Resources and Support for all Individuals, Job SeekersUnemployment Insurance, Local Food Pantry locations, child care, Crisis Services and the latest COVID updates can be found on the WorkSourceOne webpage.

 NYS Support Programs

Small business owners can check if they are eligible for New York State support programs or incentives.
There are a number of business incentives that small business owners may be able to take advantage of. To get started, simply answer questions about your business and New York's Business Express Incentive Wizard will provide a list of New York State programs and services that could help your business get off the ground. 

Niagara County & Western New York Micro Cluster Zone Informational Webpage Now Available

In an effort to assist businesses and residents of Niagara County with regards to understanding the Micro Cluster Zones and the restrictions associated with them, the Niagara County Center for Economic Development has created a new webpage. Click here to learn more about the zones and their restrictions, to find maps outlining the various zones in Western New York, and to find answers to frequently asked questions.

UPDATE: Governor Cuomo announced the expansion of the Yellow Micro-Cluster Zone in Niagara County. The areas under the Yellow Zone Micro-Cluster will now include the following:  The entirety of the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, the towns of Lockport, Niagara, Pendleton, and Wheatfield, and the Village of Lewiston. Also included are portions of the towns of Cambria, Lewiston, Newfane, Hartland and Royalton.

Under the Yellow Zone designation the following restrictions will be in effect:

  • House of Workshop: 50% capacity
  • Non-Residential Mass Gatherings: 25 people maximum, indoors and outdoors
  • Businesses: Remain open
  • Dining: Indoor and outdoor dining allowed, maximum four(4) people per table
  • Schools: Remain open, 20% of staff, students must be tested on a weekly basis

Click here, to see the map and to enter your address to see if you are impacted by these changes.

Note, the changes to the Yellow Zone announced by Governor Cuomo on Monday, December 14th will take effect for businesses on Wednesday, December 16th, and for schools on Monday, December 21st.

Congress Passes a $900 Billion Stimulus Package to Help Struggling Businesses and Individuals

The Federal Government has passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, in an effort to provide further assist struggling businesses and individuals hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To view the highlights and provisions of the Bill visit the NCCED newsletter.