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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

波市府再撥600萬發無償補助款 5/28日起接受申請

 
  (Boston Orange 編譯)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)(26)日宣佈,提撥600萬元,分三輪發放無償補助款,支持市內小企業安全、健康的重新開業。528日起接受申請。
         這筆款項將幫助符合資格的小企業,按照政府規定,實施必要的公共安全措施。
         波士頓市政府表示,迄今市府已撥出來自市府,聯邦政府,以及私人企業捐助的1350萬元,來支持受新型冠狀病毒影響的小企業。
          這筆新款項旨在支持員工少於15人,必須在彼此距離接近,甚至需要和顧客實體接觸情況下工作的小企業,包括髮廊,理髮店,零售店,飲食服務業等。專業服務,以及員工可以居家工作的企業不符合申請補助資格。所有申請者都必需在波士頓市內有實體店面。
          今日公佈的新補助款將依照州政府復業指導原則所劃分階段,分三輪發放。
         每一輪將為小企業提供最高2000元,用以安裝復業所需的實施公共安全措施物品,以及購買個人防護用品。
          第一輪的目標企業將是個人服務業,包括理髮店,髮廊。第二輪為零售店,餐館,包括戶外餐飲材料,以及其餘的個人服務業,包括指甲店,日間水療中心,打蠟及雷射服務等。最後一輪將是酒吧,藝術及娛樂場所,健身事業等。
          波士頓市府將從528日下午5點在市府網站(boston.gov/reopen-fund)上提供申請書,並將以滾動方式審批,
           在麻州週政府允許某些企業從525日起恢復營業之際,波士頓市政府力勸企業審慎為之,覺得安全再開張。查詢再波士頓恢復開業詳情可洽smallbiz@boston.gov
           波士頓市政府將為小企業舉辦一系列講座,討論有關恢復營業的挑戰。波士頓市長經濟發展辦公室和波士頓市府的牌照局,公共工程局,交通局,以及稽核服務局,鄰里服務局,主街項目等合作,討論恢復營業的指導原則,個人防護設備,清潔用品需求等,並更新市府有關支持企業安全恢復營業的政策等。
            波市府安排的技術援助工作坊,日期,時間,主題如下:

Tuesday, May 26
526日星期二
11:00AM
11
(Appointment scheduling, contactless payment, etc.)
如何打造虛擬企業(安排預約,無接觸付款等)
Wednesday, May 27
527日星期三
2:00 PM
下午2
法律概要
Thursday, May 28
528日星期四
2:00 PM
下午2
利用網路平台
Friday, May 29
529日星期五
1:00 PM
下午1
(Will include how to plan with PPP funds)
財務計畫(將包括如何計劃個人薪資保護資金)
Friday, May 29
529日星期五
3:00 PM
下午3
健康空間

上星期,馬丁華殊市長宣佈已經由小企業救濟基金,發出將近400萬元的無償補助款給1100個小企業,其中包括本月稍早前撥發的200萬元。獲得補助的企業代表著因為新型冠狀病毒大遊行,因政策規定必須關門,收入大受打擊的企業,其中受打擊最嚴重的五大行業為餐飲娛樂業,個人護理液,藝術及娛樂業,零售及醫療護理,社交援助等等(居家托兒,家庭服務,個人及家庭照顧助理等。查詢收到補助企業的名單,可上網available here.
          波士頓市府也設立了一個新平台來幫助企業搜尋確保員工及顧客安全所需的個人防護用品,清潔用品等。該網頁根據個別特定行業的恢復營業要求,列有包括BECMA等合作組織,來自麻州政府供應商資料庫的本地個人防護用品,清潔用品供應商清單。
         再企業東主,雇主,員工在不斷演變的COVID-19相關援助場域中週旋時,經濟發展辦公室已設立"聯邦援助指南"財務救濟手冊,以及常見問答文件。這些文件都不斷更新。小企業電話會議將持續每周二下午三點舉行,和小企業溝通政策更新,回答問題,介紹相關政府部門,排除來自週,聯邦政府及私人企業可用資金的生態系統障礙。
          波士頓市政府已經未受新型冠狀病毒影響的小企業,設立了幾夠有用的指南及資源。再波士頓開業支持波士頓餐館平台以幫助企業公開分享他們還再開張營業的訊息,並引導居民支持本地企業。查詢相關資訊可上網boston.gov/covid19-businesses

MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES $6 MILLION IN NEW GRANT FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE SAFE AND HEALTHY REOPENING OF SMALL BUSINESSES

City has provided over $13.5 million in funding to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19


BOSTON - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced $6 million in new debt-free grants to support the safe and healthy reopening of small businesses in Boston, continuing the City of Boston's commitment to provide rapid, equitable, and transparent relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will help qualified small businesses implement the necessary public health measures required to reopen safely.  In total, the City of Boston has provided over $13.5 million in City, federal, and private funding to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

"When our small businesses are ready and able to open, we want our business owners and workers to have access to the appropriate resources to stay safe," said Mayor Walsh. "These additional grants will help level the playing field for Boston's small businesses and support both our public health and economic equity priorities."

This new funding is aimed at supporting small businesses with under 15 employees and with a majority of employees who are required to work in close proximity to each other and may need to physically engage with their clients and customers. This includes, but is not limited to, personal care businesses including salons, barber shops, retail, and food services. Professional Services, and businesses whose employees can work from home will not be eligible for the funding. All applicants for the funding must have a brick and mortar location within the City of Boston. 

The new grants announced today will be released in three rounds, coinciding closely with the phases laid out in the state's reopening guidance.

Each of the three rounds will provide grants up to $2,000 for small businesses to install the required materials to implement public health measures and procure personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to reopen. The targeted businesses in the first round will be focused on personal services including barber shops and hair salons. The second round will target retail, restaurants, including outdoor dining materials, and remaining personal services including nail salons, day spas, waxing, and laser services. The final round will include bars, arts and entertainment venues, and fitness businesses. 

Applications will open on Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m., will be reviewed and approved on a rolling basis, and will be available at  boston.gov/reopen-fund

While some businesses are allowed to reopen beginning on Monday, May 25 as part of the state's phased reopening plan, the City of Boston is urging businesses to only reopen with caution if they feel it is safe to do so. For additional questions about opening small businesses in Boston, please contact smallbiz@boston.gov

The City of Boston is also holding a series technical assistance workshops for small businesses to address challenges around reopening. The Mayor's Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Boston Licensing Board, the Public Works Department, Boston Transportation Department, the Inspectional Services Department, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, and the Boston Main Streets program, will discuss reopening guidelines, PPE and cleaning supply needs, as well as updated City policies to support businesses reopen safely.

Technical Assistance Workshops
Tuesday, May 2611:00 AM
(Appointment scheduling, contactless payment, etc.)
Wednesday, May 272:00 PMLegal Overview
Thursday, May 282:00 PMUtilizing online platforms
Friday, May 291:00 PM
(Will include how to plan with PPP funds)
Friday, May 293:00 PMHealthy Spaces

Last week, Mayor Walsh announced that nearly $4 million in debt-free grants have been distributed to over 1,100 small businesses in every neighborhood across the City of Boston through the Small Business Relief Fund, including the $2 million distributed to businesses earlier this month. The businesses receiving grants represent industries most-impacted by closures, policies, or general loss of revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout every neighborhood in Boston. Of the nearly $4 million that has been distributed, the top five industries funded represent small businesses in the most-affected industries, including hospitality, personal care, arts and recreation, retail, and healthcare and social assistance (home childcare, family services, personal and home care aide, etc). A full list of businesses that have received funding is available here.

The City of Boston has also created a new platform to help businesses source the personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies they will be required to have available in order to ensure the safety of employees and customers as industries begin to reopen. Along with industry-specific reopening requirements, the page includes a list of self-identified, local suppliers of PPE and cleaning supplies, information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' vendor database, and partner organizations, including BECMA, helping to connect businesses with vendors.

As business owners, employers, and employees navigate an evolving COVID-19-related assistance landscape, the Economic Development Office has created a Federal Assistance GuideFinancial Relief Handbook and FAQ document, all of which are continuously updated. Small Business conference calls will continue every Tuesday at 3pm to communicate policy updates, answer questions, feature relevant City of Boston departments, and troubleshoot the ecosystem of funding available from the state, federal, and private industry. 

The City of Boston has created a number of useful guides and resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Open Businesses in Boston and Support Boston Restaurants platforms have helped businesses to publicly share that they are open and direct residents into supporting local establishments. The above resources and more industry-specific guidance are accessible on boston.gov/covid19-businesses . For all coronavirus updates from the City of Boston, please visit  boston.gov/coronavirus.

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