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SBA Disaster Loans for the COVID-19 Crisis

Click the image below to launch the slideshow for the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Disaster Declaration loans program or click here to view the full PDF.

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.

Staying Safe and Protecting Others

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 Update Newsletters

Saturday Aug 8, 2020 Update
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Monday July 6, 2020 Update
Thursday July 2, 2020 Update
Monday June 30, 2020 Update
Friday June 26, 2020 Update
Monday June 22, 2020 Update
Friday June 19, 2020 Update
Monday June 15, 2020 Update
Sunday Smile June 14, 2020
Friday June 12, 2020 Update
Monday June 8, 2020 Update
Friday June 5, 2020 Update
Monday June 1, 2020 Update
Sunday Smile May 31, 2020
Friday May 29, 2020 Update
Tuesday May 26, 2020 Update
Friday May 22, 2020 Update
Monday May 18, 2020 Update
Sunday Smile May 17, 2020
Friday May 15, 2020 Update
Monday May 11, 2020 Update
Sunday Smile May 11, 2020
Friday May 8, 2020 Update
Monday May 4, 2020 Update
Friday May 1, 2020 Update
Monday April 27, 2020 Update
Sunday Smile April 26, 2020
Wednesday April 22, 2020 Update
Monday April 20, 2020 Update
Sunday Smile April 19, 2020
Friday April 17, 2020 Update
Wednesday April 15, 2020 Update
Monday April 13, 2020 Update
Friday April 10, 2020 Update
Wednesday April 11, 2020 Update
Monday April 6, 2020 Update
Friday April 3, 2020 Update
Wednesday April 1, 2020 Update
Monday March 30, 2020 Update
Friday March 27, 2020 Update
Wednesday March 25, 2020 Update
Sunday March 22, 2020 Update
BVCC Newsletter: COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Response Command Center

BV Chamber Member Business Bulletins

Wednesday June 24, 2020 Update
Wednesday June 17, 2020 Update
Wednesday June 10, 2020 Update
Wednesday June 3, 2020 Update
Wednesday May 27, 2020 Update
Wednesday May 20, 2020 Update
Wednesday May 13, 2020 Update
Wednesday May 6, 2020 Update
Wednesday April 29, 2020 Update
Friday April 24, 2020 Update
Tuesday April 21, 2020 Update
Saturday April 18, 2020 Update
Thursday April 16, 2020 Update
Tuesday April 14, 2020 Update
Saturday April 11, 2020 Update
Wednesday April 9, 2020 Update
Tuesday April 7, 2020 Update
Saturday April 4, 2020 Update
Tuesday March 31, 2020 Update
SaturdayMarch 28, 2020 Update

Additional Resources

Message from the BVCC President
Worcester Chamber of Commerce Special Email Archive
COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Assistance
Email update from Representative Bruce Ayers

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, 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.

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 to schedule your appointment.

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