Business Resources and Reopening Info

Important Updates for Haverhill Restaurants
Haverhill’s restaurants are just one sector of the businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  To help our restaurants get back in business and comply with new safety standards, the City is creating a temporary program to expand outdoor dining.  Starting Wednesday, June 3rd, restaurants will be able to apply online for Restaurant Temporary Outdoor Seating

Haverhill Restaurant and Retail Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Guidelines
Haverhill Restaurant and Retail Small Business Grant Program Application

To prepare for reopening, please review the Restaurant Safety Standards and Checklists found on
City of Haverhill Outdoor Dining Ordinance: An Ordinance Relating to Outdoor Dining 

General Information
Visit the resources page for the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Small Business Strong is a partnership between several organizations across the Commonwealth created to provide high-quality services to Massachusetts small businesses to help them bridge through the current economic crisis, with a particular focus on those that are minority- and women-owned, at no cost to small business owners. It provides access to a group of professional volunteers, able to provide guidance and advice on how to best addresses challenges they may be facing, and further consultation in the areas of Finance and Accounting, Operations, Marketing and Digital, Human Resources and Law. Visit the Small Business Strong website at  (7/10/2020)

Unemployment Information
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Unemployment Assistance are coordinating with the U.S. Department of Labor to assist workers and employers that are impacted by COVID-19.  The latest information, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the resources

Looking for a local resource?  The MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Centers are a click away.  

Update on Grants and Loans
The US Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020.  The new deadline to apply for PPP is August 8, 2020.

The US Small Business Association is accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) applications from qualified small businesses and US agricultural businesses.

The Federal Reserve System has established the Main Street Lending Program to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition prior to the pandemic. 

Latest Update:

Reopening Massachusetts.  Step One of Phase III starts on Monday, July 6th.  This allows additional industries to resume operations under sector specific guidelines.  The following are eligible to reopen:
  • Fitness centers and health clubs
  • Museums / Cultural and historical facilities
  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues
  • Professional sports teams, with restrictions
See below for links to the safety protocols

Reopening Massachusetts:  Step Two of Phase II started on Monday, June 22nd.  This allowed additional industries to resume operations under the sector-specific guidelines:
  • Indoor table service at restaurants
  • Close-contact personal services, with restrictions
  • Retail dressing rooms, by appointment only
  • Offices, at 50 percent capacity

The full list and safety protocols are available at

As of June 15th, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) is accepting new applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses. 

Guidance and Safety Protocols

Places of Worship Safety Standards
Construction Safety Standards 5/18/2020
Manufacturing Safety Standards 5/18/2020

Office Space Safety Standards 5/25/2020
Laboratories Safety Standards 5/25/2020
Hair Salons and Barbershops Safety Standards 5/25/2020
Pet Grooming Safety Standards 5/25/2020
Car Washes Safety Standards 5/25/2020

Guidance for Restaurants
Guidance for Close-Contact Personal Services 6/22/2020
Guidance for Other Industries 6/22/2020

Guidance for Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed 6/22/2020

Guidance for Fitness Centers and Health Clubs  7/6/2020
Guidance for Museums and Cultural and Historical Facilities  7/6/2020
Theaters and Performance Venues  7/6/2020

Earlier Updates:

On a federal level, the SBA is providing updates about COVID-19 relief programs AND helpful webinars to hone your business skills while you are practicing social distancing.  To stay in the loop, subscribe to the SBA e-Newsletter

The CARES Act makes substantial funding available to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus.  The funding is available through the Small Business Administration.   The two primary funding sources are the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).   To learn more and get answers to frequently asked questions, visit SBA’s Coronavirus Relief Options page. 

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) also put together a brief summary of the PPP and EIDL.
 The Small Business Owners guide to the CARES Act 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

FFRCA Employee Guide (English)
FFRCA Employee Guide (Spanish)

Additional Information:

Adapting Manufacturing during COVID-19: 
A Massachusetts Emergency Response team was established to help manufacturers pivot to produce materials needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Haverhill Community Support: Mayor Fiorentini, State Representative Vargas, and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce have launched the Haverhill Community Support Form to connect those requesting support with those who can lend a hand.

Small Business Assistance: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has compiled a series of tools and programs to assist with the changing business landscape.  The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is here, as well as other SBA products and resources.

Supply Chain: Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, MassMep, is part of a national network formed to offer supply chain solutions to manufacturers disrupted by efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.