Friday Wrap Up
We know a lot of information is coming your way- it's kind of like drinking water from a fire hose. We are committed to sending you information only when something new has been introduced or changed. You can keep up with the key links, archived emails and webinars at . As we close out the work week, we wanted to put some of the key pieces of information in one place- so scroll to the bottom for key links, the biggest news, and our virtual events.

We also know that these times are pulling us in multiple directions and requiring us to adopt new technology and adapt quickly. It's draining. So, given the great responses to our uplifting blog post and silly dog video last week, we decided to add a section dedicated to boosting morale. Our more serious Weekly Round-Up will still be in your inbox Monday morning, but we hope you enjoy the addition of Positive Weekend Reading.

Yours in service- and humor,

Positive Weekend Reading

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife want you to know h ow to safely spend time outside this weekend.

N  ew to Zoom and can't stand having to clean up your house in the background before you jump on a call? Jazz up your zoom background with West Elm

Did you get lucky this week? Find out h ow to claim a $600 or more winning Maine Lottery ticket

Have a Few Minutes? Fill out the 2020 Census.

Lewiston manufacturer creates to sell cotton masks at cost. Read the Sun Journal Article here.

ASL interpreter Doctor Regan Thibodeau is gaining attention on the Maine CDC briefings + Facebook.

Looks like rain on Sunday. Why not learn some Sign Language ?

Lewiston culinary students choose helping others rather than senior class trip. Read the full Sun Journal article here.

Have a positive or inspiring story? Share it with us and you might just see it in next week's Friday Wrap-Up!
Topics Covered This Week


The Department of Labor published answers to frequently asked questions on how employers can stay in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) , which regulates wage and hour conditions for employees.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)  requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. View the Employee Paid Leave Rights here and the Employer Paid Leave Requirements here.


Governor Janet Mills and Commissioner of the DHHS, Jeanne Lambrew, announced a new measure helping the state's nursing facilities meet the financial challenges posed by COVID-19. View it here.

Governor Janet Mills announced that the State will extend the deadline for Maine income tax payments from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. View it here.


View the Message for Lewiston Tenants + Landlords from Mayor Cayer here.

View Auburn's Coronavirus Response Hub here.

Good Shepherd Food Bank and L.L.Bean have partnered to accelerate food access for Mainers struggling with hunger during the current and unprecedented health crisis. View the story here.

Looking to support local Maine businesses + organizations? Check out the Pay It Forward Maine Initiative

Together we are stronger + together we will adapt.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Take-out Tuesday
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

No matter where you are, grab lunch from your favorite local spot, and meet us for a virtual lunch. Because physical distancing doesn't have to mean isolation.

Coping With The Current Pandemic Crisis ~ With Readiness Associates
Wednesday, April 1,, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Readiness Associates will equip businesses with tips on staying informed and protecting your employees, business assets, and customers during unprecedented social distancing and business shutdowns.

About the Presenter
Ralph Petti is a certified risk manager with an emphasis on business continuity planning for the SMB and Enterprise markets. As someone selected by The international Medical Corps for pandemic planning in The Philippines and Indonesia, Mr. Petti is also focused on the critical Supply Chain and Crisis Management areas that are integral to keeping all businesses running.
Experienced, innovative leader with demonstrated ability maximizing capital while building stronger brands. Proven success launching new products, revitalizing distribution channels, and recruiting high performing talent. Founded and served as CEO of a full-service marketing, advertising, and PR agency delivering marketing and sales solutions to high-tech companies, including Oracle, Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Legato, and Kabria. His American Red Cross experience inspired the launch of Readiness Associates.

Tips and Tricks for Working from Home with Shanna Cox
Thursday, April 2, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT

As our workforce shifts to working remotely, many are trying to navigate how to make that successful. Beyond the tech solutions, this webinar will focus on time management, creating a work environment that sets you up for success, and ways to support you and your family in having balance, while remaining productive.

About the Presenter
Led by LA Metro Chamber President + CEO, Shanna will pull on her 6 years of experience running her business office and conference room from her home, balancing a successful business with parenting 3 children. Using tips she garnered and lessons learned, she will share stories of success and failures that can help you thrive in your new work environment. 

Virtual Social Hour: Connecting Past Bedtime
Thursday, April 2, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM EDT

Plan ahead by getting a growler delivered, grabbing a 6-pack curbside, or some take-out wine. Settle the house, bathe the kids, and meet us for a virtual, drop-in happy hour. Let's raise our glasses to signing off for the day and the little ones finally asleep. Because while personal distancing is responsible, our virtual social hour doesn't have to be.
Did you miss any of our webinars last week? No worries! You can check them out here .

All events will be held through Zoom. You will receive Zoom information after registration.