Monday, May 3, 2021

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Stay Positive, Stay Strong and Stay Connected with the GMSVCC

**GMSVCC's May Calendar**
Click here to register. Note, some dates are
members-only events and meetings:

Thursday, May 6, 12:00-1:00 PM Lunch 'n Leads via Zoom
Network ~ Connect ~ Grow Register Now!

Wednesday, May 19, 5:30-6:30 PM Business After Hours via Zoom
Hosted by The Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley

Thursday, May 20, 4:00 PM Ribbon Cutting at Mola Foods, 9 Simon Street, Nashua, NH 03060 Join us to see what exotic and delicious foods they offer. Register Now!

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** Our Jockeys & Juleps Kentucky Derby Party was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated, viewed, & donated! We greatly appreciate all!


News You Can Use

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
Information about the Application Portal.
Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will begin Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m. EDT and SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.
For more information, read the press release here.


New Hampshire to resume search for work rule for unemployed; vaccinations rising
Staff report
CONCORD — New Hampshire residents collecting unemployment benefits will again be required to prove they are looking for work starting May 23.
Gov. Chris Sununu announced the return to the pre-COVID-19 pandemic policy, which had been waived in 2020 so people could be safe, he said.
Sununu noted New Hampshire now has a 3% unemployment rate, calling it "one of the lowest in the country." He said there are "tens of thousands of high-paying jobs available today" in the state. Anecdotally, he said, a recent job fair at the Seacoast United indoor sports facility had about 100 employers with 3,000 jobs available and only 104 people took part.
Sununu said New Hampshire Employment Security will be working to hold more job fairs and rev up programs to help people find work.
New Hampshire Works job centers will be opening to the public by May 10 to assist people. Job fairs are scheduled May 6 for veterans, May 11 for students, graduates and individuals using adult education programs, and May 13 for people in the construction industry.
COVID-19 vaccine update
Health officials reported New Hampshire has administered 984,000 doses and 387,000 people have been fully vaccinated (28% of the state's population).
Officials said 56% of the state's age-eligible residents (16 and up) have received at least one dose.
Sununu was asked about vaccine hesitancy among some residents in more rural areas of the state in particular.
"There's a general sense there are still some folks who might wait until summer or they feel more comfortable," he said. Sununu noted some people may prefer to get shots at their primary care physician's offices rather than state-run sites. He said the state will transition to vaccines being offered in healthcare settings in the coming weeks.
Officials emphasized there are thousands of open appointments each week at sites in the state at and by calling 211. People can easily change appointments they have to sooner dates, Sununu and health officials said.
COVID-19 numbers in New Hampshire
State health officials reported one death and 515 new cases of the coronavirus, giving the state 3,233 active cases and a total of 92,910. About 100 of the new cases are in a federal prison in Berlin. The state's death toll moved to 1,274.
Dr. Ben Chan, state epidemiologist, said the state is averaging about 350 new cases a day in the past week, and the positivity rate is about 4.5% in that time, both representing declines.
There were 112 people hospitalized in the state as of Thursday.
Beth Daly, chief of the state Bureau of Infectious Disease, reported there have been 24 "breakthrough" cases in the state where people who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID-19. She said two of those 24 have died, both residents in long-term care facilities. 
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.


The IRS has released additional details for the Paid Leave Tax Credits made available under the American Rescue Plan. Eligible employers with 500 or fewer employees can receive tax credits for providing paid time off for each employee receiving the vaccine and for time need to recover from the vaccine. More information can be found here.

Hot off the presses
– Job Fairs -

*Note* Many of these are not posted on the website yet, so stay tuned and keep checking the website for the latest update.
May 6th Veteran Virtual Job Fair in partnership with NH DMAVS
May 11th Student virtual job fair in partnership with Pinkerton Academy
May 11th Student and Adult Ed virtual job fair in partnership with Pinkerton Academy
May 13th Construction industry virtual job fair in partnership with ABC NH/VT
May 25th Lakes Region
May 26th Monadnock Region
May 27th Capitol & Southern Region
Universal Mask Up! Signage
The NH Commerce Corridor has created universal Mask Up! signage businesses can download, print, and use to inform and encourage customers to wear masks.

As President Joe Biden signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law today, extending the Paycheck Protection Program an additional two months to May 31, 2021, and then providing an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said:
“Today, President Biden sent another strong message to America’s more than 30 million small business owners negatively impacted by the pandemic: help is here. By signing the PPP Extension Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act into law, the President is providing additional critical relief to the smallest of the small businesses – the mom-and-pop shops that line our Main Streets and keep our local and regional economies going.
“The leadership of the Biden-Harris Administration, working with leaders of the House Small Business Committee, Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez, and Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer, Reps. Carolyn Bourdeaux and Young Kim, and Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Chairman Ben Cardin, and Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Susan Collins, ensured a strong bipartisan vote to extend this critical relief to hard-hit small businesses. More than 8.2 million PPP loans have provided struggling small businesses with the relief they need to keep workers employed and make ends meets during this pandemic. The SBA remains dedicated to reaching the heart and soul of the nation’s urban, rural, and low-income communities – the smallest businesses – and removing barriers to access this vital relief.


******NH's COVID vaccine info page is here. ****


The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides assistance to eligible residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are at risk for homelessness, or living inunsafe or unhealthy housing.

Click HERE for complete details.


  • Universal Guidelines for COVID-19 are still in effect, even if your industry no longer has specific guidelines to follow. Click here for NH's COVID -19 Universal Guidelines.


Restaurant Revitalization Fund
May 4, 2021, 1:00pm

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. This program will provide restaurants, bars, and other eligible businesses with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss. Join us for an overview and Q&A with the SBA covering details on eligibility, how to calculate potential grant amounts and the application.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program
May 5, 2021, 2:00pm

This event is being host in NH. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is right for you? It's a no-cost MBA-level program for small businesses that links learning to action. Applications for the September session are now being accepted. Join us to learn more about the program and hear from some of your peers who have graduated.

Google Tools for Productivity

May 7, 2021, 2:00pm

This event is being hosted in NH. We will be reviewing many of the commonly used free Google tools, including using Google Keep for notetaking and reminders, ways to optimize and organize Gmail and use it more time effectively, using Google Calendar, Navigating Google Drive and best practices, an brief introduction to Google Docs, Spreadsheets ...

NH SBDC is the leading resource for business advising and education for small businesses in the Granite State.

Monday, May 3, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EST
Topic: Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property 101
Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets?
Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The session will cover:
• What is the USPTO? • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP • How to get started in protecting your intellectual property.
Presented by the United States Patent and Trademark Office Team

Thursday, May 6, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Jacob Blacksten, the Digital Solutions Manager of the Delaware Small Business Development Center will walk us through the Data Assured program and its many helpful components, including the workbook, tips, solutions, and do’s & don'ts guides included on our CyberSecurity landing page.

Friday, May 7, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Are you a NH Food Service Provider, Restaurant, Bar, Brewery, Inn or Food Truck?
Then join this webinar to find out more about the new Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) which will provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open.
This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. The application date is still pending. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
Don't miss out on these funds--Register today!
Presented by Chuck Gilboy, NH SBDC Business Advisor


Upcoming Events - Capitol Connect members are free*.

*GMSVCC member exclusive- when you join the Chamber, businesses with less than 10 employess receive an affiliate membership with the Business and Industry of NH.You don't need to do anything to activate this perk-- we automatically sign you up annually! You can always opt out if you don't want this benefit.* Click here for more details!

Webinar: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses No-cost Training
Thursday, May 11, 2021 1:00-2:00 PM EST
Take your business skills to the next level with a no-cost BIA webinar presented by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses on May 11th from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. The webinar will preview the 14-week 10,000 Small Businesses program offered at no-cost to qualifying New Hampshire businesses. Hear first-hand feedback from a panel of small business owners who have successfully completed the program and grown their businesses as a result. Participants gain skills in negotiation, marketing and employee management and receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic, customized growth plan. 
This event is no cost but advance registration is required. For more information, please contact Lora McMahon at 603-224-5388 x101.

Webinar: BIA New Hampshire Economic Summit presented by Cambridge Trust Company
Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon EST

Join BIA for our second annual New Hampshire Economic Summit presented by Cambridge Trust, in partnership with the New Hampshire Bankers Association. Leading economists will focus on recovery prospects for New Hampshire, New England, the United States and world as we climb out of the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston Federal Reserve Bank Economist Jeffrey Thompson and Cambridge Trust’s Chief Investment Officer David Lynch will address stresses caused by the pandemic and prospects for recovery. Also, hear from New Hampshire State Budget Director Matt Mailloux about the pandemic’s impact on state operations, and get an update on major revenue and expense items in the state’s biennial budget.
This webinar is provided at no cost to BIA members, BIA Capitol Connect members, and members of the New Hampshire Bankers Association. The cost for others is $45. Registration is required for all. 


Visit the SBA NH website HERE