The Internal Revenue Service expanded the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to all taxpayers who can verify their identities. The Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit code known only to the taxpayer and to the IRS. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns using a taxpayers’ personally identifiable information. “This […]
The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns. The Feb. 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the […]
If you are looking for information about your second round of economic impact payments for $600 you should visit IRS.gov where you can check the status of your payment. If you had problems the first time around getting your payments you may also have issues this time unless you were able to correct your bank […]
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provided paid leave for many COVID impacted workers—and federal funding to reimburse employers for the costs of paid leave since April 1, 2020—is set to expire Dec. 31, 2020. The CARES II bill just approved does provide for employer reimbursements but it no longer mandates that employers provide it […]
APPLICATIONS OPEN JAN 15 Washington passed the COVID Relief Bill and one of the programs was a second round of the PPP (Payroll Protection Program). You can begin to apply tomorrow, January 15. Here is what you need to know… When can I apply? 1. As you know, you must apply for the program through […]
The US Department of Labor has ruled the following: Employers cannot keep tips their employees receive, nor can they allow managers or supervisors to keep any portion of those tips. The agency issued a final rule that addressed changes made to the Fair Labor Standards Act by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. It said: […]
“Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.” This year the Chamber of Commerce along with the Military […]
Everyone wants to know what is in the new bill and how it will help their business. As you know it is over 5000 pages long and includes everything including the kitchen sink. But this is what we think is most important for you: Extension of repayment and interest on deferred employee social security taxes. […]
Connecticut, thru DECD, is pushing through a new grant program to distribute $35 million in emergency funds to restaurants, bars and other small to mid-sized businesses in an attempt to help keep them in business until the federal COVID19 pandemic relief bill is in effect. Businesses whose revenues are down by at least 20% will […]
Many small business owners never even think of selling to the US Government. But they should. The government buys office cleaning services, donuts, office supplies, floor installation, shoe repairs. The U.S. Government is the largest customer in the world, buying all types of products and services — in both large and small quantities. By law, […]
The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Save Small Business Coalition, has joined forces with hundreds of other chambers and business associations to advocate for a fund to help businesses, and America, recover from the COVID pandemic. America’s Recovery Fund Coalition brings together more than 150 members across retail, restaurants, theaters, live […]
The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that it has joined the nationwide movement to save small businesses and is the first chamber from Connecticut to do so. The Save Small Business Coalition is a group of over 200 chambers of commerce and business associations across the nation created to address the […]
Governors of New England states have come together with the following rules regarding college students and the Thanksgiving holiday: Students need to get tested BEFORE leaving college and traveling. Positive students need to quarantine at school, finish their quarantine, before traveling.** Once coming home to CT they will need to quarantine for 14 days. Colleges […]
The Governor’s Executive Order 9M has given DECD the authority to create guidelines for sporting events in CT, to include team sports and youth events. TEAM SPORTS ON PAUSE 11/23/2020 THROUGH 1/19/2021 • Pause affects all sporting activities except for Collegiate and Professional. Teams that view themselves as professional must obtain approval from DECD. […]
Because of COVID the Governor has prohibited all organized in-person road races effective November 23. Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the CT DECD updated its sector rules to prohibit all organized road races. This includes any turkey trots or holiday road races scheduled for the week of Thanksgiving. Residents are encouraged to […]
$10,000 FINES FOR NON-COMPLIANT BUSINESSES Governor Lamond’s new executive order will allow Local Health Directors, District Health Directors and Municipal Designees to fine businesses $10,000 for violating the COVID rules on gatherings and size or capacity limitations outlined in the DECD Sector Rules. Private gatherings at residential properties, religious, spiritual or worship gatherings and graduations […]
With COVID cases rising the Governor has changed his mind about letting individual municipalities decide whether to stay at Phase 3 or move back to Phase 2. As of Monday night the Governor has decided all towns will go back to Phase 2. What does this mean? The chart above is a good visual. The […]
The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce and its Business Resource Center partner, the Small Business Development Center, will host a webinar that will discuss the application process for the new CT CARES Small Business Grant that will open up on November 9. Any small business with less than 20 employees will be eligible for the […]
Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is creating the Connecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits that have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide businesses and nonprofits in Connecticut that have fewer than twenty employees or a 2019 payroll […]
The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce was the recipient of The Last Green Valley’s Capacity Building Grant, designed to give assistance to non-profit organizations that are striving to advance their mission during difficult times. They provided $22,000 in grants to local non-profits within their region. “The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce is grateful for the […]
The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is accepting applications for its CARES Act Emergency Relief Grants. These grants are for Connecticut non-profit arts organizations that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 3, 2020 by 11:59 pm. No grant will be less than $1,500 or more than $3,000. Due […]
If you are a Corporation, LLC, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, you have to file an annual report and you have to update your “registered agent” this year. A registered agent is simply a person or entity appointed to “accept service of process” and official mail on your business’ behalf. You can appoint yourself or your company attorney. The […]
The Business Entity Tax was a $250 tax every 2 years that every business had to file. The last one that you got a bill for was for the years 2017-2018. You will not get a bill for 2019-2020. You do not have to do anything to stop getting billed for this. However, if you owe this tax from […]
Connecticut law requires annual report filings for the following business entities: Stock Corporations; Nonstock Corporations; Limited Liability Companies; Limited Partnerships; and Limited Liability Partnerships. The purpose of the annual report is to ensure the accuracy of the information on record regarding your business entity. The annual report does not require any financial information. The statutory filing […]
Day Care: The Governor issues another executive order that increased the number of children in child care program from 30 to 50 without needing approval from Office of Early Childhood. Mandatory COVID-19 testing for staff of private and municipal nursing homes, residential communities and assisted living agencies: Requires all staff of these facilities to be tested […]
Indoor gatherings for these purposes can be 25% of your capacity (determined by fire marshal for your building) or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is SMALLER. Outdoor gatherings for these purposes has a maximum of 150 people, but social distancing of 6 feet, and masks, must be followed. Gatherings where people remain in their […]
These new rules apply EXCEPT where they are prohibited by other laws, executive orders or the sector rules. 1. Indoor social and recreational gatherings up to 10 people, all social distancing and wearing masks. 2. Outdoor gatherings up to and including 25 people, and shall comply with: a. No contact sports or sports that include shared handling of […]
Barbershops and hair salons can open if they want as of June 1. Their activity is restricted to hairdressing and eyebrows ONLY. No other waxing, shaving or procedures are allowed.
Are you looking for masks, gloves and cleaning supplies? Here is some sources: Surgical masks for free, from Congressman Courtney: email email@example.com with # employees. Masks-surgical and KN95, cleaning supplies, sanitizer, gloves: Staples in Mansfield. Email Caitlin.firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve items as soon as they are shipped. COVID floor decals, banner etc: email email@example.com Infrared Thermometers: https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/thermometer-request Disinfecting your office: Renee’s Cleaning Service, Renee Kraus, 860-377-6401 Spectrum Business – […]
These webinars are full on info on the SBA programs, PPP and re-opening CT businesses. Many contain questions and answers that delve deep into the issue or industry and can only be found here. We have been careful to choose the best speakers with the most accurate information so that you are not mislead. If […]
Poise® Brand is awarding grants of $15,000 to help female entrepreneurs bounce back from financial hardships they’ve experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now through June 30, Poise Brand is accepting applications for 20 grants supporting woman-owned businesses. Learn More and Apply Now
WBDC has created a PPP Forgiveness Calculation Tool to help business owners that received funds to track expenses and maximize PPP loan forgiveness. WBDC Business Advisors Sherry Konwerski and Beth Scarborough are assisting clients in using this tool. Download Tool and request counseling appointment by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Gearing up to re-open your business? Make sure to check out the latest FAQ’s from […]
The Friday executive order also amended prohibitions on large gatherings, relaxing the previous enacted limits on large gatherings of five people. Effective Monday, June 1, 2020….. o Limits on all social and recreational gatherings are raised to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, subject to safety restrictions and existing orders and business sector rules. This means that […]
The Governor’s Friday executive order permits barbershops and hair salons to resume operations on June 1, 2020, provided that they follow sector rules that have been issued by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
These are the CDC guidelines for places of worship to open to the public. State guidelines for open businesses should also be followed. CT still has a limit of 50 people for a gathering in places of worship, social distancing and mask wearing. CDC GUIDELINES PLACES WORSHIP ARCHDIOCESE OF HTF GUIDELINES
The Eastern Workforce Investment Board (EWIB, CT DOL and Indeed are coordinating a Virtual Hiring Event for CT Tuesday, June 16 – Thursday, June 18. Employers who are interested in participating must: Have hiring needs within Connecticut Have 5 or more openings Have a Zoom Pro account Be willing to report # of hires To […]
Governor Lamont eased some of the restrictions on houses of worship Friday, now allowing 25 percent capacity or 100, whichever is fewer, or up to 125 people for outdoor services. He also eased restrictions on social gatherings allowing 10 people to gather inside homes and up to 25 outside homes. This does not NECESSARILY change […]
CT’S LATEST TESTING STRATEGY The strategy outlined above has been compiled by the Reopen CT taskforce in consultation with the Governor. It has been put together to assist in sharing important information regarding the state’s reopening. As you are probably aware the Governor is focused on statewide testing. The toplines of the slide deck are: […]
Americans experiencing homelessness may qualify for Economic Impact Payments. Spread the word so those who do not normally file taxes sign up with the IRS.
Artist Respond Grant Program The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) received 258 submissions to the Artist Respond program and was able to award seventy-three (73) grants for a total budget of $88,000. We received a number of strong applications, however, the field’s response far exceeded available funding making the grant process highly competitive. We […]
“Until further notice, OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee COVID-19 illnesses for all employers.” What does this mean? Recording a COVID-19 illness does not mean that the employer has violated any OSHA standard. It is just reporting. According to existing regulations, employers with 10 or fewer employees and certain employers in low hazard industries have no recording […]
Allowable Costs The SBA requires that payroll costs be documented as follows: Bank accounts or third-party payroll service reports documenting cash compensation paid to employees Tax forms (or equivalent third-party payroll service provider reports) for the periods that overlap with the covered period or alternative payroll covered period. Payment receipts, cancelled checks, or account statements documenting […]
This program grants access to 5,000 on-line courses and allows jobseekers to upgrade their skills while remaining in the safety of their own homes. These courses include subjects such as information technology, business analysis, customer service, project management, digital literacy, and more. It also includes training tracks with over 100 industry certifications (in both English and […]
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Here is the webinar for you to listen to: DECD REOPENING WEBINAR You are allowed to have a tag/yard sale. Flea markets are allowed and must register under retail. People over 65 years are not mandated to stay home, only recommended to do so. Families of more than 5 living together can go to restaurants and […]
general business and sector-specific rules self-certification ENFORCEMENT The Governor has given authority to local police and health departments to enforce these rules. Generally a first offense will be a warning and education. Continued violations and more serious violations will result in more serious penalties. Violating these guidelines is violating an executive order which is a Class D Felony, […]
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Go to www.filectui.com Click on “My Unemployment Account is Locked” Complete the information.
If you get any state UI you will be ineligible for the federal PUA. Some of you earn most of your wages as a self-employed person or 1099. But you may have collected money as a W2 over the past 18 months an qualify for some regular unemployment. You may have left a job voluntarily that at the […]
SWIMMING & BEACHES IN CT Beaches in CT, NY, NJ will be open officially as of Friday, May 22 with social distancing. There will be no fees for CT Residents. Swimming allowed only at shoreline state parks. None at inland state parks. People must be 15’ apart, blanket to blanket. There has to be a 6’ radius […]
STATE CAMPGROUNDS, CABINS, YOUTH SITES, RIVER CAMPING Will remain closed until at least June 12. CT STATE INLAND PARKS There are no fees for CT Residents. Closed parks: Kent Falls, State Park, Seaside State Park, Hammonasset Beach boardwalk, Silver Sands boardwalk. All indoor spaces closed, including bathrooms, museums, nature centers. Do not congregate in observation towers […]
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Connecticut Businesses Reopening Status Courtesy of CTNBC >
SBDC WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING TO OPEN YOUR BUSINESS > Make sure all your bases are covered before you decide to reopen your business.
INSURANCE WEBINAR > If you are opening under unusual conditions, like outside dining, please make sure you contact your insurance agent to verify your policy will cover your new circumstances.
Some of you are having issues finding out about your SBA EIDL loan. If you attended our webinar with Wendell Davis, you understand that this is a special division that has been working overtime to get the loans completed. If you encounter a problem, here is the contact information for that division of the SBA: […]
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The following guidelines are for private campgrounds: General Business Rules apply. maximum of 50% of usual capacity. Public areas other than bathrooms are closed (pools). Pools must undergo “start up” procedures, cleaning and disinfecting even though they will be closed (prevent mosquitos) or be drained. Separation of 20’ between campsites. Office staff should try to […]
These guidelines are called “General Business Rules” and include the same basic concepts as all of the other industries such as: social distancing of 6’, no groups over 5 people, face masks on at all times, handwashing, disinfecting, proper signage, allow only healthy employees and healthy customers, etc. The complete rules are here: General Business Rules […]
If you are a small business and need some free face masks, please email email@example.com with your company name, contact info, how many employees and your town. We will make arrangements for you to pick them up. Thank you Congressman Courtney!!!
The State of CT has this new website that has all the information you will need to reopen your business. Here is the link: https://business.ct.gov/Recovery
This information will be useful for anyone filing for unemployment assistance. If you think you don’t qualify, you should read carefully because there is assistance for almost EVERYONE! If you have a question, please call or email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view information >
If you applied for a EIDL loan from SBA and got a confirmation and loan number that starts with the number “2”, you need to re-apply for the loan. Wendell Davis, New England Director for SBA advised people to do this during our webinar.
The State has come out with general information that you will need to re-open your business. Reminder: You do NOT HAVE to re-open on any particular date. It is VERY important that you have all your ducks in a row before opening. Here is the guide: CT RE-OPENING GUIDE If you are a supplier and are not on this list: SUPPLIER […]
Under this new EO the Governor has extended the state of emergency until June 20 and has included: 1. Enforcement of the Sector Rules for Re-Opening: Gives the local health director the authority to enforce the rules for any “public health facility” which are salons, barbershops, beauty shops, nail salons, spas, tattoos, piercings, restaurants, private clubs, any alcohol […]
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that CARES Act emergency aid grants for college students will not be taxed as income.
Resource guide: Resources to Help Ensure Accessibility of Your Virtual Events for People with Disabilities Blog: Are You Including People with Disabilities in Your Virtual Arts Events?
The Chamber is putting together a list of businesses who can help you get through this crisis and the re-opening of your business. If you have a product or service that is important and necessary for other businesses to re-open or save money, please send us your information. You can email it to email@example.com. We will send out an […]
Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. […]
What is the Difference Between Cleaning & Disinfecting? How to Protect Your Facility from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) How to Safely Disinfect with Bleach Three Ways to Maximize Your Facility’s Disinfectant Supply During a Shortage Cleaning and Disinfecting for the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)
Governor Lamont is urging community stakeholders throughout the State of Connecticut – including municipal officials, community-based organizations, nonprofit providers, and philanthropic partners – to establish local long-term recovery committees that will help meet urgent needs, accelerate recovery, and expedite coordination with the state’s emergency management structure in the ongoing response and recovery efforts from the […]
The recommended sequencing of the reopening of colleges and universities would be as follows: · Research programs and administrative functions will be able to open on the same timetable as the first wave of general business operations in the state, which is currently set for May 20. · Next, early in the summer, workforce development programs in […]
Restaurants have stepped up to provide new services — like takeout and delivery, cook-at-home meal kits, and donations to those in need. Through content on CTvisit, social posts, and PR outreach, we’re helping to get the word out about their new offerings. Check out these articles below: Ways to Dine Out While Staying In Takeout […]
Some of the key inclusions that are beneficial to businesses include: $500 billion for State aid, $355 billion for local government/town aid (with $56 billion going to towns with less than 50,000 residents), 100% of COBRA payments made for furloughed employees, expansion and improvement of the PPP, $10 billion for the EIDL advances, tax credits, a […]
Wednesday, May 20, Noon Will focus on individual provisions, IRA/Plan distribution options, tax relief for business owners. Register here: WBDC WEBINAR
Tuesday, May 19, 9:00-10:00 AM As the state prepares to get businesses back in business, they have suggested a reopening date of May 20 for restaurants, retail and select establishments. Restaurants across the state are now having to weigh some difficult choices. Will you have the operational and financial capacity to reopen under the guidelines published […]
Here are the guidelines for dental offices adding non-emergency procedures to their practice: DENTAL GUIDELINES
The Governor has received concerns from the salon and barber shop industry that it is too soon for them to re-open. Issues include day care needed for kids at home, costs for personal protective equipment and concerns over the close proximity to customers. We will keep you up to date as to the new re-open date for […]
DECD has clarified that a family with more than 5 people LIVING TOGETHER can visit a restaurant and dine together at the same table. This is new from the previously stated guideline that only groups of 5 or less can dine at the same table, even if they are family. So you don’t have to […]
The SBA has released PPP forgiveness rules and answers to many commonly asked questions. Instructions detail payroll cost calculations, non-payroll expenses, full-time equivalent rules, and more. Download the application and instructions here >
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides tax credits to reimburse employers for the costs of providing paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These credits are refundable. That means if the amount of the credit exceeds the amount of tax owed, the remainder is […]
If you missed our webinar, please listen here. SBDC went over all the things you should be considering when re-opening your business. Don’t just open because it’s May 20, open because your business will be successful.
Here is a copy of the webinar: INSURANCE WEBINAR MAY 15
For the upcoming June 5, 2020, Quick Grant application deadline, organizations are asked to submit grants for projects that address ways that they can best serve their community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant requests for non-COVID-19-response-related projects will not be accepted. More Info>
Connecticut Humanities is honored to provide rapid-response funding to nonprofit humanities and cultural organizations that are facing financial hardship resulting from COVID-19. These grants are funded by the CARES Act via the National Endowment for the Humanities. Connecticut Humanities will be re-granting a total of $450,000 in CARES Act funding. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to […]
There has been a question about what “needing” the PPP loan/grant means. The PPP loan/grant was designed to help businesses who were financially suffering from the COVID pandemic and needed the funds to continue operations. Some very large corporations who received the grant did not feel they met that standard and returned the money. If […]
The State of Connecticut is receiving $111 million in federal coronavirus relief aid for the state’s school districts that will be used to support continued learning and address educational disruptions due to the global pandemic.
You are not alone…… You will find this interesting. DOWNLOAD THE SURVEY RESULTS HERE >
If you missed the webinar, here is a copy. Lots of questions answered. Thank you so much SBA and SBDC for taking the time to be with us!!! https://bit.ly/2zD5lsq
For information about guidelines per industry go here: GUIDELINES For the self-certification to open your business go here: SELF-CERTIFICATION
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET, for farmers, ranchers and other producers interested in applying for direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s […]
Due to COVID-19, the IRS’ People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers on a variety of issues from easing payment guidelines to delaying compliance actions. This relief is effective through the filing and payment deadline, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. • Existing Installment Agreements – Under an existing Installment Agreement, payments due between April 1 and July 15, 2020 are delayed. […]
If you are an independent contractor or self-employed and applied on April 30 for your unemployment…. You needed to apply for regular CT unemployment first. Many of you started to get letters saying that you had a $0 benefit. This is good. You now could apply for the PUA. However, some of you got your […]
The Chamber has received notice of the a new grant opportunity from blumshapiro: At blum, we believe passionately that partnering with our communities is an investment in our families and the support systems that allow us to be here, doing work that matters. Giving back is ingrained in our culture here at blum. Members of […]
Here are some resources: Business will need to register and note there is a limit of how many they can get. https://www.ctcovidresponse.org/request-masks-for-ct-small-business This link also provides additional background about PPE , Masks and other OASH guidelines https://www.cbia.com/resources/hr-safety/safety-health/personal-protective-equipment/ Here is a link to a news article from Fox 61 about where to find PPE around the […]
The governor came out with his guidelines last Friday. Since then there has been a lot of discussion and some changes. You can now use a blow dryer at a hair salon! J Our recommendation is this: 1. check the guidelines regularly 2. read our newsletters, we will give you updates 3. work on the basics of determining if it is profitable […]
People must use Get My Payment by noon Wednesday, May 13 , for a chance to get their Economic Impact Payment by direct deposit. After noon Wednesday, the IRS will begin preparing to mail millions of additional payments to those who haven’t received one yet. Taxpayers can expect to receive these payments beginning in late May. […]
If you applied for the PUA as an independent contractor, self-employed person you may have received your confirmation email today. Many people received an email saying their application was being processed and then gave you a long list of things to do to continue getting your unemployment each week. If you have not been a W2 employee, […]
If you are self-employed, gig performer, or independent contractor you can now apply for unemployment under the PUA. Here is what you must do…. 1. you have to apply for regular unemployment first-blue button on the state unemployment site 2. you must get your letter in the mail saying you will not receive money for regular UI 3. then […]