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:
The Department of Economic and Community Development had a conference call Thursday, March 19th, open to all businesses, chambers of commerce, stakeholders and other in-state partners. On this call, Governor Ned Lamont and DECD Commissioner David Lehman shared how the state is responding to the economic dimensions of this crisis.
Below, you will find a link below to a business survey that we have put together in partnership with DECD and CBIA. Our goal is to provide feedback to the state and policymakers regarding how Connecticut businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. By having a “finger on the pulse”, the state can modulate its response, track business sentiment towards the crisis and prioritize initiatives.
I urge you to take the time to complete this short, (12-question) survey and share it with other Connecticut businesses. The more responses we have, the more meaningful the data. We will leave the survey open so that we can 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.
We strongly encourage you to participate in both the conference call and the survey.
GOVERNOR LAMONT ANNOUNCES CONNECTICUT BUSINESSES APPROVED TO RECEIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE DUE TO COVID-19
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Connecticut that have been negatively impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak are now eligible for disaster relief loans of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
On Sunday, the governor submitted a request to the federal agency for expedited approval of the disaster relief to immediately provide aid to businesses in Connecticut. Over the past several days, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has been working diligently to survey companies statewide to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the small business community and the local economy.
“Small businesses and nonprofits of all types are experiencing large, sudden drops in revenue while trying to do the right thing and give employees the flexibility they need to take care of themselves and their families,” Governor Lamont said. “One of our priorities is to help them as much we can. SBA disaster relief loans are an important tool that can help Connecticut businesses.”
“The availability of SBA loans is another key piece of a broader set of relief measures the Lamont administration continues to put into place for individuals and our business community,” DECD Commissioner David Lehman said. “Their ability to successfully navigate this health crisis is of vital importance to our economy in the short and long-term. The DECD team will remain proactive and continue to assess the impact of this pandemic and assist small businesses navigate this unprecedented economic climate.”
Small businesses can learn more about the program and apply for financial assistance at www.sba.gov/disaster or call the SBA at 1-800-659-2955.
Small businesses with questions about this SBA loan program or other assistance provided at the state-level can call 860-500-2333 to speak directly with a DECD representative. Businesses can also stay informed on news and guidance related to COVID-19 and its impact on Connecticut by visiting the state’s dedicated coronavirus website at ct.gov/coronavirus.
For the community
For employees/workers who lose their jobs, they should immediately file for unemployment benefits—see the CT DOL website at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/ .
For consumers, to avoid being scammed, here are some resources:
- Helpful tips and complaint process https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/Complaint-Center/Consumers—Complaint-Center
- look up licensing of professionals at https://portal.ct.gov/DCP/License-Services-Division/License-Division/Verify-a-License-Permit-or-Registration
- to contact your state and federal legislators, type your address at https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp
For the State of Connecticut’s Division of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, see this web page of instructions:
- https://portal.ct.gov/DEMHS/Coronavirus(includes CDC Updates, Travel Advisories, and Connecticut Department of Public Health Resources)
For State of Connecticut emergency laws—all of Governor Lamont’s executive orders are here—to safeguard individuals, families, and businesses: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/Governors-Actions/Executive-Orders/Governor-Lamonts-Executive-Orders (all press releases at https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases)