business relief and
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.
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
- 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
LYNN — The City of Lynn and EDIC/Lynn are offering the Lynn Small Business Loan Fund, a new funding opportunity that will provide loans to the city’s existing and start-up businesses that cannot currently access financing from a traditional bank or credit union. Loans...
Danvers, MA – In response to pre- and post-COVID behavioral health challenges, Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) is proud to announce new investments in organizations working together to improve the region’s behavioral health system. ECCF, in partnership with...
ECCF’s Greater Lawrence Summer Fund supports vital out-of-school programming This summer at Camp Otter – a Merrimack Valley YMCA camp located on the shores of Captain’s Pond in the border town of Salem, NH – kids from Greater Lawrence were among the many campers...
Foundation’s NextGen initiative aims to make giving back a more inclusive experience Danvers, MA – What does it mean to be a ‘philanthropist?’ This question is at the heart of a reimagining of NextGen Philanthropy, ECCF’s initiative to engage new generations of...
Right now, in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Haverhill, 13 local residents are learning computer skills that will help them successfully navigate our increasingly digital world. It’s all happening at MakeIT Haverhill (MIH), a program of Community Action, Inc....
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Executive Vice President & COO
“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