April 2, 2020
U.S. Chamber Releases Two New Step-by-Step Guides for COVID Employer Tax Credit, Disaster Loans

“Cheat Sheets” for CARES Act Relief Crucial to Keeping Workers on the Payroll and
Businesses Afloat
 
Small Business Emergency Loan Guide Updated with New Information; Spanish Version now Available
 

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released new guides for businesses of all sizes to secure relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is working with state and local chambers across the country to provide businesses with the information they need to stay afloat and keep people employed during the pandemic,” said Suzanne Clark, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “These comprehensive guides ensure business owners fully understand what aid is available to them and how to access those funds as quickly as possible. We are committed to ensuring no family or business goes bankrupt due to financial hardships associated with the coronavirus.” 

NEW: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide
The CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program(EIDL), which includes $10,000 grants for eligible applicants. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. 
The guide is available at: uschamber.com/eidl

NEW: Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus.

The guide is available at: uschamber.com/ertc

UPDATED: Small Business Emergency Loan Guide
The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Emergency Loan Guide, first issued last week, outlines the steps small businesses need to take to access much-needed Payroll Protection Program(PPP) funds. The guide now includes important information including key dates as the government moves toward implementation. Recently, the Treasury Department issued  more details  on this paycheck protection program and a  loan application available for download
 
Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for loans. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for loans.There is a funding cap, so the Treasury Department recommends applying as soon as possible.

The guide is available at: uschamber.com/sbloans

A Spanish language version of the guide is at: uschamber.com/sbloansESP
 
For the most up to date information on the Coronavirus pandemic and what you can do to help prevent the spread of this virus go to www.coronavirus.org
We have compiled a list of restaurants so that you may contact them with any questions about their public access and Gift Card options. Most will be offering take-out and curbside delivery. Please give them a call!

A La Mexicana - 243 Portland Road, Bridgton - 803-8370
Annette's Country Skillet Dine r - 12 Lakes Plaza Drive, Naples - 693-9644
Beth's Kitchen - Cafe 82 Main Street, Bridgton - 647-5211
Big Dogs Sports Bar & Grill - 656 North High Street - 803-8491
Black Horse Tavern -26 Portland Road, Bridgton - 647-5300
Bridgton House of Pizza - 256 Main Street, Bridgton - 647-3266
Campfire Grille - 518 Portland Road, Bridgton - 803-2255
Chao Thai - 244 Main Street, Bridgton - 647-4355-
Tues.-Saturday 11:30-1 - Lunch / 4:30-7:30 Dinner
Gary's Olde Towne Tavern - 678 Roosevelt Trail, Naples - 693-6806
KJ's -320 Portland Road, Bridgton - 647-2061
Mack's Place - 224 Portland Road, Bridgton - 647-4611
Marie's Kitchen (Delivery Available ) - 939 Roosevelt Trail, Naples - 693-2021
McDonald's - 5 Lumberyard Drive, Bridgton View
Morning Glory Diner - 78 Portland Road, Bridgton - 647-9606
Oxford House Inn & Restaurant - 548 Main Street, Fryeburg - 935-3442
Randy's Wooster Street Pizza Shop - 770 Roosevelt Trail, Naples - 693-9106
Ruby Food - 160 Main Street, Bridgton - 647-8890
Subway - 292 Main Street, Bridgton - 647-5375
The Back Burner Restaurant -109 Main St, Brownfield - 935-4444
The Little Mountain Store - 1382 North High Street, Bridgton - 647-2442
The Olde Mill Tavern - 56 Main Street, Harrison - 583-9077
VIVO Italian Kitchen - 18A Depot Street, Bridgton - 803-8331

Maine Lobster Express and Sammy's Scoops are currently closed for the season.

The following businesses offer online shopping!

Bavarian Chocolate Haus - www.bavarianchocolatehaus.com - 647-2400
Firefly Boutique - http://fireflyshopmaine.com - 647-3672
Hancock Lumber Co - www.hancocklumber.com/hancock2go/ - 647- 8333
Harvest Gold Gallery - www.harvestgoldgallery.com - 925-6502
Heart & Hand Inc - www.heartandhandretail.com - 935-1125
L-Oma Organic Buckwheat Pillows - https://l-oma.com - 803-8665
Loon's Haven Family Campground - www.loonshaven.com - 693-6881
J.Decor -31 Main Street Bridgton - https://www.jdecormaine.com/ - 647-5555
(offering curbside pick up)
Mexicali Blues - www.mexicaliblues.com - 563-8399
Platt Designs - www.plattdesignsforthehome.com - 803-8770
Sunsports+ - www.sunsportsmaine.com - 693-3867
Tasteful Things - www.tastefulthingsme.com - 577-0782

Also Open



THE CHAMBER IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS BUT CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. OUR STAFF IS CLOSELY MONITORING THE EVER CHANGING SITUATION. PLEASE CALL TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU NEED TO COME IN. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE PLEASE CALL 647-3472 OR INFO@MAINELAKESCHAMBER.COM.

Combating the Coronavirus
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact. Visit our live blog for the latest updates.  
  

Resources for Businesses
All employers should be implementing strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.
Created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation , these guides are based on information provided by the CDC, to help employers and employees prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus.

Help for Small Businesses
CO— is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time.
Communications Toolkit
Find shareable resources, social media assets and guidance for members, employees, and customers in the Coronavirus Response Toolkit .








Fellow members,
 
As we are all dealing with the ramifications of the coronavirus, those of us at the Windham Modern Woodmen office wanted to send out a brief message regarding the economy, market etc. If any of you are concerned, confused, worried about how the current state of affairs may be affecting both you and your business’s finances, please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions. We would like to position ourselves as a resource to those in need, and would be happy to have a phone call with any of you.
 
Best wishes,
 
Ethan Petty, Tim Graham, Zack Conley
Financial Representatives
Modern Woodmen of America
909 Roosevelt Trail
Windham, ME 04062
P: 207-892-0302




Town of Bridgton Full-Time
Position Vacancy

Executive Secretary



There is an immediate full-time opening for a dynamic individual who possesses the credentials and experience to assist the Town Manager and Deputy Town Manager in daily administrative duties. The individual must be self-motivated, resourceful, organized, possess diverse knowledge of over-all office procedures, website management and social media. A complete position description and employment application are available at www.bridgtonmaine.org . A letter of interest, resume and employment application are to be sent to the Town Manager “Executive Secretary” by mail Town of Bridgton, 3 Chase Street, Suite 1, Bridgton, Maine 04009 by fax (207) 647-8789 or by email rpeabody@bridgtonmaine.org. The Town of Bridgton is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position if filled.  

At Home Run Club | Obstacle Course!

No recess? No problem! Team Long Run has put together the first in a series of videos produced to help parents stay active while at home with their kids. Our Obstacle Course video shows how we put together a fun outdoor activity using materials we found in our garage. Take an active break in order to reboot, refocus, and re-energize!

CORONA VIRUS CLOSURES/UPDATES
Note About COVID-19 From Bridgton Hospital
 
We write today to ask your help with a communications challenge we are
facing. As you might imagine, we have seen an enormous volume of people in
our emergency departments and medical practices seeking COVID-19 testing.
Among them are many who have been told by their employers to get a negative screen before they can return to work after sick leave or travel.
 
Unfortunately, we are only able to test patients who meet specific CDC
criteria. We cannot test solely for occupational health purposes. Further,
the state of Maine laboratory that processes our tests is not able to
provide speedy turnaround of results. Unfortunately, public statements by
government leaders have created a public perception that COVID-19 testing is
widely available with rapid results.
 
Would you please help us spread the word among your members that hospitals
and providers cannot provide employment-related coronavirus testing? We are
truly committed to the health and safety of our communities and as such, we
must follow the protocols that allow us to effectively diminish the spread of this disease.
 
Thank you for considering this request. It is heartening to see our
communities pulling together in this evolving situation.
Lake Region & Fryeburg Area Adult Education
We’re Still Here For You!
 
·           Current students can continue working on their high school diploma or HiSET
·          Interested in completing high school? Call us! 647-5135 or email rhonda.jacobson@lakeregionschools.org
·          Planning to attend college in the fall? –we can give you the support you need!
o   Academic preparation
o   College transitions programming
o   Financial Aid Support
·       Consider teaching a fun, enrichment class remotely!!!
o   Email: adulted@lakeregionschools.org
 
Be safe during this transition. Up-to-date information will be posted on this website:
lakeregion-fryeburg. maineadulted.org
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As of March 16, 2020 The Bridgton Community Center will suspend the Wednesday Senior Lunch Program and the Thursday Community Kettle Dinner Program for 30 days (April 14 th ). The health and wellbeing of our Seniors and other patrons is our priority.
 
The BCC will continue to be open and staffed as conditions remain stable. At this time outside groups will make their own decisions about continuing to meet at the BCC. The Community Resource Navigator will continue to meet with people by appointment. We urge you to stay at home if you are sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath) remember that we are still in influenza season.
 
Please feel free to contact us by telephone 207-647-3116 or email info@bridgtoncommunitycenter.org or the Director’s email carmen.bcc@ne.twcbc.com .
The Town of Bridgton Recreation Department will cancel all recreation programs and close the Town Hall Gym facility beginning March 17th, 2020 to March 31st, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Program cancellations include ALL Town Hall Gym facility programs.
At this time spring sports programs including pre-season baseball, softball, and lacrosse and current after-school programs have all been suspended until further notice with the intent to still have spring programming and a sports season.
The Recreation Department will still accept registrations for all spring and summer programs however it is highly recommended to use our online services.
 
An update will be provided on or close to March 31st, 2020.
The Town of Bridgton is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will make additional decisions as the situation warrants. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended Social Distancing to help mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus. Our goal is to provide essential services while also protecting our employees and residents. We apologize for any inconvenience, but reducing the risk of exposure will help avoid a full shut down. When in doubt, please call first – our priority is keeping our employees and community both safe and informed.
Updates will be provided via our web-site https://bridgtonmaine.org/ and FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/bridgtontown/.  This situation is ongoing, and subject to change pending additional information and updates.
Board and Committee Meetings are being held as scheduled. Any changes in schedule will be posted on our web-site and FaceBook pages. More information on events scheduling may be found:  https://bridgtonmaine.org/events/
The Bridgton Town Office will be open regular hours, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m., until further notice. At this time, in-office services will be limited to one customer at a time. Please note – many services are supported on-line, such as licensing, permitting, vital records, and payments. Clerks are available by phone to answer questions and assist citizens with on-line services wherever possible. Please visit  https://bridgtonmaine.org/town-clerk/ or call 207-647-8786 for more information.
This was not an easy decision to make because we know that this is going to create challenges for you, but in an effort to protect our employees and customers and adhere to "social distancing" guidelines, effective Wednesday, March 18th, we are offering DRIVE-UP BANKING SERVICE ONLY. We will be temporarily closing our Maine Street, Brunswick branch because we do not offer Drive-Up Service at that location, and we hope to reopen all our lobbies in early April. Brunswick area customers will have access to the Drive-Up Service at our Cooks Corner and Topsham locations. Our Task Force will continue monitoring and responding to the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we will respond with updates to you via our website and through email.
We want you to know, that we are here for you! If you need assistance with any issue you may be having or to make an appointment with a member of the branch team to discuss a new account or a loan, or to access your safe deposit box or other non-transaction business related matter, please call 888.725.2207.
Internet and Mobile Banking services are available 24/7 for checking balances, transferring money, paying bills and other functions. Also remember that you can deposit checks via the NSB Mobile App or ATMs.