Coronavirus: Resources for Small Businesses

Resources (updated as of 5/19/20):

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.

COVID-19 Tax Deferral Program.  In recognition of the financial hardships brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Wilton is offering all qualified taxpayers the opportunity to delay payment of real estate, property and sewer taxes, charges and assessments for 90 days.  For more information, visit the Town of Wilton's COVID-19 Tax Deferral program webpage.

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.

Updates:

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