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March 17, 2020

Dealing With the Coronavirus: What to do immediately to help save your tourism industry, and downtown businesses

This workshop is FREE to all, so spread the word — this is important for your economic future.
In this workshop we are offering ideas that can still encourage travel while implementing “social distancing” and “self-quarantine” procedures, ways to shift your tourism marketing to help you weather the storm, what downtowns (and downtown businesses) can do to survive, and programs coming online to help small businesses that make up the bulk of our tourism-industry providers and downtown businesses. More...

March 17, 2020

Coronavirus Discussion Invitation from the MDECD and MOT - March 18 at 2 pm

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and Maine Office of Tourism (MOT) would like to invite you to join Commissioner Heather Johnson, Commissioner of Labor Laura Fortman, and MOT Director Steve Lyons on Wednesday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. for a coronavirus business impact and resource discussion. More...

March 17, 2020

Retail Association of Maine sets up COVID-19 resource page

The Retail Association of Maine has also set up a page with resources for its members. More...

March 17, 2020

Hospitality Maine offers news related to the COVID-19 outbreak

HospitalityMaine will post developments from the state and Federal government, members responses and industry best practices. In this time of social responsibility this is your hospitality industry hub for information.
https://www.hospitalitymaine.com/blogpost/1720490/HM-COVID-19-Updates More...

March 17, 2020

Maine SBDC is here to support your business...virtually.

The Maine Small Business Development Centers is offering virtual advising services, by email, phone or videoconferencing. More...

March 17, 2020

Maine Businesses Can Apply Now For SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

March 16, 2020 - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today approved Governor Mills’ application for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help Maine businesses overcome any temporary loss of revenue due to the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. Maine is one of the first states in the country to be approved, and Maine small business owners can now begin applying for these loans. More...

March 17, 2020

US SBA offers low-interest Federal Disaster Loans to Maine Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Maine small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Janet T. Mills on March 13, 2020. More...

March 13, 2020

A Letter From Tom Peaco about the Expo

To our valued members, I write to you today to let you know that your Chamber leadership has decided to reschedule our Business & Community Expo to a future date to be determined. Plans were well underway for this very popular and anticipated event, which had been scheduled for April 1. More...