Member News/ Information Regarding COVID-19
Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has donated assorted Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to Care New England for distribution to its member facilities throughout Rhode Island.
These protective items, which face a shortage internationally, are also used by students in NEIT’s health sciences degree programs in Nursing and Surgical Technology. The PPE donation includes 340 surgical gowns, 300 surgical gloves and 200 face masks.
Care New England membership organizations include Women and Infant’s Hospital, Kent Hospital, Butler Hospital, Care New England Wellness Center, The Providence Center and VNA of Care New England.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has set up an emergency loan fund to assist small businesses affected by the Coronavirus. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.️ Information about how the process for accessing the loans can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Verizon will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by global crisis
During this unprecedented period challenging the world’s health and economy, Verizon announced today, for the next 60 days, it will waive late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus. In addition, the company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Visit here for more information.
The RI Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) is working diligently with small businesses at this time on several fronts. First and foremost is work with business owners in completing applications for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Secondly, we are also available to discuss strategies to minimize the impact on small businesses as well as to have the best possible chance to survive through the current situation. Thirdly, there are a number of seminars and workshops that will be offered virtually that we will present to the business community.
Small business owners can call the SBDC at 401-874-7232 or register for business counseling at https://www.risbdc.org/reg.aspx?mode=counsel¢er=14070&subloc=0 to get into the system.
Healthsoure RI: Special Enrollment due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for any Rhode Island resident without healthcare to enroll in a plan through HealthSource RI until April 15. Call 1-855-840-4774 to learn more or enroll.
As of Monday, March 23, 2020 Duffy & Sweeney lawyers and paralegals will staff a FREE email and call HOTLINE for use by clients, friends and small business owners struggling without the resources to get answers to general, business legal questions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19, is spreading throughout the United States. Despite the fact that the vast majority of the individuals who contract the coronavirus will have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, COVID-19's impact on business and everyday life for the foreseeable future will be significant. Partridge Snow & Hahn has assembled a team of attorneys with diverse practice areas who regularly advise companies on how to handle these impacts from both a legal and business perspective.
For daily business updates and relevant articles, click here: https://www.psh.com/covid19-advisory-group
Honeywell plans to make millions of N95 disposable respirators in its facility in Smithfield, which is expected to create roughly 500 new jobs.
Honeywell said that it expects to hire approximately 500 workers and will begin recruiting, hiring and training manufacturing workers immediately.
We want to share with you some helpful crisis communications tips for you during these unprecedented times. This threat is changing how we do business, and hopefully some good will come from it. We've seen how people are generally much kinder to one another and more mindful of the challenges we’re all under.We hope you find this blog post helpful with some practical takeaways you can use in your organization.
Here is a link to a recent videowe produced for a financial firm. This video gives you important information on the resiliency of the markets, and features local experts who offer some practical advice.
Grey Sail Brewing Making Hand Sanitizer
Grey Sail is making a hand sanitizer that will be packaged next week.
Priority distribution will be to donate to the agencies for staff who are on the front line serving their community.
We named it LAUNCH because it is the very first product batch coming out of the new distillery.
RCC, an IT firm located in Providence, wants to help local companies who are struggling with IT issues. We are offering 2 free hours of remote IT support on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Joan Costa at 401-272-9262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CVS Health announced that it is awarding bonuses to employees who are required to be at the company’s stores and centers to assist customers and patients in the coronavirus pandemic.
The company is also embarking on an unprecedented program to fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary jobs.
Tufts Health Plan Foundation has announced $1 million in funding for organizations that are helping older and vulnerable people amidst the new coronavirus pandemic.
The money is to be spread to groups in Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut for use in helping with access to food, in-home support, transportation, medical supplies and other services.
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