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Tools to Help Small Business
CDP Opens Pre-Application for Small Business
CDBG Grant and Loan Funds

If you own a business in one of the eight Lower Cape towns (Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown), you might qualify for a Microenterprise grant or loan up to $10,000.

Other qualifications include: Business Owner's Household Adjusted Gross Income below 80% AMI (See chart on application related to family size) and have 5 or fewer Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Employees, including the owner. What is FTE? Many of our local seasonal businesses have fewer than 5 employees when you calculate those jobs on a full time annual basis. One FTE is equal to two or more employees whose total hours worked is at least 30 per week for 50 weeks.

This program is funded by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds administered by the Massachusetts Dept. of Housing and Community Development. This program is pending approval from DHCD. If approved, we would anticipate funding in late July. Pre-applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Submit your pre-app today to Jason Bertrand at the CDP via email or mail to
CDP, Attn: Jason Bertrand, 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 7, Eastham, MA 02642
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CDP Peer Group Conversations on Re-Opening

In our recent survey, a large number of participants were interested in having Industry Specific Conversations about re-opening. Please register for your industry. Once we receive your reservation, we will send you an invitation to Zoom for the conversation.

Restaurants - Thursday May 28
Hair Dressers - Monday June 1
Hotel/Motel/B&B - Tuesday June 2
Personal Services - Wednesday June 3

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PPP Funds Still Available

Have you thought about a PPP loan for your business? There are still funds available for this program. Forgiveness rules have been released. We expect some updates on the program requirements from the SBA soon. Contact your bank for an application. If you have questions about the loan or forgiveness contact Pam for more details.

Upcoming Workshops

Other Organizations Offering Workshops and Trainings:

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:

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 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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