• 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.

    Erin Martin of SocialManas, a Bethel-based digital marketing agency, is offering a 7 day digital bootcamp starting June 1. Now's a great time to tune up your online presence as we head towards summer!

    PPP: How to qualify for loan forgiveness We will discuss how your business can qualify for loan forgiveness by reviewing the latest rules and sharing case studies. We will look at all businesses including seasonal, sole proprietorship, and those who have had to adjust their workforce employee numbers.

    Panelists include Steve Lyons of Maine Office of Tourism, Bob Montgomery-Rice of Bangor Savings Bank, Steve Hewins of Hospitality Maine, Tina Hewett-Gordon of Nonantum Resort, and more, moderated by Bill Green.

    Hospitality Maine and EMCC have partnered to offer great training for restaurants to get up to speed on state checklists to open safely.

    Check out June's updates from SCORE: 10 Principles to Running a Virtual Company Extremely Well, Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity While Working Remotely, National Safety Guidance to Protect You and Your Workers from COVID-19 Exposure, Protecting Your Business From Fraud, and more.

    "Throughout the past few months, North Country Healthcare providers, nurses, staff, and administrators have worked diligently to secure personal protective equipment and other resources, monitor population health, collaborate and communicate with state and local officials, and develop numerous plans for a variety of COVID-19 scenarios. Much of what we have learned and acquired can be used for future emergencies or disasters, as needed. Much of it can also be used to help our business partners – now. NCH

    Participants attending will learn about recent relief for Individuals, including Social Security Recipients, Non-Filers (no filing requirement), and Veterans provided by the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

    These have certainly been challenging times for our state and nation. As Governor Mills begins to reopen the state and businesses resume operations at some level, below is some useful guidance regarding the call back of employees businesses should be aware of. Employees cannot lie on their claims…so they will need to refuse the work; which, yes can cause an issue and delay in their unemployment benefits. Should they opt not to return when contacted, they will need to put the reason they’ve refused work

    Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, offers weekly updates on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:00 pm. With regulations evolving constantly, this is a great opportunity to listen in on what's coming up and a chance to ask your own questions. Free but must register ahead of time.

    The Small Business Development Center of Maine is offering several webinars geared toward helping your business get ready for whatever comes next. Register for any of the following for free!