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Many thanks to the hundreds of Ulster County business owners who took time out of their busy schedules to participate in a webinar with Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan and members of the Economic Development team last week. If you are one of the 25 % of businesses owners who are unsure of how your business is classified, this tool will help you determine what phase your business will be eligible to reopen during, and the public health and safety standards with which your business must comply.Although we are still on Pause, it is crucial that Ulster County businesses included in Phase One – construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, curbside retail, manufacturing, and wholesale trade— begin preparing now.The next step is to download your New York State Safety plan template. These are available by visiting https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phaseCertify your business with Ulster County Ulster County is also requiring businesses fill out this form to certify they have created a plan. The form also includes a one-question survey about Ulster County business needs.Learn more about the reopening process and phases For more details on how and when New York State businesses will reopen, please visit: https://forward.ny.gov/Order Protective Equipment and Sanitizing Supplies If your business is in need of personal protective equipment or cleaning supplies, please visit the Ulster County Office of Economic Development supply list page for vendors. If you are a business that provides these supplies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Today! Participate in the NYS Small Business Development Center webinarThe New York State Small Business Development Center is offering an informational webinar on Wednesday, May 20th from 11 am until noon. The meeting, hosted by Greg Lindberg of the US Small Business Administration, will provide business owners with information on how to create a plan in the new normal, safety, communication, and finances. Help the Ulster County Office of Economic Development to empower your fellow businesses We know we need to do more to get the word out about required processes for reopening small businesses in New York State. Please considering forwarding this email to a local business owner who could benefit from timely updates on the documentation required to reopen, and other important information. Don’t worry; we won’t clutter your inbox or share your data. Emails are sent on a weekly basis, and your privacy is protected. Click here to register for our email list. Need specific assistance for your Ulster County-based business? Please email email@example.com with your questions and concerns. Lisa Berger, DirectorKate Heidecker, Deputy Director Barbara Loughran, Business Services AdministratorNatalie Michael, Confidential Secretary