Federal, State, and Local Resources

If you are interested in pursuing any of these programs, don’t hesitate to contact a program advisor to discuss. We are here to serve you!

Resources are now available, and programs are evolving everyday. Check back here often for information.


The CARES Act is the primary source of federal funding, and programs to support most area businesses are administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Click here for information on current programs offered by the U.S. government to support your business.


The New York Forward Loan Program is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York’s small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after NYS on PAUSE. Loans are available to small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords that did not receive a loan from either the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020, and are not forgivable in part or whole.  Additional details and eligibility guidelines are available here, and applications will be open to industries and regions as they reopen in accordance with the NY Forward phased reopening plan.  Pre-applications will open on May 26, 2020 at 12pm Eastern Daylight Time and will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter as regions and industries reopen. Click here to fill out a pre-application and match with a participating CDFI lender (starting May 26, 2020).

The New York State Small Business Development Center (New York SBDC) provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses across the state. The New York SBDC is administered by State University of New York and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, and host campuses. Click here to keep up to date on COVID-19 related programs and news from New York SBDC. Click here to schedule an appointment with a local SBDC advisor who can help advise on loan and grant applications, developing business continuity plans, and many other business related challenges.

New York State’s Business Mentor NY COVID-19 Volunteer Mentor Task Force has partnered with business leaders to create a dedicated group of volunteers across different NYS industries – from law firms to financial professionals – to assist business owners with questions related to the impact of COVID-19 and to provide guidance on the SBA loan applications. Free mentorship is available to any New York State business or non-profit that employs 500 or fewer employees. Click here to create a profile and schedule an appointment.


The Canandaigua Local Development Corporation has developed a range of resources to support you as you work through this challenging time. Click here to learn about resources currently available from the CLDC. Additionally, our partners at the Ontario County Office of Economic Development and Ontario County Finger Lakes Visitors Connection have assembled a series of extremely helpful technical resources to support local businesses.

To unlock economic opportunities in Canandaigua and steward investment in order to foster an inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable community.”

Mission Statement, Canandaigua LDC

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