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Dear Businesses:
On Friday, May 22, NH Governor Sununu announced that Small Group Fitness classes and personal training may resume on JUNE 1 . Also allowed to reopen on June 1 - Acupuncture , Massage therapy , Body Art/Tattoos , Cosmetology, Barbering & Esthetics Services and Tanning Facilitie s . The Governor also announced updated guidelines for childcare facilities .

The deadline for the Main Street Relief Fund is May 29. Businesses must apply for prequalification May 29 to receive a grant .

Important Dates & Timeline
  • 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. Applications are expected to open on June 5.


On May 20 th  Governor Phil Scott proposed a $400 million  economic relief and recovery package , using federal CARES Act funds. The two-phase proposal will start with $310 million for immediate relief to the most impacted sectors and businesses to be followed by $90 million for long-term recovery efforts. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Governor will now work with the legislature towards passage of this historic relief package. Full details of the plan can be found at the  ACCD Recovery Resource Center .

ACCD is also hosting a series of  sector-based webinars  to help explain the relief and recovery package and how it will support various sectors throughout the economy. We welcome all to take part in the general or sector-specific presentations over the next week.
All-Sector Presentation Thursday, May 21 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Restaurant Industry Presentation Friday, May 22 from 11:30am – 12:15am
Lodging & Tourism Presentation Friday, May 22 from 3:00pm – 3:35pm
Retail Industry Presentation, Tuesday, May 26 from 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Brewery/Distillery Presentation , Tuesday, May 26 from 3:00pm – 3:45pm
All the log-in information can be found  HERE .

The US Chamber of Commerce has published a terrific guide on the PPP Forgiveness. Download Here.

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 .

FACE MASKS for NH Businesses
Y ou read in our last two newsletters that UVBA was coordinating bulk orders of face masks free from the State. Unfortunately on Friday, May 22, Governor Sununu announced that the State is no longer taking orders from businesses. Instead, businesses may purchase the face masks from NH Liquor Stores - at cost (the State is not making a profit). UVBA will no longer be taking orders for the masks due to this new announcement.

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
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]

Vital Communities Upper Valley Economy Listserv.     To SUBSCRIBE: send a blank message to    [email protected]

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
NEW Hot Deals & Member to Member Discounts
UVBA Members: Don't forget to log-in to the website backend and add your hot deal!
Thank you to Our Sustaining Members
Please visit our Sustaining members' websites to learn more: