• RI Public Schools to implement virtual learning from March 23 - April 3

    RI Public Schools to implement virtual learning from March 23 - April 3

    Dear Members,
    Today’s announcement from the Governor has indicated that all public schools throughout the state will be closed for an additional two weeks, with virtual learning going into place starting on Monday, March 23rd until Friday April 3rd. The situation will be assessed again at that time as to how to proceed. However, she has indicated that this will most likely be extended. 
    Businesses who have employees with school aged children should begin to prepare for their employees to work remotely, if those steps have not been taken yet. Please take a look at the offer relative to Microsoft Office 365 for businesses for telecommuting capabilities located on this page http://www.doit.ri.gov/covid-19/
    We know these are difficult and trying times for all. We will get through this together.
    Erin Donovan-Boyle
    Press Releases
    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Rhode Island Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on March 16, 2020. Read more here.
    Coronavirus Resource Center Courtesy of Kahn, Litwin, Renza
    As part of an established firm-wide resiliency program, KLR continues to extensively test and implement business continuity strategies including the latest technological advances. We have and will continue to take prudent and precautionary actions that allow us to support you - including leveraging our technology, being flexible to accommodate your needs, and ensuring we meet all deadlines.
    As the environment around us evolves, KLR remains fully functional and is prepared to remotely service our clients and provide continuity of service.
    Support Small Business Challenge
    The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce encourages members of the Greater Newport community to challenge yourself to support local businesses through this difficult time. ManyChamber members are providing no-contact takeout, delivery, online shopping, gift certificate deals & more!
    • Upload a photo of you grabbing take out, ordering online, receiving a service etc. on social media, tag the Chamber and be entered in for a chance to win a Chamber gift certificate to over 300+ local businesses!
    • Don't see your business listed here?Send your adjusted hours and services to us by replying to this email.
    Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to stay up to date with how local businesses are adjusting to COVID-19.
    On-going helpful resources:
    Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce Support Small Business Challenge - Email Kate@newportchamber.com with your business adjustments during the COVID-19 breakout. Help us help you during these difficult times! 
    National CDC website- Up to date info on progression nation wide.
    https://health.ri.gov/ State of RI Dept. of Health
    U.S. Travel Association-a guide for communicating healthy travel habits to your guests, talking points & general facts
    American Hotel & Lodging Association- robust tool kit for lodging property owners
    National Restaurant Association-industry guidelines for restaurant owners
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce-strategies to protect your workforce from the Coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations.
    State Government Press Releases - updated regularly
    To request a disaster declaration, the SBA asks that we collect information that shows that businesses have suffered a substantial economic injury aa result of the disaster, the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeking businesses willing to fill out a survey and share with us how their business has been impacted. The survey is online here
    Survey request from Commerce RI:
    Commerce RI is collecting information from impacted businesses to use in Rhode Island’s application for an SBA disaster declaration. This disaster declaration will unlock SBA tools including economic impact disaster loans. (click on the Commerce RI logo above for the PDF)
    The 2020 Census is here!
    While you are home for the foreseeable future please fill out the RI 2020 Census. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Read more here.
    The Greater Newport Chamber offices at Innovate Newport will be closed for the next two weeks with full staff working remotely and available to our Members via email and phone. We encourage all businesses who are able to work remotely to do the same.
    Erin Donovan - Boyle
    Executive Director
    Kate Grotteberg
    Events, Development & Program Director
    Jo-anne Gorton
    Executive Coordinator
    Rebecca Chace
    Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
    Lori Burke
    Membership Associate
    Ashley Medeiros
    Regional Economic Development Consultant Connect Greater Newport
    Todd LaChance
    Community Manager, Innovate Newport

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