WITH CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CONTINUING TO INCREASE RAPIDLY ACROSS R.I. AND NATIONWIDE, THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF OUR COMMUNITY IS PARAMOUNT. IN RESPONSE, WE ARE INVOLVED WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND R.I. DEM TO ASSIST THOSE IN THE FISHING COMMUNITY WITH HEALTHCARE COVERAGE ACCESSIBILITY, IF POSSIBLE! CONTACT US IF ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED, WE WILL HELP YOU NAVIGATE THROUGH THE PROCESS. WE ARE ALSO DISCUSSING WITH R.I. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS REQUESTING A 3 MONTH DEFERRAL ON MORTGAGES, LINES OF CREDIT AND OR OTHER BUSINESS DEBT AT THE ONSET OF THIS CRISIS. THE STATE HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES OF 2 MILLION DOLLARS, INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW.
Yesterday the U.S. Small Business Administration approved Governor Raimondo's application for assistance and will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital up to $2 million to Rhode Island small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information, and download applications at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. If a paper forms are preferred, they can be accessed here.
If your business has questions regarding SBA loans and access to capital, please call RI Commerce's Small Business Hotline at (401) 521-HELP or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all who have participated in our health care survey. If you have not completed the survey and interested in providing this information, please reach out and we will send you a survey to complete. This information is necessary to develop a future health care program for the commercial fishing community.
For anyone who is uninsured, they are eligible for coverage through April 15 at: https://healthsourceri.com/coverage-through-healthsource-ri/
For anyone who has lost insurance, this fact sheet has information they need.
PLEASE STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY AND CONTACT US FOR ANY FURTHER ASSISTANCE.
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