The application for the CT CARES Small Business Grant will be available the week of November 9, 2020. DECD staff along with partners will be available each day of the week to assist applicants with the process. Staff will be available three times a day – morning, lunchtime and evening hours – with timeslots in Spanish.

La solicitud para la Subvención de CT Cares para Pequeños Negocios estará disponible la semana del 9 de noviembre de 2020. El personal de DECD, junto a otros socios estarán disponibles cada día de la semana para asistir con el proceso a los solicitantes. El personal estará disponible tres veces al día en la mañana, hora del almuerzo y horas de la tarde, con algunos espacios asignados para Español.

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 DECD is no longer accepting applications for the program.

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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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Si tiene algún problema como descargar la aplicación, puede comunicarse con Steven Maldonado al 860-819-3070 o steven_maldonado@samact.org

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…

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.

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.

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

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Sama and Minority Biz Owners Push For More PPP

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Request Personnel Protection Equipment

If your business is in need of Masks and Gloves, go to https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/

Click on “Complete the Form” under Request PPE Supplies. 

There is no charge for the supplies

Information was provided by 211

Go to https://www.211ct.org/ or call 211 if you have a question about the Emergency food pantry,

financial assistance, COVID-19, and more.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Click on the link for more information: Sba.gov/disaster

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

“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.

Click for news release Español

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 cdc.gov or visit our states website at ct.gov/coronavirus.

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

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

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; manuel_aldarondo@samact.org (New Haven County)

Rosa Jacinto, 860-724-4910; rosa_jacinto@samact.org

Ana Sanchez Adorno, 860-819-3136; ana_sanchez@samact.org

News, Announcements, and Unemployment Information

www.ctdol.state.ct.us for all updated information.

INFORMATION FOR FILING YOUR INITIAL UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM

Unemployment Separation Package: www.ctdol.state.ct.us/hp/uc-62twithbabel3-2020.pdf

To file on-line go to: http://www.filectui.com

Dine-In Closed – STARTING MARCH 17 – By The Executive Order Of The Governor, Until Further Notice

DINE- IN Poster PDF

Comida Cenar a Dentro Estarán Cerrados Comenzando – el 17 de Marzo del 2020 – Por Orden Ejecutiva del Gobernador Hasta Nuevo Aviso

DINE- IN Poster Spanish PDF

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