We’d like to take this opportunity to wish our community well during these tough times. With the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic already adversely affecting many people in our region, we’d like to use our platform to share information on resources available locally.
Small Business Loans Available
Based on the request of Governor Sununu, the SBA has declared a disaster declaration for the entire state of New Hampshire based on economic injury due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
All the details including the joint press release, the loan application process, assistance for government contractors, and other resources can be found on our website here.
Small businesses looking for assistance should reach out to one of our partners for help with things such as filling out paperwork, questions or even advice. Our partners include SCORE, NH Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Women & Enterprise (NH’s Women Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center). You will find links to each of these partners on our website at www.sba.gov/nh under “From our office”.
As you’re aware, this is a very rapidly developing situation. To keep up to date on all activities effecting NH small businesses, please join our mailing list click here.
Unemployment Benefits Available for those Affected by COVID-19 Issues
Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued the following Emergency Orders which will provide relief for Granite Staters affected by COVID-19:
All providers of electric, gas, water, telephone, cable, VOIP, internet service, and deliverable fuel services will be prohibited from disconnecting or discontinuing service for non-payments for the duration of the State of Emergency.
Landlords will not be allowed to start eviction proceedings for those unable to pay due to their financial situations. To do so would be against the law. All judicial and non-judicial foreclosure actions will also be prohibited during the state of emergency.
Individuals who are unable to work or who have reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have immediate access to unemployment benefits. Anyone in the following situations will now be eligible for state unemployment:
If your employer temporarily closes due to COVID-19; Individuals that need to self-quarantine or are directed to quarantine at the instruction of a health care provider, employer or government official; Individuals that need to care for a family member that has COVID-19 or is under quarantine; Individuals that need to care for a dependent because of school closures, child care facility closures or other similar types of care programs; Self-employed individuals that are temporarily unable to operate their business because of any of the above listed situations will also be eligible.
Individuals will need to file for each week of temporary unemployment and all of this can and should be done online or by calling. People can do all of this online from their home internet connection or their phone without ever having to go into a state office. The website to access is www.nhes.nh.gov and the phone number to call is 603-271-7700.
UV Strong is a regional website offering information on giving and receiving help during crises that occur in our area. Check here for more information.
COVID 19 & Freelance Artist Resources
An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines available HERE.
Educational & Making Resources:
With many members of our community now housebound and schools closed, we have been sharing a variety of educational and free internet based resources to learn. Please check our Facebook page for more information.
If you come across additional resources, please email them to us and we will be sure to include them in a future missive.
Be Well & Happy Makin,’
The Claremont MakerSpace Team