• 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The following list is compiled by Main Street America.

    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.

    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.