Resources To Help Navigate Your business During These Times:

There is so much information about COVID-19, so we’ve decided to distill this for you, offering you relevant information about navigating this time from a business perspective.

A Message From Meeting Tree Computer

Hi All,

My name is Ed Shanker. I am the owner/president of a local IT company, Meeting Tree Computer and for over 30 years, me and team have provided business and technology consulting services to hundreds of small and medium sized businesses in the Hudson Valley Area.

While each of us hopes that the corona virus will not become an even bigger health event than it already is, reality is that your business is being asked to consider telecommuting as a contingency plan to remain operational

My team and I firmly believe in providing the best possible IT support to not just our clients, but to anyone in the community looking for help with their technology needs. And although, the vast majority of our services are currently provided remotely our commitment to you as business owners remains the same.

If you are (still) scrambling to get your office set up for remote work so you can stay in business during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are feeling overwhelmed with questions like:

  • How do we share crucial business files and documents without compromising on security?
  • How do we print and get access to printers?
  • What tools do we need to maintain good communication and replace face-to-face meetings with virtual ones?
  • How do we track employee productivity?

We are open for business and here to help. We can help solve these IT problems quickly, reliably, and affordably. And we'd love to have a quick chat about how we can help create a productive, secure and workable plan for you and your team.

Call us for a free online consultation: 845-237-2117  or  email us at eshanker@meetingtreecomputer.com

Your business deserves to be supported in these turbulent times.

Safely Yours,

Ed Shanker
Meeting Tree Computer, Corp.

Novel Coronavirus Hotline (available 24/7) 1-888-364-3065

US Chamber of Commerce Save Small Business Fund

The US Chambers of Commerce has organized philanthropic and corporate donors to create the Save Small Business Fund offering eligible businesses a $5,000 grant to help them during this pandemic. Go here to see if you are eligible and to apply:

SBA (US Small Business Administration) - Disaster Assistance

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. For details on the Debt Relief and Paychecks Protection Program: 

A Guide to COVID-19 Disaster Funding from Senator Kristen Gillibrand's Office.

NYS Official Covid-19 Website

Empire State Developments COVID-19 Business Resources:

Businesses with questions or concerns should visit the ESD website and submit their question via the business portal found directly on the landing page or call the ESD's regional office directly at 845-567-4882.

CARES Act Summary

Businesses, nonprofits, and veterans’ organizations and tribunal concerns with less than 500 employees are eligible for these loans which are potentially forgivable up to 100% of the principal amount borrowed.

NYS Changes Unemployment Filing Requirements

NYS is waiving the 7-Day waiting period for Unemployment Insurance benefits for people who are out of work due to COVID-19 closures or quarantines.

Free Remote Working Resources For Your Business

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More Information on Working From Home:

Remote Work Readiness And Security Checklist

Remote Work Policy (sample)

Free Cyber Security Resources For Your Business

SANS Security Awareness Work-from-Home Deployment Kit - FREE

The SANS Institute put out a free deployment toolkit/security awareness for working from home.

COVID-19 Security Resource Library

A compilation of tips and recommendations from NCSA and its partners on ways to stay safe online, as well as how to avoid scams during this pandemic

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Free Communication Resources For Your Business

Zoom Video Conferencing: www.zoom.us

We are available on ZOOM all day if someone needs our help with something.

LifeSize Video Conferencing: https://www.lifesize.com/

User friendly Video Conferencing tool.

Slack Instant Messaging: www.slack.com

We also use slack to communicate in real time about internal and client facing items. We keep our team communication OUT OF OUR INBOXES.

There is enough going on in there!

Microsoft Teams for Instant Messaging and Video Conferencing:

This tool is Included in your Microsoft Office 365 Licensing at the Business Essentials, Business Premium, E1, and E3 levels.

https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software

Free Microsoft TEAMS Training

Bigger Brains has moved their Teams training over to YouTube as a resource for companies who need to learn collaboration in a hurry.

https://getbiggerbrains.com/coronavirus-help-free-microsoft-teams-training/

The COVID-19 may be a wake-up call for some better strategies, policies, and procedures to protect your employees, clients, and overall operations. Meeting Tree Computer firmly believes in supporting our Clients during these emergency situations. Let’s talk about making sure your team is operational and able to work safely from their homes. Call now for a free business IT consultation to see where we can be of assistance to your organization: (845) 237-2117

If you have any questions or to take advantage of the any of the above offers, please email me directly: eshanker@meetingtreecomputer.com

Stay safe everyone, and most importantly take care of each other.

Warm Regards,

Ed Shanker
President/CEO
Meeting Tree Computer, Corp.