The restrictions were set to be lifted this Sunday.
"As we all know, Massachusetts is fighting its way through a second surge. Cases are growing and hospitalizations continue to climb," he said. "That puts
a lot of pressure on our health care system and our hospitals."
Late last month, our board chair Linda Sloane Kay announced plans to expand our chamber's outreach and engagement into Wellesley.
Our decision follows months of great conversations with members of the Wellesley Chamber’s board, during which we mutually agreed that the businesses and nonprofits in our region stand to prosper from the connections, networking and camaraderie that could come from being under
the same umbrella.
Slowly but surely, we’re getting more information about the much-anticipated second round of the Paycheck Protection Program.
The SBA has just released new guidance for the $284 billion program. It doesn't tell us when the new application portal will open, but it does say the
deadline for round two applications will be March 31, reports Andy Medici for the BBJ.
Here's a few other worth noting:
If you received a PPP loan in 2020, it could be advantageous to work with your same lender again because you won’t need to submit any additional documentation.
Second time applicants will need to show a 25% reduction in revenue in any quarter in 2020, compared with the same quarter in 2019. But you won’t need
to submit those documents now if your application is for $150,000 or less. The information can come when, or anytime before, you apply for forgiveness.
If you didn’t apply for the PPP last year you can do that too. In fact, the SBA has reserved $15 billion for first time applicants with 10 or fewer employees
and you won’t need to document the same 25% year-over-year revenue drop that second timers must.
We’re happy to announce that Ili Spahiu from the SBA will be returning on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. via Zoom for a presentation about the PPP.
Spahiu presented for the chamber three times in 2020 and, as anyone who attended will likely tell you, his presentations can be super helpful.
Spahiu will review the new criteria and requirements for the new round of the PPP, as well as the forgiveness process for PPP loans awarded in 2020. He
will also provide information about the SBA’s EDIL program and answer your questions.
We’ll share the registration link for this program next week.
A-door-able program seeks to enhance Newton’s villages
At a time when we’re all looking to rebuild the economy and lift our spirits, Newton Community Pride,
in partnership with the city, has just announced a new program to promote economic vitality of Newton’s village centers and the enjoyment of public
The nonprofit is looking for artists to decorate approximately 20 recycled wooden doors to be installed in and around several of Newton’s village centers.
The goal is to encourage engagement with public art as well as encourage more foot traffic to safely support local businesses in a safe, physically distanced
Artists are invited to apply for this juried initiative by Feb. 28. Winners will be selected by March 30. Selected artists will each be paid commissions of $425. Following the
exhibit, the doors will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to support further public art initiatives. More information here.
An effort to make Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill more bike and pedestrian friendly will be discussed by the Mass. Department of Conservation
and Recreation at a zoom meeting on Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
Someone please rip off this idea
A Philadelphia developer has launched a multimedia advertising campaign aimed at supporting that city’s restaurants by encouraging people to order takeout. The #takeoutphilly campaign includes print, radio, web, direct mail, social media and ads and on bus shelters and digital screens.
Cleaning surfaces is so 2020
Are you still disinfecting every surface in your workplace and spending a lot of money on disinfecting products?
All that scrubbing and disinfecting – and all the time and money it takes to do just that --might not be necessary,
While we all know about the danger of air bound particles, the risk of getting infected from touching a surface contaminated by the virus is low, says
a microbiologist at Rutgers.
"In hospitals, surfaces have been tested near COVID-19 patients, and no infectious virus can be identified," Goldman says.
"Instead of paying so much attention to cleaning surfaces, we might be better off paying attention to cleaning the air, given the finite amount of time
and resources," says Linsey Marr,
an infectious disease professor at Virginia Tech.
"When you're out in public, be aware of surfaces you touch and wash your hands often," concludes NPR reporter Patti Neighmond, "It's much more effective
to wash your hands thoroughly than try to clean everything you touch."
P.S. In case you missed it, here's the recording from yesterday presentation about COVID testing. I was particularly fascinated by the mention of a possible
app that could tell if you have COVID by your cough....
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