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Monday, April 27, 2020
Chamber Updates
Virtual Morning Mixer
Wednesday, May 6, 8-9 a.m.

Join the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce online for our monthly Morning Mixer, sponsored by First Seacoast Bank .
Pre-registration is required and is limited to 30 participants. The program starts promptly at 8 a.m. with instructions for the unique new set-up. The goal is to have a similar format to the original mixer, just virtually.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 , including SBA Loan information and other business resources, business practice changes, restaurants offering take-out, etc., visit our webpages below:
Community Happenings
SBDC is here to help!

SBDC's webinars can help both employers and sole proprietors understand the relief programs and best practices to help you operate your business in response to COVID-19.
The Webinars are running every week day until next Wednesday. The webinars include PPP Application Assistance, Assistance for the Self-Employed, and Generating Cash Flow. To see the list of webinars, please click here .
Local Media Matters

During these difficult times the long-term viability of our local media is at risk. Now more than ever we need local journalists keeping Seacoast area residents informed about stories affecting the Seacoast of New Hampshire.
People are consuming more online news than ever before. Despite this, all of our media outlets--radio, print, broadcast--have experienced significant decreases in advertising spending.
Local businesses rely on their announcements being published and national publications turn to solid local journalism for stories to keep the public informed. Nothing can take the place of on-the-ground reporting of facts.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen also expressed her desire to support local media in an April 8 media release. She was one of a number of senators who called on Senate leadership to include funding to support local journalism and media in future COVID-19 relief packages. You can read the media release and letter  here
We know we are in unusual, hard times. Our media resources are depending now more than ever on digital subscriptions and can use your help. If you can, please help our local community by supporting our local media organizations.
Seacoast Endowment for Education in Dover (“SEED”) has created a musical themed contest open to the community.
Contest rules:  1) Create a musical video about your time in quarantine. 2) Share the video clip on Facebook or Twitter 3) Must use the hashtags #DoverSeed #pandemicparody 4) Post must be public 5) Video must be family friendly/Rated G for General Audiences 6)  Entry deadline is May 15, 2020

Dermatology & Skin Health is excited to share that they will be giving away an exclusive experience for a special person dedicated to fighting COVID-19! The goal behind this giveaway (valued at over $12,000) is to celebrate an individual front line (health care, volunteer, law enforcement, etc.) worker who has shown incredible strength and resilience while serving patients of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bret Carmichael, owner of Leap Works, had the great idea to make a local search engine. Check it out today!

Volunteer as a garden tender today!

The Joe B. Parks Riverwalk Public Gardens  is seeking 2020 garden Garden Tenders.
Situated along the banks of the Cocheco River off Central Avenue in Dover, this urban oasis is a series of beautiful gardens filled with flowers, unique rhododendrons, mountain laurel, hosta, daylilies, and countless other plants, many relocated from Joe Parks' own gardens. The garden depends on volunteers to help maintain and tend to the gardens enjoyed by the public each year.
Tasks include spring and fall clean-up of garden beds and monthly visits to tidy up the gardens. Volunteers adopt specific areas or take on other responsibilities to maintain the garden space.
To become a volunteer, Check out  www.joeparksgarden.org  and then email  contact@joeparksgarden.org , or give Elizabeth Fischer –a call at 603-817-1843.
A message from Patty B's:

Due to Covid-19 Patty B's is only open for curbside pick up Wednesday-Saturday from 1-7 p.m.
We have 3 lines open taking calls.
We understand that is is hard to get through sometimes because we have been so busy and for that we are so grateful, but we encourage you to keep trying these numbers! Please do not leave a message with your order as we are not checking voicemail regularly during business hours. #749-4181; #767-3007; #343-8090.
There is a limited menu which is posted on our website and we post our available desserts daily on facebook and instagram along with any special food offerings!
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to serving you!
Do you have a business update you would like to share with your fellow Chamber members? Send the details to info@dovernh.org so we can share your update in a future Direct Connect.
Non-Profit News
The 2020 Cycle the Seacoast has gone virtual now through June 30th! Cycling is a great way to improve both your physical and mental health, while giving an extra boost to your immune system. We encourage you to participate in the virtual event as this is the perfect time to get outside while still practicing social distancing! Challenge yourself to stay active and support the American Lung Association’s work to support critical lung health research. 

Rotary Story Time!

You and your kids can join in for a virtual story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5 p.m.
Please share with your family, friends and other organizations to help get the word out about this great way to interact with the kids while they are at home.
To join in on Story Time, simply click this Zoom link to connect.
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County  (CAPSC) takes seriously the health and welfare of our clients, staff and that of the greater community. As we navigate the ever-changing status of coronavirus, our primary concern is our ability to safely continue to deliver critical services that support basic needs such as food, housing, etc. CAPSC offices is open for phone support throughout the week. Additional information will be posted on our  Facebook page  or WMUR.
If you are experiencing a hardship or need immediate assistance over the weekend, call 211.
To help support CAPSC in our response to COVID-19, please consider making a donation here:   www.straffordcap.org/donate .
During this difficult time there are still plenty of services available in the realm of Recovery Support for those that may be in recovery, struggling with substances, or have family members they are worried about. SOS has many different kinds of meetings available all day and into the night. The SOS Dover location is also staffed right now. Although we are not open to the general public, we have staff available Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. to answer phones and provide one-on-one help.
Call 603-841-2350 or visit  straffordrecovery.org/vitrual-meetings .
Reach out to us at info@dovernh.org to share updates regarding your non-profit organizations!
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