On this page, we are sharing COVID-19 related resources. Due to the news coming in daily, we have put COVID-related news in the NEWS section so you can easily navigate through these resources to find the ones that will help you during this time.

 

 

Member Contacts for Supplies

Craig Jasinski of New England Metal Finishing shared the following:

SurfacePrep is stepping up to assist with the shortage in crucial protective gear needed during these times. Please see list below of products we can get!

  • Hand / Surface Sanitizer
  • Face Shields
  • KN-95 Masks
  • Surgical Masks
  • Level 1 / Level 2 Isolation Gowns

Reach out to him for more information at:

Craig Jasinski, New England Metal Finishing

Sales Specialist

Email: craig@nemfi.com

Office:  860-640-4600

Mobile: 978-726-0385

 

Websites

Connecticut COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic

Robinson+Cole and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) will lead the Connecticut COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic as part of a nationwide program. The mission of the clinic is to help Connecticut’s entrepreneurs and small businesses that have suffered adversely from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free, limited-scope legal advice.

Learn more here.

 

Those interested in learning more about the Connecticut COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic, including registration for small businesses as well as attorney volunteers,

please visit the CBA Clinic Page.

 

Infrared Thermometers for CT Businesses

 

  • 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.

 

Fuss and O’Neill COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Resource Center

 

New London COVID-19 Resources Link

The City of New London has implemented a coronavirus response site to help New London area businesses address challenges and stay informed.

Visit the site today.

 

CT Supplier List – Hand Sanitizer, Masks & Cleaning Products

See list here.

If you need Isopropyl Alcohol you can reach out to McKesson at:

  • Andria.Ward@McKesson.com
  • Tipton.clark@McKesson.com

Andria is our (State of CT) account rep. Reach out to her and she will be able to assist with your request.

 

Connecticut COVID-19 Response Site

CONNSTEP and CBIA are working together with the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, the Connecticut Hospital Association, and others to organize resources to serve the urgent needs of those on the frontline battling COVID-19.

If you are a company with available materials and/or production capacity, we may be able to use your resources. And, if you can offer supplies or need supplies you are at the right place to be connected.
Simply complete and submit the form applicable to your need or offer and then we will evaluate your submission and get back to you as quickly as we can.

Visit the link today.

Essential CT Small Businesses with 50 Employees or Less Can Requests Masks

April 28th, 2020 – Published to CONNSTEP / CIBA website.

See this form to request yours.

 

Face Scanner Software

R&D Technologies shared this software that will scan an individual’s face to “fit” it for a facemask. See the details at.

https://www.bellus3d.com/

 

Coronavirus Resources Hub for Manufacturers and Industry Professionals

For up-to-date industry information and resources, register on the Thomas Coronavirus Resources Hub for Manufacturers and Industry professionals.

Sign up here.

 

CMC Updates

See the link below for Q&A from the CMC call.

CMC QA from May 5 meeting

Funding Options

 

Small Business Relief Options from the Small Business Association

April 13, 2020

We know there is a lot of information out there to sort through so we want to ensure you know about the SBA site for the various funding options. There are currently four funding options available for small businesses who seek relief from COVID-19 losses. The options include:

  • Payment Protection Progam (PPP)
    • “Designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.”
    • Available through June 30, 2020.
    • Small businesses that meet the SBA’s size standards, those with NAICS Codes that begin with 72, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed persons.
  • EIDL Loan Advance
    • All eligible businesses can apply for up to $10K in relief
    • “This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.”
  • SBA Express Bridge Loans
    • For those who already have a relationship with an SBA lender who need access to up to $25K quickly.
  • SBA Debt Relief
    • “This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.”
    • “The SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months.”
    • “The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020.”

If you need additional guidance, please email us at admin@nmconsortium.com and we will do our best to get you answers from experts.

See the page here.

 

Liberty Bank Information About Payment Protection Program

March 30, 2020

By email from Joe Raycraft, Liberty Bank – Middletown

The CARES Act was signed into law on Friday, March 27th and includes the newly created Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  The PPP is a new credit program that offers loans for payroll costs and other eligible expenses for certain small businesses.  PPP loans will be provided by banks and administered by the SBA, which will provide guarantees for loans that Liberty Bank and other banks will make.  For your reference, I have attached a guide that summarizes the various programs.  Liberty Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender and has originated hundreds of SBA-backed loans in the past several years.   You and NMC members have probably seen similar information that was provided to them by their CPA or attorney.  With all the programs out there the PPP program appears to be the one with the most benefit for small businesses as it has a forgivable portion.

We are still awaiting specific guidance from the SBA directly on the CARES Act and PPP loans.  The SBA is currently drafting regulations for this program, which are required to occur within 15 days of when the bill became law.  Once these regulations are in place, lenders can begin making loans.  No loans can be processed under this program until the SBA publishes their guidelines.  We will let you know once we receive information about the application process from the SBA.

For NMC members that are interested in PPP, please have them read the attached document and start to accumulate the payroll and other information that will likely be required for the PPP loan application.  I would suggest that interested companies start pulling together their average monthly payroll costs over the past 12-month period.  I have also attached a questionnaire that Liberty Bank will likely include in the processing of PPP loan requests and a template weekly cash flow model that companies may wish to use to further support the PPP loan request and/or for their own internal purposes. 

Read the SBA CARES Act 2020 information here.

Respond to the COVID-19 Commercial Customer Questionnaire 3-20

Download the Weekly Cash Flow Model Template

Updated 4/1 to add: See additional information here on the SBA site.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Visit SBA Resources…

 

Town of Groton (CT) Disaster Assistance Resources

The Town of Groton Economic Development staff has created a list of resources for our local businesses. Please visit the page if you are operating with Groton and need guidance on what’s available for you.

Read more…

 

Rhode Island Manufacturer Resources and Support – COVID-19 Coronavirus

Polaris MEP, March 17, 2020

From Polaris MEP’s LinkedIn page:

Supporting Rhode Island manufacturers continues to be the mission of Polaris MEP. We are working closely with state agencies including Rhode Island Commerce, and the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training to make sure manufacturing employer needs are represented related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Polaris MEP has created a web page with lists of guidelines and/or links to resources that we felt relevant to manufacturing: http://bit.ly/3d6xFmg. Polaris MEP has postponed all in-person educational and group training events for March and April. As we move to virtual learning where possible, our most important message is … CONTACT US with questions, problems or needs! While the coronavirus challenge is unprecedented, the Polaris MEP team stands ready to help move manufacturing forward in difficult times.

Read their resources here.

 

Donations

 

State of Rhode Island REIMA Requesting Laptop Donations / Lending / Leasing

April 1st, 2020

Rhode Island has a critical need for laptops (up to 150) for COVID-19 statewide mission response. State can purchase, borrow or accept donations. If you have any suggestions for how they can obtain laptops, please contact Stuart Freiman; see contact information below.  
 

 

CT PTAC Shares Info on Donating PPE

March 30, 2020

We know that many manufacturing operations stock PPE for use. If you have any to spare and are not sure where or how to donate it, see below.

Dear Friend of CT PTAC,

Please share with your constituents the information provided below regarding a “Request for Information” for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to COVID-19 from the Defense Logistics Agency.

https://beta.sam.gov/opp/c30f925480824861860331bc4108b96f/view#contact

DLA welcomes industry to identify alternatives or identify additional PPE items necessary to protect against viral contamination of the COVID-19.

Specific PPE Categories:
(1)    Protective Coveralls, in any variant, i.e. with hood and booties, without hood and booties, with hood no booties, with booties no hood, etc.
(2)    Protective Aprons and or Gowns
(3)    Protective Hoods
(4)    Protective Masks
(5)    Protective Booties
(6)    Protective Gloves
(7)    Protective Boots

Note: The Initial response was due by 5:00 PM, Tuesday, 24 March 2020. However, DLA will accept any and all responses received after this date and time for any ongoing requirements.

 

Training & Development

Developing Effective Virtual Teams

CIPD website

While remote and homeworking have become increasingly common over the past twenty years, the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has seen remote collaboration spike dramatically and ‘virtual’ teams forming almost overnight.

This sharp increase in virtual teams has prompted a search for solutions to develop and manage them – ones that will help maintain both an organisation’s operational viability and employee well-being. Our evidence review uncovered a range of attributes which make for effective virtual teams. HR professionals and managers can use our practice-oriented summary report to gain insight into these factors and adopt the recommended actions to better support their virtual teams. The technical report gives more detail on the body of research on virtual teams.

Download the reports here.

 

PIVOT: Messaging During a Market Disruption

Join Maria Miranda and the team from Miranda Creative for a zoom-based workshop and dialog about making a PIVOT in messaging during the current market disruption brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

More than a webinar, Maria, and colleagues will share their experiences of the past few weeks and the lessons learned when communicating to audiences during a time of impossible stress and rapid change.

While circumstances are evolving by the hour and with every executive order, some planned areas of discussion:
– Content awareness during information overload
– Tone/emotional attachment
– New normal/not normalcy
– Timing and timeliness
– Longterm brand positioning through generosity

Watch the full replay here:
 
To learn more about pivoting during this time, sign up for Miranda Creative’s email.
 
 

PMI Offers Free Project Management Courses During COVID-19 Quarantines

TechRepublic, April 7, 2020

Do you have colleagues or employees who are working on their project management certification or would benefit from project management training? If so, this could be a valuable resource for them!

Read the full article here.

 

Robinson + Cole Recording on “Force Majeure” Clauses & the Coronavirus

March 30, 2020

NMC Member Robinson + Cole conducted a program for the U.S. Department of Commerce on “force majeure” clauses and the Coronavirus. They have shared the recording with our members as well as the PDF below.

Click on image to go to PDF or click here to listen to recording.

Open Letter to Siemens’ Stakeholders from Tony Hemmelgarn

March 30, 2020 via email

I wanted to make sure that the NMC members were aware of the following open letter from our Business Unit CEO, Tony Hemmelgarn, put out last week demonstrating some of the things that Siemens is doing, and offering for those (everyone) affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you may know, we provide the core software for the COLUMBIA Program design. This software training and gratis student licenses are made available, as noted below. After the letter, there are links to see the classes available, and for accessing the training.  ~Brian Flynn

During this global health crisis, our priority is the health and wellbeing of our employees, customers, partners and their respective families and communities. To this end, we’ve taken many steps over the past few weeks to enable us to continue developing and delivering solutions that speed digital transformation and best support our customers throughout this uncertain period. This includes canceling or postponing some events and transitioning to virtual events whenever it works best for our customers. 
  
Changing work conditions present an opportunity for our community to increase their skills and abilities with Siemens software. Effective immediately, and for the period of the COVID-19 impact, we’re offering free 30-day subscriptions to our online learning memberships. With this offer, the community will have free access to a rich set of video-based learning, labs and other engaging training content that can improve proficiency in the products they already use and build skills in new Siemens solutions.
 
We know that many of our users are working outside their normal environment, so Siemens is working to expand access to our portfolio to our community. A free version of the Mendix application development platform is available for anybody, and many of our solutions are available for free to students and start-up companies.  Today we’re making available to students and instructors a free 12-month license of the student edition of Mentor’s flagship PADS Professional PCB design software . In addition, we’re working with our customers to enable home use of some of our products. For more information, visit this special website on our response to COVID-19 with up-to-date ideas, offers and details from across Siemens Digital Industries Software.     
 
As an industry leader with a broad network of partners and customers across industries from medical devices to industrial machinery and aerospace to pharmaceutical, we feel a responsibility to apply the power of our ecosystem to creating innovative solutions for global issues including sustainability and the coronavirus pandemic. As one example, we’re partnering with Engineering for Change on the Innovate for Impact design competition, which will award $20,000 for innovative solutions that solve hunger and clean water challenges, and we’re extending the deadline until May 4, 2020.  
 
We recognize that we are in extraordinary times, which is why we’re taking these steps to support our communities and each other during this period of change. As this situation evolves, we pledge our support to our employees, customers, partners and communities – we’re all in this together, and we encourage you to reach out anytime.
 
Tony Hemmelgarn
President & Chief Executive Officer

Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit www.sw.siemens.com or follow us on LinkedInTwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Siemens Digital Industries Software – Where today meets tomorrow.

How to Access Free Training
List of Specific Master Memberships Available

 

Employment Law Letter – COVID-19 Resources

NMC Member Shipman & Goodwin shares a good amount of employment law information on their Employment Law Letter. They’ve recently posted great articles to help you navigate this challenging time.

For the last 40 years, Employment Law Letter has been published quarterly as a service to clients and friends by Shipman & Goodwin’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. The firm is pleased to announce the launch of this website which features the long-standing publication along with timely updates relating to Labor and Employment Law.

Read more here.

 

How to Transition to Remote Work in a Hurry

Zapier, March 16, 2020

For those of you whose companies are having you work remotely and aren’t sure how to make the transition smoothly, here are some great tips from Zapier.

Working remotely becomes second nature when you do it all the time. But if you need to suddenly transition to remote work, you won’t necessarily have effective systems in place. I consistently get emails from folks looking for advice on how to make remote work actually work. While we’ve written the book on how to do it, that advice is best suited for teams who have time to formulate a plan. But what should you do if you’re thrust into remote work abruptly?

Here, I’ll share my own tips—along with tips from my friends on fellow remote teams—on how to transition to remote work without warning.

Read more…

 

Just for Fun

Fun for the Family – STEAM Activities

Fuss and O’Neill is keeping families entertained while everyone is home together. Check daily for some family fun!

Click here to start the fun.

 

Pandemic Dictionary

Keeping it light, we’d like to think NMC Member Bridget K. Brown for sharing this Pandemic Dictionary with us. Hint: Don’t take a sip of your beverage while reading or you may end up cleaning off your workspace! Here’s a snippet to get you started:

One morning, I had a meeting with a potential client and realized I had to show up to the Zoom call — not only wearing real pants — but makeup! And I thought, “I have barely been out of the house in a week. If I were going somewhere today, what would I wear?” Tired of wearing every fleece I own in a daily rotation, I pulled out a favorite sweater I had only worn a few times during the winter, and walked to the room next door that is my office to start my day. And a word was born. “I am a Pandefashionista,” I thought. “I dress in spite of the state of the world!”

Read the full post here.

 

Social Distancing Channel

Hunt Gather found a bunch of resources they thought were pretty cool and pulled them into one channel to keep you sane during the quarantine.

See it here.