Economic and Business Development

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.

CITY OF BEVERLY MICROENTERPRISE GRANTS PROGRAM LAUNCHED

The CDBG-CV Microenterprise Assistance Grant Program is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! These funds will provide grants to support qualifying microenterprises in 23 cities and towns across the Metropolitan Boston Region including BEVERLY. A total of $280,500 is available to microenterprise businesses located in Beverly, adversely impacted by COVID-19, through the Community Development Block Grant COVID-19 (CDBG-CV) program funded by the CARES Act of 2020.   DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  September 25, 2020 at 5 PM.  Please see this PAGE for more information.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will serve as the Program Administrator and all applications must be submitted to MGCC.  Applications are available here (https://massgcc.submittable.com/submit

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:

RE-OPENING IN MASSACHUSETTS

On June 6, 2020 Governor Baker announced that Phase II, Part 1 of the re-opening plan would begin Monday, June 8, 2020.  Included in Phase II, Part 1 are

  • Childcare facilities and day camps
  • Driving and flight school
  • Funeral homes, with occupancy limits
  • Higher education classes including post-secondary, vocational tech and occupation schools may allow students complete required courses for graduation.
  • Historical spaces may reopen outdoor facilities. No guided tours allowed nor can they host functions or gatherings.
  • Hotels and other lodgings, though they may not host events, functions or meetings
  • Outdoor recreation including pools, playgrounds and driving ranges
  • Personal services, such as home cleaning, window washing, education tutoring and career coaching, with social distancing mandated
  • Restaurants, offering only outdoor dining and takeout
  • Retail, with occupancy limits
  • Sports: Professional teams may continue practices starting Monday, though no games or public admission is allowed. Youth sports and adult amateur leagues may resume as well.
  • Warehouses and distribution centers

Phase II, part 2 will begin at a still unspecified and will likely include:

  • Indoor table service at restaurants
  • Close-contact personal services, including: hair removal, hair replacement and scalp treatment, nail salons, skin care, massage therapy, makeup services, tanning salons, tattoo and piercing services and personal trainers.

On May 18, 2020 Governor Baker supplied additional information regarding the 4-phased re-opening plan for Massachusetts,  including specific details about the businesses that could re-open in Phase 1 along with guidance has to how to re-open safely.  Please click here to visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts  website with these details.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Mandatory Safety Standards for Work Places

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Sector-Specific Protocols and Best Practices that includes a preview of protocols and best practices for restaurants and lodging.

Massachusetts Safety Standards and Checklist for Retail Businesses.  Click here.

Massachusetts Safety Standards and Checklist for Restaurants.  Click here.

LIST OF WEBINARS AND CONFERENCE CALLS 

On Wednesday, August 5 at 4:30 PM BISNOW presents “What Does Flexibility Mean in the New World of Offices?”.  Click here to learn more about the event and register.

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THINKING LONG-TERM

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.  

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.

 

CITY OF BEVERLY

CITY OF BEVERLY ESTABLISHES BUSINESS SUPPORT TASK FORCE-PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE JULY 23, 2020 AGENDA.   

A reminder to visit the City of Beverly’s COVID-19 page at http://www.beverlyma.gov/covid-19/ for up-to-date information about emergency orders, resources, city offices and functions.

STATE GOVERNMENT

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.

List of Essential Services 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.  

Orders/Guidance Issued by Governor Baker: 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.

Assistance with Application to PPP-including multilingual translation-Today [April 23], Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) in partnership with Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation (MACDC) announced support for all Massachusetts small businesses owners, including those with limited English proficiency, by providing multilingual translation and application assistance for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). These services will provide an opportunity for small business owners in Massachusetts impacted by COVID-19 who would otherwise be unable to tap into the SBA’s economic relief resources. All small businesses in Massachusetts are strongly encouraged to apply to PPP through their local, participating bank.

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.

On 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.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The new $484 billion stimulus package has been signed by President Trump infusing additional funding into the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as well as other programs.  Please visit the SBA’s website by clicking here for additional information.  This funding will be awarded quickly so apply soon.  Contact your local lender for more details about applying for PPP.  Click here for a list of SBA approved PPP lenders in Massachusetts!

According to US Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the [US] Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, the new $484 billion stimulus package now before the House of Representatives  includes “$370 billion for SBA’s small business relief efforts and ensure[s] that $60 billion of those funds will be reserved for smaller lending institutions, such as credit unions, community banks, Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions that can better reach underbanked and underserved businesses. Beyond the $310 billion provided to PPP, this latest bill provides $50 billion for SBA’s EIDL program, which will allows the agency make more than $350 billion in direct, low-interest, long-term disaster loans. This bill also provides an additional $10 billion for the EIDL grants program, which will provide small businesses with a quick infusion of capital worth up to $10,000 each. Such funds can be the make-or-break difference for some of our smallest and most vulnerable small businesses.”

INFORMATION FROM THE UNITED STATES SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application provided today (May 18) by the US Small Business Administration.  Follow this link to the application and instructions. 

PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS/FOUNDATIONS

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. 

INFORMATION TAILORED TO ADDRESS CONCERNS OF SPECIFIC BUSINESS SECTORS

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 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.
  • 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.

FOR EMPLOYEES

  • 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.
  • 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 hereHere 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.
  • 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.

FOR NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

  • 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.
  • The SBA says, yes, faith-based organizations are eligible to participate in Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs.  Click here for more information.  
  • 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

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 ddeschamps@beverlyma.gov 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

USA Today‘s “beer experts” recognize Beverly’s Channel Marker Brewing as one of the best and ask readers to cast their vote

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


FEATURED RESOURCES

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. 


Development Showcase 2016

Map Highlighting Commercial and Industrial Zones and Points of Interest

(click on the map to view a larger version)

Map of Beverly 1-16