Town departments -- although working remotely -- continue to operate and you can still get assistance through the website or phone (203-389-3400). I am also maintaining a centralized page on the Town website with Coronavirus updates for residents and businesses. The page is updated frequently and includes a link to Woodbridge businesses that are operating.

If your business is missing or your entry needs updating, let me know!

This Thursday from 1-2 pm join the State Department of Economic and Community Development, the Connecticut Insurance Department, the Department of Banking and the Small Business Administration for a conference call to provide more details on state and federal COVID-19 relief programs and answer key questions. 

To join the call, dial 888-456-0356 and, when prompted, enter the passcode 2802806#. If you're unable to join, a recording will be later that afternoon on the state's  coronavirus website , where you can always find additional information about these and other federal and state programs.
Topics include:
  • The federal Paycheck Protection Program available to small businesses and nonprofits
  • The federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants
  • Connecticut's initiatives to assist businesses and residents during COVID-19
  • The new Mortgage Deferment and Assistance
  • The new Health Insurance Grace Period

Several organizations are hosting webinars to help businesses understand the many options available to help during the pandemic. Below is a roundup:

The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is holding weekly webinars open to the public. You can watch live or recorded versions on their website or Facebook. On 4/7 the topic was Accessing Stimulus Loans and Programs.

Today at 10 am Chamber is holding one on How to Adapt Your Business Strategy to Meet Customer Needs in a Crisis.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will host a webinar for Connecticut residents who are now teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar, titled “Best Teleworking Practices – The Road to Success for Employees”, will take place on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 12 noon to 1pm. This is one in a series of telework webinars, most of which are focused on employers.

Register or watch later at

The Community Economic Development Fund is hosting a webinar on 4/9 called 20 Questions (and Answers) about the Paycheck Protection Program. Register here.

On 4/14 they're hosting one about Maximizing Your Online Presence. Register here.

You can watch previous webinars including Update on Small Business Assistance Programs and Preparing Your Business for a Crisis.

New details are coming out about the various parts of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. See below for details and more resources

  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans: Provide cash-flow assistance through federally-guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans will be forgiven. Details are here and the application information is here.

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Injury Grants: An emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private nonprofits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). Grants and loans may be used to keep employees on payroll, pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. Please note that on Tuesday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released its streamlined application for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). With this new online portal, participants can now quickly identify whether they are eligible for disaster loan support. If you are unsure whether your organization is eligible, it is recommended that you apply. IF YOU APPLIED ON THE OLD SITE, YOU MUST APPLY AGAIN ON THE NEW SITE.  

  • Small Business Debt Relief Program: Provides immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under this program, the SBA will cover all loan payments on previously secured SBA loans, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. 

  • Employee Retention Credit for Employers Subject to Closure or Experiencing Economic Hardship: A refundable payroll tax credit for 50% of wages paid by eligible employers to certain employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Delay of Payment of Employer Payroll Taxes: Allows taxpayers to defer paying the employer portion of certain payroll taxes through the end of 2020, with all 2020 deferred amounts due in two equal installments, one at the end of 2021, the other at the end of 2022.

  • Counseling and Training: Local resource partners can be found here. 

For more details on the CARES Act visit Connecticut's COVID-19  Business Resource Portal.

In addition to the above initiatives, employers should also be aware of the following programs:

Federal Emergency Paid Leave Program : Through the end of 2020, employers with fewer than 500 employees must provide 80 hours of paid sick leave and 10 weeks of paid family leave. Note that employers will be reimbursed by the IRS for 100% of the paid leave in 2 weeks or less. They will also be reimbursed for employees’ health care premiums during leave. The current IRS guidance can be found  here.  

CT DOL’s Shared Work Program:  Allows employers to reduce employees’ hours by up to 60% and DOL will step in to provide unemployment insurance (UI) benefits that help offset the lost wages, as well as the new federal UI supplement. More information about the program can be found  here.