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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

Your go-to spot for timely business support

We are here to help you in any way we can.

WBDC has the tools and resources to support your business during this time. We can help you navigate the changes and guide you in making the best decisions for your business.

 
ACCESS ECONOMIC IMPACT LOANS AND GRANTS

There are a number of lenders offering small businesses impacted by COVID-19 working capital through loans and grants. We are here to help you identify which funding opportunity is best for you, and assist you preparing and submitting your application.

Call us at (203) 751-9550 or email us to request a counseling appointment to work on your application & requisite financials.

As of May 12, there are still PPP funds available ($120B) – get your application package ready now! Click button below to read our FAQs, including which lenders to apply with. It’s okay to apply with another lender if you haven’t heard anything from the one you originally applied with. 

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

FIND THE LATEST NEWS FROM STATE GOVERNMENT

WBDC is working closely with state and federal leaders to support small businesses and their employees.  We will keep you connected to the latest news.

 

Join our Town Hall events to hear about the changes and resources available from state leaders. You can catch the latest session with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and SBA District Director Mark Hayward – Watch here (Password: 5t!P2V^%)

Governor Lamont recently announced Phase 1 of reopening CT on May 20, including rules for Phase 1 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 to opening on May 20 using online self-certification system – Learn More, Download Guidelines by Sector, and Self-Certify

Self-employed can now apply for federal unemployment benefits – Read DOL’s FAQs. Get WBDC’s Step-by-Step Application Instructions

 

Additional updates includes the Governor’s executive orders, Department of Labor regulatory changes for employers and workers, tax changes with the Department of Revenue Services and more.

GAIN STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY

We know just how valuable it can be to connect with fellow business owners and leaders during this time. Stay tuned for videos and more to help keep you connected!

 

Join the WBDC community on Monday mornings at 10AM to connect; share ideas, struggles, and success stories; and learn from our Business Advisors and special guests – Register 

In April, we launched an online business directory and evolving networking program, WBDC Connect.  WBDC is offering the opportunity at no cost this year. Join over 350+ members for camaraderie, support and networking – View Directory and Become a Member Today

Catch the latest message from Fran Pastore, WBDC Founder & CEO, as she shares updates and asks you to share with us your PPP experience – Watch Now

During these difficult times, we continue to offer our regular counseling and training services to help small business ventures thrive. From delivering tailored guidance to skill building courses, we are here to support you.

MEET WITH A
WBDC EXPERT

Receive one-on-one virtual counseling on a range of business topics, from finance to strategy to marketing. Our staff will connect you with the best counselor to meet your needs.  Call us at (203) 751-9550 or click the link below to request an appointment.

Meet our Counselors

Request Session

ACCESS TIPS & ADVICE
FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

Get May 14th FAQs from WBDC Volunteer and HR Expert, Deb Gogliettino, on how businesses with employees can prepare for reopening.

Read HR FAQs

Get 10 easy-to-implement tips to adjust your marketing strategy to the current situation, from WBDC Marketing Expert, Anne DiFrancesco.

Read Anne’s Tips


GROW YOUR KNOWLEDGE

WITH VIRTUAL LEARNING

Take this time to enhance your business skills and acumen through our suite of entrepreneurial webinars and virtual classes. We utilize online platforms to bring the classroom to you, both live and on-demand.  More sessions coming soon!

On-Demand Learning

Register Today


Share Your Challenges

WBDC is working closely with state leaders to respond to the needs of small business owners and their employees. We appreciate you taking 5 minutes to share your feedback to help inform the services we provide. Your participation will allow WBDC and state leaders, including Government Lamont, Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), and the U.S. Small Business Administration, to provide you the support you need during this challenging period. We are a strong community and we will get through this together.