Downtown Update
April 2020 | Issue 4
CMSC Announces 2020 Awards of Excellence Winners

"Now, more than ever, we're realizing our down-towns are not only the economic lifeblood of our communities, but they connect us in deep and meaningful ways. We know times are tough right now, but we'll get through this, and it's the people and communities like our award winners that will help our downtowns and Main Streets come back stronger than ever."
-Patrick McMahon, CMSC CEO
CMSC was thrilled to share some happy news when we recently announced that eight initiatives from communities across Connecticut have been named this year's Awards of Excellence winners. The organizations and initiatives from  Bridgeport, New Britain, Manchester , Norwich, Rockville, Simsbury, Waterbury, and Windsor Locks  represent the most transformative, catalytic, and inclusive efforts in bringing Connecticut's Main Streets back to life over the past year.   Read the press release
Main Street America Report Finds Up to 7.5 Million Small Businesses in Danger of Closing Permanently
A new report published by Main Street America reveals that approximately 3.5 million businesses are in danger of permanent closure over the next two months, and nearly 7.5 million are in danger of closing over the next five months as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Approximately 35.7 million small businesses workers may face unemployment.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses is based on the first and most extensive survey to date assessing the impact of the pandemic on small businesses, especially those that employ 20 or fewer people. Nearly 6,000 small business owners nationwide responded to the survey, of whom 91% own businesses with staff of fewer than 20 people.

CMSC is the Main Street America state Coordinating Program. Learn more about their work and the resources they have available.
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