merrimack valley

business relief and

resiliency

The September 2018 gas crisis in the Merrimack Valley caused total disruption to the business community. Nearly 850 businesses were forced to close, thousands of employees lost their jobs and nearly two years later, the impacts of the crisis continue to challenge the local economy.

A broad coalition, including ECCF, responded quickly to address the acute challenges of the impacted businesses. Their immediate advocacy resulted in Columbia Gas providing $10 million to support the recovery and rebuilding of the local economy. The coalition continues working today to create resiliency and growth in the region.

Learn more about their efforts to date.

    Responding to COVID-19

    Today, the coalition continues to mobilize, collaborate and expand to address the pandemic’s impact on small businesses. The coalition has pivoted to work to support thousands of businesses with:

    • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan support
    • acquisition and dissemination of personal protective equiptment (PPE) required to reopen
    • broad and deep technical assistance for the business most impacted across the Merrimack Valley

    merrimack valley small business coalition

    • City of Lawrence
    • Town of Andover
    • Town of North Andover
    • Essex County Community Foundation
    • Lawrence Partnership
    • EforAll/EparaTodos
    • Mill Cities Community Investments
    • Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board / MassHire
    • Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
    • Assistance from state and federal delegations

    september 2020 update report

    business relief news

    Column: Systems of support help local students make gains

    Though the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students is not yet fully known, what we do know – and what the early data confirms – is that learning has suffered, equity gaps have widened and the time to come together to create systems that work for all students is now.

    A collaborative focus on hard-hit restaurants signals better days ahead

    Arturo Acosta always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. The Dominican-born chef, who spent much of his career in Chile, made that dream a reality in July of 2018 when he opened Japú in Lawrence. It was a risk, he says, introducing the concept of Nikkei – a fusion of Peruvian ingredients and Japanese culinary techniques – to the local food scene.

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    get in touch

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    Stratton Lloyd

    Executive Vice President & COO
    978-777-8876 x126
    s.lloyd@eccf.org

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    community voices

    “Small businesses are not faint at heart, we are not easily defeated; we’re knocked down; but we’re not out.”

    – Kellee Twadelle,
    Owner, Rose & Dove, North Andover

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      Danvers, Massachusetts 01923