Listed below are links to many of the resources available to both businesses and individuals during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
FEDERAL & STATE RESOURCES/PROGRAMS
Executive Order on Temporary Zoning, Permitting and Licensing Supports from Framingham Mayor Spicer - June 1, 2020)
Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Advisory (Regarding Local Licensing Authorities Approval of Outdoor Seating - June 1, 2020)
Reopening Massachusetts ( The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19: May 18, 2020)
General Business Guidance for Reopening (Information to help businesses meet the self-certification to reopen)
Mass211 (operates the statewide Covid-19 information line for the Massachusetts Energy Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Public Health (DPH.) Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don't always know where to turn for help. The Solution is to Dial 2-1-1.)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
(This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.) **SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Paycheck Protection Program
(An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.) ** The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.
SBA Express Bridge Loans
(Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.)
SBA Debt Relief
(The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.
Mass.gov Coronavirus Updates
(COVID-19 Updates and Information): Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts
LOCAL AND OTHER RESOURCES/PROGRAMS
Framingham's COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant
(The City of Framingham has established the COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Grant to assist in the stabilization of existing small businesses within the City of Framingham that have had significant business disruption due to the impact of COVID-19. These grant funds will assist small business in the City of Framingham to cover wages, rent, loss of inventory, and other fixed costs.)
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
(Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.)
GoFundMe Small Business Relief Initiative
(GoFundMe.org, the charitable and advocacy arm of GoFundMe, started the Small Business Relief Fund to benefit small businesses. Supporters can donate to the Small Business Relief Fund, which will issue $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.)
LOCAL COVID-19 RELATED SURVEYS
Natick: COVID-19 Business Assistance Survey (deadline extended until May 15, 2020)
Framingham: Small Business Recovery Survey
Mindwise Innovations offers Behavioral Health Resources for the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce including Free Business Consultation and COVID-19 Webinars:
Order of Ashland Board of Health requiring until lifted by the Board of Health facial coverings by customers of opened essential businesses, and masks by employees, prohibiting all evictions (residential and commercial), prohibiting gatherings, and requiring social distancing: