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COVID-19 NH Business Resources

March 24, 2020 12:49 PM | Michael Guyre (Administrator)
The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) is actively monitoring the evolving situation with regard to the threat the coronavirus (COVID-19) presents to our state. The health, safety and well-being of all residents and businesses is a top-priority and the actions the Governor has taken to limit the community spread of COVID-19 have not been taken lightly. Businesses that have concerns or questions, should contact their regional Business Resource Specialist. Click on the Specialist for your county that is located in the box on the left.

Call to Businesses for Covid-19 Supplies

Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration

U.S. Small Business Administration - On March 18, 2020, SBA’s Administrator approved the Governor’s request for an SBA disaster declaration. This approval allows small businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Small Businesses from all counties will now be able to apply onlinesend email or call (603) 225-1400 or (800) 659-2955. SBA Fact Sheet

Unemployment Information

Layoffs and business closures: If your business faces a potential layoff, the State of New Hampshire offers services through its Rapid Response program. Rapid Response is a comprehensive, collaborative and immediate initiative to respond to and mitigate layoffs and closures. Rapid Response benefits both employers and employees through services  to workers who are laid off, as well as layoff aversion information for businesses.

Employers facing potential layoffs or closures should contact Joe Doiron at Joseph.Doiron@livefree.nh.gov, 603-271-0146, to activate a Rapid Response team. More information can be found at NH Works.

Employees experiencing layoffs: The State of New Hampshire offers a number of services for employees who have been laid off. New Hampshire Employment Security has a list of available services. Individuals will need to file for unemployment each week of temporary unemployment and this can and should be done online or by calling 603-271-7700.

Public Health and Support

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides services to ensure the health and well-being of citizens during a layoff. Dislocated workers can discuss healthcare options, apply for food stamps, cash assistance, medical assistance, childcare and medical savings. Individuals can apply online at NHEasy or by calling 603-271-9700.

State Resources

  • NH Department of Health and Human Services - For the most up-to-date Covid-19 situation in New Hampshire.
  • NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs - BEA stands ready to provide assistance to businesses affected by COVID-19 through custom and personal input from our Business Retention specialists.
  • NH Small Business Development Center - The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center provides business advising and education services to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • NH Business Finance Authority - Business loan programs administered by the BFA include small-business loan guarantees, the Capital Access Program, the Guarantee Asset Program, and the Working Capital Line of Credit Guarantee. In addition, the BFA offers finance programs designed to help local or regional economic development organizations recapitalize or expand to stimulate business movement to the state.
  • Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) - Grants, Loans and Tax Credits to assist municipalities, nonprofits and businesses to meet their current and ongoing needs, up to $500,000.
  • NH Insurance Department - The Department provides information for consumers as well as for business owners on how their respective insurance policies may cover or be affected by COVID-19.
  • NH Secretary of State - The New Hampshire Secretary of State is responsible for recording all required information regarding business and entities operating in New Hampshire. 

Federal Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information for individuals, businesses and employers, schools, and healthcare providers on how to best respond to COVID-19 and limit transmission.
  • U.S. Small Business Administration - The Small Business Administration is providing low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. This is in addition to other development, expansion, and international trade loan programs that are still currently available for businesses.
  • U.S. Department of Labor - The Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers for addressing COVID-19 virus.
  • U.S. Department of State - The Department of State maintains information for travelers looking to go overseas and for U.S. citizens already overseas on how foreign countries are responding to COVID-19. Currently, the Department of State is urging Americans to reconsider traveling overseas at this time.
  • Department of Homeland Security - The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for, among other things, transportation security and the import of goods into the United States. Currently the Department of Homeland Security is working to implement Presidential Proclamations relating to the entry of U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens from certain countries.
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is an independent federal agency that provides export credit for the sale of U.S. goods and services overseas. EXIM is providing program waivers and deadline extensions to customers as a part of its COVID-19 response in addition to continuing to provide its financial services.

Governor Sununu's Executive Orders

On March 13, Governor Chris Sununu declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus. The emergency declaration helps to free up critical funding that will aid the state in responding to the pandemic.
Additional actions the Governor has taken since making the declaration, include:  

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