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Monday, July 13, 2020
Chamber Updates
Business Open House
Wednesday, July 15, 5-7 p.m.
Jass Boxing   welcomes Chamber members to the monthly Business Open House event. The event will be at 24 Rochester Street in Berwick, ME. Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy an evening of networking with friends and colleagues.
Morning Mixer
Tuesday, August 4, 8-9 a.m.

Hosted by  Portsmouth Christian Academy : A morning networking opportunity presented by the Chamber. Join members for light refreshments and Speed Networking!

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 40 participants. The program starts at 8 a.m. 

Cocheco Arts Festival
Drive-In Festival August 14-16!
Tickets available soon
Covid-19 Resource Updates
New Assistance Program available for self-employed businesses
Gov. Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds ("flex funds") to provide emergency financial relief to support New Hampshire self-employed, for-profit businesses due to the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.
Applications for the program will be accepted from July 6 to July 17 .
The Self Employed Livelihood Fund is only available to businesses that apply by July 17, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All businesses who feel as though they are eligible should submit an application; however, only businesses that meet all of the Self Employed Livelihood Fund grant criteria are eligible to receive an award.
The Self Employed Livelihood Fund grant award amounts will be calculated similarly to the Main Street Relief Fund, with the maximum award amount a business can receive is $50,000.
The State of New Hampshire is not directing businesses on how to spend the money. Businesses must demonstrate they have experienced or anticipate they will experience a financial loss due to COVID-19 in order to qualify for a Self Employed Livelihood Fund Grant. It is expected that businesses will use the funds to assist in covering their operational costs and legal obligations.
The Application must be completed and submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020, using only the Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) web portal. No hand-delivered or mailed paper copies will be accepted. It is recommended that applications be finalized as early as possible before the deadline. Businesses that require assistance from the DRA may contact the Call Center at (603) 230-5000, Option 0, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, visit  https://go.usa.gov/xwJwR .
COVID-19 Reopening Plan Training
July 30, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Live Online!

COVID-19 Reopening Plan Training provides business owners, operators, managers, and custodians a 6-point plan to sustain a socially distant workplace while continuing to achieve customer satisfaction. The focus of the workshop will be to successfully understand and translate current written OSHA, CDC, and State Governor guidelines into a practical prescription for your business.

During this workshop, a 6-point reopening plan will be presented based on existing occupational health & safety best-practices, while also taking into account current COVID-19 guidelines.
Participants will breakout into groups to workshop a sample reopening plan to gain practical experience in the creative, collaborative, and compliant process of developing a plan. The fee for the training will be $269.00.
For the latest information on COVID-19 business resources,
visit our web page at dovernh.org/covid-19 .
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