Small Business Coronavirus Emergency Resources

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.