Wednesday Update
April 15th, 2020
Shield & Support...An Online Event with a Purpose
Shield & Support: An Online Event to Support Shields for Healthcare Workers

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Treasury Issues Guidance to State & Local Govts for Coronavirus Relief Fund: Applications Due THIS Friday
This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance and application materials for eligible state and local governments that can apply for the newly created $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, established through the CARES Act. Funding is available to help governments navigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Funds can be used for expenses incurred between March 20, 2020 and December 30, 2020.
All states, as well as local governments with a population of 500,000 or more, are eligible to apply for funding. Governments must submit completed applications no later than 11:59 PM EDT on April 17, 2020.
Financial Options for Veterans w/SC disability who lost employment income do to COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues to affect communities around the country, itís having a devastating impact on many of our nationís veterans. On top of the additional health risks our wounded, ill and injured veterans face with the coronavirus, thousands of veterans with service-connected disabilities are being laid off or have had to close their small businesses due to this pandemic.
In response to this unprecedented event, DAV has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide financial aid to service-connected disabled veterans who have lost employment or income due to COVID-19. The issued grants are meant to help veterans pay bills, obtain food and provide for their families during these difficult times.
The application for this relief can be found at Veterans will need to fully complete the application and provide documentation verifying their status as a service-connected disabled veteran who has lost employment as a result of the pandemic. Disabled veterans who are small business owners or who work independently and have been negatively impacted financially as a result of the virus may also be eligible for this assistance.

We humbly request your assistance in getting this information out as widely as possible so that we may help those disabled veterans who are desperately struggling and no longer able to make ends meet during this unprecedented time. Like you, we donít know when this crisis will end. But we do know that together we can make a life-saving difference for our fellow veterans and their families.
If you would like to donate to this campaign, go to or text RELIEF to 484848.
With sincere appreciation,
J. Marc Burgess
National Adjutant
This a message from MGCC to assist in the translation of SBA documents which are in English only right now.
MGCC will pay for the translation of documents and we would like to accomplish having the application and one page instruction translated by this Wednesday, April 15th. It will represent about 3.5 pages in total. The translated version of the SBA PPP application will be used only as A BILINGUAL TOOL for the applicants to practice and then complete the SBA-PPP English version. As of now SBA is only taking applications in English. It could be great if they can accept them bilingual but we are checking with them to see what can be possibly done. We only can work with what we can do now, so MGCC agreed to pay for the translation to those interested in helping.
Information on COVID-19 Unemployment Eligibility Information, missing hearings/appeals deadlines due to COVID-19, Filing and Paying- Q1 2020, and Employer Charges
Whitin Community Center asks that you Show Us Your Heart
Show Us Your Heart
Let's show our love and appreciation for the essential workers of the Blackstone Valley by simply placing a heart in your window or door. Essential workers will see these hearts on their way to and from work and it will be an uplifting reminder of how they are making a difference and we fully support them along the way!

Participate in creating a heart with your family, and post a picture of it on social media using the hashtag #HeartBlackstoneValley.

We are all in this together, we are one community united.
Please visit for up to date information on loan packages from emergency guaranteed loans up to 10 million dollars and emergency bidge loans $25,000.00 or less. Some include payment deferments are up to 12 months.
Help with immediate relief!


InThink Webinar Series
Running Your Business in Quarantine: A Survival Guide
Week 5:Transitioning to Virtual Operations
Friday April 17th, 2:00-3:00pm
Join CEO, Kham Inthirath, as he discusses how your business can strategically position itself in the wake of COVID-19. The fifth session is this Friday, April 17th, 2-3pm EST.
This week, we have our very own Marketing + Operations Manager, Kellee, joining us. Now that your team is remote, how do you make them successful? Kellee will dive deeper into some of the operations and communication tools discussed in our first webinar - Asana, Slack, Toggl - and share tips on how to promote team culture virtually.
Webinar Agenda
  • Best practices for making remote teams work
  • Virtual Tools + and how to leverage them for your business
  • Virtual Team Culture + how to create one
  • Q&A
Moving to a completely virtual world can be overwhelming for many businesses and pose the question - how do I make my team successful now? Join us to find out!
Thirty on Thursday: COVID-19 Q&A with AIM Experts
State & Federal Tax Implications of COVID-19
Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:00 am
"In every adversity lies the seed of an equal or greater opportunity." This famous quote from Napoleon Hill looks to the brighter side of a dark situation. During these times, focusing our thoughts in positive ways can help as we are constantly getting bombarded with negative news and information. Come to this session for some positivity and to brainstorm ideas for identifying opportunities for you and your business/career within these challenging times.
Complete and utter disruption has been thrusted upon our lives. As we deal with a New Reality that is constantly evolving with every minute of every hour of each day, maintaining focus can be challenging not knowing what is changing within the world of business or how long it will last. For many, survival is at the forefront of our minds. The stability and predictability of Business as Usual has vanished. And just as Hope is not a Strategy, nor is Panic. This session will focus on brainstorming beyond survival to
New Members of the BVCC
Please take moment and check out our most recent new members. Support them if you are able by purchasing gift cards, ordering take-out, or scheduling an appointment for a later date. We thank you all! Welcome New BVCC Members!
?NoríEaster Roofing Inc. ∑ Rob Chaille ∑ 508-341-3261 ∑ ∑ Roofing

The Crafty Nest DIY ∑ Lesley Woods ∑ 508-341-3781 ∑ ∑ Retail Ė Arts and Crafts

Berry Insurance ∑ Kaitlyn Pintarich ∑ 508-528-5200 ∑

The Candy Shoppe ∑ Todd Wellette ∑ 508-865-0085 ∑ ∑ Retail Ė Candy Shop

SERVPRO Worcester ∑ Angelique Harvey ∑ 508-757-7885 ∑ ∑ Security

Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas ∑ Daniel Shapiro ∑ 781-419-3704 ∑ ∑ Industrial Equipment Supplies

Human Power Solutions ∑ Sandra Kearney ∑ 617-575-9959 ∑ ∑ Consulting
As a reminder, the BVCC Office is closed to in person meetings this week, but please do not hesitate to contact the staff of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. We are here to ensure your questions get answered, and your business needs are met.

Remote contact info:

Jeannie Hebert President & CEO cell #: (508) 981 5782
Liz OíNeil Programs and Events Coordinator
Julia Juskavitch Marketing Coordinator
Marcia Decker and Judy Curtis Administration