• 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.

    Do you work in the tourism industry? Join BDN reporters for a listening session about your field. We want to learn from you what issues are on your mind, how you are adapting, and what you need to help navigate the new and changing environment.

    In this webinar we will discuss how messages and marketing need to change in order to successfully connect with target audiences. We’ll look at how brain chemistry influences decision making and simple but effective ways to communicate.

    U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and a member of the Small Business Task Force, announced on July 4 that the President has signed into law a bill she co-sponsored giving small business owners more time to apply for a PPP loan. The legislation extends the U.S. Small Business Administration's authority to approve PPP loans through August 8, 2020.

    The University of Maine is conducting the Maine Rapid Business Survey. The goal of the survey is to better understand the challenges facing the business community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The survey will take no more than 7 minutes to complete and includes questions on location closings, changes in employment, disruptions in the supply chain, the use of federal assistance programs and expectations concerning future operations.

    The following list is compiled by Main Street America.

    The Certificate of Compliance that guests of all lodging establishments must sign has been finalized. That document can be found here:

    Plus upcoming webinars from Maine's Small Business Development Centers (BBDC)

    As part of coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020.

    The Mills Administration today announced additional business reopenings under the Governor's rural reopening plan. Under the update, in 13 counties, tasting rooms and bars may open for outside service and gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, and tattoo and piercing parlors may open with added health and safety precautions beginning on Friday, June 12th. These establishments may reopen everywhere in all counties except for York, Cumberland, and Androscoggin Counties.

    Earlier this month, Governor Mills created the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee which meets every week on Fridays. A Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Subcommittee has been created and is meeting multiple times each week to help address the issues related to these critical sectors.