03/23/20: WBE Tools, Resources, Information and Connections Bulletin March 23 – 27, 2020

General

Connecticut

  • SBA assistance: Connecticut Governor Lamont asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to begin offering disaster-relief loans to Connecticut small businesses and non-profits. The SBA approved his request. Companies can now apply for loans of up to $2 million through a special page on the SBA website. SBA also has more valuable information for businesses.
  • For Connecticut businesses in need of assistance with SBA loans or any other DECD program, a business hotline at 860-500-2333 is available.
  • While the state Department of Revenue Services has closed its branch offices to the public, it may be reached by telephone at 860-297-5962, or by email at drs@po.state.ct.us.
  • During COVID-19 Emergency, Connecticut Utilities Will Stop Nonpayment Shut-offs
  • State of Connecticut’s Actions Related to COVID-19 – A Comprehensive Summary
  • Connecticut’s coronavirus-response team has a web portal with up-to-the-minute news and information about the virus, its impact and how to keep yourself and others safe. You can follow the coronavirus response on Twitter (@Covid19CT) and Facebook (@CTCovid19Response).
  • For Connecticut businesses in need of assistance with SBA loans or any other DECD program, a business hotline at 860-500-2333 is available.
  • Unemployment assistance: Workers directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic no longer must be actively searching for work. And employers who are furloughing workers can use the Department of Labor’s shared work program, which allows businesses to reduce working hours and have those wages supplemented with unemployment insurance. DOL has more information about these and other changes.

New Jersey

  • The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ is asking businesses to take a short survey to explore what strategies and ideas can be implemented to support and showcase members and the small business community.
  • BusinessNJ.gov has compiled COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses.

New York

Maryland

  • Baltimore City Government has issued Policy Changes in response to the coronavirus.
  • The Governor of the State of Maryland has proclaimed a State of Emergency and a catastrophic health emergency related to COVID-19.  On March 12, 2020, an order was issued extending state licenses and registrations until 30 days after the State of Emergency and catastrophic health emergency is terminated. See notice.
  • In accordance with the Order, the Secretary of State has issued a Public Notice extending registrations for charitable organizations, professional solicitors, fundraising counsels, and public safety solicitors due during this period are automatically extended until 30 days after the State of Emergency is terminated. This order only impacts registration due dates from March 12, 2020 until the State of Emergency and catastrophic health emergency is terminated. If your registration was due before March 11, 2020, it is delinquent.
  • The state of Maryland announced COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses.
  • The state of Maryland has established a COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund.

Virginia

  • The state of Virginia SBA has announced SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for small businesses and private, non-profit organizations.
  • The City of Chesapeake’s Economic Development Department is offering tools and knowledge for small business success during this time.
  • Virginia Department of Small Business  & Supplier Diversity in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had developed a brief survey that will allow their agency to collect data on the impact COVID-19 is having on business revenue and employment.

Webinars and Townhalls

  • WPEO Lunch with the Experts: Join WPEO for a Lunch with the Experts webinar each Tuesday. Hear from an expert and submit your questions for a Q&A session as we navigate business challenges during this unprecedented time. Find this week’s (3/24) webinar information here and next week’s (3/31) webinar information here.
  • Nukk-Freeman & Cerra, P.C. Webinar: COVID-19 Awareness: Employment Law Q&A, Thursday, March 26th, 11:00am – 11:30am EST. Register here.
  • WIPP Webinar: The Intersectionality of COVID-19 and the Small Business Community. COVID-19: Funding Resources and Options. Every Monday during this challenging time, WIPP will be hosting webinars on The Intersectionality of COVID-19 and the Small Business Community. March 23, 2020 at 2:00pm ET, presenters are Sue Malone, President, Strategies for Small Business and Barbara (Barb) Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Audience Log-in URL:   https://www.anymeeting.com/687-043-405 | Dial-in Number: 863-208-0120 | Attendee PIN: 954 8393#
  • Wells Fargo Webinar: Managing Treasury Risks in Challenging Times: With the pandemic impact of COVID-19, the list of risks treasurers face seems to grow day by day. In this rapidly changing environment, businesses need to understand the nature and implications of these challenges as well as anticipate potential impacts to their treasury operations. You will be able to log in to the event on Mar 24, 2020 12:00 PM EDT, the broadcast will start at 12:30 PM EDT.
  • AARP – hosting weekly live Coronavirus Information Tele-Town halls on Thursdays at 1:00pm EDT to answer questions about avoiding coronavirus scams and providing resources to family caregivers. Call toll-free (855) 274 – 9507.
  • Vital Voices, Voices of Resilience podcast series will feature leaders across industries and cultures, each sharing unique insights into how they are dealing with current COVID-19 crisis, how they motivate themselves and their teams to stay focused on the larger goal, and where they find the strength and courage to persevere. Launched March 20, 2020.
  • SBA Webinar: Join a live web event with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza on COVID-19’s economic impacts and the SBA’s targeted relief efforts for the nation’s small businesses. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza will join the Small Business Roundtable and CEOs of the leading small business organizations for a discussion on the needs of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners during the economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.

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