ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS WITH 50 OR FEWER EMPLOYEES!
NEW GRANTS PROGRAM + TRAININGS
On October 22, 2020 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a NEW GRANTS PROGRAM which is divided into 2 parts, one of which will help businesses with 5 (five) or fewer employees and the other which will help businesses with 50 (fifty) or fewer employees. You may find detailed information about eligibility requirements and application instructions by clicking here. The deadline for applications is November 12, 2020 at 12 PM. The agency administering the program, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp., will be providing program overview information in the following languages shortly: (Application will remain in English)· Arabic· Guajarati· Haitian Creole· Khmer· Korean· Portuguese· Simplified Chinese· Spanish· Traditional Chinese· Vietnamese.
On Wednesday, November 4 and Friday, November 6, the Enterprise Center, Mill Cities Community Investments (MCCI) and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development will host trainings.
On Wednesday, November 4, from 12-1 PM Learn about the new COVID-19 Grants for Massachusetts Small Businesses, including eligibility, approved use of funds, required documentation, and how to submit an application. Aprenda sobre las nuevas subvenciones de COVID-19 para pequeños negocios de Massachusetts, incluyendo elegibilidad, el uso aprobado de fondos, la documentación requerida y cómo entregar su solicitud.
On Friday, November 6, from 2-4 PM. join the MCCI team for a live demo via Zoom of the online application for the COVID-19 Small Business Grants for 5 or Fewer Employees. To get the most out of the demo(s), come prepared with the required documentation for the grant(s) you are applying for. Go to www.empoweringsmallbusiness.
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? We are very fortunate to have several organizations in the area that hold informational seminars and provide one-to-one assistance with business plan development. Check out The Enterprise Center, the Center for Women and Enterprise , Massachusetts Small Business Development Center and SCORE , to name a few. LOOK to the upper, left-hand corner of this page for additional resource information.
RE-OPENING IN BEVERLY
NEW OUTDOOR DINING POLICY
If you own a restaurant and would like to create outdoor dining space or expand existing outdoor dining space please complete the application below. Directions on completing the application are included in the application document. There is also a separate list of FAQ’s below:
- Beverly Outdoor Dining Application 2020-06-02
- Outdoor Dining FAQ 2020-06-03
- Massachusetts Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards – Restaurants as of 6-8-2020
- Watch the meeting regarding outdoor dining here
DOWNTOWN PARKING LOCATIONS AND FEES
The City has created a web page devoted to parking in the downton Beverly area in order to make the experience as easy and convenient as possible. Please visit parkbeverly.com to learn more convenient parking locations and methods of payment , including coins, credit cards and the remote GoParkit app.
RE-OPENING IN MASSACHUSETTS
Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito launched a 4-phased re-openg plan. Please click here to visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website with details.
Included in that plan are (amongst other standards and best practices):
- Mandatory Safety Standards for Work Places
- Massachusetts Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices
- Massachusetts Safety Standards and Checklist for Retail Businesses.
- Massachusetts Safety Standards and Checklist for Restaurants.
- Massachusetts authorizes 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.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
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.
LIST OF WEBINARS AND CONFERENCE CALLS
“Business Resiliency Webinar: Keeping the Lights On”
EDUCATION AND SKILLS TRAINING
North Shore Community College Corporate and Professional Education Division. Your business or your employees may be eligible for training funds. Find out more by visting MassHire.
NEW FUND TO HELP THOSE HIT HARDEST BY COVID-19
On April 6, 2020 Governor Charlie Baker annnounced the launch of a new corporate- and foundation-backed fund that will support health care workers, the homeless and others in Massachusetts that have been especially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund, called the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, is already stocked with more than $13 million, attracting contributions from One8 Foundation, The Boston Foundation and many more. It is also open to donations from the general public. Eastern Bank is administering the fund at no cost and contributed some of its own money. The fund will partner with existing community foundations and local nonprofits to disperse the money quickly where it’s needed most. The new fund is being spearheaded in part by Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker, who said “sky’s the limit” for expected fundraising totals.
MyMoney.gov is a website created as a result of the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission for the purpose of strengthening the financial capability and increasing access to financial services for all Americans. Their website provides a good deal information including budgeting tools and worksheets that may be useful.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal entity, provides people with information and resources to protect and manage their finances, covering issues such as mortgage relief, student debt, and protecting your credit. Visit their web page focusing on COVID-19 by clicking here for more information
US Department of Labor has issued some guidance (not requirements) regarding preparing your workplace for COVID-19. Click here for the document.
NEW RESOURCE: FREE ASSISTANCE FOR NON-PROFITS AND SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH THE NEWLY FORMED COVID RELIEF COALITION. It is a coalition of law firms, non-profits and governmental agencies in Massachusetts offering help to access emergency loans and other sources of relief. Click here to be brought to their website.
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.
From US Chamber of Commerce, “Coronavirus Small Business Guide”.
INFORMATION TAILORED TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OF SPECIFIC BUSINESS SECTORS
- The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has produced a series of form templates to address different situations along with guidance that business executives may find useful. Click here to visit their site.
- ATTENTION RESTAURANTS:
- Commonwealth Kitchen has created a detailed guide entitled “Running a Food Business in the Face of COVID-19 Resource Guide.” Very comprehensive. Take a look by clicking here.
- The National Restaurant Assocation has a page devoted to COVID-19. Visit it by clicking here for facts relevant to the food service industry as well as business planning guidance.
- ATTENTION RESTAURANTS/EATERIES AND HOTEL/MOTEL OWNERS/TOURISM:
- 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.
- The US Travel Assocaition highlights components of the CARES Act that impact their industry. Click here for their overview.
- ATTENTION ARTISTS:
- CODA WORX has improved its website to faciliate the matching of artists with prosepctive clients. Both artists and their ptoenianl clients should visit the website for more information by clicking here.
- The Artist Relief Fund has been formed by a coalition of national arts grantmakers who have come together to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Click here to apply or donate.
- 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.
- Creative Capitol has developed a list of resources for artsis in response to COVID-19 impacts. Click here to reach their website.
- ATTENTION RETAILERS:
- The Retailers Association of Massachusetts has developed a very good resource page for businesses and employees in the retail industry. Click here for the details.
OTHER TYPES OF ASSISTANCE
National Grid is offering several payment plans for those having difficulty paying their energy bill as a result of COVID-19. Click here for more info.
RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES
- 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.
- North Shore Community College Corporate and Professional Education Division. Your may be eligible for training funds. Find out more by visting MassHire.
- On April 10 the ECCF (Essex County Community Foundation) announced its second round of grants from the Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund. The funds were awarded to partnerships and organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in Essex County. Click here for more information about who received the funding.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance through the MA Department of Unemployment Assistance.
- 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.
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal entity, provides people with information and resources to protect and manage their finances, covering issues such as mortgage relief, student debt, and protecting your credit. Visit their web page focusing on COVID-19 by clicking here for more information.
- 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 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.
RESOURCES 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.
- From Entrepreneur, “A 10-Point Small Business Survival Plan for Dealing with Coronavirus”.
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.
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)