In lieu of being able to change the main page effectively or easily, this event page will be the source for links, etc. regarding State and Federal response to the COVID-19 crisis. I will update it as quickly as I can, as information is often changing hourly; also trying to help as best I can at email@example.com.
Governor Baker announced a four-phased approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers. As the Lt. Governor and I have mentioned on our weekly calls, this phased reopening (driven by public health indicators and guidance) charts a course to allow some businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.
You can learn more about the four-phase approach and Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards by reading:
- Press release
- The Reopening Advisory Board?s overview of the four-phase approach
- The Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards developed by the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center, in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board and based on feedback from industry, labor, and community coalitions.
Ready to Reopen - for small business
Employee Screening Questionnaire Sample
Payroll Protection Program (PPP) - currently OPEN
EIDL - open for agricultural only
Small business and sole proprietors, Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply
Overview of the Program Here
Information Sheet for Borrowers Here
Application form as found on SBA and US Treasury Sites
A video about some of this HERE
SBA / PPP Find Eligible Lenders Here
Important - you have to apply for this through a bank that is a 7 (a) SBA loan originator. Most banks are prioritizing or only servicing for their current members/clients at this time. If your bank is not participating in this and you are trying to establish a new loan at a new bank, you will likely have to meet with someone in person; not likely to happen quickly. ALSO - to put it euphemistically, it sounds like the banks are still looking for some guidance from SBA. The included application link is a "sample." Individual banks may be doing it differently and may not even be set up for it yet. Please note: SBA app has already changed from 4/2 to 4/3. I hope they're updating their links.
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