COVID-19 Support

Following is a list of links to resources for entrepreneurs, startups, early-stage companies and other small businesses, including information about government programs and organizations offering counseling and other support:

New! Community Advantage Recovery Loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering a new financial assistance loan expressly for existing small and start-up businesses in underserved areas through the Community Investment Corporation in Connecticut. This loan program offers financial and technical assistance to help small businesses adapt to changing business conditions in the COVID-19 environment and strengthen their ability to manage through potential future disruptions. Visit

Federal Resources for Small Businesses During the Crisis: The U.S. Government recently posted a comprehensive list of resources available to small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, including capital access (funding and loans), workplace safety, government contracting, cybersecurity and more. Check out for more information.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants (EIDL): The federal government window for accepting applications for business assistance funding through the PPP and EIDL programs closed on August 8th. However, the deadline for restoring workforce and payroll numbers required by PPP and EIDL for loan forgiveness has been extended to December 31, 2020 (more info here.)  Information and news about alternatives, or potential new sources still under consideration by the Federal government can be found on the SBA’s  CORONAVIRUS RELIEF OPTIONS WEBSITE.

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Business Recovery Page: Links to all State of Connecticut resources and assistance.

Small Business Development Corporation/Connecticut (SBDC/CT) – Emergency Resource Guide: A comprehensive guide to the Federal Government’s financial assistance programs, including the CARES Act, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act: A concise summary of the U.S. stimulus program, including SBA loan programs and small business counseling, contracting, and tax provisions.

CT DECD Business Recovery Emergency Hotline & Email: Phone: 860-500-2333

Current COVID-19 Funding Opportunities for Companies Conducting Relevant R&D: A list of currently available funding sources for companies and organizations conducting research and development efforts, or commercial product/service development, that could have a positive impact on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, is available here on CTNext’s News pages. This list, compiled by SBA/CT and the University of Connecticut, will be updated periodically.

Small Business Resource Page: AdvanceCT, formerly CERC, has launched a page listing relevant webinars and conference calls coming up to educate and inform Connecticut small businesses about pandemic assistance. The page also includes a regularly updated listing of state and federal programs and resources with contact links.

National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB): Updates about new and revised business rules in the state of Connecticut (and all other states) due to the coronavirus crisis.

CBIA Fact Sheet on Revised Rules for Unemployment Compensation: As part of the CARES Act, the federal government has issued new rules for COVID-19 specific unemployment compensation. This document summarizes those new rules.

Fast Company – How to Survive the Crisis: The founder of Aira gives his perspective on the three things startups can do to survive the crisis.

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