M3 wants to make sure that we share any resources and tools that are available to our M3 community.
Please find some resources below to assist your company, nonprofit, and municipality during this difficult time. For most up-to-date information we recommend visiting www.mass.gov or for text message updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and public health officials please text COVIDMA to 888-777.
We have information on the following:
1. CARES Act
2. Paycheck Protection Program
3. Press Releases & State Information
4. Small Business Assistance
5. Overall Business Assistance
6. Information from our Local, State, and Federal Representatives
7. Mental Health Resources
8. Other information
9. COVID-19 Info from Municipalities
- A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund: Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It is estimated that Massachusetts will receive approximately $2.67 billion in desperately needed funds to benefit our state’s residents.
- $260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four weeks, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and selfemployed workers.
- Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans: Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.
- More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief: Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.
- Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research: Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.
- More Than $100 Billion in Additional Emergency Appropriations, Including the Following:
Paycheck Protection Program
Click here to see an information sheet on the Payback Protection Program.
Press Releases & State Information
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency COVID-19 Updates– Click here to find useful information in regards to your business, community, and actions the government is taking to actively prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here for update from the COVID-19 Response Command Center.
(3/20/20) Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Health Care Resources, Small Business Relief, Other Efforts To Support COVID-19 Response-Click here to view the useful information and resources for your business.
(3/23/20) Governor Charlie Baker Orders All Non‐Essential Businesses To Cease In Person Operation, Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks –Updates Assembly Order to Limit Gatherings to 10 people- Click here to view the memo from Governor Baker’s office.
(3/27/20) Massachusetts Announces State Income Tax Filing Deadline Being Extended to July 15– Click here for more information.
Small Business Assistance
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship– The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act. Click here to view it.
CARES ACT FAQ- Please Click Here to view a Frequently Asked Questions document about the CARES Act, which includes helpful information about the different types of small business relief.
Baker-Polito Administration Announce $10 Million in Funds for Small Businesses- A loan fund of $10 million has been created to provide financial relief to Massachusetts businesses with under 50 full-time and part-time employees that have been affected by COVID-19. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) will receive and process all applications for this fund. Click here for more information.
SBA Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19- U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here for more information.
Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork– Located in Lowell, the Entrepreneurship Center provides assistance to start-ups and small businesses. They are offering virtual assistance for your small business during COVID-19. They are here to help you! Sign up with the link below and they will contact you shortly with resources available and future events to use strategically for your business during this time.
Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)– Click here to view a guide on what you need to know as a small business during COVID-19.
Overall Business Information
Mass Workforce Association- Resources for Massachusetts Businesses During COVID-19. Click here to view a resource guide for your business during this time.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Unemployment Information– The Baker-Polito administration has filed emergency legislation and emergency regulations that allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment if their workplace has shut down. Click here for more information.
Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance will be hosting Virtual Town Halls on these dates:
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:10 AM NOTE UPDATED TIME
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM – Spanish Town Hall
If you are interested in participating please click here.
Resources to Support Organizations Facing Staffing Reductions
Rapid Response Program: The Rapid Response team can offer alternatives to closing a facility and laying off employees. If layoffs are inevitable, measures can be taken to lessen the impact on the company and workforce.
WorkShare Program: If you are experiencing a temporary slowdown in your business, WorkShare can help you reduce your payroll costs and maintain valued workforce.
Unemployment Insurance For Workers: Unemployment Insurance provides Massachusetts workers with a temporary income, training, and support during periods of unemployment.
Information from our federal, state, and local representatives
U.S. Senator Ed Markey- Click here for information about COVID-19 from US Senator Ed Markey’s office on 3/18/20.
Click here for information about COVID-19 from US Senator Ed Markey’s office on 3/19/20.
Click here for information about COVID-19 from US Senator Ed Markey’s office on 3/22/20.
Click here for information about COVID-19 from US Senator Ed Markey’s office on 3/26/20.
Click here for information about COVID-19 from US Senator Ed Markey’s office on 3/31/20.
Click here to view U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s Coronavirus page.
Click here to view a Small Business Resource Guide from U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s office.
Small Business Call with Senator Ed Markey
Last week, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law to address the economic impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Senator Ed Markey hosted a conference call Monday, March 30th to discuss the small business relief provisions included in the bill. Also, on the call there was a special guest, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Small Business Committee, to take questions.
If you missed the conference call you can listen to it by clicking here.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren– Click here to view U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s coronavirus resource page.
U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton– Letter from his office in regards to COVID-19 and available resources to his constituents. Click here to view the letter.
Congressman Moulton forms Coronavirus Advisory Team- Click here
U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton hosts digital town hall, click here to view it.
Click here to view U.S. Congressman Moulton’s coronavirus resource page.
The CARES Act, passed last Friday, earmarks $350 billion dollars for our nation’s small businesses, all of which are struggling with immediate decisions about how to make rent, what to do about their employees, and which bills to pay.
U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan COVID-19 Town Hall Telephone Call- Join U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan on Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 PM to find out what they are doing in Washington to mitigate the spread of the virus. She will be joined by Massachusetts health care professionals and Small Business Administration. If you are interested in joining this event, please RSVP at this link.
Click here to view U.S. Congresswoman’s Lori Trahan COVID-19 Resource page.
MA State Representative Michelle Ciccolo- Click here for more information from MA State Rep. Michelle Ciccolo’s office.
MA Bills Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic- Click here to view.
Mental Health Resources
Paychex Responds to Businesses 24/7 Amid COVID-19 Crisis– Click here for assistance to meet your HR needs during this time
Beth Israel Lahey Health–Supply and Equipment Donations for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response
Face shield masks
Click here for more information on how to donate.
Monitoring COVID-19: Keeping our Communities Healthy –Click here to learn how Beth Israel Lahey Health is monitoring the situation
Lowell General Hospital
Donations of PPE (personal protective equipment)
Please note, due to the limitations of drop-off and pick-up options, we would ask that you only contact us with the following:
- Procedure ear looped masks (quantities of 50 or more)
- Hospital grade PDI wipes (not traditional home-use antibacterial wipes)
- N95 masks (quantities of 50 or more)
Contributions of critical supplies and equipment, as well as cash donations of every size, are appreciated at this time.
Current needs include:
- Masks — Surgical or procedure mask with ties or elastic ear loops and N95 masks
- Gowns — Surgical gowns, Tyvek suits or other disposable isolation gowns
- Eye protection — Safety googles and face shields of any kind
- Sanitizer — Hand sanitizer and sanitizer wipes
- Digital thermometers
- Exam gloves — Nitrile or non-latex are preferred
Before donating to us, we ask that you please ensure the items meet all quality standards, are not opened or damaged, and are not expired.
We have been overwhelmed with the response to our hand-sewn mask-making effort! At the present time, we have enough hand-sewn masks to satisfy the needs of Emerson Hospital. We will gladly accept those you have in progress until March 29. We are still accepting donations of homemade face shields to use in the event our supply is depleted.
Click here to learn how to make homemade face shields.
Click here to learn more information.
Calling on Life Sciences & Healthcare Organizations to Donate Supplies to Fight COVID-19- The world’s leading life sciences and healthcare organizations are launching the Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency Supply Hub to help coordinate efforts to try and bring additional supplies and resources to our state’s healthcare institutions so they can continue to test and treat patients with COVID‐19. Click here to learn how you can help.
MITRE and the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition, a private-industry led response to enhance knowledge of the pandemic, are asking businesses to share their data and responses to COVID-19 with the Healthcare Coalition. Please visit the Healthcare Coalition’s page for more information.
5 Timely Tips for Telecommuting– Click here to view.
Courtyard Marriott Billerica/Bedford- First Responder Special Rate
Courtyard by Marriott Billerica Bedford is available for your traveling teams, any displaced workers, family, or friends. Click here to view a flyer and link for easy booking.
Town of Carlisle
Overall Town Information Click Here