Business News Flash: May 1, 2020
TRUST BUT DOCUMENT: A reminder to please double-check whether you need to document your business status with your landlord if you plan on delaying any rental payments. For example, the state Act that passed on April 20th provides some relief from penalties due to COVID-related late rent payments for small businesses – BUT is subject to additional regulations and documentation forms to the landlord. During our weekly Virtual Town Hall for Businesses & Non-Profits on March 26th, we also heard some tips from local attorneys about how best tenants and landlords should communicate and back up conversations with written records.
ANTICIPATED FEDERAL FUNDING: On Tuesday night, May 5th, at 6 pm (or later), the Select Board will be holding a Community Development Block Grant Public Hearing regarding the use of anticipated COVID-related federal funding for business assistance, public services, and public housing needs. The funding will be open to: (i) small businesses with five or fewer employees including the owners, with a majority ownership comprising of people that are part of low/moderate (L/M) income households; and (ii) businesses with at least 51% L/M employees. If you’re receiving this email, you will get a notice once this program is launched. Please encourage your fellow businesses to also subscribe to this Business News Flash so that they will also immediately be notified of this program. We anticipate funding will be issued in rounds, not simply on a first come/ first serve basis.
RESTAURANTS & OTHER FOOD PERMIT HOLDERS:
- Yes, you can sell grocery items – no extra permits or plan review fees. If you currently have a food establishment permit, a retail food permit, or a limited food retail permit - please just send an email to your health inspector about any new types of food items you’re selling and how you plan on safely storing them – done!
- Please take the Brookline Chamber of Commerce’s survey regarding delivery commission caps – this will help the Town and our legislators work on this issue.
- The temporary parking signs for takeout and delivery vehicles are being extended, in concert with the Governor’s extension of the stay-at-home advisory to May 18th.
PREPPING TO OPEN: We are starting to build out a Prepping to Open webpage with tips from our Health Department as well as other local businesses so everyone can be best prepared to open when it is safe to do so. The Town’s Director of Environmental Health, Pat Maloney, will be joining us again on Thursday, May 7th, at 9 am for our eighth weekly Virtual Town Hall meeting for Businesses & Non-Profits. The meeting link will be posted by early next week on the Town calendar and via our Instagram @brookline_planning . We hope to see you there! Got an idea for the Governor’s Advisory Board as they are draft their reopening plan? We have been asked as a local partner to funnel any individual comments; email us.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Governor Baker earlier today announced a state-wide order for people to use a mask or face covering in public places where they cannot socially distance from others.
Finally, we continue to frequently update our Business Resources page with funding resource updates and upcoming webinars, including those from our partners at the Small Business Administration & Brookline Chamber of Commerce.