Community Resources & News
April 17, 2020
A Word from Our Executive Director

Members, Friends & Colleagues;

I was struck yesterday by the lyrics to a song I have heard hundreds of times but not always actually listened to, "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls " ...darkness has a hunger that's insatiable and lightness has a call that's hard to hear". Though we could very well say that's true in many situations that have changed since the COVID-19 health crisis, I'd beg to differ.

Last night at Littleton Regional Hospital was one of the great examples of the light calling out louder than it ever has - emergency vehicles from nearly a dozen towns circled the LRH campus to show support for the hard work and dedication of healthcare workers. Resident joined in support by showing up and filling parking lots to say thank you . It was an amazing example of Community, and, I believe, left many inspired to find ways to continue to spread light.

Examples such as this, and the support that people in our communities are giving to one another - throwing the previous "rules" out the window because we know we need to help now more than ever, supporting seniors, supporting our children, and working families who may not be working now. "It takes a village" to do a lot of things and our "village" has been showing up each day through so many examples of support.

Keep up the good work, keep smiling, keep shining your light and the darkness will subside. As always, we are here to assist you in any way we can. There are many additions to our newsletter this week, so please, again, make your way all the way to the bottom!

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Nathan Karol
Chamber News & Updates
New Hampshire Employment Security - WorkShare Program
Helping NH Employers Avoid Temporary Layoffs

WorkShare allows for the payment of unemployment compensation benefits to eligible individuals whose hours are reduced by an employer with an approved WorkShare plan. Check out this option for your business.

Yes They're Open!
Many of our members responded to a recent survey to let us know if they were open. Whether providing services in a retail location, online, curbside, or through remote operations, "Open" members are listed in our new directory category.

Check out who is open and providing services throughout the community.
Certain Value in Uncertain Times
Check out offerings from some of our members who remain open and available. Our "Hot Deals" page has lots to offer. If you're a member who would like to offer an incentive, please contact us. Support Local Business today and every day!
April 15th would have been the night of our Business After Hours with White Mountains Canning Company in Littleton. Since we weren't able to meet in person, why not show support in a different way! Thanks to Dan and White Mountains Canning for providing a shopping incentive! Click to learn more.
Hiring? Post Your Job Openings
Members - if you are currently hiring, please add your job posts through the member portal in addition to other job boards you are using.

Over 3,000 people are interacting with our newsletter each week. Not bad ey? Put the power of the Chamber's network to work for you!
The Save Small Business Fund is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative—a nationwide effort to address small business owners’ immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize the long-term support the small business community needs for recovery.

Grant applications will open on April 20, 2020. For more information on eligibility, grant timeline, and more, visit  savesmallbusiness.com




Their are a plethora of organizations releasing information about these programs.
To save time and limit confusion, you should refer directly to the SBA website and these resources or contact your local SBA approved financial institution.

The SBA is also holding twice daily webinars to answer questions about the lending products
and assistance they now offer.
Join Skype Meeting OR Join by Phone
Toll number: +1 (202) 765-1264, 522409519# (Dial-in Number)
Conference ID: 522409519
Food Resources
Support the
Little Free Pantry

Could You Stop By and Drop Off Some Items Weekly?

The Little Free Pantry, located in front of the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Littleton, is a completely community-supported, self-service food pantry. If donations from the community are not coming in, the pantry will remain empty.

Help members of the community make this time a little bit easier by supplying the Little Free Pantry with non-perishable food items.

Due to the self serve nature and ease of donations by the public, we will be highlighting the Little Free Pantry through May 4th.

If you're able to donate, stop by only when you are doing essential errands. #stayhomesavelives
Distance Dining Listings

Restaurants - Please add your dining establishment to this growing list to let the community know your take-out and delivery options and times.

To our Chamber members: if your hours change or you decide to stop service, please tell us and we'll update your information for you!

Special thanks to the team at White Mountains Attractions for their efforts in creating this page.
Members Feeding The Community
(Through the Littleton Area Senior Center)
Business and Employee Resources
CARES Act Resource Information


To Apply, or for more information, visit SBA.gov

Once agencies, lenders and other stakeholders are all on the same page, it's our goal to hold webinars through which you'll be able to hear more about small business support and have questions answers.  Stay tuned!
The NHBFA is Offering Two Programs for Businesses:

  • CAP Program - Providing banks the ability to lend up to $200,000 to small businesses and non-profits across the state. CAP loans can be used for working capital, temporary needs, lines of credit, or long-term assets. These loans have rapid approval times and can be deployed in situations that banks normally could not lend into. CAP is a powerful resource to help companies bridge the gap until COVID-19 subsides.
 
  • Temporary Loans - A direct loan program from the BFA in an amount up to $2,000,000. These loans are designed to be temporary in nature with a maximum three year term. The amortization rate is flexible, and the BFA can take a subordinate position to the bank. For companies who need temporary loan capital that the bank cannot provide, the BFA is ready to support their needs wherever possible
USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the...

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19...

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www.usda.gov
NH Economy.com

The states business resource information page with additional resources and a call to action for New Hampshire manufacturers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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www.nheconomy.com
U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers...

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www.dol.gov
New Hampshire Employment Security

Are you or someone you know out of work? We're not just the unemployment office. NH Employment Security is one of the best kept secrets in state government. I want to change that! We help people find work, their first job or a better job. We help ...

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www.nhes.nh.gov
Health and Human Service Resource Center - 211 New Hampshire

211 NH is the connection for New Hampshire residents to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 211 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is...

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www.211nh.org
An Update from the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association
Restaurant workers impacted by COVID-19 can check status of grants that may become available again in the future through the  National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation 's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. Currently, applications are NOT being accepted as the first round of grant money has already been depleted.
Healthcare Resources
Important PSA Video Regarding Prescription Drug Disposal -->
Member News
Video Story Reading

The Kirks, longtime former Littleton residents and readers to children in school, are launching virtual

"Story Time with Jan & George Kirk"

at their new cottage residence at the Summit several times each week!

Their first book is "The Pigeon Needs a Bath" authored by Mo Willems
"The Roles of Community Health Workers and Support Specialists during COVID-19"

Launches April 21st.

Watch Video Below for More Info

ACT Says Stay Wild in Our
North Country
Thanks to the Generosity of Several Families, There are Some Great Places to Explore in Sugar Hill ~ Over 600 Acres!

Living Well at Home with Virtual Wellness Classes

Whether you are looking to shake it up, stretch it out, or get centered, we’ve got you covered with Zumba®, Yoga, Guided Mindfulness, and Wellness sessions, which are now available to everyone through our Living Well at Home programs.


Easy to access all classes via Zoom.

Take Virtual Classes to Lower Your Stress and Anxiety, Sleep Better, and Gain a Healthier Mindset.
Please remember...
if you're heading outside!
Small Kids at Home? Sesame Street Virtual Play Time!
Snack Chat with Cookie Monster!
Wishing You a Healthy, Fun Weekend & Week Ahead