The COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted many of our businesses. Some have temporarily closed and had to lay off staff, while others remain uncertain about their future and ability to stay in business. The City of Amesbury continues to support our local businesses in any way we can. This page will be a hub for information regarding grants, loans, resources, education and more. Businesses who have questions or ideas are encouraged to reach out to Angela Cleveland, Director of Community and Economic Development at email@example.com.
As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Advisory Board shares next steps for businesses to begin to re-open safely, the City of Amesbury has formed its own team to help Amesbury businesses navigate those guidelines. The Business Economic Adjustment Team (BEAT), led by Angela Cleveland, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Amesbury, will take the guidance given by the Commonwealth and help make sure that our businesses understand how they can safely re-open during this time.
City of Amesbury - Community Development Block Grant MicroBusiness Grants
The City of Amesbury is partnering with the City of Newburyport to apply for CDBG funds to support microbusinesses (less than 5 employees). We are applying for a total of $800,000, and the application is due June 12, 2020. We held a public hearing on May 29, 2020 which you can watch on the City of Amesbury Facebook page. View the presentation here. We'll share more information about applying for these grants once we get approval of the funds. Stay tuned!
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
Small business owners can apply for an EIDL advance of up to $10,000. Based on available funds, application terms vary. Check the EIDL page for updated information.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
This loan program is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
In order to qualify for grant assistance from the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, the recipient must; Be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender, Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship, Lack the necessities of life, including financial, physical, mental, or emotional well being as a result of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship and Provide tangible documentation of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship.
Tax Relief for Small Business
There are a variety of federal and state tax relief efforts that businesses should be aware of. Including, Governor Baker has postponed the collection of regular sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes that would be due in March, April and May so that they will instead be due on June 20. Additionally, all penalties and interest that would otherwise apply will be waived.
WorkShare for Employers
If your company needs to reduce payroll costs because of a temporary decline in business, the WorkShare program is your alternative to layoffs. WorkShare allows an employer to reduce the hours of work for employees in an entire company (or a small unit or department), and the employees receive unemployment benefits to supplement their reduced wages. WorkShare for Workers is where employees can file a claim.
Unemployment Information for your Employees
Mass.gov has a very helpful page with guidance and information on unemployment. If your business closes, please share this information with your employees to assist them with unemployment claims, including for temporary closures.
EforAll Entrepreneur Resource List
Compilation of national, regional and local resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
COVID Relief Coalition
The COVID Relief Coalition is a group of law firms, nonprofits and government agencies helping small businesses and nonprofits access emergency loans and other sources of relief.
Center for Health Security
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security shared an Operational Toolkit for businesses who are thinking about re-opening or expanding during this time. This includes a business risk worksheet and an assessment calculator.
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We welcome our local business owners to reach out with questions, ideas or suggestions on how we can all better support you and help you through this crisis.
- Sharing information and communicating with the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce about resources available to small businesses.
- Appropriated 10 parking spaces downtown to turn into Grab 'N Go spots, for people to stop quickly and get take-out at our local businesses.
- Mayor Gove proactively reached out to the Merrimack Valley mayors from Newburyport, Haverhill and Methuen to support Senator Diana DiZoglio's bill for Governor Baker, asking him to allow alcohol sales with take-out orders. Mayor Gove sent this letter on March 21.
- Mayor Gove testified before the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses in favor of Bill S.2564, an Act to Support MassMakers.
- Launched the Amesbury BEAT (Business Economic Adjustment Team) to help our businesses re-open safely and successfully