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Dear Businesses:

To assist with re-opening the state’s economy, the Department of Business and Economic Affairs is conducting a confidential survey of New Hampshire businesses to see how they are meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The information provided will assist efforts to help businesses, and the state’s economy, recover in the weeks and months to come. The survey is available here.

The New Hampshire Governor's Economic Re-Opening Task Force has begun meeting almost daily with a focus on a different sector each meeting. You can dial in and listen to the discussion. They will be sending a survey out for businesses soon to weigh in on issues concerning reopening, which I will forward once ready.

The NH Association of Chamber Commerce Executives has representation on the Task Force. If you have info you would like to share concerning how you see your business reopening, please email me and I will forward.

On Friday, April 24th, 2020, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott released his Work Smart & Stay Safe – Restart VT Phase II (Addendum 11 of Executive Order 01-20). Included in the addendum are the Health & Safety Requirements, Training Requirements, Customer & General Public Mask Use, Phased Restart, Farmers Markets and other items. Important for All Business are the Training Requirements included in Phase II:

Training Requirements. All employers shall provide training and a written copy of standard operating procedures to be developed by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA), in consultation with VDH, on, at a minimum:

a. The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and an explanation of how the disease is spread;

 b. Information on appropriate social distancing and personal hygiene practices, including those set forth in this Addendum 11 to the Executive Order and applicable ACCD Guidance; and

 c. The types, proper use, limitations, location, handling, decontamination, removal, and disposal of any PPE being used. 

Employers may adopt another training program that meets or exceeds the VOSHA-provided standard, or additional policies and procedures that are applicable to the employment environment and employees’ duties, which shall not be less restrictive than those developed by VOSHA.

All businesses and non-profit and government entities in operation must complete and document mandatory health and safety training by May 4, 2020.

Wondering why you haven't seen your unemployment benefits yet? Check out NHES' Weekly New Unemployment Claims by Town . It's eye-opening. However, NHES has been receiving help from 100 National Guard reservists and they have helped significantly in clearing out the backlog of applications.

Upper Valley banks, economic development and business support
entities have created the " Upper Valley Regional COVID-19 Business Support Resources” bulletin to help you find direct, person-to-person advice and assistance in this region. The one-page hard copy and digital pamphlet also includes basic guidance on federal and state programs, required application information and pro tips to keep in mind as you consider your options. Given the dynamic and changeable nature of the COVID-19 response, program details remain fluid. This bulletin provides current information as well as contacts – virtual and personal - to revisit over the coming days in order to access updates.

Helpful Webinars & Links:

IRS Guidance for Businesses with Net Operating L osses presented by the Concord Chamber

Tues. April 28 10 AM - PPP Loan Forgiveness with NH SBA

Do You Believe in LUV?
UVBA & Topstitch Embroidery in Lebanon have partnered to create a t-shirt that shows our support of supporting local. $10 of each sale will go to help Upper Valley businesses. Shirts available in men & women sizes and 6 colors. Many thanks Topstitch!
UVBA Announces $50 Gift Card Giveaway
Thanks to the employees of BioXCell in Lebanon, UVBA will be encouraging support of local businesses with a weekly giveaway of four $50 giftcards thru June 29. To enter, we ask everyone who purchases takeout, or items from a local shop or service to post a photo of their purchase on UVBA's Facebook & Instagram to be entered into a drawing for the giftcards. Our friends at the Valley News will publish the winners each Monday.
See HERE for More info! Many thanks BioXCell & Valley News !
Drive 12A Much? Tell Us About It
The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) is in the process of developing a  Regional Corridor Transportation Plan . The  Plan  will address local and regional transportation needs and issues in the Upper Valley & Lake Sunapee regions of New Hampshire. 
Upper Valley Food Resources
The Upper Valley Haven 's Food Shelf is available to anyone who needs groceries regardless of what town they live in or how much their household earns. The FAQs page tells you all you need to know about curbside pick-up of groceries at the Haven, including how a friend or family member can pick up for someone else: https://uppervalleyhaven.org/foodshelffaq.
Upper Valley Strong has developed a list of food resources and pantries by town in the Upper Valley. Download List Here.
UVBA Member News & Good News to Share
UVBA Members: Log into to UVBA website to post your news releases for inclusion in the newsletter. Need help with your log in? Email Us.
We will be sharing news on what our members are doing to navigate the current situation as well as any good news or happenings here. Members log in and post a news release or email us at [email protected]

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On April 10, young people representing 45 states, Washington D.C. and Canada, ran, walked, biked and power-chaired the Positive Tracks Crush COVID Virtual 5K. Each participant unlocked $10 to aid the National COVID Response Fund at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy in support of frontline healthcare workers.

West Lebanon Feed & Supply introduced GooberPick , a new retail delivery system that is contact free. Pick up your order at the Goober location. Very cool WLF&S!

Cornucopia Journeys has launched a new website showcasing their virtual journeys so we can look forward to traveling in the future.

River Valley Club is offering FREE Introductory Virtual Personal Training Sessions. Email Ross Dutille for info.

Upper Valley Strong , is a coalition of local organizations collectively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UV Strong website is a good place to see organizations that could use volunteer or financial support during this time. If you have questions or suggestions for UV Strong email here. 

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