Latest Updates and Announcement

Latest Updates and Announcement

May 21, 2020

Bloomfield to host Car Parade of Veterans and First Responders for Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Due to COVID-19 the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Town Center Parade originally scheduled for May 25, 2020 have been altered to meet the social distancing guidelines. In place of the Town Center Parade, a Car Parade of Veterans and First Responders will be held throughout town beginning at 10:00 AM, see car parade route attached. Step outside to wave and cheer on all of the parade participants as they pass by!

Wreaths will be placed at the monuments on the Town Green along with American Flags. American Flags will also be placed throughout Mountain View Cemetery. The Town encourages all residents to spend time this Memorial Day 2020 to remember and recognize those who have fallen in your own, personal way. 

May 18, 2020

Gov. Lamont Delays Reopening of Conn. Hair Salons and Barbershops; Now Targeting June 1 Reopening

Hair salons and barbershops were originally part of the state’s phase one reopening set for May 20 but on May 18, the governor announced these businesses would not be able to reopen until June. 
Learn more here.

May 15, 2020

Infrared Thermometers to Eligible Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Places of Worship

CONNSTEP and CBIA have partnered with the state of Connecticut to help distribute infrared thermometers to small businesses with 100 employees or fewer. The thermometers, which can support workplace screening and health checks, are available free to Connecticut employers with 100 or fewer employees.

Eligible businesses can request a thermometer through this website.

Requested thermometers will be distributed based on the city or town in which the business is located. Designated municipalities will contact local employers with the date, time, and location to collect requested thermometers.

May 11, 2020


Please note all businesses subject to these guidelines are required to self-certify prior to opening May 20th. The certification system will be online this week, and a link will be added to this page at that time.
Visit here for more information

May 11, 2020


Upgrade your skills! Learn new skills! Get ready to get back to work!
The SkillUp CT program is coordinated by the Connecticut Workforce Development Council (CWDC) in collaboration with the Connecticut Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC) and the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL).


(May 8, 2020)

$110B in Funding Remains for Small Businesses and Non-profits

$110 billion in funding remains for the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Many Connecticut companies and non-profits have taken advantage of this program to date, with approximately 30,000 organizations approved for $2.5 billion in forgivable loans so far during this round.  

The PPP provides forgivable loans to small businesses and non-profits with less than 500 employees. 75% of the loan must be used for payroll expenses, with the remaining used on rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. More Information about the PPP can be found on the SBA website

Connecticut has more than 350 SBA-approved banks and credit unions that can help your organization secure this critical funding. If you do not have an existing banking relationship, you can also apply for this program through approved online lenders (fintechs) like PayPal, QuickBooks, Bluevine, Funding Circle, Kabbage, OnDeck, and Square. Funding for this program will not last much longer. Small businesses are encouraged to apply today. 

(May 7, 2020)

Entrepreneur Grant $5,000: NDN Foundation 

The NDN Collective is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Indigenous artists and small businesses for support during the COVID-19 health crisis. Funding is intended to assist artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses that face economic hardship. If you haven’t applied already, go here now.
Maximum Amount: $5,000
Application Deadline: 5/29/2020

Take the Small Business Reopening Survey

Small Business Reopening Survey, for business owners.

COVID-19 – NEWS FOR CT BUSINESSES Invitation to Participate – State of Connecticut Business Survey

A business survey, issued in partnership by AdvanceCT, the Department of Economic and Community Development, and the CBIA is now open online. The goal is to provide feedback to the state and policymakers regarding how Connecticut businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please take the time to complete this short, (12-question) survey and share it with other Connecticut businesses. The more responses, the more meaningful the data.  The survey will remain open in the days ahead, allowing the State to track progress and hear the business community’s feedback on the crisis over a period of time.  The results of the survey will be made public.  The survey will help the State modulate its response, track business sentiment towards the crisis, and prioritize initiatives. Here is the link to the business survey:  

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