Submitted by Sierra Lopez.
(Middletown, CT. — April 13, 2020) Chairman Don DeVivo of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce announced the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce hosted several virtual meetings and webinars to connect business owners from around the county with information and resources that may help them through the COVID-19 crisis.
The Chamber has held several important webinars with business leaders and elected officials over the past week to help members unpack the new stimulus package and other programs based on COVID-19 impacts.
The first seminar of the week featured U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal who broke down the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, better known as the CARES Act, and provided important insight for Chamber members on which programs might be most appropriate for their business. Second was a productive webinar featuring Jim Jackson, CT Small Business Development Counselor, who detailed the many small business relief loan options available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Finally, the week closed with a great in-depth discussion with U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney, who represents Connecticut’s second congressional district. All three of these segments can be found on the Chamber website in case you missed it live.
Chamber President Larry McHugh noted, “I continue to be very inspired and proud of the efforts of my chamber team, and by the strong and continued leadership of our public officials during this crisis. I am also very proud of the business community who has continued to step up to the plate to volunteer and deliver goods and services most needed at this time.”
The chamber website provides many great informational and important resources that can assist the business community during this difficult time. Visit www.middlesexchamber.com to find helpful resources such as the “Coronavirus Tool-Kit” which includes tips and best practices for employers and the community at large. Our new Facebook group titled, “SHOUT IT OUT!” which assists Chamber members and local businesses to interact with the community by providing what goods, services, creative initiatives businesses have been implementing, and what businesses are currently still open for business. We encourage our members to fill out the Middlesex Chamber Business Survey to help us help you, which can be found on www.middlesexchamber.com.