A Message from our President
During these unprecedented times, the Central CT Chambers of Commerce is here for you. We hope you are finding our COVID-19 Business Resource Page to be a helpful tool for you to navigate the various options available to you related to this pandemic. We are also in the process of creating a page to highlight chamber members and any offers, incentives, mentoring, etc., to help our membership in any way we can.

While our staff may be working from home, we are still available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. As we often say, our job is to help put the pieces of the puzzle together for you. If we don't have the answer, we know where to find it. Please reach out to us at (860) 584-4718 or at info@centralctchambers.org .

Be on the lookout soon for virtual meetings, conference calls, and/or webinars to help you understand what is available and how to access the resources.

Stay at Home. Stay Healthy.
Cindy Bombard, President & CEO
Central CT Chambers of Commerce
CARES Act Highlights
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes several important benefits for small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut:
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

U.S. Department of Labor Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.
Personal Protective Equipment Needed
As the news has been reporting, many medical facilities, hospitals, and senior living facilities are running low on PPE. If you have any to donate, please do so.
Chamber Members Offering Discounts?
If your business is offering a discount, or special incentive, please let us know. We will create a page o n our website highlighting any of these offers.

Send details to: info@centralctchambers.org
We are committed to bringing you the most up-to-date business news regarding COVID-19.
The information on the webpage is listed in chronological order, with the newest/latest developments at the top. This page will be updated frequently.
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