Dear fellow entrepreneurs/business owners:

As the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread, we at the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance are sensitive to the stress this pandemic places on minority businesses as you experience interruptions in servicing your clients and customers. We are closely monitoring the unfolding circumstances and developments; mandates and restrictions issued by the municipal, state, county and federal levels of government; as well as that of the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories.We urge you to comply with and adhere to these executive orders (e.g., 100% workforce reduction of nonessential employees) and mandates for the safety and well-being of yourself and your workforce. UMEA will do its part to help flatten the curve and encourage you as entrepreneurs and business owners to continue to frequently wash your hands, use hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes, and practice social distancing. In times like these, both our business and personal relationships are more important than ever. On behalf of UMEA’s Board of Directors, our hearts are with you in the tremendous work you are doing in the face of adversity and we wish you safety and good health. Stay resilient!I have compiled a list of helpful resources to aid you in these unprecedented times:

Covid-19: American Heart Association

Covid-19: Brookings Institute

Covid-19: CenterState CEO

Covid-19: ChildCare Solutions

Covid-19: City of Syracuse

Covid-19: CNY Community Foundation

Covid-19: Employee Retention Credit under CARES Act

Covid-19: EventBrite

Covid-19: Gov. Cuomo's Workforce Ban

Covid-19: IRS Corona virus Tax Relief

Covid-19: John Katko - Coronavirus Resources

Covid-19: JPMorgan Chase

Covid-19: KBBB Website Resource Guide

Covid-19: New York State Department of Labor

Covid-19: New York State Pause

Covid-19: Onondaga Health Department

Covid-19: Paycheck Protection Plan

Covid-19: SBA Express Bridge Loans

Covid-19: SBA Disaster Assistance

Covid-19: SBA Economic Injury and Disaster Loan Assistance

Covid-19: SBA Paycheck Protection Program

Covid-19: SBA NY-Statewide Disaster declaration

Covid-19: Small Business Development Center
Covid-19: Verizon-LISC Small Business Recovery Fund

Syracuse Small Business Emergency Relief Grant

Thoughtfully yours,
Me’Shae Rolling
Interim Executive Director

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Upstate Minority Economic Alliance

Central New York's first and only minority chamber of commerce

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Our MIssion

Harnessing the economic power of the minority community for the benefit of the Upstate and Central New York region

UMEA is dedicated to the success of minority owned businesses throughout the Upstate New York region

The Black and Latino buying power in the region is over $170 billion. There are thousands of Black and Latino entrepreneurs offering diverse goods and services. They represent emerging, growing and mature businesses; some are home-based, some mom-and-pop, and some brick and mortar. The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance serves as an economic conduit for some of the region’s premier minority owned business enterprises.

Our Vision

We strive to create a greater regional prosperity
through enhanced minority economic opportunity

our Story

Founded in 2015, UMEA remains the only Minority Chamber of Commerce in the sixteen county Upstate New York Region

Our board of directors is comprised of some of the region's most prominent members and organizations. Sensing the need to address poverty rates in the region our board began exploring means and initiatives to combat an economy plagued by economic disparity.

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