4/2/2020 COVID 19 Business Update Conference Call
03/30/2020 From the office of U.S. Connecticut State Senator Chris Murphy
At the end of last week, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - a third COVID-19 relief package was signed into law. To help answer some of the many questions about what is in the CARES Act and how you may get assistance, our office has put together an FAQ.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor is providing compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
3/26/2020 COVID 19 Business Update Conference Call
From the Office of Governor Ned Lamont:
Frequently Asked Questions on the State of Connecticut’s actions related to COVID-19 VIEW PDF
From Nelson Merchan, the voice of the local Small Business Development Center, he says:
The Small Business Development Center in Connecticut provides free/valuable/confidential business advising in CT. We assist our clients to apply for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans. We help our clients access capital from community/regional/national banks, non-profits and other lenders. If you are committed to creating a company, we are here to guide you. People who want to take advantage of this free service hosted by the Danbury Chamber, please register to “request business advising” here https://ctsbdc.com/covid19-businessresourcecenter/. We do the meetings over the phone or video for the time being.
- Older Adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
- Preventing COVID-10 Spread in Communities: Home, Work, Schools, and more!
- Pandemic Preparedness Resources
- Communication Resources
- CDC in Action: Preparing Communities for Potential Spread of COVID-19
An overview of information for workers and employers, including links to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and control and prevention
Strategies and tips to protect your workforce
Webinar about the impact of coronavirus on the private sector and how companies should consider their response, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.
State and Federal Guidance
- Department of Labor: Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 for workers and employers 3/13/2020
- SBA to provide Small Businesses impacted by Coronavirus (CVID-10). Up to $2 Million in Disaster (PRESS RELEASE: 3/12/2020)
- Department of Banking Memo to financial services sector on employees working from home (3/6/2020)
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Connecticut small businesses suffering substantial economic injury, since January 31, 2020 and continuing, as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA issued Disaster Declaration CT-00046, for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, following a request from Governor Ned Lamont on March 15, 2020.
This disaster declaration makes the SBA EIDL Program available throughout the entire state of Connecticut. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid due to the impact of the Coronavirus.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.