Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

Columbia County Business Continuity Fund

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Columbia Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and Hudson Business Coalition, established the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund to provide cash grants to small businesses operating in communities impacted by the economic consequences of the coronavirus.

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Chatham business grants

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Columbia County is fortunate to have many restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, and other independently-owned small businesses. These small shops and their passionate owners and employees contribute to our quality of life and the economic vibrancy that makes our county such a wonderful place to live, work and visit. They are also our friends and neighbors, and it is critical to help them address the economic challenges the pandemic has caused on their small businesses. 

The Columbia County Business Continuity Fund supports small businesses with 1) fewer than 10 employees and 2) less than $1 million in annual revenue that are open to the public and are reliant on foot traffic for customers.

All donations will go directly toward supporting small businesses in Columbia County.




Lael Locke, a longtime resident of Chatham, has generously donated $15,000 to the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund to support a grant cycle benefitting small businesses in the village of Chatham. Grants of up to $1,000 provideed interim relief to distressed Chatham businesses by providing operating funds that can defray the costs related to operating or reopening, including implementation of required safety measures, rent, utilities, taxes, insurance, supplies, inventory, and marketing-related expenses.



Berkshire Taconic and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation awarded 100 grants totaling $202,750 to local businesses through the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund. Grants of either $1,500, $2,500 or $3,250 were awarded based on severity of need. Below is a list of recipient businesses.

Please note: the application process closed April 15.

The Pond Restaurant 

American Pie*, Bimi's Cheese Shop, Browns Emporium*, Inn at Silver Maple Farm, Lagonias Pizzeria, Lea's*, Old Chatham Child Care, PieconicNY, The People's Pub*, The Warm Ewe

Olde York Farm

Dads Copake Diner, Depot Deli

Central House Hotel Inn, Germantown Laundromat, Quittner Antiques  

Boxwood Linen

Hudson Polish Delicatessen, KS Fitness, Lumber Jack Athletics, Taconic Driving School

CrossRoads Food Store, Foxy & Winston, Hillsdale House, Holiday House Motel, Passiflora, Tiny Hearts Farm Flower Shop, Trudy's Beauty Shop

2hotteez, A Collector's Eye, Antigo, Batterby House, Bavier Brook, Behida Dolic Millinery, Bodhi Holistic Spa, Bruno's, Colonia Casa, Dish Hudson, Fig & Bella, Finch, Flowerkraut, Geoffrey Good Jewelry, Good Fight Herb Co., Home/Made Hudson, Hudson City Bed and Breakfast, Hudson Clothier, Hudson Hotel Group, I'M Beauty Store, Inn at 34, Iron Horse Cigar Depot, Jonathan's Computers, LikeMindedObjects, LYF Fitness, M&J's Unisex Hair Studio, Mane Street Hairstyles, Mount Merino Manor, Ninex Realty Management Group, Oak Pizzeria Napoletana, Pampered Pooch Grooming Salon, Pico de Mayo, Pilates Hudson, R McCarroll Upholstery Designs, Railroad CrossFit, Relish Delights, Rev Cafe, River Pilates, Sadhana Center for Yoga and Mediation, September Gallery, Sideshow Clothing Co., Spruce Salon, Tanzy's, The Bee's Knees, The Half Moon, Tommy's Salon, Valley Variety, Verdigris Tea

Beaver Mill Antiques, Broad Street Bagel Company, Main Street Diner, Ruff Cuts, The Flammerie

New Lebanon
Berkshire Thrift, Bucky's Bagels, DMC Racing Products, Godfroy's Service Station, Hilltown Country Smokehouse, M & M’s Tap Room and Tavern, Masterpiece Jewelry Studio, Meissner's Auction Service and Antique Center, Ward Hatch Mechanical

Albany Emkay Cleaners & Coin Laundry, Chris' Cafe, Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, Filli's Deli and Bakery, KJ's Gymnastics, KT Hair Studio, Mairanda's Cutting Edge, Valatie Bar & Grill 



Our fund has been supported by 75 generous individual donors, corporations and foundations. Together, they have raised over $223,000 for the fund. Contributors of $1,000 or more are listed below. 

The Community Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Columbia Economic Development Corporation

BTCF Funds and Donors:
The Fund for Columbia County
Dr. Christopher Rothko
Jodi L. Dady
Kristin Gamble
Lael Locke/City Child Fund
Linda Gatter/Max Dannis Fund
Martha McMaster and Sheldon Evans
Pierce Sioussat/Bioforce USA
Richard Skiermont
Stephen Mack and Brian Schaefer
Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger/The Spark of Hudson
Suzette and Seth Masters
T. Backer Fund, Inc.
Tony Jones
William Sullivan/Hudson Valley Creamery

Foundations and Businesses:
Arthur and Eileen Newman Family Foundation
Berkshire Bank
Henry L. Kimelman Foundation
Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation
MetzWood Insurance