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May 11, 2020: Re-opening

Advance CT Reopening Surveys

Advance CT Reopening Surveys
As part of the research contributing to the reopening process, AdvanceCT is conducting two surveys, one for business owners and one for employees.

Business Reopening Survey - for business owners

Worker Sentiment Survey for employees

For business owners, we would like to identify the pain points they anticipate during the reopening process and for employees, we would like to know more about their concerns about going back to work.

Please fill out the survey that pertains to you, and forward these surveys to any Connecticut business owners in your network and ask them to forward the employee survey to their teams.

Thank you for your assistance.


Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market
We're thrilled to announce that the First Town Downtown Farmers’ Market for 2020 will go on! It will run from July 2 through October 15 on Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30 pm at 240 Broad Street in Windsor Center (freshly paved!). This well-attended local marketplace in Windsor Center includes locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods, herbs, eggs, cheese, skincare products, candles and more.

We are very excited to be moving forward with the Farmers' Market with new guidelines to keep everyone safe. Guidelines coming soon.

2020 Vendors include:
Amazing Ackee
Barbecho's Harvest
Beckett Farms
Beldotti Bakery
Blessed Creek
Busy Bee Farm
Farms of Southern New England
Fanciful Flowers
Gragnolati’s Garlic Farm
OneSong Biscotti
The Bean 226
Tiny Shed Woodworking
Tomaca Designs
Yum-us! Hummus (website: https://www.yum-us.com)

A big thank you to our Market Partners!

Presenting Market Partners
Carmon Funeral Homes
Windsor Federal

Market Partners:
ACE Hardware, James Selig Estate Jewelry & Antiques, Loomis Chaffee School, and The Blue Dragonfly




COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources
Resources for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic:

5/18/2020:
Small businesses, nonprofits, and places of worship that would like to request equipment from the state’s supply of infrared thermometers can fill out a form online at ct.gov/coronavirus in the “Access to Personal Protective Equipment” section, or through the links provided below:
  • Small businesses: Any small business in the state that has between 2 and 100 employees are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. Eligible businesses seeking to request thermometers should click here.

  • Nonprofits: Nonprofits located within Connecticut are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for nonprofits, click here. Social services and direct care nonprofits may request a thermometer through the process outlined in this memo.

  • Places of worship: Places of worship are eligible to receive one thermometer per physical address. To request thermometers for places of worship, click here.

The state is partnering with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and its affiliate CONNSTEP to distribute the thermometers. They will be delivered to the municipalities in which the organizations are located, and then the municipalities will contact the recipient entities to inform them of a time and location they can pick up their requested equipment

Business Certification
DECD has launched the business certification form for businesses opening up on May 20: https://business.ct.gov/recovery.

DECD Grants to Arts Organizations
Thanks to $400,000 in CARES Act funding, DECD is making grants available to arts organizations.

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will re-grant a total of $400,000 to Connecticut arts organizations in need. Grant awards will range from $1,500 to $3,000. Due to limited funds and anticipated high volume of applications, grantees will be randomly selected from the pool of eligible applicants with attention to geographic distribution.

Funds may be used for:
· Salary support, full or partial, for positions that are critical to an organization’s mission
· Fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged
· Facility / occupancy costs, such as rent and utilities
· Costs directly associated with an organization’s ability to continue operations now and in the future

Here are the details: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/CARES-Act-Relief-Grants-for-Connecticut-Arts-Organizations.html?soid=1124774640404&aid=bK72jHtc38U.


5/11/2020:
Rules for Reopening on May 20 by Sector
Find out the rules for reopening for all sectors allowed to re-open on May 20th which includes Hair Salons & Barbershops, Museums and Zoos (Outdoor Only), Offices, Restaurants (Outdoor Only), and Retail & Malls.

Information for residents, businesses, and municipalities including news, resources and publications to keep you informed.
https://portal.ct.gov/ctrecovers


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The mission of First Town Downtown is to position and promote Windsor Center as a premier New England town center that protects and utilizes its proud heritage as the basis for developing vibrant recreational, economic and cultural activity.

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