At CMSC, we love our downtowns and Main Streets. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, we must set aside our ingrained desire to convene with friends and neighbors in order to protect the health and well-being of our staff, members and partners.
To that end, effectively immediately, all CMSC staff will be working remotely. We are equipped to continuing providing guidance and technical assistance to our members and can be reached via email or phone. For the foreseeable future, we will also be suspending in-person community visits, although again, we will remain available for consultation.
With regard to our downtowns and Main Streets, we understand the significant impact the coronavirus is having on small businesses and the many institutions that contribute to the vibrancy of our communities. Please see below for some resources on how to address the effects of this public health crisis.
We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you can’t visit your favorite shop in person, consider buying a gift card to help them now and for you to enjoy later.
Stay safe and be well,
Patrick, Kim, Christine & Judith
COVID-related Advocacy & Legislative Information
- Please check out our page dedicated to COVID-19 advocacy and legislative information
CMSC Staff Info – We’re here to help! Please feel free to contact us by phone or email.
- Patrick McMahon, CEO – email@example.com, 860-280-2023
- Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, Associate Director – firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-280-2556
- Christine Schilke, Marketing & Development Director – email@example.com, 860-280-2356
- Judith Stahl, Administrative Assistant – firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-280-2021
For Downtowns & Main Street
- Main Street Tip Sheet & Shareable Social Graphics to support local businesses – Main Street America
- Main Street America COVID-19 Resource Page
- International Downtown Association COVID-19 Resource Page
- Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) COVID-19 Resource Center
- New! Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan Program – This is a $25 million short-term emergency loan program. Qualifying small businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees can apply for a loan of up to $75,000 or three months of operating expenses (whichever is less). The loan program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Business Exemptions for Coronavirus – Executive Order 7H
- COVID 19: Tips for Small Businesses – CT Small Business Development Center
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – US Small Business Administration
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Program – Small businesses should go to the SBA disaster assistance web page to start the registration process for financial assistance. This is an online process and small business should be using this portal to SBA to make application.
- CT Restaurant Association
- Filing for Unemployment Benefits
- COVID-19 Pandemic: What Small Businesses Can Do – Institute for Local Self-Reliance
- Women’s Business Development Council – https://ctwbdc.org/
- Women’s Business Center at the University of Hartford – https://www.hartford.edu/academics/schools-colleges/barney/about/centers-and-institutes/entrepreneurial-center/advising-and-assistance/womens-business-center.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- State of Connecticut Coronavirus Information
- Sign up for updates on how CT is handling the coronavirus crisis – CT Insider
- Hartford Courant – The Hartford Courant is lowering their paywall on their main coronavirus story of the day
- The Hartford Business Journal – HBJ is lowering their paywall on coronavirus-related content
- Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) Chapters:
- Southeastern CT – https://sect.score.org/
- Greater Hartford – https://greaterhartford.score.org/
- Fairfield County – https://fairfieldcounty.score.org/
- Northwestern CT – https://northwestconnecticut.score.org/
- New Haven County – https://newhaven.score.org/
- Western CT – https://westernconnecticut.score.org/
Ways to Stay Calm & Productive
The uncertainty and necessary social distancing precautions of the coronavirus have disrupted all of our lives, and left many of us stressed out and unsure how to cope. The below articles offer some tips on how we can manage to stay calm and productive during these trying times.
- How to Be Productive and Creative in Times of Panic
- What to Buy (and What to Skip) to Prepare for Coronavirus
- 11 Remote Workers on the Strategies They Use to Bond With Co-Workers
- Alone Time Is Essential to a Healthy Social Life