With new information being released regularly, the Economic Development Department provides these links and the resources below to assist businesses and employees seeking COVID-19 adaptation assistance.
NH RENTERS ASSISTANCE -- The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program (NHERAP), a state program powered by federal funds to help cover rent and utilities for households struggling due to the impact of COVID-19, launched earlier today. Applications are available on the Community Action Partnership of New Hampshire website at capnh.org and through the Southern NH Services website: https://www.snhs.org/ SNHS can also supply paper applications if you call SNHS at (603) 668-8010 extension 6311. SNHS is also offering assistance for anyone needing help filling out an application. Eligible households can receive 12 months assistance to cover rent, utilities and other housing-related costs. The NHERAP will pay grants to the landlord or utility provider directly on behalf of the household. With permission from their tenants, landlords can assist in applying for relief.
SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal opens for registrations. Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applications accepted starting Thursday, April 8, 2021. SBA hosts a national informational webinar Tues Mar 30, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.1. Register here. As the SBA builds and prepares to open the program, the dedicated SBA website, which includes frequently asked questions, video tutorials and other SVOG detail. Potential applicants should register in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM.gov), as this is required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference the preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements.
NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Business Resiliency Survey
- SBDC will report on the Seacoast results of Phase 2 of the 2021 NH SBDC Business Resiliency Survey during the Chamber Chat Live! on March 26. Developed with the UNH Survey Center, the survey evaluated the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses throughout New Hampshire now seeks to determine how best to help small businesses recover and become more resilient.
- For the Phase 1 Seacoast report, click here.
- For the Phase 1 Statewide Report, click here.
Governor Sununu's "Safer At Home" now in place, click here.
For the Universal Guidelines for business making preparations to reopen, click here.
For the Business Re-opening Plan offering a phased reopening, by industry click here.
For the City of Portsmouth Business Reopening Work Group action plans for restaurant indoor and outdoor dining, click here.
For the Citizen Response Task Force page, reports and background, click here.
For OSHA guidance on COVID-19 reopening compliance issues, click here.
NH Small Business Development Center PPP Re-Opening and New Guidance
Congress appropriated an additional $284 billion for PPP under the Economic Aid Act. New borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers can now apply for a First or Second Draw PPP Loan (deadline March 31, 2021). In order to be eligible to be for a second draw loan, businesses or self-employed individuals must have:
- Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and have used or will used the full amount only for authorized uses;
- No more than 300 employees; and
- Had at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts on an annual or quarterly basis between 2019 and 2020.
The Program now covers 501(c)(6)’s such as housing cooperatives, destination marketing organizations.
The new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has re-opened this week. The SBA will continue to roll out access to the next round of PPP loans to additional lenders as it strives to implement the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and to ensure increased access to the PPP for minority-, underserved-, veteran- and women-owned small business concerns. Second draw PPP loans will become available from additional lenders in the near future and SBA will be providing rolling updates in the next week. For more information on updated PPP Lender forms, guidance, and resources click here. This includes guidance on prior PPP loan forgiveness updates.
NH SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WEBINARS
- PPP Applications in 2021, Both First and Second Draw
March 4 | 10am
We'll help you understand the 2021 PPP Application process and whether you are eligible for the first or second draw. get your questions answered during the Q&A.
- COVID Assistance for the Self-Employed
March 11 | 10am
Sole proprietor, Schedule-C filer, or LLC? Join us to review special considerations for PPP and other federal relief programs, as well as your eligibility for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
To register, click here.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING -- NH SBDC SMALL BUSINESS & COMMUNITY RESILIENCY ACADEMY -- Business resiliency is the ability to quickly adapt and respond to business disruptions, protect your employees and assets, while maintaining business operations. NH Small Business Development Center and UNH Extension and are partnering to offer Resiliency Academy, bringing together small businesses and community leaders to work toward a resilient future. Attendees will walk away with the tools they need to develop individualized resiliency plans. Such plans help businesses anticipate their response to the next six+ months -- and the next six+ years. The Resiliency Academy takes place over five sessions, 9 to 11 am via Zoom. Click here for details and registration.
- April 7, 2021, Session 1: Threats
- April 21, 2021, Session 2: Assessment
- May 5, 2021, Session 3: Visioning
- May 19, 2021, Session 4: Planning
- June 2, 2021, Session 5: Action
US GOVERNMENT FEDERAL RESOURCES
NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE RESOURCES
- NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs:
- NH Business Tax and Interest & Dividends
- NH Employment Security (NHES) Layoffs and business closures: If your business faces a potential layoff, the State of New Hampshire offers services through its Rapid Response program.
- Employers facing potential layoffs or closures should contact Joe Doiron at Joseph.Doiron@livefree.nh.gov, 603-271-0146, to activate a Rapid Response team. More information can be found at NH Works.
- Employees experiencing layoffs: The State of New Hampshire offers a number of services for employees who have been laid off. Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and this can and should be done online or by calling the hotline at 603-271-7700.
- Filing for unemployment. You are assigned a day and time to file based on the first letter of your last name. The unemployment system hotline is 603-271-7700. Payments are made beginning eight days from when the claim is filed. Those filing claims must login again for each week of continued eligibility and file a continued claim.
- If you’re Self Employed and have filed for unemployment benefits, ignore the Denial Message you receive. Your unemployment claim requires time to process as a result of your being Self Employed. You will receive a telephone call from NHES to obtain wage information to process and complete your unemployment claim.
- File a Claim for Benefits
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