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> The White House said Sunday night that President Trump signed legislation for $900 billion in coronavirus economic aid and $1.4 trillion in government spending, providing support for millions of Americans and averting a government shutdown. 

Mr. Trump signed the bill one day before the government was set to shut down – but not before unemployment benefits for an estimated 12 million Americans lapsed. 

"I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more," Mr. Trump said in a statement.


>Can a NH employer require an employee to take the Covid-19 vaccine? "it depneds...." Click here for an interview between WMUR's Fred Kocker and employment attorney expert Jim Reidy of Sheheen Finney Law Firm.

Reminders!
  • Everyone over 5 is required to wear a mask or cloth face covering over their noses and mouths any time they are in public spaces — indoors or outdoors — if they can’t stay at least six feet from people “outside their own households.”The order expires Jan. 15 unless Sununu extends it.

  • 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.



Business News, Resources
& Educational Webinars


Merrimack Valley SCORE Webinars


The Paycheck Protection Program Latest Revisions

Tues, Dec 29 at 2 pm
Once a new stimulus Bill is signed into law, SCORE will conduct several workshops to help small business owners understand new provisions of the PPP. This first workshop, tentatively scheduled for Dec 29th, will focus on the 2020 tax implications of existing PPP loans. More workshops will be scheduled as detailed guidance becomes available. Register here





NH SBDC
Upcoming Events: Click here for January's webinar calendar:

       UNH Cooperative Extension and NH SBDC 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. 

Save the Date: April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2
Time: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Resilience is the idea that communities and businesses can recover and improve after a sudden threat or shock, such as a natural disaster, pandemic, or economic downturn. Communities and businesses are responding, innovating, and adapting as a result of the current pandemic. Resilience is a key component for communities and businesses to move towards economic recovery and plan for future disturbances and disruption.
UNH Extension and NH Small Business Development Center are partnering to offer the Resiliency Academy, bringing together small business and community leaders to work toward a resilient future. The Academy will focus on the intersection of small business and community resiliency. We will provide training for small businesses to develop resiliency plans, which will aid in economic recovery and planning for future disruptions. 
Overview: Sessions will include opportunities to learn from practitioners, municipal staff, business owners, and experts through case studies, presentations, discussions, and Q&A sessions. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions.
Resiliency Academy will explore:

Components of a resiliency plan: threats, assessment, visioning, planning, and action
Defining and measuring resilience
Community engagement and leadership
Networks, partnerships, and systems
Quality of life and community vibrancy
Business retention and workforce
Communications and cybersecurity
Sustainability and finance
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 are invited to attend the Academy. 
 
April 7, 2021, Session 1: Threats
April 21, 2021, Session 2: Assessment
May 5, 2021, Session 3: Visioning
May 19, 2021, Session 4: Planning
June 2, 2021, Session 5: Action
All sessions are held 9 am-10:30 am
Registration will open in January 2021. Cost to attend: $100 for five sessions. Scholarships are available. 

NH SBDC Advising services
When you meet with one of our advisors, he or she will discuss how NH SBDC can help you. Together we can work to develop your business goals and make a plan for meeting them. We will help review your progress and follow-up down the road.
The advising process is different depending upon if you are starting a brand new business or if you are already in business, and how much planning you’ve already done. We will provide timely information, links to resources and act as a sounding board for your questions and concerns. The responsibility for implementing our suggestions, such as writing a business plan, will rest with you.
At the start of the advising process, you will need to fill out a “request for counseling" form. Along the way, you’ll be asked to take surveys to provide additional information to us that we will use to evaluate our services and document the impact of small businesses on New Hampshire’s economy. The entire process is confidential. We will work with you to modify goals and develop new ones as your business grows.

BIA of NH

Upcoming Events
Please click on a link below to Register for an event. Please email Lora McMahon with any questions.

Meet Legislative Leaders
Monday, January 11, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Webinar: Vaccine to the Rescue
Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


NH SBA

 
Click here for:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources