The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT is here to serve our members and our community. We are all about making connections, fueling collaboration, and supporting economic development. So while we may be physically apart, we are creating opportunities to interact, share resources, and support your organization.

We are reaching out to our members, and we encourage you to be in touch: Share your ideas and concerns, and we will continue to be a responsive partner, looking for innovative ways to help our community weather the challenges of COVID-19.

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The Chamber is providing links, because the best information is the most up-to-date information. Check out our blog for articles on specific topics. – State Resources and Information on Coronavirus
Comprehensive page on COVID-19 response with department links. Safe Workplace Rule for Essential Employers are in effect. Retail establishments permitted to stay open under Stay Safe, Stay Home must follow Safe Store Rules.

Reopen CT resources, including sector specific guidance, self-certify, and business resources gathered by the Chamber. 

Office of Governor Ned Lamont Newsroom
News releases with Gov. Lamont’s executive orders and response effort updates, which provide good summaries of the state’s current status and new programs

CT Government Response FAQs
Document regularly updated by the Governor’s office. See date on title page.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Resources and Information
The best source for health information on COVID-19. Sections for businesses and other entities provide specific guidance.

U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney
Representative for the Second District Joe Courtney maintains a COVID-19 Resource Page with links to information for businesses and individuals on programs and legislative actions.

CT DECD Coronavirus Business Recovery
State Department of Economic and Community Development with information on state and federal programs. Hotline number and email available for businesses to ask specific questions. The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act. DECD and CT Minority Business Initiative have partnered with HEDCO on the COVID-19 Business Response Program Line of Credit for minority- and women-owned small businesses. 

U.S. Small Business Administration
Federal agency administering small business economic assistance programs including Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program. Many programs are now available under the CARES Act. Visit CT Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for documents explaining the programs and to access a small business counselor.

U.S. Treasury
Information on the Paycheck Protection Program for lenders and borrowers. See the PPP Application. PPP is administered through banks and credit unions. PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

CT Department of Revenue Services
FAQ on filing deadlines and extensions under COVID-19. Income, sales, room occupancy and other taxes have been deferred.

U.S. Internal Revenue Services
Federal tax questions answered and programs explained.

CT Department of Labor
State implemented Unemployment Insurance services and information on the COVID-19 related furlough/layoffs and Shared Work Program that can help retain workforce.

U.S. Department of Labor
Federal programs and regulations including the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Employee Paid Leave)

OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces
Guide regarding the Occupational Safety and Health Act and COVID-19

Health Insurance Options: Through the Chamber, Morin Associates, LLC offers strategic group health insurance at  Access Health CT: open enrollment through April 17 for uninsured individuals and qualified life event enrollment at

Businesses for Reopening Needs
Businesses in Connecticut that can help you reopen, from cleaning and sanitizing high traffic areas, to setting up an outdoor dining space, and more.

Complete Business Directory
Search our member directory for assistance with finance, insurance, technology, public relations and any other needs you have at this time. We encourage you to look for ways to shop local and support the business community.

How can we help your business?

RESTAURANTS: are you open for curbside take-out? What are your hours? RETAILERS: can consumers shop with your store online? What is the link? SERVICES: which programs are currently available?

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