Resources for Business during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Town of Islip Office of Economic Development is dedicated to helping your business succeed and thrive during even the most difficult times. Although our office is currently closed to the public, we want to share the following federal and state resources, which include information and assistance to businesses for issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We’re all in this together. You can still contact the Town of Islip IDA by phone at (631) 224-5512 or by email at

Federal: Small Business Administration

Below are details and application information for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses in New York related to Major Disaster Declaration FEMA-4480-DR for COVID-19.

SBA Disaster Business Loans

The SBA is offering designated states and territories (including Long Island) low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. Click here to download a PDF containing information about available economic injury disaster loans.

SBA’s General COVID-19 Site
Includes information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and guidance for businesses and employers.

SBA: Local Assistance
Information about Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and SCORE offices. You can contact the Hauppauge district office at (631) 454-0750.

Fact Sheet – Economic Injury Disaster Loans (PDF)

Disaster Assistance Resource for Businesses (PDF)


New York State

Many businesses and organizations have expressed a desire to support New York State as it responds to the virus outbreak. Individuals or groups looking to volunteer or contribute to the State’s effort should contact the Office of the Governor:

Main page for all COVID-19 information from New York State

Sign Up for COVID-19 Updates on the evolving COVID-19 situation from New York State.

From the New York Attorney General’s office:
COVID-19 Application For Suspension Of Debt Collection Activity
Application for persons or businesses that owe (non-medical and non-student) debts to the State of New York that have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection and litigation.

From New York State’s Empire State Development:
ESD web portal and FAQ page for individuals and businesses with business-related COVID-19 issues: 
•  Submission Form for COVID-19-Related Business Questions

From New York State Department of Labor:
• New rules and hours regarding unemployment insurance
• The Shared Work Program, can provide an alternative to laying off employees during business downturns by allowing workers to work a reduced work schedule and collect partial unemployment insurance benefits for up to 26 weeks. Instead of cutting staff, you may be able to reduce the number of hours of all employees or just a certain group. Learn more here.

Suffolk County and Local

Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit
Part of Suffolk County’s Department of Economic Development and Planning, the Business Recovery Unit offers resources related to the business impact of COVID-19, as well as data collection for measuring the economic and workforce impact. For updates, text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283.

Nassau & Suffolk Counties are asking all businesses, of any size, to complete an online COVID-19 economic impact survey.  The counties will then analyze the economic data in order to precisely assign resources and prepare requests for state and federal aid.
Nassau County COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey
Suffolk County COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey

These surveys, along with additional resources, are also posted on the ABLI COVID-19 Resource Center.

Town of Islip Planning & Operations
The Town of Islip Planning & Development Divisions, while closed to the public during the COVID-19 virus, are continuing to operate ensuring that applications are processed and constituent inquiries are answered in a timely manner.  Please click here to review the temporary application submittal guidelines for each Planning Division.  For more information visit the Town website.

Stony Brook Small Business Development Center
The Stony Brook SBDC is one of the Small Business Administration's designated Partners to provide support services for disaster assistance in response to COVID-19. You can make an appointment with one of their Business Advisors.

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