Economic Development Update
COVID-19

The Department of Planning and Development will communicate important information and share business resources to enable you and your employees to stay safe and informed during these uncertain times.

Creative Restaurant Marketing during COVID-19

COVID-19 presents an unprecedented challenge for restaurants but also an opportunity for them to be creative with their online marketing. The City of Lowell, in partnership with Susu Wong of Tomo360 , will present two webinars on Creative Restaurant Marketing in 2020.

First Webinar
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 09:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Register in advance for this meeting.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 09:00 -10 am Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Register in advance for this meeting.
COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loan Technical Assistance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to businesses in Massachusetts suffering substantial economic injury.

Need t echnical assistance to complete the application? Please contact the individuals below to schedule a conference call.

For  ENGLISH , please contact Christine McCall
For  PORTUGUESE , please contact Maria Dickinson
For  SPANISH , please contact The Entrepreneurship Center @ CTI
Business Impact Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an immediate shock to the economy, and we recognize this has impacted Lowell’s business community. Please take a few minutes to complete the our survey to help document impacts and inform mitigation and recovery programming.

Restaurant Registration

If you are a restaurant and/or food business and are currently open, please let us know and we will be glad to promote your business hours and services on our website and social media channels.

COVID-19: Essential Services

Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon.

If the function of your business is not listed here , but you believe you are providing an essential service or function, you can request a designation as an essential business here.
Financial Resources for Businesses & Unemployment Information




Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund* MassDevelopment’s Board of Directors will meet next week to vote on a partnership that will make an additional $10 million available for the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund.
Federal and State Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service has delayed tax day from April 15 to July 15, granting individuals and businesses an extra three months to file their taxes amid the disruptions caused by COVID-19. 
 
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) announced that it will waive any late-file or late-pay penalties for returns and payment due for meals and room occupancy taxes between March 20 and May 31, 2020.
Stay Informed about COVID-19

The City of Lowell will continue to post COVID-19 updates at http://lowellma.gov/coronavirus as more information becomes available. You can also sign up for the City's alert system t o receive emails, calls, or texts for critical updates.
City of Lowell, Department of Planning and Development
50 Arcand Drive, Lowell, MA, 01852