Coronavirus: Resources for Small Businesses

Resources (updated as of 1/11/21):

Paycheck Protection Reopening and other small business assistance.  On January 8, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on January 11, 2021 for new and certain existing borrowers.  For more information, click here.

Federal Stimulus Package.  The federal government just approved a $900 billion stimulus package to deliver economic relief to small businesses and Americans impacted by the pandemic.  For more information, click here.

Phase 2.1 Guidance.  As Connecticut continues taking steps to protect residents from the spread of COVID-19, the state is currently in Phase 2.1 of its reopening plans. It previously had been in Phase 3, however due to a spike in cases statewide, the state rolled back to Phase 2.1, which is a slightly modified version of Phase 2, effective November 6, 2020.  For more information, visit

HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program.  Main Street America has partnered with The Hartford to create a grant program that will fund solutions to help small business owners respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also help to revitalize and strengthen older and historic downtown commercial districts. A minimum of 50% of grants will benefit diverse-owned businesses, as defined by the Small Business Administration.  Applications for Round 2 of the program will be accepted beginning on October 22, 2020 through October 29, 2020. HartBeat of Main Street grant program  For more information, visit Main Street America's website.

Governor Lamont announces CT CARES Small Business grant program.  The program will assist small businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut who are impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  It will provide businesses and nonprofits that have fewer than 20 employees or a 2019 payroll of less than $1.5 million with a one-time grant of $5,000.  For more information, visit

Governor Lamont announces launch of is an online, one-stop-shop where entrepreneurs can easily find information and quickly create a checklist with everything required to start up or manage their business in Connecticut. The online service will make it easier to do business in the state, support small business owners as a partner in their success, and improve citizens’ interactions with state government.  For more information, visit

Paycheck Protection Program Reopens.  The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications on July 6, 2020.  The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. For more information, visit the SBA website.

Main Street Lending Program: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston operates the Main Street Lending Program. The MSLP is a Federal Reserve program designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized eligible businesses that were in sound financial condition before the COVID-19 pandemic, and that were either unable to access the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or that require additional financial support after receiving a PPP loan. Importantly, MSLP loans (as opposed to PPP loans) are not forgivable. Click here for more information.

PPE & Cleaning Suppliers List: The CT DECD has compiled a downloadable list of suppliers (both in-state and beyond) to assist business owners with obtaining cleaning supplies, PPE equipment, plexiglass barrier materials and more. Click here for more information.

Phase 2 Reopen Rules by Sector.  CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has released business sector rules for Phase 2 reopen on June 17th.  For more information by sector, visit the DECD website.

Reopen CT.  Safer. Stronger. Together.  CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has released business sector rules for a May 20th reopening.  For general information, visit the DECD website.  For information by sector, click on the appropriate link: Reopen CT Hair Salons/Barbershops, Reopen CT Offices, Reopen CT Restaurants, and Reopen CT Retail

Small Business Reopening Resource Guide.  CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has released the Small Business Reopening Resource Guide to assist small businesses in the process of reopening when they are ready.  

Town of Wilton Temporary Outdoor Activity/Dining Permit Application.  The Town of Wilton looks forward to working with you to reopen your business as allowed under Executive Order 7 MM issued by Governor Lamont. The Temporary Outdoor Activity/Dining Permit Application has been prepared to allow you to obtain a permit to have outdoor food and beverage service or to have outdoor display of retail goods.

Governor Lamont announces distribution of infrared thermometers to eligible small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship.  For more information, read the press release here.

CT Business Recovery and Reopening Center.  State of CT has released the CT Business Recovery and Reopening Center - a one-stop resource to help businesses prepare, rebuild, and grow during the State's Coronavirus emergency.

Interim Guidance for Business Employers.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created Interim Guidance for Business Employers on how to plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus.

CT Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  The SBDC website provides Coronavirus information relevant to small businesses including resources, videos, and links to material from various government agencies.

Advance CT launches surveys about reopening CT.  Advance CT has launched two new surveys - Small Business Reopening Survey and CT Worker Sentiment Survey - that will help gather important insight as we begin to focus on the reopening of the State of CT.   

SkillUp CT.  This program is for any resident who is unemployed during the Coronavirus pandemic.  This at-home learning program offers free online job training.  To find out more or enroll in the program, click here.

Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  For more information, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website.

Eversource.  During this challenging time, Eversource is providing several measures that will lessen the financial hardship on its customers including small businesses.  Click here to view a recent letter from Eversource.  For more information, visit the Eversource website

Recovery Bridge Loans for CT Businesses.  State of CT Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a $25 million short-term loan program for Connecticut businesses that are struggling as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.  For more information, visit the CT DECD website.

CT Department of Labor (DOL) Unemployment Assistance.  Workers and employers can find information on unemployment assistance benefits on the CT DOL website.

CT Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Filing Extensions.  The DRS has extended deadlines for filing and payments with certain state tax returns.  Visit the DRS website for more information.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Assistance.  On March 16th, the U.S. SBA approved Governor Lamont's request to begin offering disaster-relief loans to Connecticut small businesses and nonprofits.  Additional funding has  been provided for farmers and ranchers and certain other agricultural businesses affected by Coronavirus pandemic. Visit the SBA website for more information. 

Advance CT.  In light of the Coronavirus emergency, Advance CT wants to help businesses across the state.  Visit the Advance CT website to see their response and resource list.

State of CT - Coronavirus Business Resources.  For more information, visit the State of CT Coronavirus website.

How do I contact my Federal and State representatives?  Click here for contact information.


Governor Lamont's Order Regarding "Essential" vs. "Non-Essential" Businesses