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Governor Baker announces Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Anthony W. Richards, II Deputy Chief of Staff, Access & Opportunity Office of Governor Charlie Baker Access and Opportunity is an executive office created to increase diversity and inclusion within state government. Massachusetts Statehouse Office: 857-400-5215 Cell: 617-910-8875     The Governor and First Lady Lauren Baker announced today the launch of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will […]

From the SBA to Your Inbox!

04.07.2020   Staff contribution   Don’t know where to get started?   SBA’s disaster programs spelled out in just a few clicks.   Start with the Paycheck Protection Program to see forms; then next to Economic Injury Disaster Loans and advance; then next to Express Bridge Loans and then next to Debt Relief for existing and future […]

One Stop Shop for SBA Forms and Information

04.03,2020   Staff Contribution   Dear friends,   As the SBA continues to update its website by the hour, we recommend that you check here for all the SBA funding options and for up to the minute information on the Paycheck Protection Program.   The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a federal loan designed to provide a […]

Breaking News: Governor Baker Emergency Order Updated

04.01.2020   Staff Contribution   Good morning friends,   Governor Baker has just announced an updated emergency order for nonessential businesses and organizations to close physical workspaces and facilities to customers, workers, and the general public.   This order takes effect at noon, April 1, and continues to noon, May 4th.   What is important […]

SBA Update for $10K Advance on Economic Disaster Loans

03.31.2020   Staff Contribution   Dear friends,   Yesterday we sent a note regarding the recently passed CARES Act. This new federal law provides additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).   This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined […]

A Survey for New Bedford Businesses

03.30.2020   Staff Contribution   Dear friends,   We are working to quantify the early economic impacts of COVID-19 on New Bedford businesses of all sizes.   This brief survey will help provide us vital information needed to ensure that all available federal, state, and private sector resources are brought to bear in the midst […]

Breaking News: Update on the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program

03.30.20   Staff Contribution   Dear friends,   We know everyone is anxiously awaiting guidance on the recently passed CARE Act and the funding for small business included within the legislation. We will be passing along more detailed guidance from the SBA, HUD, and the EDA on accessing this funding as it becomes available.   In response to the overwhelming […]

A Note from New Bedford Department of City Planning

03.27.2020   Partner Updates   Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, effective March 24, 2020. Further, Mayor Mitchell closed City Hall to public access, effective March 17, 2020.   This effectively means that boards and commissions may not meet in person with the […]

Guidance to Prevent Exposure in the Workplace

03.27.2020   Staff Contribution   Dear friends,   We wanted to be sure that every New Bedford business has access to federally issued guidance for preventing exposure in the workplace—particularly those considered essential by Governor Baker and still in operation.   Below are links to guidance documents prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational […]

Information and Guidance for Restaurants

03.25.2020   Staff Contribution   Dear friends,   It goes without saying that restaurants and drinking establishments of all types across New Bedford are some of the hardest hit by this national crisis.   Keeping in mind that Governor Baker has allowed takeout and delivery services to continue as essential services, we wanted to take […]