Outdoor Dining Guidelines Available on City Website

06.08.2020

 

Staff Contribution

 

Mayor Mitchell announced that New Bedford will follow and implement the second phase of Governor Baker’s reopening plan, which allows for additional sector reopening today.

 

The plan includes sector-specific guidance for businesses and operations permitted to reopen with guidelines during the second phase. The Governor’s plan may be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts.

 

New Bedford’s restaurant reopening advisory group has released guidelines outlining outdoor dining available at  https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/city-guidance-on-reopening-of-dining-establishments/ . Restaurant reopening begins today with outdoor dining and appropriate social distancing.

 

For city dining establishments, the reopening and outdoor dining process includes an expedited Outdoor Cafe permitting process, with easy-to-follow guidance to comply with the state’s public health and safety requirements. The permit is also available at  https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/city-guidance-on-reopening-of-dining-establishments/.

 

For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit the COVID-19 page on  www.newbedford-ma.gov.

 

For information on the masks available to any New Bedford resident who wants one, visit  www.masknb.com.

 

 

 

Owner of Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford Offers Rent Deferment During COVID-19 Crises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

NEW BEDFORD, MA – On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Jeff Glassman, Owner of the multi-story Hatch Street Studios complex at 88 and 90 Hatch Street, New Bedford, MA, offered his artist tenants two months of rent relief.
 

Glassman, on a Zoom call with the artists on Tuesday, offered two months of deferred rent to ease their financial burden during the current economic situation related to COVID-19.

 

Artists have the option to spread the deferred payments, May and June rent, over 12 months starting July 1st, 2020.
 

Hatch Street Studios is New Bedford’s largest community of visual and performing artists. More than 60 professional and novice visual and performing artists create work here in a variety of mediums; painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, woodworkers, ceramicists, musicians and others.
 

Glassman purchased the building in 2015. He has worked closely with artists to grow the Hatch Street creative community as well as the art community in New Bedford as a whole.
 

“Since purchasing the building 5 years ago, I have been working with the artists to continue to grow the community within the building and on a larger scale here in New Bedford,” said Glassman. “My goal has always been long term with this community. Hopefully a little relief with their expenses now will help them get through this mess we are all experiencing.”
 

“I can’t say enough on how important it is to the creative community to have an engaged and involved building owner,” said Adrian Tio, Hatch Street artist.
 

Glassman also owns Darn It!, Inc. on Belleville Ave which is a refurbishment and quality control, and warehousing and distribution business for many retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers worldwide. Darn It!’s remains open with a reduced workforce and increased health and safety measures, producing masks for several businesses and organizations in the area.
 

For more information about Darn It! or Hatch Street Studios, please contact Jeff Glassman at 508-999-4584.
 

Hatch Street Studios maintains an online presence with information on individual artists.
 

Visit www.hatchstreetstudios.com for more information.

 

Baker Announces Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program

 

Posted 04.20.20

Anthony W. Richards, II
Deputy Chief of Staff, Access & Opportunity
Office of Governor Charlie Baker
Massachusetts Statehouse
Office: 857-400-5215
Cell: 617-910-8875

 

The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that Massachusetts residents who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits can now apply online for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

 

The new federal PUA program provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits. This includes self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and those with limited work history. Applicants can learn more and apply at www.mass.gov/pua.

 

“As a Commonwealth, we are committed to doing everything in our power, and moving as urgently as possible to get workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis the benefits they deserve,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With the implementation of this new federal benefit program, we can better support workers not normally covered by the unemployment system like those who are self-employed or work in the gig economy.”

 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of workers across the Commonwealth, and our Administration is doing everything we can to help,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program in Massachusetts is another important step in our efforts to help those who are economically disrupted by this virus.”

 

To be eligible for this new program, individuals must provide self-certification that they are otherwise able and available to work but are prevented from doing so by circumstances relating to COVID-19, including their own illness or that of a family member.

 

Those able to telework with pay and individuals receiving paid sick or other leave will not qualify for PUA. Individuals receiving paid sick leave or other paid leave benefits for less than their customary work week, however, may still be eligible for PUA. Also, those working fewer hours, resulting in a loss of income due to COVID-19, who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits may be eligible for PUA.

 

“It is vital that our workforce gets the resources and help they need during this critical time,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta. “I’m proud of everything our team is doing to rapidly implement new programs, and ensure that as many eligible workers as possible get some relief.”

 

The federal CARES Act signed into law on March 27 created PUA, as well as another temporary federal program called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) that provides an additional $600 weekly benefit for those receiving unemployment benefits or PUA. FPUC provides that additional benefit through July 25, 2020. The Commonwealth announced implementation of FPUC earlier this month.

 

All approved PUA applications will initially receive the minimum weekly benefit amount, plus the additional $600 FPUC weekly benefit. Once a worker’s wages are verified, weekly benefit amounts may increase. The amount of PUA benefits received is based on the individual’s reported previous income. PUA benefits may not be more than the state’s maximum weekly benefit rate for regular unemployment, which is $823 in Massachusetts.

 

Weekly benefits, including any increase to your weekly benefit amount, will be retroactive to January 27, 2020, or the date when you became unemployed, whichever is more recent, as long as you became unable to work because of a COVID-19 related reason.

 

PUA Application Process:

 

To apply, individuals must provide their Social Security number or US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) number if not a citizen of the United States, and their wage records for 2019, which includes 1099 forms, pay stubs, or bank statements. Applicants will also need the Social Security numbers and dates of birth for dependent children and, if requesting direct deposit for payment, your bank account and routing numbers. A full list of required documents is available at www.mass.gov/pua.

 

Please note that, initially, the system can only pay benefits retroactively to the week ending March 14, 2020. Eligible workers will be able to certify for benefits, and will be able to request benefits retroactively to January 27, 2020, if their dates of unemployment make them eligible.

 

Individuals who are determined ineligible for PUA will receive a written disqualification along with information on how to pursue an appeal. Additional information about the appeals process will be separately posted at a later date. Please visit www.mass.gov/dua for the latest information.

Link to Governor’s Press page here.

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 SBA 7a, 504 and microloan.

 

The following questions might help point you in the right direction.

 

Do you need?

 

Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees.

 

Then the  Paycheck Protection Program  might be right for you.

 

A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now.

 

You might want to look into an  Emergency Economic Injury Grant .

 

If you have an existing relationship with an SBA Express lender, the Express Bridge Loan  might be a good fit to get up to $25K quickly. Look for Express Lenders to ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential

 

SBA loan?

 

The  Small Business Debt Relief Program  could help.

 

Please direct inquiries and questions to the District Office email at

MassachusettsDO@sba.gov

 

Paycheck Protection Programs Frequently Asked Questions

 

Click here to view PDF of FAQs


SBA District and Regional Office Webinars on Disaster Assistance

 

SBA district and regional offices are offering webinars about Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

 

These webinars explain SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and how you can apply for disaster assistance.

 

Sign up here for alerts.


Virtual Tutoring and Mentoring

 

Offices around the country may be closed to the Coronavirus pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.

 

Find an SBA resource partner here .


Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network (MSBDC) provides free virtual assistance.
MSBDC advisors can assist businesses with disaster loan applications.
Online request here for counseling.
If you are not part of the SouthCoast Region, find your region’s counselor here .

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 direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

 

SBA lenders will begin accepting and reviewing applications for PPP, beginning today, April 3rd.

 

The PPP application will be available through June 30, 2020.

 

Click here to find a PPP lender within a specific zip code/s.

 

Be well,

 

Derek

 

Please note: The NBEDC is not authorized to service the PPP. Please refer to the SBA website for local lenders.

 

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 to understand is how this order affects your particular business. There are many exceptions to this order, so please carefully read the links below provided by the Governor’s office:

 

Emergency Order

Essential Services List

Assemblage Guidance

 

Please pass along this information to others in your network of contacts, and as new information becomes available we will pass it along.

 

Be well,

 

Derek

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 or is still pending, and will be forgiven.

 

We have just been informed by the SBA that if you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit  www.SBA.gov/Disaster  as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application.

 

Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.

 

Again, as new information becomes available on this and other COVID:19 rescue programs, we will pass it along and ask you to share with your contacts.

 

Be well,

 

Derek

 

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 of this crisis.

 

We greatly appreciate your input and value your insight. If it is possible to complete survey by Friday afternoon, it would be most helpful.

 

Be well,

 

Derek

 

Survey here.

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 volume at the SBA disaster loan application portal, the SBA has just updated the portal and streamlined the application process.

 

Of note, the SBA has now included a $10,000 advance request as part of the application process.

 

The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

 

Access to the new SBA application process can be found here and information on the SBA EIDL can be found here .

 

Be well,

 

Derek

 

 

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 public during the time that these state and city orders are in effect. However, pursuant to a March 12 executive order issued by Governor Baker that relaxed the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, boards and commissions may meet entirely remotely.

 

To avoid further disruptions in schedule, all upcoming meetings of our governing boards (Planning Board, ZBA, Historical Commission, NBRA and CPC) will be held via conference call until the restrictions are lifted.  Case materials will continue to be accessible via our board websites. For dial-in information, please see upcoming agendas as posted.

 

In addition, City Hall offices remain closed.

All filings, abutters requests, and other inquiries will be processed via email and hard copies must be delivered by appointment only. All schedules and deadlines will remain the same.

 

Please see our main page for links to staff emails and agenda information:  www.newbedford-ma.gov/planning/  or call: 508-979-1488

 

Kindly,

 

Tabitha Harkin

Director of City Planning

City of New Bedford

Working from home

Cell:508-863-9245

Skype:  tabhark@gmail.com

*Also find me on Microsoft Teams