PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY, TIME SENSITIVE GRANT APPLICATION NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK

The Town of Ware would like to gauge how the pandemic has impacted Ware businesses. Please take about 10 minutes to help us better understand the needs of your business and ideas for solutions that could be helpful. Please feel free to share this survey with others so that we may gather as much information as possible. The results of this survey will help us to determine what grants to apply for to help local businesses. Thank you very much.

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScrIQTA_-DUFKKfys…/viewform

Resources for Small businesses during the Pandemic

Locally, Visit the  Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation at https://qvcdc.org/

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Give $5,000 Grants to Small Businesses Info here
  • Mass Cultural Council established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to support individual artists and independent teaching artists/humanists/scientists living in Massachusetts whose creative practices and incomes are adversely impacted by COVID-19. Info here
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Citizens Bank are pleased to announce the LISC Small Business Recovery Grant Program which will provide grants to hard-hit small businesses in Massachusetts to weather the immediate financial impact of closures and social distancing measures required to slow the spread of the coronavirus. LISC will offer grants of up to $10,000 to address immediate financial peril, limit layoffs, avoid gaps in employee benefits or insurance, mitigate economic instability and increase the likelihood of business survival. Info here
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (self-employed, independent contractors, workers with limited work history, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency. Info here
    $1,000 to help your small business reopen
    Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) and Tufts Health Plan are collaborating to support small businesses affected by the public health crisis. Eligible small businesses affected by the coronavirus can apply for $1000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE); technology allowing their employees to work safely remotely; and other health and wellness-related support to help their reopening. Click here
Business Resources 
Food Business Resources
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1-2pmweekly webinars on important topics for business owners.
CommonWealth Kitchen: Running a Food Business in the face of COVID-19, Resource Guide
American Farmland Trust: Farmers who are affected by market losses due to the virus, can apply for $1,000 to ease their immediate financial concerns. You can find more information about the application here: https://farmland.org/farmer-relief-fund/
Farm to Institution New England: COVID-19 Matchmaking: Institutional food, resources, labor, technical assistance

Main Street Improvements

The Ware Business and Civic Association has formed a construction mitigation committee that is meeting every other week with Town of Ware representatives. Comments, concerns and potential issues regarding upcoming construction will be logged and addressed with the town and construction company.

Construction Time Line

  • 4/20-4/21: Water Service Extensions
  • 4/22-4/25: In-Road Drainage Structures and Pipes – Main Street
  • 4/28-5/7: In-Road Traffic Signal & Lighting Conduits.
  • Work will be back filled daily, and patched on Fridays.
  • Construction timeline may change as needed due to weather, supply chains, emergencies, and COVID-19.

Contact The Committee Here

Check out Improvements here

Parking during construction

See Ware on Chronicle!  https://www.wcvb.com/article/covered-bridges-road-trip/30901657

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