• 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.

    Maine’s Attorney General issued a press release with guidance for businesses regarding enforcement of the face covering requirements.

    SafetyWorks! can help you prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths and reduce related costs. Our safety & health consultation and training services are offered at no charge and confidential and we don't issue fines or citations.

    The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has launched the Pledge to Protect ME, a digital version of the Certificate of Compliance currently required for guests staying at Maine lodging properties.

    If your business is experiencing a temporary downturn in work that is not related to a seasonal downturn, you and your employees may be eligible for the Maine Department of Labor’s WorkShare program.

    The Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) provided guidance for individuals and businesses intended to avoid adverse tax consequences caused by COVID-19. The Department also announced it will introduce legislation in January to help Maine residents avoid burdensome and/or double tax payments as a result of COVID-19.

    The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program will fund solutions that help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. Grants of $5,000 to $15,000 will be awarded on a competitive and first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 50 percent of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration as minority, woman, veteran, disabled, and/or LGBTQ-owned.

    Retail Association of Maine has been asking for additional clarity regarding how and when retailers can better enforce the facial covering requirement on customers. At issue has been how to address customers that claim a medical exemption, for example.

    StrengthenME is funded by nearly $5 million through a joint grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Maine DHHS announced in June that the Department would use $1 million from the first round of this funding to develop the initiative. DHHS was awarded $3.7 million in the second round of funding to extend this project over a longer term, recognizing that public health emergencies have both immediate and long-term

    Website accessibility claims are on the rise, especially for those in the hospitality and tourism industries. In 2018, litigation related to website accessibility increased by approximately 180% compared to 2017. Rampant use of digital devices and accessing information online during the pandemic, paired with large increases in lawsuits at the state level, has shined a spotlight on this formerly lesser known issue.