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Investing in Human Potential: Antidote to Bleak Labor News

As we navigate through and past the COVID-19 pandemic, Essex County has within our grasp the antidote to recent labor market reports: human potential. Prior to COVID-19, Massachusetts had long enjoyed one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, but things have changed. While state data for June is not yet available, the Bay State’s May unemployment rate of 16.3% tied for the 4th highest in the country and was three percent higher than the national rate at the time.

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Federal stimulus, and local collaboration, keys to recovery

The historic $2.2 trillion CARES Act, passed last week by Congress and designed to buoy the economy in the wake of the coronavirus, includes nearly $380 billion in relief for small businesses. This infusion of resources is critical, but our experience supporting small businesses in the recovery from the Columbia Gas emergency teaches us that for many of our small businesses to leverage these resources, they will require additional interventions in the short- and long-term too.

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EDIL and PPP loan “How To” Session – Friday, April 10

Since the federal stimulus was released last week, there have already been regular updates and changes to the regulations and many questions as to how the application process works for both the EDIL and the PPP loan programs. Hosted by ECCF, Lawrence Partnership, and the Small Business Coalition, join Lisa Gonzalez Welch from the SBA for a ‘how-to’ session to walk through some of the logistics on these new resources and how to qualify/apply for them.

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New Loan Fund to Help Strengthen Small Businesses

Michelle Xiarhos Curran, ECCF Communications Writer Small and micro-businesses create jobs, drive community and urban revitalization, and foster local wealth. But oftentimes, they do not qualify for the loans they need to start or sustain operations. This winter, a...

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New Gift Card Program Unites Residents and Businesses

By the time the magnitude of the residential devastation left behind by the Sept. 13 gas explosions was fully realized, small business owners in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover were just beginning to come to grips with their new reality. More than 800 small...

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Businesses Relief: A Year of Recovery and Collaboration

More than 800 small businesses in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover were directly affected – and hundreds more indirectly – by last September’s devastating gas explosions. A broad Coalition came together quickly and organically to align resources, develop...

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Joined by Tragedy, United in Survival

Joined by Tragedy, United in Survival

By Beth Francis In her quarterly Giving Back column in North of Boston Business Magazine, Essex County Community Foundation President and CEO, Beth Francis, discusses small business resiliency in a post-gas explosion time. Read Joined by Tragedy, United in Survival,...

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