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Supporting Our Local Business Economy

Supporting Our Local Business Economy

The City of Quincy is working with the Federal & State Government to provide continued updates relative to resources available to the Business Community on COVID-19 information and alerts for funding/disaster business resources. This document will be updated regularly so please stay tuned….

The following is a list of resources for the business community:
COVID-19 – Disaster Relief with helpful links for immediate connection to these agencies. https://www.mass.gov/infodetails/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses

Small Business Administration Economic Disaster Loan (EDIL) Program

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has been activated statewide in Massachusetts. Updated details about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and how to apply is available here:

  • To learn more, go to: www.sba.gov/DISASTER
  • It is recommended that you apply on-line here at: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
  • Customer Service Center can be reached at: 1-800-659-2955 or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
  • No cost to apply, small businesses are urged to submit applications immediately.
  • NEW 12-Month Deferment period for the first payment was approved for EIDL program.
  • NEW Expedited Processing for loans under $500,000 where the submission of current tax return is not required for small businesses.
  • Loans are available to assist with working capital needs.
  • SBA EIDL loans are for small businesses and private non-profits (of any size) that were previously profitable, but whose revenues have been adversely impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 (since January 31, 2020). Loans can be up to $2 million and have a long-term repayment schedule of up to 30 years.
  • Sign-up for the latest updates at www.sba.gov/MA or follow @SBA_MA
  • Businesses can learn more about the SBA’s response to COVID19 here: https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businessesemployers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Resources for businesses and employees relating to employee benefits can always be found at the Office of Labor and Workforce Development's website.

Programs include:

Updated information regarding unemployment resources can be found here.

The WorkShare program, a tool to help employers avoid layoffs during a downturn – read more about WorkShare here.

The Rapid Response program, which works closely with companies to avert layoffs and keep a skilled workforce
engaged in the existing regional economy or industry; read more about how the Rapid Response Team can help businesses at the site found here.

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Unemployment Assistance will be hosting virtual town hall meetings featuring a step by step process to achieve a
successful unemployment claim. They will also take questions from claimants across the Commonwealth.

The current virtual town hall schedule is:

  • Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:10 AM
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Spanish Town Hall)

Click here to sign up for a virtual town hall via phone or online. A web link to the daily visual presentation can be viewed here. You can also download the step by step presentation.

The Division of Insurance

Click here for bulletin regarding flexibility in the issuance and administration of insurance during covid-19.

From the Governor

Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon.

Detailed list of the services and operations deemed essential.

Governor’s press release with additional updates here. The latest information and guidance regarding COVID-19 is always available at mass.gov/COVID19.

MA’s Emergency Operations Center’s Private Sector Hotline

The Hotline will be staffed Monday – Friday from 8am to 4pm. The hotline is 508-820-2094.

City of Quincy Contacts

Maureen Geary
Director of Business & Government Relations
mgeary@quincyma.gov
617-435-1824

James Scribi
Business Relations
jamesscribi@quincyma.gov
617-780-2247

Please reach out to our State Business Partners:

Margaret Laforest
Regional Director, Greater Boston
Massachusetts Office of Business Development
margaret.laforest@mass.gov
617-939-3097
1515 Hancock Street, Suite 402
Quincy, MA 02169
www.mass.gov/mobd

Sue Whitaker
Regional Director – Greater Boston
Massachusetts Office of Business Development
617-620-1005
susan.whitaker@mass.gov
1515 Hancock Street, Suite 402
Quincy, MA 02169
www.mass.gov/mobd