in Response to Coronavirus page to access information to protect your business and stay up to date on new federal programs, policies, and legislation.

We understand and share the many frustrations concerning the rollout and implementation of the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPPL). NFIB is working with Congress and the administration to correct deficiencies, improve access, and on Tuesday, called on Congress to appropriate additional funding to ensure relief is available for every small business needing these lifelines.

NFIB’s New York State office is in regular communication with Governor Cuomo’s staff, the Department of Labor, and Empire State Development regarding the latest information and executive orders from Albany that impacts your business. These orders and directives and to whom they apply are constantly changing so please stay informed. NFIB’s New York dedicated web page is constantly being updated with the latest New York State-specific COVID-19 information.

On Monday, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.16, which requires all essential businesses operating in New York to provide face coverings to their employees if they are in direct contact with customers or members of the public. Businesses must provide the face masks at their own expense.

The NYS Dept. of Health has released guidance for complying with the Executive Order. The guidance allows for a range of face coverings, including homemade sewn cloth masks, bandanas, surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields.

NFIB – and a strong, unified voice for small business – have never been more necessary than at this moment. We are here to be your voice in Washington and Albany, and your partner in ensuring America’s economic recovery is driven by small and independent businesses. Thanks for your continued support. Stay safe, be well, and never hesitate.


Greg Biryla, State Director

Ashley Ranslow, Assistant State Director

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