COVID-19 Business Assistance and Recovery Resources

What assistance is available for local businesses? The Town of Groton Economic Development staff created this list of resources for our local businesses.

 

 

Business Re-Opening Guidance

SBA Releases New Guidance for PPP Forgiveness
For those small businesses which received funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, depending on when your loan was disbursed and your lender, you may be looking to start the forgiveness application process. On August 24, the SBA released some new guidance clarifying some questions many businesses may have in regards to PPP Forgiveness.
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Business Recovery Strategies: Free Webinar Replay
The brand managers from Miranda Creative, led by Maria Miranda, have outlined the best methods to prepare and elevate as we bounce back as a business community. This information-packed webinar is essential viewing for any small business struggling to adapt to the accelerating pace of change that we are facing today.
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Phase Two Reopen Plan: Sector Rules and Self-Certification Instructions
Phase Two of Connecticut's business reopening plan is in effect; check here for the latest guidance. Businesses and nonprofits planning to reopen must certify they have complied with the reopening rules. Details are available at the state's Sector Rules website.
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Application for Temporary Outdoor Dining
On May 12, 2020 an Executive Order Number 7MM was signed by Governor Lamont that allows for expedited approvals of temporary outdoor dining for restaurants that are looking to open during the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. In order to provide for a quick and comprehensive approach, Planning & Development Services has created these documents to assist applicants.
Groton Guide to Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining
Temporary Certificate for Outdoor Dining
Typical Conditions of Approval for Temporary Patios in Shopping Centers
Typical Conditions of Approval for Temporary Patios Onsite, Within Parking Areas
Typical Conditions of Approval for Temporary Patios Onsite, Not Within Parking Areas
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Ledge Light Health District: Information for Regulated Establishments
Ledge Light Health District has developed two guidance documents, one for restaurants and one for cosmetology establishments, which summarize the information contained in the “Reopen Connecticut” publication.
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Outdoor Dining & Other Activities in the State Right-of-Way
Businesses seeking to operate outdoors in the right-of-way along a state road need to apply for a permit from the CTDOT [link].  Before completing the CTDOT permit application, the business should contact Deb Jones, Assistant Director of Planning & Development Services, at djones@groton-ct.gov to determine local requirements for location, hours, etc.
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Retail Re-Opening Resources
Best practices guidance includes topics such as planning and communication, common area adjustments and traffic flow for retailers, developers and service providers. General recommendations should be used in conjunction with guidelines and mandates in place.
Reopen Connecticut Guidelines: Retail & Malls
Industry Standard Best Practices
Operation Open Doors: Guidance for retailers on reopening stores

Restaurant Re-Opening Resources
Guidance offering direction and providing a framework for best practices for reopening your restaurant.
Reopen Connecticut Guidelines: Restaurants
LLHD Checklist to Reopen a Foodservice Establishment
Industry Standard Best Practices
Connecticut Restaurant Promise Safety Protocols

Salon, Spa, Wellness Businesses Re-Opening Resources
Guidance outlining everything you need to consider as you open your doors again, from supporting your front desk to communicating your new cleaning protocols.
Reopen Connecticut Guidelines: Hair Salons & Barbershops
LLHD Checklist to Reopen a Barbershop or Salon
Industry Standard Best Practices

Other Businesses Re-Opening Resources
Reopen Connecticut Guidelines: Offices
Reopen Connecticut Guidelines: Museums & Zoos
Connecticut’s Arts & Culture Industry Guidelines for Operating

Outdoor Service of Alcoholic Beverages Guidance
If you wish to offer outdoor service of alcoholic beverages at your restaurant, bar, or other dining establishment, you will need local and state approvals. The Patio, Extension of Use, And/or Additional Consumer Bar Application is available to facilitate this process.
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Free Surgical Masks or Thermometers for Essential Small Businesses
CONNSTEP and CBIA have partnered with the state of Connecticut to assist in the distribution of recently donated surgical masks to essential businesses (as defined by the state) with 50 employees or fewer. Eligible businesses can request no more than two masks per employee by filling out the form found here. If a request for masks is approved, the masks will be delivered to the Town of Groton Police Department and held for pick up by the business. Police personnel will notify the business when the masks are available to be picked up.

Infrared Thermometers for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits with 100 employees or less may request infrared thermometers by completing the form here.

Recovery Resources

Business Resources
The State of Connecticut provides updated information at ct.gov/coronavirus. A dedicated phone line, 860-500-2333, can be used for direct assistance and guidance, or you can send an e-mail to covid19.jic@ct.gov.
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Mentoring & Counseling
Remote business assistance is available from the following organizations:
Women's Business Development Council of Southeastern CT
Southeastern CT SCORE Chapter
CT Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) Business Assistance
Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer)

Help Center for Small Businesses (Spanish)
The Town of Groton is happy to announce a partnership with the City of New London that will allow our Spanish speaking business owners a 'Help Line' to navigate available relief programs. Please call 860-437-6309 or email sbinfo@newlondonct.org to make an appointment. Now is the time where partnerships are vital in getting information to all of our small business/ non-profit owners. We are all in this together. 

La Pueblo de Groton se complace en anunciar una colaboración con la ciudad de New London que les permitirá a nuestros propietarios de pequeñas empresas de habla española a utilizar el Centro de Ayuda paraevaluar los programas de asistencia disponibles. Por favor llamar al 860-437-6309 o enviar un correo electrónico a sbinfo@newlondonct.org para hacer una cita. Este es el momento vital para proveerles información a todos los propietarios de pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Estamos juntos en esto.

Financial Support

Community Advantage Recovery Loan
Financial and technical assistance to help small businesses adapt to changing business conditions in the COVID-19 environment and strengthen their ability to manage through potential future disruptions. Loans of $50,000 to $250,000 are available.
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Important Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program
A new bipartisan bill makes several important changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), easing some of the program’s restrictions, giving small businesses more time to use their loans and letting borrowers spend more of their loans on non-payroll expenses.
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CARES Act Financial Assistance
The U. S. Chamber of Commerce created a guide for small businesses describing what they need to know about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The US Senate Committee on Small Business also created a one-page summary.

U.S. SBA Disaster Loans
Loans of up to $2 million, loan advances of up to $10,000 and Express Bridge Loans up to $25,000 are available from the US Small Business Administration.
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
To apply for the EIDL, consult with a business mentor (WBDC/SCORE) or you can complete the online application. For an overview, you can download a summary here. Applying for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) does not disqualify you from applying for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created a Small Business Guide and Checklist for this program. To apply for the PPP, contact your business lender or one of Connecticut's participating lenders, or click here to begin an application. For your reference, here is an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Employee Assistance
The CT Department of Labor offers guidance for your employees if you need to temporarily close your business, including how to file for unemployment benefitsFMLA, as well as a reduction-in-work alternative to layoffs, called SharedWork.

Temporary Rental Housing Assistance Program
In order to prevent eviction actions, Connecticut has launched a rental assistance program for residents impacted by COVID-19. Potential Applicants will be directed to a call center to determine eligibility.
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Groton Businesses Survey
To help us understand how we can provide the most valuable support to the business community, we conducted a brief survey for Groton business owners and managers.
Survey Results