Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Shares Community Resources In Light Of COVID-19


Resources for the Cape Ann Business and Non-Profit Community – Government Relief

  • Massachusetts Small Business Emergency Loan Fund: The Baker-Polito Administration yesterday announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19. Read the full story here.
  • The MA Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baker-Polito Administration are working closely with the U.S. SBA to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Affected small businesses and non-profits should download, complete, and submit the SBA EIDL Worksheet & Instructions to expedite activation of the EIDL program. 
  • Unemployment Assistance: The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) and the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), in coordination with the US Department of Labor (USDOL), are taking a series of actions to assist workers and employers. Find more details here. To assist individuals who cannot work due to the impact of COVID-19, the administration is filing emergency legislation that will allow new claims to be paid more quickly by waiving the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits.

Community Resources:

  • The Open Door: As the full impact of the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we want to assure you that The Open Door (TOD) is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of our clients and the community. Learn more about steps The Open Door is taking and how you can help here.

Information Resources:

For the most current information about the federal, state and local response to COVID-19 – including information of particular relevance to employers and employees, we recommend visiting the following official websites: 

For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

For the Federal Government, Centers for Disease Control:

For information and updates specific to one’s local community, we recommend visiting the following city and town websites for Cape Ann:

For Essex:

For Gloucester:

For Manchester-by-the-Sea:

For Rockport:

Our goal as always is to serve as a trusted resource in providing our business community and residents with helpful information and guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic.

All the members of your team here at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce wish you the very best, as we all pull together to meet and overcome the challenges of COVID-19.