BN Partnership guiding small businesses through pandemic

Buffalo's Chamber of Commerce provides multiple resources on major business developments

Mike Baggerman
March 31, 2020 - 3:00 am

Buffalo City Hall (left) and Federal Courthouse (right). October 9, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Small businesses are struggling mightily because of the coronavirus pandemic and with new developments coming rapidly, the region’s most well-known chamber of commerce is doing their part to help companies survive.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is educating small businesses about a litany of topics. Most recently, they told small businesses about the impact that the federal stimulus bill will have on them.

“We’re trying to help,” Dottie Gallagher said. “We certainly aren’t an expert in all the technical aspects of (the federal stimulus package). But what we are experts at is working with businesses to get their questions answered. We had 70 or so questions that came in during the webisode (on Monday).”

Gallagher reassured small businesses by saying that everyone is in this together.

“I think our government partners understand the need to support the private sector,” she said. “Not just small businesses but you have manufacturing and restaurant retail operations that are really suffering. I think everyone is pointed at a level understand. We truly are all in this together.”

Specifically, she said elements of the stimulus package like the delay in the tax day, payroll protection act, and SBA loans are beneficial to area businesses.

She said the Buffalo Niagara Partnership will continue to try and cut through the clutter and provide important resources to all small businesses during the pandemic. In the next week, Gallagher said small businesses in the area will be surveyed about what they’re seeing with their own businesses. Gallagher said they hope to compile the data and identify what kind of assistance the region needs as a whole.

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