Below are resources that may be helpful in providing information and/or assistance to business (“for” and “non” profits) during this difficult time, including some business survival strategies. We will add resources as we become aware of them.
LIST OF WEBINARS AND CONFERENCE CALLS
- On Friday, April 3, the Independent Restaurant Association is hosting an Instagram event to help answer questions from independent restaurant owners about The CARES Act. Join @indprestaurants on Instagram Live Friday at 2pm ET, where @kevinboehmboka & @chrislamonddc answer your questions and help you better understand the legislation. TUNE IN! #SaveRestaurants
- On Saturday, April 4, 2020 local radio show, North Shore Conversations will feature Mary W. Sarris, Executive Director of MassHire North Shore Workforce Board and Mark Whitmore, Executive Director MassHire North Shore. Please tune in to 104.9 FM at 7:00 am-7:30 am to learn about Massachusetts Unemployment Assistance and COVID-19.
Today, April 3, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing on-premises licensees to
sell malt beverages and wine for off-premises consumption for the duration of the Governor’s
declared state of emergency, issued March 10, 2020. Click here for additional information.
*** Click here for an updated list of ESSENTIAL SERVICES as revised by Governor Baker on March 31, 2020. Originally, on March 23, Governor Baker issued an emergency order ordering nonessential businesses and organizations to close their physical workspaces and facilities to customers, workers and the public. You may submit a request to have your business deemed essential at MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
If you would like to view all orders, guidance and updates that the Governor has issued related to COVID-19 please click here.
The North Shore Alliance for Economic Development(NSAED) is conducting an on-line impact survey in order to collect and then share with local, state and federal officials information about the impact of COVID-19 on area businesses. The knowledge acquired from this information could impact their resource response decisions. Please click here to visit their website and complete the survey.
US Small Business Administration
Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
- IMPORTANT: The federal stimulus package, referred to as the CARES Act, has infused funds into existing Small Business Administration(SBA) programs and created new programs, including a GRANT program(of up to $10k per business). The SBA is encouraging businesses to submit their application(s) for funds as soon as possible. Click here for a guide developed by Congressman Moulton’s office, “How the CARES Act Can Help Your Business” that describes these programs and how to apply. Go to the SBA’s website for more detailed information and to download applications.
- The United States Small Business Administration has scheduled a series of Coronavirus Special Topic Conference Calls BEGINNING MARCH 18. Click here for details and how to participate in the calls.
- THE UNITED STATES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS DEVELOPED A GUIDE TO IDENTIFY THE MANY PROGRAMS FUNDED BY THE CARES ACT AND HOW YOU ACCESS THE FUNDS. CLICK HERE FOR THE GUIDE.
Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development prioritizes economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, and an environment that supports job creation and business growth.
- The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has developed and will continue to update guidance and a list of resources related to COVID-19 impacts. Please click here for details.
- COVID-19 Resources and Guidance For Businesses: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses
Massachusetts Department of Revenue
- ATTENTION RESTAURANTS/EATERIES AND HOTEL/MOTEL OWNERS: The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) issued emergency regulation 830 CMR 62C.16.2(7), which grants extensions on remitting the room occupancy tax and the sales/meals tax and is aimed at assisting small businesses. Click here for their website.
- ATTENTION ARTISTS: The Creative County Initiative, through ECCF, is compiling a list of resources to assist artists impacted by COVID-19. By clicking here visit their website for additional information.
- ATTENTION ARTISTS: Creative Capitol has developed a list of resources for artsis in response to COVID-19 impacts. Click here to reach their website.
- Governor Baker/ Lt. Governor Polito Disaster Declaration paves way for assistance to small businesses statewide from the US Small Business Administration.
- National Grid is temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may have on their customers. These policies are effective immediately and will be in place through the end of April. They will evaluate their continued need at that time. Please note that regular billing will continue for all customers.
- US Department of Labor has issued some guidance (not requirements) regarding preparing your workplace for COVID-19. Click here for the document.
- The US Travel Assocaition highlights components of the CARES Act that impact their industry. Click here for their overview.
FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has created the COVID-19 Response Fund which will focus on supporting nonprofit organizations working directly to respond to the pandemic among the most vulnerable populations in order to help build their capacity for response. Please click here to visit their website.
BUSINESS SURVIVAL STRATEGIES
- From Entrepreneur, “A 10-Point Small Business Survival Plan for Dealing with Coronavirus”.
- From US Chamber of Commerce, “Coronavirus Small Business Guide”.