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Monday, June 29, 2020
Chamber Updates
Chamber 101
Thursday, July 9, 8-9 a.m.
The Dover Chamber staff invites you to join us at our Chamber 101 program sponsored by Cambridge Trust . Take advantage of this orientation session to review your membership benefits. Make sure you are leveraging your Chamber membership effectively! There will be ample time for questions and networking with other members.
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.
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Covid-19 Resource Updates

The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds for payroll costs and other eligible non- payroll costs. More than $100 Billion in PPP funds are still available.The recent passage of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act allows small businesses to use funds up to 24-weeks and have the option of extending the life of the loan from two years to five. SBA will forgive loans if funds are used as intended.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. A l ist of  Participating Lenders is available. For more information,  visit here .
N.H. has a new fund for self-employed residents

Gov. Chris Sununu announced a new relief effort for self-employed residents Thursday. Called SELF, the Self-Employment Livelihood Fund will be capped at $50,000 for qualifying business people. Applications will be accepted from July 6 to July 17.

The idea for the fund comes from the Main Street Relief Fund, a $400 million fund to help small businesses in New Hampshire, using CARES Act funding.
Scores of self-employed individuals applied for the Main Street fund, but were not eligible for that recovery aid. Sununu said criteria will include:
  • self-employed businesses must be located in New Hampshire,
  • the owners must be the only employees, and it must be a for-profit business,
  • the business cannot be permanently closed - not including temporary closure due to COVID-19;
  • it cannot be in bankruptcy,
  • the business must have had gross receipts in 2019 of less than $1 million.
For the latest information on COVID-19 business resources,
visit our web page at dovernh.org/covid-19 .
Community Update
COAST launches new system today

After nearly two years of planning and outreach with riders, community members and financial stakeholders, COAST's redesigned public transit system launches on Monday, June 29.
Ultimately, the new system was designed to reflect the region's changing travel patterns, and to adapt to COAST's new financial reality. Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director, remarked, "We recognized a change in where people wanted to travel to and from, as well as the days and hours during which they work and shop, and we knew we'd be working with a diminished overall budget. To determine how our services would best meet our passengers' and communities' needs, we initiated a comprehensive analysis of COAST's operations in the summer of 2018."

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