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• BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
• EMPLOYMENT  
MORTGAGE RELIEF  
TAXES

PHASE 1 of Connecticut’s Business Reopening Plans - Governor Lamont’s administration has released documents detailing specific rules that eligible businesses falling under phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopening plans must follow amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase – which includes restaurants; offices; retail stores; and outdoor museums and zoos – is currently planned to take effect beginning May 20. Documents containing the rules for the first phase of reopening have been published on the state’s coronavirus website and are available to download directly at these links:
Hair Salons & Barbershops (delayed until early June)  
Museums and Zoos (Outdoor Only)    
Offices   
Restaurants (Outdoor Only)    
Retail & Malls

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE   

WEST HARTFORD BUSINESS UPDATES: COVID-19

Dept. of Economic Development 
https://admin.westhartfordct.gov/gov/departments/economic_development/default.asp

West Hartford Chamber of Commerce
https://www.whchamber.com/corona-virus-covid19-info

Coronavirus Business Recovery - State of Connecticut
https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Services/Coronavirus-Business-Recovery
Access information and resources related on how the state is protecting our businesses and residents during the coronavirus crisis.

Reopen Your Business | Self-Certify
https://business.ct.gov/recovery
Connecticut businesses will reopen in planned phases. Before you can open your doors, you must self-certify that you are following strict safety guidelines to keep your employees and customers safe.  

CONNSTEP: Infared Thermometers for Small Business and Nonprofits
https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/thermometer-request

U.S. Small Business Administration   
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:   
https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources  

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act   
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) for Businesses (PDF)  

IRS: Employee Retention Credit available for businesses financially impacted by COVID-19
To encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.  

Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers: Keeping your team members safe
Conn. Department of Economic and Community Development

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)   
https://www.lisc.org/connecticut-statewide/covid-19-resources/   
Excellent list of Covid-19 helping resources, including free webinars and grant seminars online for small businesses, property owners, and non-profits.

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
Manufacturers realigning or expanding capacity and capabilities to respond to the shortages of critical medical equipment and supplies shall be eligible for a one-time grant up to $75,000.The grants, offered through the state’s Manufacturing Innovation Fund Voucher Program, can be used for working capital, new equipment, and other purposes that help companies build capacity or re purpose their operations. Learn more about the program and the application process by visiting https://ctmvp.ccat.us.

Hedco COVID-19 Business Response Program Line of Credit
https://portal.ct.gov/DOB/Consumer/Consumer-Help/COVID-19-Mortgage-Relief
HEDCO, Inc. has partnered with Governor Lamont, State of Connecticut, the CT Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) and the CT Minority Business Initiative to provide financial relief to minority-owned and women-owned small businesses negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
Unemployment Help
State of Connecticut updates - Unemployment Insurance and info related to COVID-19 http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/UI-online/

How to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) in Connecticut if you are self employed:
April 30th article from the Hartford Courant

Free Online Job Training Program for Unemployment Claimants
Press Release and Online Learning Homepage
 

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: Apply For Aid
https://rerf.us/apply-for-aid/

MORTGAGE RELIEF
Mortgage Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak 
https://portal.ct.gov/DOB/Consumer/Consumer-Help/COVID-19-Mortgage-Relief  
If you are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19, the federal government is offering relief options to homeowners through the recently passed CARES Act. In addition, for those borrowers who do not qualify, many banks and credit unions in Connecticut are offering relief consumers may qualify for.

TAXES 
State of Connecticut Tax Information  
https://portal.ct.gov/Services/Revenue/State-Individual-Taxes

Free Tax Preparation Help - VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
https://uwc.211ct.org/taxhelp/
VIRTUAL VITA Programs: Clients can have their taxes completed for free by an IRS-certified volunteer via a combination of an online form and the telephone. The VITA program is for individuals who generally make $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Also, individuals who are self-employed should have business expenses less than $25,000, and individuals should not have income from a rental property. 

CBIA: Connecticut Business and Industry Association  
Employer guidance, information, and news for navigating the coronavirus pandemic:   
https://www.cbia.com/ct-coronavirus-resources/

CT Dept. of Revenue Services FAQs | Covid-19
Response Tax information for small businesses outlining eligibility for automatic extension of time to file and pay.
https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/COVID19/DRS-COVID-19-Response-FAQ

STATE OF CONNECTICUT Governor Ned Lamont's Updates and Briefings VIDEOS https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtrqatHUSvyR2X2jD9OdyRg/videos 

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