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Whats's new?
Stimulus package deal out of Washington DC by mid-week?Update on negotiations: Read here.US House Democrats have unveiled a new, scaled-back $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package. The latest proposal trims $1.2 trillion from a bill passed by the House last spring. It includes $436 billion in emergency aid for state and local governments; $225 billion for schools and child care; an additional round of $1,200 stimulus checks for most Americans; money to restore $600 expanded unemployment payments through January; $75 billion for testing, contact tracing and other health care efforts; billions for housing assistance; and funding to shore up the census, U.S. Postal Service and elections.

NH agriculture COVID-19 relief funds, round II, accepting applications
The Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) and the Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food have announced the New Hampshire Agriculture COVID-19 Relief Fund's Non-Dairy Farm Relief program is accepting applications for relief for COVID-19-related expenses and/or lost sales incurred during the period from July 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020, as part of its second application round.
This second round of agriculture grants will allocate and expend $2.5 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to support non-dairy farms that have experienced negative financial impacts due to COVID-19, including the burden of substantial new COVID-19-related costs like extra cleaning and sanitizing, ensuring social distancing, and lost sales. The $2.5 million to non-dairy farms includes $1.5 million for specialty crop producers that registered for the original non-dairy farms' program (for farms that had at least $50,000 of 2019 gross sales) (“Registered Farm Program”), and $1 million for generally smaller non-dairy farms (“Expanded Farm Program”). The application period ends on October 15, 2020. Follow this link to the GOFERR website for more information about the program and to begin the application process.

BEA provides new COVID-19 FAQ’s
New Hampshire’s Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) has updated the COVID-19 resources available by adding a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) page with answers to dozens of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 response guidance and restrictions. The FAQ page can be accessed using this link.


Business News, Resources
& Educational Webinars

Merrimack Valley SCORE Webinars

October 5, 2020, 2:00pm EDT
Bring Podcasting into your conversation with your clients and followers. It is an intimate, easy way for clients and followers to consume your information for longer periods of time. Join Nanette Perrotte in this free online workshop where you'll learn all of the tips and techniques for getting your Podcast started. Register here.

NH SBDC Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
SBDC advisors Rita and Hollis will have a short discussion about where you can look for funding right now.
They will offer some tips on how and when to go about it. Submit your question prior to the webinar or ask it during the live Q&A.
Presented by Rita Toth & Hollis McGuire, NH SBDC Business  Advisors

Also from NH SBDC:

Small Business & Community Resiliency Academy
 NH SBDC & UNH Cooperative Extension are teaming up to bring NH its first Small Business & Community Resiliency Academy.
Academy attendees will walk away with the tools they need to develop individualized resiliency plans. We’re kicking things off with two webinars this fall.
October 21st 8:30 am – 10:00am
October 27th 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
(Same program offered two different times via Zoom)
Who should attend: Small businesses, community leaders and volunteers, municipal officials, economic development professionals and those interested in the economic recovery and future planning of their business base and community.
The Resiliency Academy webinar will explore:
·     The intersection of small business and community resiliency
·     Why it’s important to focus on resiliency planning now
·     Factors for building resilience in small business and community
·     The Academy plans and agenda
The Small Business and Community Resiliency Academy will launch in the spring of 2021 with one-day workshops throughout New Hampshire. More details coming soon!


NH SBA Webinars

Tuesday Talks: Meet the NH Office of International Commerce Team & the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Representative and Learn about the STEP Grant

Tuesday, October 6, 10-11am

Join Lender Relations Specialist Tuesday Belanger as she introduces you to the NH Office of International Commerce Team & the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial representative and as they answer some frequently asked questions. The State of New Hampshire recently received the Federal STEP grant to be awarded to qualifying small businesses to assist with exporting, log in to learn how your business can sign up and be selected. Learn what the STEP Grant is and how it can help your business. • Meet New Hampshire’s Office of International Commerce Team & U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial representative, and how their office can assist you. • Receive information about the STEP grant. • Obtain information on how to access the STEP grant funds. • Learn what STEP stands for and if it could benefit your business. REGISTER HERE via EMAIL