NEW BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FROM UVBA:
In June, chambers of commerce throughout NH were awarded funds from the State’s CARES Act to provide assistance to businesses and organizations within our communities.These funds were divided amongst regions and the chambers in those regions were tasked with working collaboratively to administer the programs. Our chambers located in the Dartmouth-Sunapee Region are pleased to announce that we can begin taking applications for two programs:
Business Support Services Application - this program is to assist any business or organization that needs assistance in ecommerce, using social media to sell products, using virtual meeting software or other such digital applications so that your business can recover from covid-related losses. We have funds available to pay a consultant to help you add these services to your portfolio.Applications are first come first served. Deadline to apply is October 30. If you are a consultant and would like to be considered to provide services, please email email@example.com.
Safety Supplies Procurement Application - this program is to assist businesses in installing safety equipment needed to operate during covid including plexiglass barriers between restaurant tables, sneeze guards for check outs, PPE for workers and so on. Please note: according to the term of our grant, we cannot reimburse a business for equipment already installed. We may only pay a for a new installation and we must pay the installer/vendor directly - we cannot reimburse the business. Deadline to apply is October 30.
Rapid Antigen Testing - Clearchoice Urgent Care in Lebanon is now distributing the rapid antigen tests.
Last week, it was reported that Vermont is now considering Grafton County NH a ‘yellow’ zone and travel is restricted unless essential or individuals have quarantined for 7-14 days (7 with a covid test, 14 without). The State of VT has issued a FAQ page. Travel from VT to Grafton County is allowed to come to the hospital, to purchase groceries, or for work.
Agency of Commerce & Community Development updated guidance on increasing gatherings indoors under very specific conditions. Indoor businesses/spaces that exceed 17,100 feet, have 10-foot ceilings or more, have no full walls interrupting the space, and have physical distancing plans in effect to prevent people from being within 6’ of each other, may have up to 150 people in the same space. Read the Guidance.