• Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

    Important resources for local businesses and organizations

    • Watch a video replay, download slides from the April 1 webinar on Emergency Lending Solutions, click here
    • Websites, information on SBA loans, unemployment, state guidelines, health organizations, and more, click here
    • Post and view updated news and information from area businesses and organizations
      • Members click here to login and post news
      • Non-members can submit news here
    • To post and view employment opportunities, click here
    • To opt-in to the Dutchess Business Notification Network and receive regular email updates, click here
    • To contact the Chamber staff, including Workforce and Foundation representatives, click here
  • Support for NY Freelancers + Entrepreneurs in the Time of Coronavirus.

    The struggle is real — for our health, of course, but also our bank accounts. Millions will be unemployed, and businesses are shutting down — a recession is looming. We don’t know how deep we’ll go, but we do know the abruptness of the decline is unprecedented.

    “Smaller companies will be hit harder than large ones because of their limited access to credit and less cash in the bank,” wrote Nelson D. Schwartz in the New York Times. “There will be a swath of small businesses that simply won’t be able to survive this,” he quoted Ellen Zentner, chief US economist at Morgan Stanley.

    We all know that the backbone of our economy is small businesses — but also freelancers (certainly the backbone of BEAHIVE’s membership; the remainder are remote workers).

    “More than one-third of the American workforce works independently — more than 50 million people — and they contribute an estimated $1 trillion to the country’s GDP,” says Freelancers Union executive director Rafael Espinal. “Our numbers are growing, and government must recognize freelancers as members of this country’s thriving small business community.”

    In fact, as I’ve written about, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers by 2027.

    But much of the coronavirus aid being bandied about in Washington and Albany will directly support employees and corporations. Small businesses and self-employed freelancers are left to mostly fend for ourselves.

    So, we’re doing some of the research for what support is available. Here’s a compilation that we’ll update as the situation evolves. (If you have anything to add or edit, let us know.)

    For more please see: https://beahivebzzz.com/blog/2020/03/support-for-ny-freelancers-entrepreneurs-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

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