In an effort to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect both employees and customers, food establishments have been ordered to discontinue the use of self-serve food stations until further notice. Please read the NOTICE TO RETAILERS REGARDING SELF-SERVE STATIONS for full details.
The Disaster Loan Assistance portal has been updated again.
Stay tuned, as we will keep sharing updated information as we get them from HQ. Thank you for understanding.
New information will be disseminated as we receive it.
If you already submitted an application and want to check on status, please call customer service at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are submitting a new application, please follow the new streamlined steps in the portal (https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/) as the questions are mostly the same from all the required documents in the previous version of the portal.
Small businesses are encouraged to apply for EIDL and then request an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses impacted by the Covid-19 disaster and funds will be made available within 3 days and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
Thank you for your continued patience as we are committed to continually providing updated information as we get it.
Please direct all inquiries and questions to our District Office email at:
CWE is doing a SURVEY to understand our local small businesses.
Please FILL OUT THE SURVEYand let them know how your business is being impacted by the current pandemic. Share what issues you are facing, questions you are having and resources you need.
CWE will mobilize the network of small business expert friends to help you address specific challenges you may be having in your business in the coming weeks.
Funding & Financials
In times like these, it can feel scary to think about money flow. There is very little ‘free money’ available. Taking on low-interest debt through Disaster Relief programs can be a good fit for some businesses. Before making any decisions, make sure to think through your decision.
Some questions that can guide you:
Do you know how much it costs you to stay open? Your breakeven point is a great tool to guide your decisions.
How much money do you actually need in the immediate (week), intermediate (1-3 months), long-term (<1 year) for yourself from your business?
Where are there opportunities for you to negotiate around your expenses? How can you work with your vendors, landlord, customers?
Have you called your insurance company to inquire about your ‘interruptions’ coverage?
Where can you get creative and work ‘bare bones’ while still delivering to your standards of quality?
If you decide debt is an option for you:
What source is best for you? Have you talked with your banker to see what might be available to you?
If you can’t qualify for a loan through a traditional bank, there may be programs available to you in the coming weeks. How can you be best prepared for this type of program?
What’s your plan for paying the loan back?
What’s the minimum amount you can borrow to get you through these times without causing future challenges to your business when you have to repay?
Counseling Sessions with BOSTON SCORE CHAPTER:
If you want to speak with a counselor, SCORE is doing tele-consults. Just pick a date and time to schedule a session and enter your contact info, they are doing sessions by phone and Zoom video app.
Reach out to other SCORE CHAPTERS throughout the state below.
As of Wednesday, March 18th the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been activated statewide in Massachusetts. Staff from the local district office are ready to help small businesses understand the resources available and navigate the process of submitting a disaster loan application.
Updated details about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and how to apply will be provided, including:
RECORDED INTERVIEW: Bob Nelson on North Shore Conversations
Listen to District Director Robert Nelson on a recorded podcast with Laura Swanson Executive Director at the Enterprise Center at Salem State University talk about statewide activation of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
Most recent legislative updates and the impact on your business
What to do should you face a temporary closure or reduction in staff
Understanding Sick Time, Vacation/PTO and FMLA – what to offer and when Employee Health Guidelines – what to do should an employee disclose exposure to the virus or become symptomatic
(Presented by Boston SCORE Chapter)
All Massachusetts non-essential businesses are to cease in-person operations until April 7.
Examples of essential business types include:
Grocery / Convenience / Bodegas
Laundromats / laundry services
Moving & Storage
Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other providing emergency services
Food Businesses including restaurants and food trucks
The state also issued guidelines to limit gatherings to 10 people during the state of emergency, a reduction from the 25 person limit established in an earlier order. Please consider using tape or something similar to mark 6 feet between customers in line (both to enter and to pay). Click here for a copy of the Emergency Order and click here for a copy of the Guidance of Assemblages.
The U.S. Chamber has resources available to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams to support those from the Massachusetts restaurant industry who have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures.
Rally for Restaurants is encouraging consumers to buy gift cards for local restaurants during the pandemic and they will donate $1 to organizations supporting the community through Toast.org.
The Boston Music Maker Relief Fund provides financial relief to music makers in the Boston area affected by lost revenue from gig cancellations resulting from public health concerns related to coronavirus.
The COVID-19 Response Fund is being set up to provide flexible resources to nonprofits serving those who have been affected financially by the pandemic in the Pioneer Valley.
For parents caring for children at home, the Boston Children’s Museum is offering free online resources for parents and caregivers to use at home during this time of social distancing. And the New England Aquarium also has online programming, and recently did a live-streamed feeding of Myrtle the Turtle.
The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network has compiled a list of resources, policy updates, and philanthropy/government-led relief efforts to aid nonprofits in responding to COVID-19. This list is updated daily.
The CJP is launching the CJP Coronavirus Emergency Fund for the Jewish community with $100,000 from its crisis reserve fund, and has already received pledges hundreds of donors
Tufts Health Plan Foundation is making an additional $1 million available to efforts driven by community and to nonprofit organizations supporting older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Lawyers for Civil Rights in Boston is activating its network of pro bono attorneys at more than 30 law firms, including firms such as Ropes & Gray and Nixon Peabody, to provide free legal support to small businesses during the crisis.
Cambridge Local First has organized conference calls for local businesses and launched a petition urging the federal government to help Main Street businesses.
RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working to end the opioid epidemic in the state, has awarded nearly $200,000 in rapid response grants to support nonprofit organizations strained by the Covid-19 pandemic.
New Balance Foundation has committed $2 million in nonprofit grants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support local, regional and global communities.
Rapid Response Program working closely with companies to avert layoffs and keep a skilled workforce engaged in the existing regional economy or industry
(Courtesy: Boston Business Journal, Worcester Business Journal, City of Springfield, Cape Cod Commission, and North Central Mass Chamber)
Disclaimer: The SBA does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and does not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. All programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Important message about the North Andover Town Election: In response to the State of Emergency and concerns about COVID-19 and its implications on election administration, the Board of Selectmen voted to postpone the local election that was scheduled for tomorrow, March 31. The new election will be held on Tuesday, June 2. The new voter registration deadline is Friday, May 22 at 8PM.
In light of the need for social distancing, absentee ballots and early voting by mail is encouraged. Absentee ballot applications are available in front of Town Hall.
Thank you to the NAFD Local 2035 as well as others who have donated!
Would you like to make a donation to help members of the North Andover community? Please visit northandoverma.gov/coviddonate, review the available slots and click on the button to sign up. Once you have signed up please contact Deanna Lima, Community Support Coordinator, to make arrangements for drop off; email@example.com or call/text 978-989-1048.