A Message from the Blackstone Valley Chamber President
The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) has adjusted our operating schedule. For all intents and purposes the brick and mortar office will be closed until April 7, 2020. We will be available to you remotely by e-mail and text.
We will also be postponing all of our scheduled events and info sessions through April 7, 2020 and request that all BVCC committee meetings be conducted virtually.
The BVCC takes seriously our commitment to our member businesses and the support we offer you. We want to emphasize that even though we are not physically in our office, we are available to help with your questions and concerns. We are faced with unprecedented circumstances which are creating a very challenging time for our members. Please be assured that the BVCC will continue communicating through e-mail, e-blasts and our newsletter, and share with you any and all information regarding assistance to employers and employees. The BVCC is working closely with our state and local legislators to monitor the situation and share the most current information with you. None of us have ever encountered anything like this and we thank you for your understanding.
We encourage you to follow all best practices and protocols recommended by the state and our health care experts, seeking to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are lucky in Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth to have some of the top health care professionals and organizations in the world.
Remote contact info:
Jeannie Hebert President & CEO cell #: (508) 981 5782 email@example.com
Liz O’Neil Programs and Events Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Juskavitch Marketing Coordinator email@example.com
Front Desk firstname.lastname@example.org
President and CEO
Resources, Information and Communication
Below are links to online resources, information, and communication from government and other officials. We will add to this listing as new items come in.
BV Chamber Newsletters
Saturday April 4, 2020 Update
Friday April 3, 2020 Update
Wednesday April 1, 2020 Update
Tuesday March 31, 2020 Update
Monday March 30, 2020 Update
SaturdayMarch28, 2020 Update
Friday March 27, 2020 Update
Wednesday March 25, 2020 Update
Sunday March 22, 2020 Update
Governor Baker Orders All Non-Essential
Businesses to Cease In Person
Two Week Stay at Home Advisory
Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon until Tuesday, April 7 at noon.
The Baker-Polito Administration issued a list of designated businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that shall continue to operate brick and mortar facilities during this two-week time period. This list is based on federal guidance and amended to reflect the needs of Massachusetts’ unique economy.
Small businesses, especially in the service sector, are hard hit by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Many are struggling to pay their rent, employees, and other expenses. Below is the information needed for businesses to apply for economic injury loans from the SBA. The flyers are in English and Spanish.
Emergency loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses negatively impacted by Covid-19
The BVCC has for many years had a relationship with North Central Community Development Corporation (NCCDC) for gap and micro lending.
Sandie Cataldo is the Director, email@example.com. They are offering emergency loans of up to $20,000 to small businesses negatively impacted by Covid-19.
The loans, offered through its financing arm the North Central Massachusetts Development Corp. are in lieu of high-interest credit cards or expensive and unregulated online lenders.
The NCCDC still offers its regular loans of up to $150,000, although those take longer to approve.
To qualify for the emergency loan, businesses must provide two years of tax returns and demonstrate a direct financial impact of coronavirus on the business.
To inquire about a loan, please contact Sandie at the North Central Chamber.
Staying Safe and Protecting Others
Clark University SBDC remote counseling available
The Blackstone Valley Chamber’s SBDC’s Counselor, Leo Sharkey, will be available for appointments via conference call. SBDC understands the hardship that small business owners may be experiencing due to this current COVID-19 situation. Please email LSharkey@clarku.edu to schedule your appointment.
As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues, I will send out periodic updates to help keep my constituents informed on the state of the health crisis, and what the government is doing to assist people during these unprecedented times.
As we've reached the end of the week, I wanted to provide you with some new resources that have been made available, as well as a reminder on other resources available for residents.
The information below includes helpful links to stay updated with reliable data, as well as information on what is happening at the Federal, State, and Local levels of government in my district. As stated in my first update, my office is working remotely throughout this crisis but is still regularly checking emails and phone messages. If you have any questions or concerns, or if there is a way we can help you, please feel free to email me at Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov, or contact my office at 617-722-2230.
Bruce J. Ayers