Small Business Administration Focuses on Small Businesses
The SBA has laid out steps to promote equitable relief for mom-and-pop businesses:
Establish a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees
Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP
Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
The Hartford Chamber of Commerce is holding a poster design contest through March 5. This edition of the contest will highlight the Hartford restaurant community by showcasing the Take Me Out campaign which encourages takeout as a safe way to show support.
Our next meeting will be held Friday, February 26, at 9:30 a.m. MetroHartford Alliance Digital Marketing Manager Amy Albert will be joining us to present social media basics, answer questions and encourage you to maximize these marketing tools. Please register and share with your network and anyone you think may be interested in learning what the Chamber has to offer.
On March 3 at 10:00 a.m., join us at 399 Capitol Avenue for our newest member's grand opening. Aurora's Bakery offers authentic Guatemalan baked goods, breakfast, and lunch.
Julio's Hartford History
Hartford City Hall
Opened in 1915, Hartford City Hall become the city’s municipal building after outgrowing the Old State House. The building’s Beaux-Arts design was chosen after an architectural competition that required that the new structure resemble the Old State House.
"My husband and I own two cafes, Berkins on Oak in Hartford, and Berkins Blend Cafe in Glastonbury. The main reason we do that is so we can create a community. We want people to feel responsible for one another because we feel responsible for the people we encounter," said Andréa Hawkins, Founding Partner at Leading Culture Solutions, and co-owner of Berkins on Oak and Berkins Blend Cafe.