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BUSINESS RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 IMPACTS

BUSINESS RESOURCES FOR COVID-19 IMPACTS

Saco's Planning & Economic Development Department is committed to helping our businesses during this unprecedented time. Below is a list of resources that may help your business and employees. Please contact Denise Clavette, Planning & Economic Development Director or Jessa Berna, Economic Development Specialist with any questions.
(last updated September 1, 2020)


Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Maine DECD has lots of resources for businesses about how to re-open safely and how to access additional resources.
Connect to the Maine Resource Compass for COVID-19 - A living database of 60+ resources including loan programs, reopening resources, virtual events and more.

Governor Mills Launches $200 Million Economic Recovery Grant Program to Support Maine Small Businesses

Starting Friday, Aug. 21, every small business and many non-profit organizations with 50 or fewer employees can apply to receive a grant of up to $100,000. The State plans to use $200 million in federal CARES Act funding to establish the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program. This program intends to provide financial relief for businesses and non-profit organizations that incurred business disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The application period starts Friday, August 21st and ends on September 9th, 2020.
- Press Release
- DECD Grant Program Overview
- Frequently Asked Questions
The following informational webinars about the Economic Recovery Grant Program will be held and are open to the public:
     -Friday, August 21 at 10:00 AM – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-8nIKGhoQOyb6ssqyXLjSA
     -Tuesday, August 25 at 11:00 AM – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Fsf2Xe5FTaqV2nneSeEAzQ

Covid-19 Micro-Enterprise Business Grant Program
The Maine Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) in partnership with the Maine Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) will provide grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five or fewer employees, with an owner whose income is in the low to moderate range as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Maine Department of Labor
The Maine Department of Labor will begin accepting applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) federal program as of this Friday, May 1st. This program extends benefits to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and others not covered by the traditional unemployment program. 
MDOL Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Informational webpage
A summary of Unemployment Programs

Local Financial Institutions
Financial institutions are working directly with businesses to help with Covid-19 resources and impacts. Financial institutions are available to help businesses navigate the numerous state and federal programs currently available.
Saco & Biddeford Savings
Biddeford Savings
Bangor Savings Bank
Norway Savings Bank
PeoplesChoice Credit Union
Saco Valley Credit Union
Northeast Credit Union
Town and Country Federal Credit Union
Atlantic Federal Credit Union

Biddeford + Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Chamber has many resources for local businesses, including information about local and federal business resources and up-to-date information about local restaurants.


 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. CDC has issued safety guidance for communities, school, workplaces and events. This guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact. The $2 Trillion Federal Assistance bill - called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) signed into law on Friday, March 27th has significant benefits for small businesses:

Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

The U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the Covid-19 virus.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed, a revised version of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This new legislation created Covid-19-based Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave benefits for most businesses. The act allows for businesses to get reimbursed for these benefits via future tax credits. The U.S. Department of Labor has provided information and 
FAQs on federal leave laws as they relate to Covid-19
Summary of Maine leave laws that may apply to people affected by Covid-19

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Maine small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. 
Deferments on SBA 7a 504 and Microloans (PDF)
SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses (PDF)

Economic Injury Disaster Loans/Grants via CARES Act
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid. 
SBA EIDL Page & Application Process

U.S Department of Agriculture
On September 1, 2020, USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19. USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. 
- Full stakeholder announcement


Restarting Maine's Economy
Maine's re-opening plans calls for a four-stage tiered re-opening with specific businesses in different stages. It calls for Stage 1 businesses to open May 1 which are the businesses that are currently open and a handful of others. Stage 2 is estimated to happen around June 1 with more industry sectors being open and Stage 3 is estimated to open around July 1 with a variety of more businesses and last through August. All other businesses are Stage 4 businesses and a timeline has not been set for their re-opening.   All dates for stage openings will rely on the health data (the spread of the virus) and are subject to change.
Public Health Considerations for Re-Opening Maine Presentation
Restarting Maine’s Economy Booklet 

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
Maine DECD has developed industry-specific best-practice checklists that guide businesses on how to re-open safely. Businesses must commit to complying with the checklists to open.

Covid-19 Prevention Checklists
Covid-19 Prevention Checklist General Guidance (Updated May 8, 2020)
Covid-19 Prevention Checklist FAQs
Connect to the Maine Resource Compass for COVID-19 - A living database of 60+ resources including loan programs, reopening resources, virtual events and more.

Stage 1 Openings (May 1, All Counties)

Building
Construction (PDF) (updated 5/27/20)

Education
Graduation guidance from DOE (released 5/29/20)

Entertainment
Drive-in theaters (updated 6/10/20)

Health care
Health care guidance from DHHS (PDF) (updated 5/12/20)

Outdoor recreation
Golf Courses and Disc Golf Courses (updated 6/19/20)
Guidance from IFW on Fishing Events and Guided Outdoor Activities
Guidance from DMR on Marinas, Boatyards, and Marine Manufacturers 

Personal services
Barbering and Cosmetology – Hair (updated 7/16/20) 
   Checklist in: Arabic (PDF)French (PDF)Somali (PDF)Spanish (PDF)
Dog Grooming (updated 6/10/20)
In-Home Services (released 7/24/20)
- Open as of May 11: Outdoor fitness classes of fewer than 10 people and 1-on-1 fitness instruction

Real Estate
Guidelines for Real Estate as an Essential Business (PDF) (released 5/27/20)

Religious
Religious Gatherings (updated 6/10/20)

Retail/Commercial
Auto Dealerships (updated 6/17/20)
Car Washes (PDF) (updated 5/27/20)

Transportation
Transportation (updated 9/01/20)


Stage 2 Openings (June 1, All Counties)
Stage 2 contemplates a continued prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people and the 14-day quarantine or the alternative set out in the Keep Maine Healthy plan on people entering Maine. All businesses that have been open may remain open. At-risk people should stay home when possible. Employees in legal and professional fields may return to offices, including State employees, as needed.

Public Gatherings
Large gatherings (released 7/24/20)
Public and Community Buildings (released 6/17/20)
Museums (updated 8/14/20)
Town Meetings

Hospitality
Restaurants (updated 8/14/20) Guidance in: Arabic (PDF)French (PDF)Somali (PDF), and Spanish (PDF)
- Bars and Tasting Rooms (seated outdoor service only). Follow the guidance for Restaurants. (Open for all counties as of June 17)
Lodging (Open to residents of Maine and states exempted from testing and quarantine requirements. Open to other out-of-state residents who meet the requirements of the Keep Maine Healthy plan.)  (updated 6/24/20)

Outdoor recreation
Campgrounds/RV parks (Open to residents of Maine and states exempted from testing and quarantine requirements. Open to other out-of-state residents who meet the requirements of the Keep Maine Healthy plan.)  (updated 8/14/20)
Day Camps and Summer Recreation (updated 6/24/20)
Community Sports (updated 9/01/20)
Guidance from DMR on Charter Boats
Guidance from DACF on State Parks and Camping

Personal services 
Barbering and Cosmetology – Nails (updated 7/9/20) 
Tanning salons (updated 6/10/20)
Gyms and Fitness Centers (Open for all counties as of June 17) (updated 8/14/20)
Tattoo, Body Piercing, Electrolysis, and Micropigmentation Establishments (Open for all counties as of June 17)

Retail

All retail businesses  (updated 7/16/20) Checklist in: Arabic (PDF)French (PDF)Somali (PDF)Spanish (PDF)

Education and Training
Motorcycle Safety Programs (BMV)
Summer Education Programming (DOE)
Guidance from DPFR on Barbering and Cosmetology Schools
Guidance from BMV on Driver’s Education (resumes operation on June 15)

Stage 3 Openings (July 1, All Counties)
Stage 3 maintains the prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people and the 14-day quarantine or the alternative set out in the Keep Maine Healthy plan on people entering Maine. All businesses that have been open may remain open. At-risk people should stay home when possible. Employees in legal and professional fields may return to offices, including State employees, as needed.

Hospitality
- Bars and Tasting Rooms (indoor service) (opening date has been postponed) 
Short Term Rentals (released 7/9/2020)

Outdoor recreation

Overnight Summer Camps (updated 7/9/20)

Entertainment
Indoor Amusement (released 6/24/2020)
Movie Theaters (released 8/14/20) 
Outdoor Amusement (released 7/24/20)
Performing Arts Venues (released 6/24/2020)
Casinos (released 7/9/2020)

Elections

Guidance from SOS on In-Person Voting on Election Day

Personal services

Spas and Close-Contact Personal Services (updated 6/24/2020)

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Additional Resources:
The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) - The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local Maine lenders to offer special, limited-time loans and loan insurance to eligible Maine businesses affected by Covid-19.
Maine Small Business Development Centers - Maine Small Business Development Centers are offering free confidential business advice on how to respond to Covid-19 challenges. Advising sessions are available virtually through email, phone and videoconferencing. 
Maine Association of Non-profits - Maine Association of Nonprofits is offering guidance on how nonprofits can prepare, respond, connect and contribute in impactful ways during this pandemic.
Retail Association of Maine - The Retail Association of Maine is maintaining a Covid-19 Resource Page for Retailers.
Southern Maine Finance Agency
Maine Development Foundation
Maine Philanthropy Center