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Dear Businesses:
As of Monday, May 18, NH announced that Daycares , Attractions (mini-golf, biking/kayaking/canoe rentals, driving ranges and others) and Equestrian Facilities may reopn.

On Friday May 15, NH Governor Sununu announced $400 Million in emergency funding for NH businesses with less than $20 million in annual revenue. Called the Main Street Relief Fund, businesses need to apply for prequalification between May 15 to May 29 . This is a grant program.

Important Dates & Timeline
  • Mandatory Prequalification Period May 15, 2020 – May 29, 2020
  • Deadline to Submit Completed Prequalification Form May 29, 2020
  • Announcement of Program Specifics June 1, 2020
  • Formal Application Period June 1, 2020 – June 8, 2020
  • Deadline to File Completed Application -June 8, 2020

Other funds were established for healthcare, daycare, and agricultural businesses as well as nonprofit organizations. We will share more info on application procedures as it becomes available.

For Cutural Nonprofits: The New Hampshire Humanities has program and general operating support grants intended for humanities and cultural nonprofits and public libraries.


Vermont announced reopening starting May 18 for retail and hotels and other lodging businesses, campgrounds and marinas can begin reopening May 22. The Stay at Home Order is extended to June 15. Vermont Guidelines.

You will be able to apply for forgiveness of your PPP Loan after June 1 (depending on when you received your loan - you may apply for forgiveness at the end of the first payroll period following the 8 weeks after loan disbursement.
  • For full forgiveness, you will need to spend the entire amount of your loan
  • You will have to spend your loan proceeds on eligible expenses
  • At least 75% of your expenditures will need to be for payroll
  • You will have to restore the number of employees (measured in FTEs) to prior levels (average monthly number of employees in 2019). You have until June 30 to restaff.
  • Total individual employee wages during the 8-week period, divided by eight must be no less than 75% of the individual employee's average weekly wages during Q1 2020.

See a copy of the Loan Forgiveness Application to help you determine information you will need to gather. Tracking this information now is critical to receiving your loan forgiveness - make sure you have are tracking all necessary expenses.

Several local lenders have developed courtesy PPP tracking tools. Contact your lender or check their websites.

We have added more information to our website .

Helpful Webinars & Links:

May 20 Implementing customer and worker safety strategies in smaller businesses - an ECHO Program by Dartmouth-Hitchcock
At this time, there is not a similar program for our Vermont businesses.
Face Masks for Businesses
UVBA is working with the State of NH to coordinate delivery of free face masks for businesses located in Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, Enfield, Canaan and Plainfield. UVBA will coordinate orders for businesses and bring the orders to Lebanon saving you the drive to Newport (where currently you would need to pick up your order).
The State has limited our supply so orders are placed every few days . If you need masks asap, please order directly from the State - you will need to pick up at the Newport DMV. Supplies are limited to one mask per employee per day for a 2 week supply.
Back to Business Toolkit for Download
UVBA has put together a BACK to BUSINESS TOOLKIT that includes signs that you can print for your store, a sample reopening plan and guidance on policies for reopening. If you would like posters professionally printed for display, contact Gnomon Copy and reference Back to Business Toolkit.
The Local Crowd (TLC) 4WARD Upper Valley is a community-based crowdfunding platform designed to address the local economic impact of the pandemic response on the local businesses that are the backbone of our community. A partnership between  The Local Crowd , and  Vital Communities , TLC 4WARD encourages community members to pay it forward so that your business will still be here on the other side of this crisis. TLC 4WARD Upper Valley provides and easy-to-use online platform that collects donations from the community to support the businesses they love.
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 !
UVBA Member News & Good News to Share
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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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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. 

Upcoming Events
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Thank you to Our Sustaining Members
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