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Tools to Help Small Business
MA Small Biz! We need your voice as part of the
MassInc Small Business Reopening Survey
Tell us how COVID19 has impacted your business and what you need for reopening & recovery. Your input will inform policy and economic recovery programs. 

The Lawrence Partnership and Community Development Corporations across Massachusetts have partnered with MassINC Polling Group to conduct a statewide survey about how the coronavirus has impacted small businesses in Massachusetts. We’re asking for your input to ensure that economic recovery programs and policies are informed by your current needs.

This survey is for small businesses with 500 employees or less. It’s available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Mandarin. It should take less than 10 minutes of your time. Your answers will be analyzed together with other responses and will never be used to identify you personally. This survey will be open for a short period of time. Please respond as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for participating in this important initiative. Please share this survey with other Massachusetts business owners to ensure wide representation.

The CDP will share the results in a future Inside Scoop edition.
SBA Programs

PPP Loans

If the changes regarding the PPP loans make them appealing to your business and you have not already applied, contact your bank and apply NOW. The deadline is June 30th and this deadline was not extended by the PPP Flexibility Act. If you want to know more about the PPP Flexibility, see the article further down in this email. Some banks have already closed their portals. So get your applications submitted over the weekend if your bank has not closed theirs yet.

EIDL Loans

The EIDL Portal has reopened. If you are still interested in applying for an Economic Disaster Loan follow the link to the SBA website to apply.

Did you apply for a SBA EIDL Loan and have not yet heard anything. The SBA has been making 800-1000 EIDL loans a day in Massachusetts over the past few weeks. Keep watching your email for a notification and check your SPAM filter. I did talk to a small business the other day who thought they had not received an email, but it was sent to the SPAM filter.
Cape Cod Chamber Business Survey Results

Cape Cod Chamber and the Cape Cod Commission did a survey of 350+ businesses to find out what the current impacts of COVID 19 have been on Cape Cod Busiensses. Here is the link to the press release of a draft of the data

Reopening Resources

Reopening Massachusetts provides a plan for reopening, including industry specific reopening guidance.

Mandatory Self Certification Requirements - These requirements include a control plan for reopening and post the Compliance and Employer Posters.

Some Phase 1 industry specific guidance:

Phase 2 Opening Part 1

Phase 2 Re-Opening Step 2
Effective 6/22/20

Phase 3 Re-Opening
July 6th the earliest.

Cape Cod Reopening task Force has created ready to print signage for businsses.  

In addition to the guidance from the state, there are many other national resources to help businesses find new and creative ways to meet their state requirements.

Reopening will continue to be driven by public health data – which is subject to change. As research and data on this novel Coronavirus continue to develop, this plan can and will be updated to reflect the latest science and data.

If you need help with putting together a re-opening plan for your individual business, the following organizations can help you work through that process:

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