Coronavirus Economic Assistance

Local, State, and Federal Resources for Businesses in Harvard (updated 3-31-2020 @ 11:37 am)

To all of the small businesses in Harvard, regardless of whether you are bricks and mortar, or a fledgling home-based business, from our working farms to the iconic General Store, we are certain that in some way, large or small, the coronavirus emergency and the mitigation and prevention measures implemented by State government, has been very difficult for you. This page is intended to provide you with as much information as possible about resources that are available and other measures, to assist you during this crisis. Please see list below, not in any particular order or category, and if you have questions or want a consultation, please just give me a call at 978-456-4100 x.323 or cryan@harvard.ma.us anytime. Finally, Please let me know if you have tried any of the resources below and either found them useful or not. Best wishes to all.

Essential Services

If your business has been designated as an essestial service by the State, let us know and we can try to obtain assistance for you through the Mass Office Business Development or MOBD. If you feel that while your business type has NOT been so designated but believe that it should be, please go to this LINK to request consideration.

Health-Related Businesses

If you are a health care business or provider looking for personal protection equipment (PPE) or a manufacturer interested in producing it, please go to the Massachusetts Life Scences supply hub page.

Financial Assistance

While the Federal assistance package isn't fully defined and available yet (we will update this page when that information comes our way), For now, please check out the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation page for low interest loan program. The MOBD is also a general resource for small businesses and you can see their range of programs on their page HERE. Kevin Kuros is the Central Regional Director for MOBD and his contact information is kevin.j.kuros@mass.gov or 508-792-7506 ext.128. Furthermore, the State of Massachusetts has developed a COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses page here.

Federal resources at this time include the US Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program that you can find a summary of all SBA-related assistance HERE.

Rep. Trahan CARES Act Summary of Assistance

Other Important Resources

State of Massachusetts Covid-19 Guidance and Directives

Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce - The NVCOC has a comprehensive page of links to resources for businesses and others. Please find that page HERE. The Chamber is also conducting a survey of businesses that you can fill out HERE. We will also be surveying our own business community soon so look for that survey on this page soon. Finally, we encourage any Harvard business of any type or size to contact the Chamber related to membership or just resources to assist during these interesting days.

Intuit Quickbooks Small Business Relief Initiative

Arlington Chamber of Commerce Small Business Information and Guidance

MassHire North Central Workforce Board

As we all try to adjust to this COVID-19 environment, the MassHire North Central Career Center is here to help you find and hire candidates for essential job openings and to navigate related workforce issues. If you have current job openings, we can connect job seekers to those openings through our web site and our social media outlets. To send postings, we’ll need to know the link to your company’s career/hiring page and/or an email address to apply. Send your career site link to: spercifull@masshirenorthcentralcc.com  As we look ahead, MassHire will be here for you when the recovery and rebuilding begins and we look forward to helping you through any workforce issues during that phase of the COVID19 chapter.  It may take some time, but we'll get there. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I look forward to helping you with any current workforce issues and with rebuilding as we start to emerge to normalcy. Stay healthy and best regards,
Scott Percifull
Business Service Representative
MassHire North Central Career Center