Small Business Recovery Resources

Plan for the Best

Resources to Keep Your Business Running and Planning for the Future

We’ll be updating this list to let you know of community and government assistance programs for your business and your employees.

Please notify us of resources we should share.

Updates as of 11/01/2020

  • Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Governor Lamont has ordered the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6.  Click HERE for more information
  • The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has created a $50 million grant program to help our small businesses in Connecticut recover from the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. Eligible businesses and nonprofits can receive a one-time $5,000 grant and all funds will be disbursed to approved applicants by December 30, 2020.  Online application will be available the week of November 9, 2020. Click HERE for more details.


Business Services

Small Business Administration Programs & Contacts

Connecticut Business Assistance Programs & Contacts

  • CT Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentBusiness Hotline at 860-500-2333
    • Notice from CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development: We know many Connecticut businesses are struggling as they deal with the effects of COVID-19. We appreciate their perseverance and know they share our commitment to keeping our residents healthy. The state, working with its federal partners, has several programs and initiatives in place to assist businesses during this difficult period. For specific questions related to small business, email the Joint Information Center at, or call the DECD small business hotline at 860-500-2333. Individuals can call 2-1-1 for more information. For the most updated information, check
  • CT Unemployment Assistance
  • CT Tax Filing Extensions
  • CBIA
  • US Chamber of Commerce:  Click HERE for the Small Business Guide and Checklist
    • A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Apply for an SBA Disaster Relief Loan, Click HERE
    • Small Business Saves Grant: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just launched a grant program recognizing our small business workforce by creating the Save Small Business Fund. This fund provides $5,000 grants to as many small businesses that employs between 3-20 people. Applications are available starting April 20th at noon.  Click HERE to apply.

Coronavirus Information

Community Masks

  • How to make Community Masks from Michelle Johnston: Nothing is going to take the place of staying away from people, hand washing and all other precautions to battle COVID-19. But if you must go out, wear a mask of some kind and protect yourself and others, even just a little bit. These are not foolproof or proven to work, but something is better than nothing. If we all wear a mask, maybe we can flatten the curve.These are the instructions for making a mask for yourself or your family. There is a filter sandwiched in the middle. Both types of masks are washable, but I would air dry to avoid melting the elastic. These can even be made with a needle and thread and hand sewn. Old clean sheets are great for the fabric because it’s tightly woven. Felt, an old wool blanket, etc. (something breathable) makes a good middle.
    • Click HERE to download PDF – Community Masks
    • Click HERE to download PDF – Hospital Accepted Masks