We were delighted to have Zach Bass, financial advisor with Edward Jones make a presentation at our monthly meeting.

He would be a great resource whether you are looking at retirement plans for yourself or setting up various financial plans for small businesses. He keeps current with the changing legal legislation. He’s seen on the left with WBCA Vice-President Danielle Souza and WBCA President Dan Flynn. He can be reached at zachary.bass@edwardjones.com

Massachusetts Updates on Covid -19

COVID-19 Business Relief Grants:

The Baker-Polito Administration announced approximately $31 million in awards for 710 additional businesses in the tenth round of COVID relief grants administered by the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC). As in prior rounds, each grant recipient meets sector or demographic priorities set for the grant programs administered by MGCC. 

With the addition of this round of grants, the Administration has awarded over $633 million in direct financial support to 14,056 businesses across the Commonwealth.
Grants for this round were awarded to 327 minority-owned, and 293 women-owned, businesses; 240 recipients are located in Gateway Cities, and 245 businesses awarded grants have not received any prior aid.

Additionally, MGCC will soon be announcing the availability of funding to support small business technical assistance and community development financial institutions.


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

Contact The Committee Here

Check out Improvements here

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

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