The world faces unknown but likely change, and it could take a long time to recover. Communities, businesses, and individuals in DownEast Acadia are no exception. Our communities are populated with creative, determined, and resilient people, and we can take immediate action to support ourselves and our communities. But we MUST work diligently and in full collaboration to succeed; this is more critical now than ever before.
Small businesses are the economic and cultural backbone of our communities. We all are wondering how to reach our customers and sustain our businesses during this crisis, which requires a great deal of compassion, sensitivity, and generosity for others and for ourselves. DART is here to help in every way we can. Click here to read a press release from DART regarding addressing impacts of coronavirus on small businesses.
Following are links to resources and ideas to help support your business and community. We will continue to share resources and information as it becomes available:
Maintaining Outreach and Customer Relations – Roger Brooks of Destination Development Association assists communities with infrastructure development and marketing all over the world. DDA has created a FREE webinar and compilation of resources on how to responsibly market your business between now and when it can open again. DestinationDevelopment.org
Financial assistance & other business resources – Following is an extensive list of website with information on resources available to help your business recover from losses as well as best practices to protect the safety of your customers and the health of your employees. This information and much more is listed on the website of Governor Janet Mills and the Maine Small Business Development Center.
- Resources for Maine Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
- Financial Resources in Response COVID-19-related closures and economic disruption (PDF)
- Press Release March 19, 2020: 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 (PDF).
- FAME COVID-19 Relief Loan Programs
- Information regarding L.D. 2167, An Act To Implement Provisions Necessary to the Health, Welfare and Safety of the Citizens of Maine in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
- Business owners can apply for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Loan Application. Business owners can also call the SBA disaster relief hotline at1-800-659-2955.
- Unemployment claims can be filed online. Claimants do not need to do anything special for claims related to COVID-19. If you have questions, you can visit the Maine.gov Unemployment page or submit questions to Maine Department of Labor staff.
- U.S. CDC’s Resources for Businesses and Employers.
- Small Business Administration’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Quick Take: Coronavirus’ Economic Impact.