We are to here to support

We are pleased to be moving on to our next stage for reopening while supporting members in their efforts and promoting their offerings.  Please continue to visit our local businesses on line or call their location to receive updated information on dining in, shopping, and availability.

There is still a lot of information available on what resources and relief is available and to help guide you through loan applications, increasing your social media presence, promotional tools, and webinars that connect you to other businesses that can help come up with solutions.  Some of these websites are linked below for easy exploring

If you need additional promotional support or would like us to help share what your business is doing, please email pfradette@narragansettcoc.com.

Thank you for your ingenuity and for everyone supporting each other. It’s what is going to make us stronger than ever and once this pandemic eases, we will all appreciate so much more the passion that goes into what each of our businesses do and provide each day.

Updates as of 9/23/2020

In an effort to take a pulse on how you are doing and what you need, the SBA and their partners have created a brief survey that will take 5 minutes to complete.  The more we have our Narragansett businesses fill it out, the more we will be able to negotiate with the State for financial help.

TAKE SURVEY HERE

Don’t forget that PPE is available including have hand sanitizer and disinfectant that we can distribute to you. Give us a call to set up a pick up time.

Support for Restaurants during the “Take it Outside” campaign.

We’re asking restaurant owners what supports you may need to “Take it Outside” this fall with the cold weather approaching.  We are gathering information on this State program, but also an extensive RFP (Request for Proposal) with a tight time frame.  If you have items on your wish list, please share them with us by emailing them to pfradette@narragansettcoc.com

As a reminder, access to The Towers, North Beach Club and Kinney Bungalow to EXTEND your seating for specialty meals has been approved.  We can help you with the details and how to apply for space, who to call , etc. This is open for any local restaurant providing there are open dates at the various locations.

SBA Webinars

The SBA Rhode Island District Office and their partners (the RI Small Business Development Center, SCORE, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and the Veterans Business Outreach Center), have put together an extensive amount of training and have business experts ready to assist. The webinars can be found below under ScoreRI Resources.

Below is important information about the RestoreRI grant program [commerceri.com]! To date, they have distributed more than $4 million in grant funding- but there are still funds available!

Here are the basics about the RestoreRI small business grant program: [commerceri.com]

  • This program is targeting some of the hardest hit industries here in Rhode Island, including retail, restaurants, and salons. Additional eligibility information can be found here [commerceri.com].
  • Eligible businesses who have 1-20 employees, or any restaurant or caterer, may apply for up to $15,000 in grant funding.
  • Businesses must demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 30-50% or more in any month from March-July 2020, depending on their industry. 

Helpful tools:

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PPE Equipment

We are happy to be able to directly supply PPE equipment to our member businesses.  To apply for yours now, please click on the form below.  Once you have completed the form, please print out and call the chamber at 401-783-7121 to schedule your pick up appointment at our offices.  It’s important you leave a message with your name and call back number if you are not immediately connected with our staff.

You will need to bring this completed form with you to verify your information before receiving your equipment.

PPE FORM FOR COMPANIES

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Reopening Rhode Island

  • This website will help provide crucial information on the reopening of the state, where your business falls within the Phases, and information about the available PPE equipment.
  • https://www.reopeningri.com/

Small Business Association COVID Relief Information

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Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and guidelines are now available. If you received a PPP loan, you can complete the application and submit it to your lender. You may also be able to submit the application electronically through your lender.

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SCORE RI Resources

Let SCORE Help You with the “Nuts and Bolts” of Reopening your Business In this second ReStart RI seminar, we will provide actionable advice to questions on the “nuts and bolts” of reopening your business.

Each Thursday at 1:00pm, they assemble an expert panel on relevant, practical topics that will help small businesses navigate the reopening.  Join them each week to learn how SCORE RI can help your small business during this dynamic and often confusing time.  This web-based interactive workshop will focus on the thorny issues small businesses are facing in getting restarted. Several experienced professionals will answer your questions live on issues such as:

  • Pre-opening communications and winning back customers
  • Ensuring the health & safety of both employees and customers
  • How to procure required cleaning and safety products
  • Understanding short-term revenue, cost, and cash flow implications

REGISTER FOR THE NEXT WEBINAR HERE

100 Questions About EIDL presented by SCORE
SCORE Answers 100 Questions About EIDL and PPP Loan Programs
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) programs continue to evolve and have a major impact on small businesses in Rhode Island and South Coast Massachusetts. SCORE Rhode Island has created a comprehensive list of 100 questions and answers about these two important SBA loan programs, including loan forgiveness and how to appeal loan decisions made by the SBA.
Their experienced volunteer professionals are working to help Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts businesses get restarted by providing practical answers on how to meet their challenges and succeed in the new economy.  Let them help you answer your top-of-mind issues with SCORE RI mentoring and personalized advice.

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Rhode Island Small Business Development Center COVID Relief Resources

  • The RI Small Business Development Center is also offering virtual business advising with their expert business counselors at no cost. RISBDC clients, reach out to your advisor with questions or concerns. If you are not yet a client, you may register for counseling. Call with questions at 401-874-7232

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Rhode Island Superior Court COVID-19 Business Recovery Program

Below, you will find information regarding the Rhode Island Superior Court COVID-19 Business Recovery Program, which is designed to assist businesses disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.