• Business News & Resources for navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

    We're dealing with uncertain times - here's a stream of resources and information for helping your business survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Maine Department of Labor adopted the final Rules for Maine’s groundbreaking Earned Paid Leave Law, which ensures employees of businesses with more than 10 employees can earn up to 40 hours of annual paid leave starting in January 2021.

    A team of area chambers of commerce and convention and visitors bureaus and state industry trade associations are working together with DECD to make sure your voice is included as the Administration explores actions to support hospitality businesses.

    After more than a year of work, the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) today released its final rules outlining the specifies of Maine’s earned paid leave law. The rulemaking process is part of an ongoing public input process that started after the passage of the bill by the Legislature in 2019.

    Effective Facebook marketing is about creating and sharing valuable, brand-specific content that tells your story to your target audiences. In this workshop, you will learn tips and tricks to build your network exponentially, create a steady stream of brand-specific content, and how to use Facebook Groups and video content to increase engagement.

    As of August 10, the SBA has started to accept PPP forgiveness applications. Many recipients of PPP funding have taken a look at the forgiveness application and are realizing that this is far more complex than the loan application they grappled with earlier.

    A two-day virtual forum for entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses.

    The Maine SBDC, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine, has developed the Small Business COVID Crisis Survey. The goal of the survey is to help us better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses throughout Maine.

    We wanted to share with you an update on our NO COST TRAINING PROGRAMS funded by the Maine Quality Centers in the hopes that you may find interest in some of the newer programs that we've added to our list!

    Maine SBDC has created helpful videos to walk you through each of the Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program. In the series, Business Advisor Peter Harriman walks you through which application is right for your business, the EZ3805 Short Form, and the 3805 Long Form. Plus lots more learning opportunities!

    HospitalityMaine is partnering with O’Maine Studios to raise funds for Maine restaurants struggling to reopen, rehire and restock their businesses amid the pandemic. The ReUp Maine Restaurant Relief Fund. will provide grants — from $500 to $15,000 — to restaurant recipients randomly selected from submitted applications.