Small Business Newsletter - Entrepreneur's Edge
GRANTS FOR NORTHAMPTON SMALL BUSINESSES
Applications Closing Tomorrow
May 1 11:59 PM
The Northampton Emergency Small Business Grant Program is still accepting applications thru Friday, May 1st at 11:59 PM.

These funds are specific to Northampton businesses who are making changes to their businesses. Acceptance and denial letters will be sent out in the next week.

More information on our website.

For a list of other possible grants, contact us grants@valleycdc.com
Amherst Relief & Resiliency Microgrant Program

The Amherst Business Improvement District (BID) and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce have joined together to support Amherst’s small businesses and working community by creating the Relief and Resiliency Microgrant Program.

Businesses can submit their application for this first round of funding from May 1 – May 8th. We will contact successful applicants and deliver funds by mid-May. 

You can find more information and a link to the application here .
Important Links For Tenants, Homeowners, Small Business Tenants, And Landlords

Emergency regulations and required forms to implement the temporary moratorium on evictions are now available here:  https://www.mass.gov/lists/moratorium-on-evictions-and-foreclosures-forms-and-other-resources    
 
IMPORTANT INFO FOR SMALL BUSINESS TENANTS:  Similar to residential tenants, small businesses are also not subject to late fees or negative credit bureau reporting if they submit a form of notice to their landlord within 30 days of missed rent payment. Small businesses must submit two forms:
 

 
 

 
Upcoming Webinars
Register with these links:

May 4 Open For Questions: https://bit.ly/OpenForQuestions
May 5 Maintaining Focus: https://bit.ly/MaintainingFocus
May 8 Approved for a PPP Loan?: https://bit.ly/PPPWhatsNext
One-on-one short-term crisis counseling for small businesses
Even though our office is closed, you can still get one-on-one counseling with Dee Dice , our Small Business Coordinator via phone or web meetings. She can assist you during this crisis to help you pivot your business to meet these new demands. Email her at dd@valleycdc.com or call and leave a message 413.586.5855 x230
The link for this list of grants is at the very bottom of the Northampton Grants page. It is an orange button.

COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant for Artists and Cultural Producers
The Northampton Arts Council announced a COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant. All artists and cultural producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds are eligible to apply here . The application is due May 15, 2020. The Northampton Arts Council usually administers the ArtsEZ grant round in the spring to support local arts and cultural projects. Since all public gatherings are on hold, and in light of the severe economic impact of COVID-19, the Board has voted to allocate $10,000 to fund artist relief. 

Worth Referencing
MSBDC provides free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses. They provide a wide variety of business training programs.
Franklin County CDC is a resource to help start or grow your business at any stage. Counsel, Capital and Connections is their motto. They offer a free monthly 1.5 hr workshop on the first Wednesday of each month.
Common Capital offers small business technical assistance for their borrowers.Their online workshops and Facebook live trainings are open to the public.
Hi lltown Community Development assists Hilltown residents by addressing economic, housing, educational, social and community needs while preserving rural character.