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.

“When it comes to the economic impact of this ongoing, global pandemic, the smallest businesses have been hit the hardest, and I’ve spoken with so many owners who are doing their best to keep their workers employed and their businesses active during this incredibly challenging time,” Governor Lamont said. “This grant program will help provide some relief to these small businesses that are working each day to get through this. However, there is only so much that we have available for this program, and I urge Congress to reach a deal and adopt a much-needed relief package that will help give our economy a boost and speed up the recovery.”

The governor is directing DECD to commit half of the funds to small businesses and nonprofits that are located in towns and cities designated as distressed municipalities.

DECD estimates it will begin accepting online applications the week of November 9, and all of the funds are anticipated to be disbursed by December 30. Information on eligibility requirements, upcoming webinars, and other aspects of the program will be published on the state’s business portal at business.ct.gov.

“The Department of Economic and Community Development continues to be very strategic in how it distributes the limited dollars it has to assist as many small businesses as possible and those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” DECD Deputy Commissioner Glendowlyn Thames said. “Equity is always top of mind, and this program gives priority to helping those smaller businesses and nonprofits in the most underserved areas of our state, both urban and rural. These grants can be a lifeline to them during this difficult period.”

Governor Lamont announced the creation of the state grant program during a news conference at Lilly’s Soul Food, a small business located in Windsor, where he was joined by Congressman John Larson.

“I’m honored to join the governor at Lilly’s Soul Food for the unveiling of this critical relief program for Connecticut small businesses,” Congressman Larson said. “This program is especially important because it will help businesses and non-profits with 20 or fewer employees that can sometimes be left behind. I’m proud to have helped secure this funding through the CARES Act. Programs like this are proof that more federal relief is needed. Earlier this month, the House passed the newest version of the Heroes Act. This legislation would provide the resources small businesses need to survive. The House of Representatives took action by passing these urgently needed relief packages. I applaud Governor Lamont for taking this additional action today. But, more federal relief is needed. It’s time for Senate Republicans to start taking this crisis seriously and do their job.”

The state’s previous program to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program, provided $41.8 million in loans to 2,122 companies across Connecticut. Similar to how that program was administered, DECD will partner with SoFi, whose advanced technology capabilities will help process the grant applications and distribution of funds in a timely fashion. SoFi, which has over one million members, is providing these third-party services pro bono to support Connecticut and this important COVID-19 relief program as part of its larger mission to help people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions.

(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 .

“Cuando se trata del impacto económico de esta pandemia global en curso, las empresas más pequeñas han sido las más afectadas, y he hablado con tantos propietarios que están haciendo todo lo posible para mantener a sus trabajadores empleados y sus negocios activos durante este increíble tiempo desafiante ”, dijo el gobernador Lamont . “Este programa de subvenciones ayudará a brindar algo de alivio a estas pequeñas empresas que trabajan todos los días para superar esto. Sin embargo, hay mucho de lo que tenemos disponible para este programa, e insto al Congreso a llegar a un acuerdo y adoptar un paquete de ayuda muy necesario que ayudará a impulsar nuestra economía y acelerar la recuperación ”.

El gobernador está indicando al DECD que asigne la mitad de los fondos a pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que estén ubicadas en pueblos y ciudades designados como municipios en dificultades .

DECD estima que comenzará a aceptar solicitudes en línea la semana del 9 de noviembre, y se anticipa que todos los fondos se desembolsarán antes del 30 de diciembre. La información sobre los requisitos de elegibilidad, los próximos seminarios web y otros aspectos del programa se publicarán en el portal comercial del estado. en business.ct.gov .

“El Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario sigue siendo muy estratégico en la forma en que distribuye los dólares limitados que tiene para ayudar a tantas pequeñas empresas como sea posible y a las más afectadas por la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo el comisionado adjunto del DECD, Glendowlyn Thames . “La equidad siempre es lo más importante, y este programa da prioridad a ayudar a las pequeñas empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro en las áreas más desatendidas de nuestro estado, tanto urbanas como rurales. Estas subvenciones pueden ser un salvavidas para ellos durante este período difícil “.

El gobernador Lamont anunció la creación del programa de subvenciones estatales durante una conferencia de prensa en Lilly’s Soul Food, una pequeña empresa ubicada en Windsor, donde se le unió el congresista John Larson.

“Es un honor para mí unirme al gobernador en Lilly’s Soul Food para la presentación de este programa de ayuda fundamental para las pequeñas empresas de Connecticut”, dijo el congresista Larson.. “Este programa es especialmente importante porque ayudará a empresas y organizaciones sin fines de lucro con 20 empleados o menos que a veces pueden quedarse atrás. Estoy orgulloso de haber ayudado a asegurar estos fondos a través de la Ley CARES. Programas como este son una prueba de que se necesita más ayuda federal. A principios de este mes, la Cámara aprobó la versión más reciente de la Ley de Héroes. Esta legislación proporcionaría los recursos que las pequeñas empresas necesitan para sobrevivir. La Cámara de Representantes tomó medidas al aprobar estos paquetes de ayuda que se necesitaban con urgencia. Aplaudo al gobernador Lamont por tomar esta acción adicional hoy. Pero se necesita más ayuda federal. Es hora de que los republicanos del Senado comiencen a tomar en serio esta crisis y hagan su trabajo ”.

El programa anterior del estado para apoyar a las empresas a través de la pandemia de COVID-19, el programa Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan, otorgó $ 41.8 millones en préstamos a 2,122 compañías en todo Connecticut. De manera similar a cómo se administró ese programa, DECD se asociará con SoFi, cuyas capacidades de tecnología avanzada ayudarán a procesar las solicitudes de subvenciones y la distribución de fondos de manera oportuna. SoFi, que tiene más de un millón de miembros, está proporcionando estos servicios de terceros de forma gratuita para apoyar a Connecticut y este importante programa de ayuda COVID-19 como parte de su misión más amplia de ayudar a las personas a lograr la independencia financiera para realizar sus ambiciones.

Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Moves Toward Phase 3 Reopening on October 8

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced details for his plans to move Connecticut into Phase 3 of the state’s reopening amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The plan, which is targeted to take effect on Thursday, October 8, 2020, will ease some of the restrictions that were put into place on businesses and gatherings, while ensuring that the state continues taking a safe approach to limit spread of the virus.

“The reason why we are able to have a discussion about even entering into Phase 3 is because of Connecticut residents’ collective actions to fight the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Lamont said. “By taking the sector rules seriously, wearing masks, physically distancing, and washing your hands regularly, I believe that we can continue to keep these rates low while also easing some of the restrictions that were enacted earlier this year. I applaud the residents of our state for what they’ve been doing, and urge them to keep it up.”

Business changes in Phase 3 will include:

  • Increase from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity indoors – subject to COVID-19 safety requirements – for restaurants, personal services, hair salons, barber shops, and libraries;
  • Outdoor event venues (e.g. amphitheaters, race tracks, etc.) will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements;
  • Indoor performing arts venues will be able to open at 50 percent capacity with masks and social distancing requirements; and
  • Bars and nightclubs will continue to remain closed.

In addition, Phase 3 also includes the following changes to the sizes of gatherings:

Indoor Outdoor
Phase 3 Current Phase 3 Current
Private – Social and Recreational Occurs at commercial establishment / places of business: 50% capacity, capped at 100 people

Occurs at private residence: 25 people

Capped at 25 people Capped at 150 people Capped at 100 people
Graduations 50% capacity, capped at 200

Masks and social distancing

Not allowed 50% capacity of 6-foot spacing, no cap. Masks and social distancing One-time exemption capped at 150

Masks and distancing

Religious 50% capacity, capped at 200

Masks and social distancing

25% capacity, capped at 100 people 50% capacity and 6-foot spacing, no cap. Masks and social distancing Capped at 150 people

El gobernador Lamont anuncia que Connecticut avanza hacia la reapertura de la fase 3 el 8 de octubre

(HARTFORD, CT) – El gobernador Ned Lamont anunció hoy los detalles de sus planes para mover Connecticut a la Fase 3 de la reapertura del estado en medio de la pandemia de COVID-19 en curso. El plan, que entrará en vigencia el jueves 8 de octubre de 2020, aliviará algunas de las restricciones que se implementaron en negocios y reuniones, al tiempo que garantiza que el estado continúe adoptando un enfoque seguro para limitar la propagación del virus.

“La razón por la que podemos tener una discusión sobre incluso entrar en la Fase 3 es por las acciones colectivas de los residentes de Connecticut para combatir la propagación del COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Lamont . “Al tomar en serio las reglas del sector, usar máscaras, distanciarse físicamente y lavarse las manos con regularidad, creo que podemos continuar manteniendo estas tasas bajas y al mismo tiempo aliviar algunas de las restricciones que se promulgaron a principios de este año. Aplaudo a los residentes de nuestro estado por lo que han estado haciendo y les insto a que sigan así ”.

Los cambios comerciales en la Fase 3 incluirán:

  • Incrementar del 50 por ciento al 75 por ciento la capacidad en interiores, sujeto a los requisitos de seguridad de COVID-19, para restaurantes, servicios personales, peluquerías, peluquerías y bibliotecas;
  • Los lugares para eventos al aire libre (por ejemplo, anfiteatros, pistas de carreras, etc.) aumentarán del 25 al 50 por ciento de capacidad con máscaras y requisitos de distanciamiento social;
  • Los lugares de artes escénicas bajo techo podrán abrir al 50 por ciento de su capacidad con máscaras y requisitos de distanciamiento social; y
  • Los bares y discotecas seguirán cerrados.

Además, la Fase 3 también incluye los siguientes cambios en el tamaño de las reuniones:

Interior Al aire libre
Fase 3 Actual Fase 3 Actual
Privado – Social y Recreativo Ocurre en establecimientos comerciales / lugares de negocios : 50% de capacidad, con un límite de 100 personas

Ocurre en residencia privada : 25 personas

Limitado a 25 personas Limitado a 150 personas Limitado a 100 personas
Graduaciones 50% de capacidad, con un límite de 200

Máscaras y distanciamiento social

No permitido 50% de capacidad de espaciado de 6 pies, sin límite. Máscaras y distanciamiento social Exención única limitada a 150

Máscaras y distanciamiento

Religioso 50% de capacidad, con un límite de 200

Máscaras y distanciamiento social

25% de capacidad, con un límite de 100 personas 50% de capacidad y espaciado de 6 pies, sin límite. Máscaras y distanciamiento social Limitado a 150 personas

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 portal.ct.gov/SOTS and choose “Business Services” and “Annual Report.”

For additional questions, you can email at crd@ct.gov.

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