A message from Commissioner Lehman, Commissioner of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development.
At 6 p.m. on March 27, 2020, DECD will stop accepting applications for the Connecticut Recovery Bridge Loan program. We have seen significant demand for the program, receiving over 4,000 applications since the program went operational yesterday morning. Within the last 24 hours, DECD, along with our partner Connecticut Innovations, has added additional staff to process applications for this loan program. In addition, we are doubling the funding in the program to $50 million.
We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and keep in close contact with our small business and nonprofit partners as they grapple with the effects of this pandemic on their operations and employees.
We feel it is prudent to hit pause and stop taking more applications right now to ensure we can process the current queue efficiently and get this much needed money out the door as quickly as possible. We want to be fair to all applicants and taking more requests would not be right.
We encourage businesses to apply for SBA disaster assistance loans here. You can find out about state business resources on the state’s coronavirus website. In addition, details on the forthcoming federal stimulus, which will provide direct assistance to small business and individuals, can be found here.
Our staff will continue to assist clients in need and connect them with the other state and federal resources that are currently available. Inquiries should be sent to DECD.COVID19@ct.gov.
David Lehman, Commissioner
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. My business has been affected by COVID-19. Is there a business resource information site to assist businesses affected by COVID-19?
A. Click here for a list of business resources compiled for State of Connecticut businesses. This is a clearinghouse of resources, not an official site. Please refer to the state resources below for official and legal guidance.
Q. I have been laid off from my job, how can I apply for unemployment benefits?
A. It is important to file as soon as you become unemployed to avoid being denied benefits. Do not delay filing your claim for unemployment benefits even if your employer has not issued you any paperwork. To file your claim, please go to www.filectui.com For faster processing of your claim, please have your employer’s registration number and a return to work date readily available when you file your claim online. If you have any questions, please visit the CT Department of Labor Online Assistance Center www.filectui.com. You may also submit your general question to firstname.lastname@example.org. A response can be expected in 3 to 5 business days, depending on volume. The Department of Labor can be reached by clicking here.
Q. During social isolation are there community activities my family and I can safely participate in?
A. Click here for several blogs highlighting activities and ways to help your community.
Q. Is there is a list of local businesses that are still operating during this challenging time?
A. The Economic Development Department has compiled a list and updates the list daily. Click here to view the full list. A map of local businesses offering deliveries and COVID-19 resources can be found here.
Q. Is there a community website that offers resources, business listings and updated community information?
A. The Explore Farmington website is a community website brought to you by the Economic Development Department to connect residents and businesses.