ACTION TO HELP BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME
PLEASE REALIZE THAT SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE MADE THEIR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AVAILABLE ON-LINE WHEN FEASIBLE OR MODIFIED THEIR DELIVERY METHODS SO VISIT THEIR WEBSITES AND HELP TO SUPPORT THEM DURING THIS TIME.
Below are resources (including webinars and conference calls) that may be helpful in providing information and/or assistance to business (“for” and “non” profits) and employees during this difficult time, including some business survival strategies. We will add resources as we become aware of them.
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.
LIST OF WEBINARS AND CONFERENCE CALLS
- On Friday, April 3, the Independent Restaurant Association is hosting an Instaragram event to help answer your questions 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.
- On Thursday, April 9, at 4 PM BIZNOW will host a webinar with economist Michael Klein to discuss “Coronavirus, the Stimulus Package, and Economic Forecast“. Click here if you would like to register.
- On Thursday, April 9, from 12;30-1:30 PM Fidelity Charitable, in collaboration with United Way, Feeding America and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will talk about how to combat some of the broad-reaching hardships COVID-19 is causing in your community. Click here to learn more and register.
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.
IINFORMATION RELATED TO THE CARES ACT AND HOW YOU APPLY FOR FUNDS IF YOUR BUSINESS HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY COVID-19
- 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. Click here to go to the SBA’s website for more detailed information and to download applications.
- 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.
- UPDATE 3-26-2020 re the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA)Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program. It has been modified to address the needs of businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here for their Program Guide. SBA’s Massachusetts District Office is encouraging people to direct all inquires to them at their email address: MassachusettsDO@SBA.gov
- 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.
INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
- 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 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.
- Governor Baker/ Lt. Governor Polito Disaster Declaration paves way for assistance to small businesses statewide from the US Small Business Administration.
INFORMATION TAILORED TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OF SPECIFIC BUSINESS SECTORS
- The Retailers Association of Massachusetts has developed a very good resource page for businesses and employees in the retail industry. Click here for the link.
- The US Travel Assocaition highlights components of the CARES Act that impact their industry. Click here for their overview.
- 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.
- 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 Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) hosts daily town hall meetings to guide attendees through the process to achieve a successful unemployment claim and to answer questions. Read more at https://www.mass.gov/forms/
massachusetts-department-of- unemployment-assistance-dua- virtual-town-halls. You can also learn more about unemployment benefits in light of COVID-19 at DUA’s website, here; this page will continue to be updated as additional guidance is available.
- The Massachusetts Division of Banks has assembled information for financial institutions and those who have taken out loans at this time. Click here for their website.
- The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has a web page devoted to COVID-19 unemployment information including how to file for benefits online. Visit it by clicking here. Here is a link to their Unemployment Handbook.
- The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance also has some information about certain businesses that are hiring such as Amazon. Click here for their landing page.
- The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has a web page devoted to action taken by the Commonwealth and guidance in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for their website.
- An organization named Behind You! is establishing the Behind You Emergency Fund for restaurant employees, who meet their criteria, and work in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott and whose work is currently negatively impacted by COVID-19. They are currently solicting donations and they have an application on their website for impacted employees to complete. Please visit their website for more info.
- The Greg Hill Foundation seeking donations in order to provide grants to those in the Massachusetts restaurant industry. Click here to donate or apply for assistance.
- The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has information for employees regarding their rights, health benfits and on topics of particular importance at this time. Click here to reach the Attorney General’s site.
- The USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) Charity Foundation is seeking donations and providing assistance. Please click here for additional information.
- Restauarant Workers Community Foundation collecting information about resources available. Click here to visit their site.
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”.
Welcome to Beverly!
The City of Beverly is a spectacular location to live, work, play, learn and grow your business. Explore our economic development web page to learn more about Beverly’s vibrant economy, many amenities, natural beauty and welcoming neighborhoods. Please get in touch with Denise Deschamps via email at email@example.com or by phone at 978-605-2356 if you have questions about Beverly, the permitting process, retail/commercial space for sale or lease, and more. If you want to see where these properties are located in Beverly and discover other facts use our robust GIS system.
ARE YOU THINKING OF STARTING A BUSINESS OR HAVE YOU ALREADY TAKEN THE LEAP BUT HAVE MORE QUESTIONS NOW THAN WHEN YOU BEGAN THE PROCESS? Check out The Enterprise Center located in Salem Massachusetts, the Center for Women and Enterprise in Boston, Massachusetts and SCORE in Beverly, Massachusetts. LOOK to the upper, left-hand corner of this page for additional resource information.
BEVERLY BUSINESSES IN THE NEWS RECENTLY!
Beverly businesses receive a lot of attention, regardless of the sector. Here are a few recent examples:
LexaGene of Beverly recognized for its work to develop an instrument that rapidly detects pathogens such as coronavirus.
Bob Cook, Beverly commercial fisherman, to be featured in the new season of Wicked Tuna according to Salem News article.
The Salty Cottage highlighted on a segment of WCVB’s Made in Massachusetts
LexaGene celebrates ” ‘authentic’ fare” at El Jalisco Mexican Grill
The story of Harmonic Drive’s move to Beverly as told by the Boston Globe
Much anticipated opening of Frank as reported by Boston Globe
Starting off 2020 by highlighting the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the group of transportation experts that support the MPO, the Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS). The CTPS conducts research and authors reports on issues of critical importance to the communities comprising the Boston Region MPO. Learn more about what they do and the reports and data available via their Information Center by clicking here.
The Enterprise Center introduces its Late Winter/Early Spring calendar of informational/educational seminars for existing and prospective business owners. Please take a look at their schedule here.
Attention: Massachusetts Life Science Center offering competitive capital programs aimed at workforce development and training, research and development, and manufacturing. Applications available.
Blue Economy and Innovation: Read this article about a collaborative effort North of Boston focused on sustaining and growing sustainable ocean-based industry in Essex County’s coastal communities.
REMEMBER TO “KEEP IT LOCAL” AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES!
Click here to learn more about the Beverly Harbor-Waterfront Planning Process and many other long -range planning projects undertaken by the Planning and Development Department.
CITY of BEVERLY has a designated OPPORTUNITY ZONE.
Map Highlighting Commercial and Industrial Zones and Points of Interest
(click on the map to view a larger version)