The uncertainty that we face today in the present economic environment is unprecedented. Small business owners are forced to thoroughly review the sustainability of their operations in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. This guide serves as a guide for businesses to effectively assess their current financial and operational situation and build a plan for the immediate future.
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Conditions are changing hour-by-hour, and the end is unclear. It's essential to rely on your advisory team to help maneuver through each challenge and capitalizing on opportunities as they arise.
COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund Now Available in Massachusetts
The Baker-Polito Administration Announces $10 Million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund. The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has capitalized the fund and will administer it.
Terms and Conditions: This fund is being offered with no payments due for the first 6 months, then 30-months of principal and interest payments and no prepayment penalties. Businesses can apply for loans up to $75,000.
How to Apply: Complete the application found on MGCC’s website: EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org
Completed applications can be sent via email to email@example.com with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund”.
MGCC can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Eligible businesses in all Massachusetts counties are eligible to apply for SBA Disaster Loan assistance. RI & CT are also approved. Some counties in NY,NH, VT are also approved.
This loan program is very different from traditional SBA programs: it is not done through banks, is done through the SBA directly. There are no SBA fees. The program goes up to $2M and interest is 3.75% for non-profits and 2.75% for nonprofits, which are normally excluded from SBA.
To apply or see if your county is eligible to apply, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. You can also access SBA Disaster Customer Service at (800) 659-2955.
List of Approved Banks for SBA Loans
CDC Learn More About COVID-19
Learn more at Centers for Disease Control relating to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
DOL FAQ’s & Guides
DOL Effects Under FMLA
Effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
DOL Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
DOL Families First Coronavirus Response Act Q&A
DOL Families First Coronavirus Response Act Q&A: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
OSHA COVID-19 Overview
Infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers, and is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus, as well as conducting outreach activities: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
SHRM Coronavirus Information and FAQs
Society of Human Resource Management: https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/legal-and-compliance/employment-law/Pages/coronavirus-information-and-FAQs.aspx
MA Unemployment FAQs: Reduced Employee Hours
Borrower Paycheck Protection Program Application
Over the past several weeks, we've spoken with companies, some in a strong position, and others with futures that are uncertain. Although every business is unique, our hope is this guide will provide meaningful discussion topics and provide a guiding light through the fog. As always, If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us directly. We are here to help.