As we are all affected by the current state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) has been monitoring the crisis very closely and working diligently to address all our stakeholders’ needs. Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our training participants, job seekers, partners, and employees. In an effort to provide continued support for all affected, we are providing you with resources from OBT and all of our close partnerships from the local, state and federal levels. Below, please find links that can help guide you through this difficult time.
With questions regarding OBT programming, please reach out to the following:
For inquiries for all training participants, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For inquiries for employment services, please email email@example.com
For up to date services, community outreach and programs follow us @OBTJOBS or visit our website at www.obtjobs.org
For business-specific assistance:
The Society of Human Resources: HR frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19: https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-news/pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx
NYC Small Business Services: financial assistance programs and resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on March 8th two relief programs for businesses affected: a zero-interest loan program and an employee retention grant.
Program 1: Zero-interest loan of up to $75K to help businesses that experience a sales decline associated with Covid 19. The working capital will help businesses remain afloat during this potential decrease in economic activity. Similar to SBA disaster loans, which have long repayment terms, these loans would be structured so that businesses have time to recover.
Small business with fewer than 100 employees
Have at least one location that has experienced loss, damage and/or interruption in NYC
Demonstrates decrease in sales; a minimum of 25% decrease
(based on policies currently in place in Italy)
Demonstrate the ability to repay and will be vetted through an application and underwriting process
Program 2: Employee Retention Grant: Up to $6,000 cash grant to retain employees
Businesses with under five employees
New York State Department of Labor (updates and resources):
U.S. Department of Labor: filing for unemployment insurance in which NY State has waived the seven day waiting period and other Corona Virus (COVID-19) resources.