U.S. Chamber of Commerce Provides Guide and Checklist to Help Small Businesses Understand Coronavirus Emergency Loans
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

Importantly, these loa ns may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.
The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
blumshapiro Offers Webinar and Toolkit - Navigating the Payroll Protection and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs
On Thursday, April 2, blumshapiro will be hosting a webinar focused on providing you the latest information available on the status and requirements of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL).
Personal Protective Equipment Needed
The Central CT Chambers of Commerce is partnering with CBIA, the Connecticut Hospital Association and United Way of Connecticut 211 to secure donations of personal protective equipment such as N95 masks, medical supplies, and other supplies from businesses and organizations across the state.

Unfortunately, the shortage of critical supplies is hampering the response to the coronavirus pandemic and endangering the health and safety of those on the front lines of this fight.

Many in the business community have in stock, or access to, supplies that can be used in hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare providers in the state.

Most-needed Items include:
  • Nasal swabs
  • Surgical masks
  • N95 respirator masks
  • Disposable face shields
  • Protective eyewear/goggles
  • Protective gowns
  • Coveralls/Scrubs      
  • Shoe-covers   
  • Disposable gloves—sterile and non-sterile
  • Disposable head covers/Caps
  • Powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfection wipes and liquids
  • Bleach cleaning wipes
  • General purpose hand cleansers 
  • Digital thermometers and covers
There are two ways to donate:
  1. To donate to a specific hospital in your area, please email CHA’s Brian Cournoyer, at Cournoyer@chime.org and he will connect you with hospital staff.
  2. To donate to the general hospital fund in Connecticut, please follow this link: 211-Medical Supply Donations ( https://uwc.211ct.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/ )

In this time of crisis, we stand together and ask that you help support and protect our healthcare providers by donating supplies.
Chamber Members Offering Discounts?
If your business is offering a discount, or special incentive, please let us know. We will create a page o n our website highlighting any of these offers.

Send details to: info@centralctchambers.org
We are committed to bringing you the most up-to-date business news regarding COVID-19.
The information on the webpage is listed in chronological order, with the newest/latest developments at the top. This page will be updated frequently.
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