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How Business Can Start to Reopen Next Week

Here’s a Look at How Business Can Start to Reopen Next Week
A Message from Governor Gina Raimondo: «As we get closer to starting to reopen Rhode Island, I want everyone to be prepared for what’s next. Phase 1 is testing the waters, and things won’t look or feel much different than they do now. Our lives aren’t going to change overnight. While we won’t be required to stay at home, we should still stay close to home as we slowly get back to work. Today I want to talk about some of the changes we’re going to see once the stay at home order is lifted.»

Tune in to the Chamber’s webinar tomorrow at 9 a.m. with attorneys from Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC on navigating the Phase 1 reopening.

Chamber Chat: Speaker Mattiello Discusses
Budget, Taxes and the Economy

Chamber President Laurie White spoke yesterday afternoon with Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello to provide our members with insights into the next steps for the General Assembly, the outlook for the state’s budget, the car tax and the economy.
Chamber Chat: CCRI President Hughes Speaks About
Fall Semester and the Future of Higher Ed

Chamber President Laurie White spoke yesterday with Dr. Meghan Hughes, president of the Community College of Rhode Island, about the college’s transition to a completely online education experience almost overnight and their plans for the fall semester.
View the Chamber’s Recorded Webinar:
6 Best Practices to Fortify Your Sales Cycle in the New Normal

One month ago, the Chamber joined with Jack Derby of Derby Management to discuss how businesses can sustain an active sales cycle in these times. Now, 30 days later, we took a fresh look at some of the best tactics and processes to guide your relationships with existing clients and prospects. View the slides here.
Nonprofits Receive $1.4 Million in New COVID-19 Aid
Fifty-one nonprofit organizations across Rhode Island will share $1.4 million in grants from a special fund created by the Rhode Island Foundation and the United Way of Rhode Island in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Lifespan, Care New England Partner to Provide
Mental Health Support to Health Care Workers Statewide

In an effort to support health care workers throughout Rhode Island and its neighboring communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s two largest health care systems have come together to offer a mental health support line specifically for health care workers.
ProJo: Loans Still Available for R.I. Businesses via SBA Program
Loans are still available for small businesses in Rhode Island through the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island district office says. The loan program is designed to provide an incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll and is forgivable if borrowers meet certain criteria, according to the SBA.