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for businesses affected by COVID-19:

Reopen CT Phase One Business Guidelines Released
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Governor Lamont recently announced Phase One of reopening CT on May 20, including rules for Phase One businesses to follow.  These businesses include hair salons & barbershops, restaurants, offices, retail stores, and offices.  Businesses subject to these guidelines will be required to self-certify prior here to opening on May 20. Also read WBDC Volunteer and HR expert, Deb Gogliettino’s FAQs on HR considerations when reopening.

LISC Reopens Round 3 of Small Business Relief Grant Applications – Due May 20

LISC has reopened Round 3 of its Small Business Relief Grant funding for small businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.  Priority will be given to minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses.  Apply by Wednesday, May 20 for the chance to receive up to $10,000 in grant money.  Read Grant FAQs and Apply Here

$120 Billion in PPP Funds Still Available

There is approximately $120 billion in available funds to help small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  If you have not heard anything about your application status from your lender, apply with a different lender.  Fintechs such as PayPal, Square and Kabbage, are accepting applications with quick turnaround, as well as many smaller community banks and credit unions. If you have not yet applied, now is the time to get your application in.

Contact WBDC to get assistance with your PPP application now
We can be reached at 
(203) 751-9550, or email us to book a no-cost, 1:1 counseling appointment to answer questions & help you prepare.

Join our Business Advisors, special guests, and your fellow small business owners for virtual chats featuring Q&A, resources and advice to keep moving you forward during these challenging times.  Mondays will kick off with the latest developments and then shift towards industry-specific guidance for businesses reopening.  Wednesdays will start with the latest news, before turning to a topic that’s important to you, or a guided self-care exercise with a wellness expert.  Choose to join one call or several! 

Held Mondays at 10AM and Wednesdays at 7PM

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Women’s Business Development Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the tools and resources to help women thrive in business. We believe that when desire, education, and preparation come together, opportunities are created, ideas are ignited, and economies are expanded.

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