Employment + Unemployment Resources
Learn + Interact : Unemployment Insurance Remote Discussion tomorrow, March 19th 2020, 10 AM-11 AM. RSVP Here

Local Unemployment Support for Employers: L/A CareerCenter front desk lines are 753-9001 or 753-9005.  Download the Maine Department of Labor FAQ regarding Unemployment HERE

Local Unemployment Support for Those Laid Off: For anyone being laid off please call the local unemployment line (1-800-593-7660) between 8:00AM - 12:00PM
or initiate your unemployment filing HERE
LA Resources

View the City of Auburn Operational Adjustments HERE

View the City of Lewiston Operational Adjustments HERE

View Auburn Emergency Business Loan Program HERE
The first application deadline is Friday, March 20 at 10:00AM for loans to be disbursed 3/20. The next deadline is Thursday, March 26 at 10:00AM for loans to be disbursed on 3/26.  

View the Ban on Dine-in Service at Bars + Restaurants HERE

View the Emergency Proclamation from the City of Lewiston HERE , and bookmark their Coronavirus Update page HERE

  • Tax Relief- March 15th real and personal property tax date extended to June 1, 2020, without interest penalty
  • Forbearance on City Loans - Loans with Lewiston's Economic and Community Development Department programs can receive a forbearance. FMI: Cathy Lekberg, 513-3000 ext 3234 or clekberg@lewistonmaine.gov

The City of Auburn will be extending this due date to April 1 st , with no penalty. There are several options for citizens to make their tax payment, including paying online  here  (3rd party service fees do apply that we are unable to waive), mailing in your payment, and/or obtaining a money order or cashier’s check and dropping it in the drop box at City Hall. The City will reassess on an ongoing basis as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continues to evolve.  
Small Business + Sole Proprietor Resources

View the SBA Disaster Loans Resources HERE
Maine SBA Number: # 16334

View Better Business Bureau Resources HERE

View Governor Mills Declaration Against Price-Gouging HERE

Loan Guarantee Program for residents of Maine.  The program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine , provides easier access to no-interest loans for residents of this State, including self-employed residents , who experience a reduction in income due to the state of emergency arising from COVID-19. Under the program, affected employees are eligible for up to 3 loans, each equal to their monthly after-tax pay, up to $5,000, less unemployment benefits. Repayment is due starting 90 days after the end of the state of emergency and during the subsequent 6 months; during that period, interest may not be charged or accrue on the loan. Following the end of the 270 days, a credit union or financial institution that made a loan under the program, after a good faith effort to collect the principal amount of the loan, may apply to the authority for repayment of the uncollected amount of the loan in default. 

SBA Microloans The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) continues to offer the SBA Microloan program , which still follows the same criteria for application that it did prior, but would also be available. AVCOG Business Advisors are available for Technical Assistance to talk through the issues and help offer guidance as needed and as they’re able.

Additional Resources

View Resources for Larger Business HERE

View the Maine DHHS Acts to Ensure Access to Basic Necessities HERE