ARTISTS ROUNDTABLE WED, APRIL 29, 10 AM
We have 2 speakers this week. One is Liz Shapiro from the CT Office of the Arts, discussing the two new grants for artists. The other is Sally Rogers, musician, discussing how to make money going virtual. We will also share ideas and best practices.  You can register for the webinar here >
 
REALLY COOL GUIDE FOR ALL COVID RELATED PROGRAMS FROM CONGRESSMAN COURTNEY
This is a great comprehensive guide for everyone.  You can download it here > 
 
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO POST THESE IN YOUR BUSINESS:
Employee Rights posters to put in your business:   English and Spanish
 
PAYROLL PROTECTION PROGRAM UPDATED RULES
If you have any questions about how you will use this program please contact the Chamber of SBDC Greg Lewis at  Gregory.v.lewis@uconn.edu General info is here >
 
ARE YOU HAVING ISSUES WITH UNEMPLOYMENT?
If you need to contact unemployment about a claim, here is how you can….
• You should first visit the Online Assistance Center at  www.filectui.com
• You may also submit your general question to  dol.webhelp@ct.gov . A response can be expected in 5 weeks, depending on volume.
• The American Job Centers are closed to in-person visits, but you may call 860-263-6975 or 203-455-2653 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday (excluding holidays) for general information concerning your unemployment benefits. You may get a busy signal due to high call volume – please keep trying. Unemployment claims cannot be processed or expedited by calling this telephone service.
 
FREE FACE MASKS FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
CONNSTEP and CBIA have partnered with the state of Connecticut to assist in the distribution of recently donated surgical masks to eligible businesses. 
Eligible businesses include those listed as  essential businesses  as defined by the state with 50 employees or fewer. Eligible businesses can request no more than two masks per employee by filling out the form found on this  web page .
 
Small businesses with employees that have little contact with the public are strongly urged to create their own face masks or face coverings following  CDC guidelines  to ensure the limited supply of surgical masks go to businesses that need them the most.
 
Requested masks will be distributed through the municipality in which the business is located on a designated day as early as next week. The local municipality will then contact businesses with a date, time, and location to receive the requested surgical masks while supplies last. 
 
UPCOMING TOWN HALL MEETINGS ABOUT RE-OPENING BUSINESSES IN CONNECTICUT
WBDC CEO Fran Pastore has been asked to serve on the Business Committee of Governor Lamont's Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group. To help her fill that role, Fran wants to know what you, the small business owners in Connecticut, think about reopening businesses in our state. The feedback gathered during these meetings will be shared with the Business Committee to ensure that the voices of small business owners are heard as decisions regarding the reopening of Connecticut are made.

Private Fitness/Wellness Businesses
Panelists for this discussion include:
Bernadette Hutchings Birney, Stamford Yoga Center 
Meghan Crutchley, Organic Fitness
Julie Robbins, The Well for Women
Shannon Walker, Crowned Fit Women's Fitness Studio
Wednesday, April 29 @ 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Mobile: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 880 5132 3079

Food Service Businesses
Panelists for this discussion include:
Leyla Dam, Lorca Coffee Bar
Louise Joseph, Dough Girls Pizza Truck
Maria Pietrobon, CaffeBon
Friday, May 1 @ 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Mobile: (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 897 0643 8779

Event Planning Businesses
Joining Fran for this discussion is Leslie Scotto, owner of Leslie Scotto Events.
Thursday, April 30 @ 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Mobile: (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 843 0277 7973 
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