At today’s press conference, the Governor announced a new opportunity to help businesses in RI to enhance their digital platforms and work remotely. All RI businesses are eligible to receive Office 365 for free for the next 6 months. This includes services for videoconferencing, instant messaging, and file sharing. Businesses who already use the product and those companies will be eligible for a free year subscription.
For businesses, municipalities, K-12 and other entities, Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing. They’re also offering free assistance to set up these tools. Click the following links for more information about these free services:
For Schools: Free Office 365 A1 available to all educational institutions. Sign up by following this link.
- If you have an email address through work or school, sign in using this link.
- If you’re using an email address like Gmail or Outlook, you can sign up for a version of Teams by following this link.
If you need additional assistance with this products, please contact: Jon Huber
Technology Strategist | Microsoft Public Sector
280 Trumbull St., 21st Floor | Hartford CT 06103
860.573.2509[m] | firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, we encourage all businesses who can to work remotely to do so. Additional services can be accessed to streamline the process of moving to virtual and remote work. Here is a list of just some of our members who might be able to help you during this time:
- Northeast Engineers & Consultants
- Onsite Techs
- Roskelly, Inc.
- Sage Solutions, LLC
- SEA CORP
- Small Business Computers
- Social Solutions
- Solidifi Title & Closing, LLC
- STEM Clarity
- The Passion Fruit Media
- TJ'S Audio and Electronics
- TS ConsultingVHB, Inc.
- Wow Media
- x10industries DBA Newport Social
These are wonderful local businesses who are all doing their part to help during this crisis. If you would like additional information about these businesses, please do not hesitate to reach out to us or utilize the Member Directory https://www.newportchamber.com/list to get their direct contact information.
Lastly, for those who are involved with non-profits, The Rhode Island Foundation has setup a fund to support non-profit organizations. From Neil Steinberg, “The Fund here will focus on immediate needs that we are already seeing to provide flexible grants to support challenges that will arise related to the health, social, and economic impacts of this serious health issue. Our grant staff is very well equipped to consider the wave of requests we anticipate. We will also coordinate with the UWAY to distribute the funds.”
Announcement of Covid – 19 Response Fund from RI Foundation: Click here.
Thank you again for all of your efforts to ensure we flatten the curve. I am so proud of this business community.