Phase 2.1 rules

Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Governor Lamont has ordered the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6.  A comparison of Phases 2, 2.1 and 3 rules can be found below.

Also effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6th, the following business sectors will be subject to a 10:00 p.m. closing time 7 days per week.

  • Restaurants (last service for in-person dining at 9:30 p.m., although takeout and delivery may continue)
    • 24-hour diners may reopen for indoor dining for breakfast at 5:00 a.m.
  • Entertainment and recreation venues (e.g. movie theaters, bowling alleys, performing arts theaters)
  • Indoor and outdoor events at commercial venues 

Employers are reminded to maximize telework to the extent possible, and those over 65 and with chronic conditions are urged to remain home as much as possible.

Phase Comparisons

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Programa de Protección de Cheque de Pago (PPP)

Si su negocio recibió un préstamo del Programa de Protección de Cheque de Pago (PPP) esta presentación virtual responderá muchas de sus preguntas sobre los nuevo Formularios de Perdon Formulario EZ (Form EZ) y el Formulario 3508S (Form 3508S). 

 Orador: Julio Casiano, Deputy District Director, SBA


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Governor Lamont Creates Program To Assist Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to Give $5,000 Grants to Eligible Small Businesses and Nonprofits

El gobernador Lamont crea un programa para ayudar a las pequeñas empresas afectadas por COVID-19

El programa de subvenciones para pequeñas empresas CARES de Connecticut otorgará subvenciones de $ 5,000 a pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro elegibles

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is creating the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.

To fund the program, the governor is committing $50 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which utilizes federal CARES Act funding. The program will be administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The grants can be used for payroll, rent, utilities, inventory, purchase of machinery or equipment, or costs associated with compliance of the ongoing Reopen Connecticut Business Sector Rules. MORE…

(HARTFORD, CT) – El gobernador Ned Lamont anunció hoy que está creando el Programa de subvenciones para pequeñas empresas CARES de Connecticut para ayudar a las pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que se han visto afectadas por la recesión económica causada por la pandemia mundial de COVID-19. El programa proporcionará a las empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro en Connecticut que tengan menos de veinte empleados o una nómina en 2019 de menos de $ 1.5 millones con una subvención única de $ 5,000.

Para financiar el programa, el gobernador está comprometiendo $ 50 millones del Fondo de Alivio del Coronavirus del estado, que utiliza fondos federales de la Ley CARES. El programa será administrado por el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario de Connecticut (DECD). Las subvenciones se pueden utilizar para la nómina, el alquiler, los servicios públicos, el inventario, la compra de maquinaria o equipo, o los costos asociados con el cumplimiento de las actuales Reglas del sector empresarial Reabrir Connecticut . MÁS…

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

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WASHINGTONThe U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued.  “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds.  We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.  

SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020.  SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

Sama and Minority Biz Owners Push For More PPP

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The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. For more information


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

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At the end of the application, click the button that says to apply for quick 10,000.00.



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“Stay Safe, Stay Home.”

Governor Lamont is telling Connecticut residents to “Stay Safe, Stay Home.” All non-essential workers statewide are being directed to work from home, effective Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. For the latest information, resources, executive orders, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

These types of businesses will remain open: food supply chain, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, health care, doctors offices, financial services, childcare services, auto repair and hardware services.

Liquor stores would remain open and restaurants and bars are allowed to offer takeout and delivery services. No one is allowed to dine-in at a local establishment. Officials said individuals wouldn’t be fined for violating the order but non-essential businesses that choose to remain open could be fined.

List of the designated essential businesses:

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SAMA is committed to providing our small business community with the latest information concerning the Coronavirus. We will continue to post as much information as it becomes available including links to important sites.

The Small Business Administration has issued a news release on Tuesday, March 17th offering disaster assistance to Connecticut small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus.

This news release contains a hyperlink to apply online. We have also uploaded the application in PDF which we recommend you review first to become familiar with any necessary items you may need to collect in order to apply.

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Click for application PDF

For more information on COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at or visit our states website at

Given the ongoing public health concerns relating to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, and the significant reduction in business activity, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has announced that all Limited Liability Company (LLC) annual reports due March 31, 2020 may be filed on or before June 30, 2020 with no penalty or other consequence. By statute, the filing fees increase on July 1, 2020.

The information on file with our office for your business entity is below:

Please note that you must create a CONCORD user account to file an annual report. This is a new requirement this year and most users in the past did not create a CONCORD account to file annual reports. If you are unsure if you have a CONCORD account, we recommend creating a new account.

For more information, you can visit and choose “Business Services” and “Annual Report.”

For additional questions, you can email at

Contact SAMA at 860-278-5825 to assist you in the creation of your account and to submit your report.

Manuel Aldarondo, 203-202-3415; (New Haven County)

Rosa Jacinto, 860-724-4910;

Ana Sanchez Adorno, 860-819-3136;

News, Announcements, and Unemployment Information for all updated information.


Unemployment Separation Package:

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Throughout its nearly 30-year history, SAMA has enjoyed outstanding working relationships with members of government and corporate sector. Through its network of more than 500 local Hispanic business owners and organizations, SAMA effectively communicates the needs and potential of the Hispanic enterprise to the public, government and private sector.

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