All scheduled events have been postponed for the foreseeable future. We plan to reschedule events as soon as we are able. The GBCC is working with members to organize resourceful and valuable webinars to help you navigate small business questions you have. Our goal is to help you be prepared and ride this storm so you come out stronger on the other end.
Want to Host a Small Business Webinar?
If you have the ability to host a webinar and can educate and empower small businesses – let’s talk! Please email me at lgould@greaterbeverlychamber.
Hosting Seminars etc on social Media – Let us promote the day and time for you! Email Robin foster at rfoster@greaterbeverlychamber.
A Message From GBCC Executive Director
Podcast Interview with GBCC Executive Director
North Shores MSONEWSports podcast interviews GBCC Executive Director Leslie Gould about how Chambers are helping their members and getting back up and running.
Helpful Links & Information
Business Support Information
REOPENING – When can my business reopen? The Massachusetts economy will be reopened using a four-phase approach, based on public health guidance. CLICK HERE
REOPENING: FOUR-PHASE APPROACH TO REOPENING –The Massachusetts economy will be reopened using a four-phase approach, based on public health guidance. CLICK HERE
GUIDE & CHECKLIST FOR FEDERAL LOANS – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created a guide and checklist for small businesses applying for the newly created federal emergency loans. It provides clear information on eligibility, required documents, and loan structures. CLICK HERE
DETAILS ON THE $10 MILLION COVID-19 LOAN FUND – The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has provided us with information on the $10 Million Covid-19 Loan Fund. For all information on the terms and conditions of the loan, and the application process, CLICK HERE
COVID-19 RESOURCES AND GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES – The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to partnering with the business community to navigate the outbreak of COVID-19. CLICK HERE
HOW THE CARES ACT CAN HELP YOUR BUSINESS – From Congressman Seth Moulton’s office. CLICK HERE
COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER RELIEF LOAN- The SBA is collecting information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to qualified entities that are impacted by the Coronavirus. CLICK HERE
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM – PPP is a loan program designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll. Loans are up to $10M, with a 0.5% interest rate and a 2-year maturity; there are no payments for the first six months. CLICK HERE
UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR HOTELS, MOTELS, INNS, AND OTHER SHORT-TERM RENTALS –The Department of Public Health also issued new guidance for hotels, motels, inns, beds and breakfasts and other short-term residential rentals. Based on this new guidance, hotels, motels, and short-term rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences. CLICK HERE
CONGRESSMAN MOULTON URGES SPEAKER POLISI TO ALLOW 501(C)6 ORGANIZATIONS ACCESS TO PPP FUNDING – CLICK HERE
SBA RELEASED ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE TO BANKS FOR PPP – On April 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted an interim final rule (the First PPP Interim Final Rule) announcing the implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CLICK HERE
Restaurant Support Information
CITY OF BEVERLY TEMPORARY OUTDOOR DINING GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES – The City of Beverly is accepting applications for outdoor dining, consistent with COVID-19 Order No. 35 Clarifying the Progression of the Commonwealth’s Phased Workplace Re-Opening Plan, which, in part, details the process for reopening establishments for on-premises consumption of alcohol, and any subsequent related orders. The City of Beverly supports the use of outdoor areas available to food service establishments, whether public or private, in order to increase the functional capacity of food-service establishments after the COVID-19 emergency. CLICK HERE
HELP FOR RESTAURANTS – Effective 3/16/2020, Behind You is launching an emergency fund for restaurant employees in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Peabody, Salem, and/or Swampscott whose work is currently negatively impacted by COVID-19. Any contribution made to Behind You via this fundraiser or on Behind You’s website (www.behindyouinc.org) will be matched 100% up to $20,000. Please consider contributing to this fund. CLICK HERE
RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR BUSINESS – This list reflects information given by members of the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Please stay current with these businesses by following their social media pages, and checking in with them as needed to stay aware of any changes. CLICK HERE
Health & Wellness Information
NURSING HOME FAMILY RESOURCE LINE – The Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of a new Nursing Home Family Resource Line, a dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This resource was created so that family and community members have one central contact that they can reach out to if they have questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week. Staff will coordinate across state agencies to help callers find answers to their questions. Families and community members can call the line at (617) 660-5399
UPDATED GUIDANCE ON WEARING CLOHTH MASKS IN PUBLIC – On April 3, CDC issued a recommendation about wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. This recommendation was made after considering recent studies that have shown individuals with the virus who lack symptoms can transmit the virus to others. CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, including places where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community based transmission.
PPE AND CLEANING SUPPLY VENDOR LIST – It is very important that medical professionals, first responders, and essential service providers have access to the supplies they need to keep themselves safe while they are serving the community. The state and federal governments have requested communities first try to build local supply channels for the cleaning and protective equipment needed by our workers. We ask that you identify any of the items below that your business can supply. You will be included in our vendor list which will be coordinated with the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce and distributed to the entire North Shore community.
Items: PPE (Gowns, goggles, gloves,etc.)
Masks – Surgical and N95
Please email Leslie Gould at email@example.com if you have any of the above items available for sale/supply. We will provide that information to the Lynn Chamber and they will coordinate a list for the North Shore.
Facebook Groups for Chamber members
As we all try to adjust to our “new normal” the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce wants to create as many opportunities for our members to promote and share their resources for betterment of our business and greater community. The GBCC has created Facebook Groups so you can educate and empower other businesses.
We’ll be promoting these groups as valuable resources to the entire membership! So please post, discuss and promote all you do and know! We are a community, GBCC and beyond.