• 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.

    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!

    What do employers need to have in place prior to bringing back employees? Screening and monitoring rules Where to go for the information Workplace safety What do you need/what are the costs Are employees ready to go back Workplace liability Family First COVID Sick Act What do businesses need to invite customers into their place of business? Customer safety rules Your liability Where to go for questions

    The Maine Tourism Association and Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water, part of the Nestlé Waters family, today announced the official launch of “The Maine Tourism Relief Fund, Founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association.” Thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 by Poland Spring and the work of the Maine Tourism Association, one-time grants will be made available to Maine’s tourism businesses and employees who have been impacted by a loss of business, or decrease in income, due to the

    Augusta, MAINE – Governor Janet Mills today presented her Administration’s plan to gradually and safely restart Maine’s economy. The plan, which comes as the State appears to be successfully flattening the curve, establishes four gradual stages of reopening, the first of which begins May 1st. The stages focus not on essential v. non-essential designations like those used to originally limit business operations and activities, but on the ability of a business to operate or an activity to occur in a manner