Breaking News: Governor Baker Extends Capacity Limits and Other Measures

1.8.2021

 

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In yesterday’s press conference, Governor Baker extended the 25% capacity restriction to businesses initially set in place during the holidays.
 
The restrictions will now be extended until at least January 24, as COVID-19 cases surge and hospitals battle occupancy rates.
 
Indoor and outdoor gathering limits will remain 25 people outside and 10 people inside, including for events.
 
Baker noted that “..over the next two weeks, we’ll continue to look at and evaluate the data to make further decisions.” Baker acknowledged the hardship this brings to small businesses but encouraged those that had not done so already to apply for the new round of COVID-19 specific grants available. For more information and to apply, please click here.
 
To view the updated guidance and press release, please click here.
 
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.

Breaking News: Governor Baker Announces Further Capacity Limits and Other Measures

12.23.2020

 

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Beginning Saturday, December 26, many Massachusetts businesses will be limited to 25% capacity, and hospitals have been directed to postpone nonessential surgeries, in an effort to curb the anticipated increase in new coronavirus cases after the holiday while keeping schools and businesses open.
 
During yesterday’s press conference, Governor Baker also announced that social gatherings would be further limited to 10 people inside and 25 people outside.
 
The new restrictions are currently scheduled to run for two weeks, ending at noon on January 10, 2021, and will act as an additional layer of precaution to the preexisting restrictions.
 
To view the full updated guidance and press release, please click here.
 
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.

New Bedford Light Needs Your Input! 5-Minute Survey

12.11.2020

 

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We’ve always believed that excellent coverage of local communities, government, and events makes a community healthier and more connected.
 
A new, free community-oriented online newsource for New Bedford and neighboring communities called New Bedford Light is exploring early development.
 
New Bedford Light, led by an all-volunteer committee, would like you to share your opinion (i.e. topics of importance, preferred news sources, etc.) as they begin to shape their publication.
 
We encourage you to complete the brief survey linked below:
 
English Survey
Espanol Survey
Cabo Verdean Creole Survey
Portugues Survey
 
Thank you for your interest and participation.

Press release: Mayor Mitchell Announces New Bedford SourceLink as New Resource for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

12.9.2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

New Bedford, MA–Mayor Jon Mitchell and the New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) announce the launch of New Bedford SourceLink, a supportive platform that connects maritime, arts and culture, and main street entrepreneurs to a network of local, regional, and national resource partners to foster innovation, growth, and prosperity.
 
Beginning in the late spring of last year, the NBEDC committed to developing a “game plan” to better understand the ecosystem of entrepreneurs in the city and the assets available to help them. Through a successful application to the National League of Cities to help fund this work through their Cities Innovation Ecosystem program, the New Bedford Port Authority, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford Creative Consortium, Co-Creative Center, E for All, and Groundwork joined as founding partners to help fund the initiative and better support the individual communities of entrepreneurs they serve.
 
“It’s no secret that New Bedford is home to some of the most hard-working and innovative business owners in the nation. It’s a part of our history and identity,” said Mayor Mitchell. “This initiative provides another tool for business owners to build, grow, and scale their businesses, which will be especially valuable as we emerge on the other side of the pandemic.”
 
New Bedford SourceLink will be a one-stop, collaborative platform to help new and existing New Bedford businesses accelerate their growth by utilizing a network of existing expert service providers called resource partners. Resource partners, which are vetted through New Bedford SourceLink administrators, are organized in the platform in one central search engine, which can be filtered by the user’s needs.
 
With nearly 30 resource partners already signed up to help New Bedford businesses, New Bedford SourceLink will be able to assist businesses at a variety of stages to access a wide array of services, including business planning, legal counsel, accessing capital, and navigating the licensing and permitting process.
 
“The NBEDC is always on the cutting edge in support of growing our local economy. EforAll South Coast is delighted to be a founding partner of New Bedford Sourcelink, which will help entrepreneurs to access all of the resources available in one website. I look forward to the referrals to our Accelerator programs coming from this partnership as well as the ongoing support entrepreneurs will be able to access,” said Donna Criscuolo, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship For All South Coast.
 
The platform is powered by SourceLink, a national leader in entrepreneurial ecosystems.
“We are excited to be supporting the launch of New Bedford SourceLink. I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the collaborative leadership team and have no doubt that New Bedford SourceLink will quickly become a leader among our national network,” said Rob Williams, Director of SourceLink.
 
To date, SourceLink has helped more than 100 communities nationwide, from Seattle to San Juan, build an infrastructure that sparks, supports, and sustains entrepreneurship and innovation. In every community, the first step is to define the available resources and make them visible. That mapping then allows service organizations to address their entrepreneurs’ specific needs, make and track referrals to resources, and identify and fill gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
 
“Our small and medium-sized businesses are really the heartbeat and soul of New Bedford,” said Tony Sapienza, President of NBEDC. “We’re excited to be able to offer New Bedford SourceLink as a most excellent resource to accelerate growth, build partnerships, and bring new ideas and businesses to the table as we eagerly look to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than ever.”
 
In addition to its targeted matchmaking between providers and businesses, New Bedford SourceLink will provide guidance for licensing and management of a start-up enterprise, catalog business-focused events across the city, and host a running blog series featuring entrepreneurs across the city. Once it is safe to gather again in larger numbers, in-person networking and idea-sharing events will be added to the roster. The tool is entirely free to use by business owners and free for resource partners to join and be featured in the platform.
 
Not-for-profit, government, or educational organizations that serve entrepreneurs and established businesses can join the network by visiting https://www.joinsourcelink.com/rn/new-bedford/signup. Businesses looking to learn more may visit www.newbedfordsourcelink.com.
 
 
About SourceLink®

SourceLink provides research and development to help communities strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems. As the nation’s premier resource for powering entrepreneurs, SourceLink helps build vibrant communities and promotes economic growth by stimulating small business success. SourceLink has successfully engaged with more than 100 communities nationwide, and that number continues to grow. Affiliated networks include Baltimore SourceLink, Colmena66 in Puerto Rico, IASourceLink in Iowa, KCSourceLink in Kansas City, NetWork Kansas, Dallas B.R.A.I.N., and more. SourceLink founders include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, University of Missouri–Kansas City and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Find out more at www.joinsourcelink.com.

Breaking News: Massachusetts Moving Back a Step in Phase 3

12.9.2020

 

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Governor Baker has announced that beginning Sunday, December 13, the state will take a step back in hopes of stemming the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
 

In his press conference Tuesday, Baker said the move back to Step 1 of Phase 3 of his reopening plan is designed to get us back on track.
 

“We’ve let down our guard and we have work to do,” he said. “If we do nothing and stay on the track we are on now, we will create capacity problems for our health care system by the end of the calendar year,” Baker noted.
 

As such, indoor performance venues and high-contact recreational businesses will once again have to close, while businesses permitted to stay open will be reduced to 40% capacity.
 

According to Baker, the decision was made to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, promote more social distancing, and reduce mobility. “Everybody has the ability to stop the spread,” he said.
 
To view the full updated guidance and press release, please click here.
 
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.

Informational Briefing Proposed Advanced Manufacturing Campus November 24th at 5pm

11.12.2020

 

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Update: If you were unable to attend the event, please view the presentation shared here. 
 

We will be offering an informational briefing session on November 24th at 5pm for the proposed Advanced Manufacturing Campus planned for a portion of the Municipal Golf Course.

 

The purpose of the briefing is to provide an overview of the proposed project, gain additional public input, and answer questions.

 

Because of the current COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held virtually. To participate, please see the Zoom meeting information below.
 

Informational Briefing for Proposed Advanced Manufacturing Campus
November 24, 2020 5:00 PM EST
 
Link to Join:
https://zoom.us/j/91767376227
 

Meeting ID:
917 6737 6227
 

Phone:
+1 646 558 8656
 

Breaking News: City of New Bedford COVID-19 Small Business Grant & Loan Program Now Available

11.3.2020

 

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We are excited to announce a new City grant program that is aimed at assisting small businesses with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We encourage all eligible businesses to apply and highlights of the program are available here.
 
To get started with a full program description and application forms please click here.
 
For technical questions about the program, please contact us at lending@nbedc.org and a member of the NBEDC team will be in touch.

Governor Baker Announces Updated Mandates for Businesses & Gatherings

11.2.2020

 

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Governor Baker has announced that beginning Friday, November 6, new restrictions and mandates will take effect to help curb the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth.
 

Since Labor Day, coronavirus cases in Massachusetts are up 278% while hospitalizations have risen by 145%, according to public health data.
 

“We’ve let down our guard and we have work to do,” he said. “If we do nothing and stay on the track we are on now, we will create capacity problems for our health care system by the end of the calendar year,” Baker noted.
 

Baker’s updated orders will include the following:
 
Per the revised Stay at Home Advisory, residents are instructed to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., with the exception of going to work, running critical errands or taking a walk.
 
Face coverings are required be worn in all public places, even when people able to maintain six feet of distance from others.
 
Gatherings at private residences must now be reduced in size to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and must end by 9:30pm. Violations may result in fines of $500 per person above the limit. The limit on gatherings in public spaces and event venues remains the same.
 
Certain businesses and activities are required to be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. to coincide with the Stay At Home Advisory:

  • Restaurants (in-person dining must cease at 9:30 p.m., though takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol must cease alcohol sales at 9:30 p.m. (but may continue to sell other products)
  • Adult-use marijuana sales must cease at 9:30 p.m. (not including medical marijuana)
  • Indoor and outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-ins) and performance venues (indoor and outdoor)
  • Youth and adult sports
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating and boating businesses
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers
  • Close-contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, fitness centers and health clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural and historical facilities/guided tours

We recognize how hard small businesses and restaurants throughout the City have been hit by COVID-19 and encourage you to continue considering buying and dining locally in order to help support our community, culture, and economy.
 

To view the full press release, please click here.
 
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.

New Bedford Transit Oriented Development (NBTOD) South Coast Rail Public Meetings

10.8.2020

 

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The NBTOD Study Project Team is excited to announce two upcoming virtual public meetings in October! These events will include the team summarizing future build-out analyses, market data, and draft zoning scenarios for each South Coast Rail platform area and taking your comments.

Please note, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the required social distancing measures, the meetings will be held online only. The two opportunities to participate are:
 
Saturday, October 17, 2020 10:00 AM
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 6:00 PM
 
Both meetings will have identical content and options for participation. All supporting content for these virtual meetings, including links to register, will be posted on the NBTOD Study project webpage very soon.

Lastly, because public input is such an important part of this study and with so many different ways to submit comments, questions, or concerns, the project team put together this short video to clarify the options.

The informative video also highlights the contents of the project web page, ways to provide comment and stay connected, and summarizes the study’s purposes and previous work.

Governor Baker Announces Phase 3 Updates for Restaurants & Bars

09.28.2020

 

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Governor Baker has announced that beginning today, Monday, September 28, restaurants will have updated sector-specific safety standards. The new measures allow restaurants to accept parties of 10 diners per table (an increase from the previous number of six diners per table) and allow restaurants to utilize bar seating for dining, as long as social distancing guidelines remain in place.
 
Unlike Boston, who will remain limited to a maximum of six diners per table due to the City’s recent uptick in cases, New Bedford will be complying with the update in protocol without any changes.
 
We recognize how hard small businesses and restaurants throughout the City have been hit by COVID-19 and encourage you to consider buying and dining local in order to help support our community, culture, and economy.
 
To view additional sector-specific updates and details of the Governor’s reopening plan, click here.
 
For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit New Bedford’s COVID-19 page.