Business Resources and Reopening Info

Is your business suffering economic injury as the result of the coronavirus?   There are programs that may help you through this trying time.

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

IMPORTANT DATE APPROACHING: Looking for more ways to keep your business in business?  Keep the Doors Open is a business resilience program to help business owners assess whether sharing ownership could help in these unprecedented times.  The program is funded by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.  Please apply by June 1st for priority consideration.

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
Latest Updates:  
Learn more about Reopening Massachusetts Latest Updates

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

Earlier Updates:

The Massachusetts State Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE) announced the Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses.  Small businesses may request up to $2,500 and the program is open now.   Applications are due by May 29th.

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 Small Business Administration (SBA) resumed accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Please visit PPP loan applications starting on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT.   To learn more about this and other SBA offerings, visit SBA’s Coronavirus Relief Options page. 

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.