Submitted by Sierra Lopez.
(Middletown, CT.) Chairman Don DeVivo of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce continues to connect business owners from around the county with information and resources that may help them through the COVID-19 crisis with virtual webinars featuring business leaders and elected officials over the past week to help members prepare for business recovery.
Last Monday, the Chamber hosted an online KeyBank Workshop titled, “PPP & More- What is Best for Your Business or Non-Profit.” Our expert panelists gave an overview of current program trends and discussed local businesses concerns. On Tuesday, our next workshop focused on looking ahead and anticipating issues related to getting businesses back to operation post COVID 19 and featured Attorneys Rich Carella, Chris Brigham, Kevin McEleney and Donald Doeg of Updike Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. We closed the week with an excellent virtual Town Hall meeting featuring Matt Pugliese, Associate State Director, from the Connecticut Small Business Development Center who provided the latest news and updates on the current funding opportunities available. This meeting gave the community a chance to ask important questions affecting their small business or non-profit. To register for future webinars and meetings, please visit middlesexchamber.com.
Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “The Chamber team, along with all of our partners in the community, are doing their best to provide support and guidance during this very difficult stretch. I want to once again urge the business community to hang in there, and to lean on the Chamber and other resources that are available at this time.”
While visiting middlesexchamber.com you can find other helpful resources such as the Coronavirus Tool Kit which includes a survey that allows the Chamber to help you, along with a number of resources which are updated on a regular basis as more information becomes available. The Chamber also created a social media campaign which allows Middlesex County to share the creative ideas they are employed to stay operational and helpful to their fellow community members during this period. Please connect with the chamber’s “SHOUT IT OUT!” campaign, and let us know what you are up to. This campaign has seen over 1200 posts about economic activity that is taking place in the Middlesex County region. On the restaurant front, the Chamber website has a section dedicated to promoting Middlesex County restaurants that are open for pick up orders. This information is also available through the Chamber’s social media platforms. Please support these local restaurants if you are able to do so safely.