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HR ROUND TABLE WE'VE GONE VIRTUAL! Thank you to our 2020 HR Roundtable Series sponsor: Onto Mortgage The HR Roundtable Series is designed for professionals of all career levels and backgrounds including small businesses, operations managers, HR professionals and more. This series will continue throughout 2020 as virtual webinars, offered at no cost to Members of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.

The next event in this series, How to Build a High Performing Culture. The Importance of Leadership will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 11a.m. For registration, along with the Chamber’s full event calendar, go to: www.newportchamber.com/events



We've gone virtual!

Ask the Expert is going virtual! Mark your calendar for this free, informative and educational webinar series for Greater Newport Chamber Members.  The Ask the Expert Series will be an ongoing opportunity for small businesses to get professional advice related to a variety of fields including: insurance, real estate,  finance, IT, and more. This series will take place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 11a.m. For registration along with the Chamber’s full event calendar, go to: www.newportchamber.com/events

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3.24.20 CONTACT: Ashley Medeiros Connect Greater Newport Phone: 401.855.2214 ashley.medeiros@connectgreaternewport.com Connect Greater Newport Provides a Local Point of Contact for Businesses Newport, RI: Business owners in Newport and Bristol Counties who have been impacted by COVID-19 can access support through Connect Greater Newport’s Business Retention & Expansion program. This free resource, created through the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with municipal leaders, business owners, resources organizations and education institutions, is available to offer assistance, guidance and resources to help businesses overcome the challenges resulting from the Coronavirus. “Although there are other resource organizations available to support the business community, we felt that it was important to have a dedicated local point of contact. COVID-19 is impacting every resident and stretching our local government to the limit. Connect Greater Newport is able to coordinate resources and convey information to ensure the needs of the business community are top of mind.” Shawn Brown, Town Administrator, Town of Middletown Connect Greater Newport’s goal is to ensure every business owner or leader is able to easily find information and access available resources. Through an up to date and comprehensive website businesses can find government mandates, resources, free offers, best practices and industry information. With a number of websites and publications providing COVID-19 information, Connect Greater Newport is differentiating this resource by developing a comprehensive site solely dedicated to the needs of local businesses. “Our goal is to make accessing information as easy as possible. Small business owners are far too busy to dedicate hours searching multiple websites to find the information and resources they need. We want to alleviate some of the burden by streamlining this process and providing specific information.” Ashley Medeiros, Director Connect Greater Newport In addition to the information on the website, business owners can access free individualized one to one virtual, phone or email support. Connect Greater Newport Director Ashley Medeiris is available to provide guidance, answer questions and develop a customized list of resources. For more information or to schedule a virtual consultation go to www.connectgreaternewport.com/coronavirus-updates

About Connect Greater Newport: Connect Greater Newport is a regional economic development initiative launched by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to serve the region’s business community. Connect Greater Newport’s mission is to support the growth of the region’s existing businesses and serve as a resource to attract new companies to the region. For more information about Connect Greater Newport visit www.connectgreaternewport.com. About Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce: The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Greater Newport Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region. For more information about the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce visit www.newportchamber.com

IN THE NEWS Officials prepare for hurdles of reopening the Greater Newport economy

April 18, 2020 from The Newport Daily News. By Sean Flyn

Representatives of the many businesses in Newport County and the region have begun work on plans to reopen the economy once Gov. Gina Raimondo and other governors begin easing the coronavirus restrictions to let the rollout begin.“Right now we are working on collecting data,” said Erin Donovan-Boyle, executive director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce that represents just under 1,050 members.“We did a survey about two weeks ago on how many businesses were forced to close their doors, how many could keep operating...Read more here.

R.I. chambers of commerce under pressure to keep members informed April 17, 2020 from The Providence Business News. By Nancy Lavin  The deluge of new eligibility information, and in some cases misinformation, makes it hard for business owners already overwhelmed with day-to-day operations to keep tabs on daily changes. For most small-business owners, the chamber is a familiar support system.“We’re the trusted voice,” said Erin Donovan-Boyle, executive director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. “We’re not necessarily experts in all these fields, but we can direct them to who the experts are.”...Read more here.

CALLING APPLICANTS for the Tinney Family Arts Scholarship

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County is offering the Tinney Family Arts Scholarship of $2,000 in memory of the Tinney Family.

This scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating High School Senior who lives in Newport County and who has demonstrated artistic talent and the ambition to strive for excellence. All areas of the Arts will be considered. It is the desire in giving this scholarship that the Tinney family’s protégé will cherish and perpetuate the Tinney legacy while making the most of his/her own inherent artistic abilities.

Click here for Eligibility Guidelines and Application Requirements

Application Deadline is May 1.

Rich with love, talent, and ambition the Tinneys used limited monetary wealth to create beauty for all to enjoy. The family is best known for saving Belcourt Castle from mid-twentieth century wreckers, restoring, and maintaining the building and exhibiting an impressive collection of antiques. The Gold Coronation Coach that was designed by Donald Tinney in 1966 was featured in the historic Bristol, Rhode Island Fourth of July Parade and the Fall River, Massachusetts Children’s Christmas Parade in 2019.

Donald Tinney can best be described as a “Renaissance” man. From the time he was twelve he sang in a boys’ choir, studied music, played the piano and the pipe organ. Before he was twenty he transformed a colonial farm into a stunning estate with beautiful landscaping and stone paths. The Tinneys were accomplished artists and artisans and dedicated to hard work. They bought the oldest stained glass studio in Rhode Island to preserve the art. Creating and restoring windows the family inspired students to learn many skills. They taught “lost arts” such as woodcarving, gold leafing and wrought iron work.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to info@newportarts.org with “Tinney Scholarship” in the subject line.

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The SBA is Now Offering Disaster Assistance Loans to Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus The federal government is moving swiftly to help small businesses mitigate the financial impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Low interest (e.g., 3.75%) long-term loans are now already available in Connecticut and Rhode Island and certain counties in Massachusetts (Check here for the latest list of Massachusetts counties in the program).

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and economic relief to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue. The loans may be used to cover fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

Eligibility - Small businesses and private non-profit organizations that have been financially impacted as a result of the Coronavirus may qualify. The loans are available to those organizations either directly affected by the disaster or those harmed by losses in their community. The SBA offers examples such as hotels, recreational facilities, charter boats, manufacturers, rental property owners, restaurants, retailers and wholesalers. Ineligible organizations include religious and charitable organizations, gambling concerns, casinos, and racetracks.

Financial Impact - Eligibility is also based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus. The loans are designed to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which otherwise could have been met had the disaster not occurred. So the applicant has to establish that the claimed economic injury is substantial and a direct result of the declared disaster. Typically this would be a decrease in income from operations or working capital resulting in the business being unable to meet its obligations and pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses in the normal course of business. So the funds cannot be used to expand the business or fund new product development.

Location – In this area, loans are available in Connecticut and Rhode Island and certain counties in Massachusetts. The applicant must have a tangible physical presence in the area. An economic presence alone or a PO box does not suffice.

Interest Rate and Terms - The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private non-profit organizations. To keep payments affordable, the SBA is offering long-term repayments of up to a maximum of 30 years. Additionally, the SBA says that first payment of disaster is not due until 5 months from the date of the note. “This allows small businesses time to weather the storm, get their footing again, and start making money before they need to start worrying about repayment,” according to Mark Hayward, deputy director of the US SBA’s Rhode Island District office. Collateral - The maximum unsecured loan amount is $25,000. Loans over $25,000 require collateral such as real estate. The SBA says it will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but requires borrowers to pledge what is available. To qualify, applicants must have a credit history acceptable to the SBA and the SBA must determine that the applicant’s business can repay the loan. Applying - Unlike most other SBA loans, applicants do not apply through a bank, but instead directly from the SBA at DisasterLoan.sba.gov. There is no cost to apply and if approved there is no obligation to take the loan. Paper applications are available, but the SBA says that filing electronically is easier and faster.

COVID 19 Medical Supply Donations RIDOH State Health Laboratories have been testing RI patients for COVID-19 since February 29, 2020, when we had the first positive test result. We have significantly ramped up our capacity to test but are now severely limited because of the nationwide shortage of critical supplies and reagents. We appreciate all offers of supplies we have received so far and are encouraged by the outpouring of support from the research community and the public. There is also a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Listed below are specific items most urgently needed as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as well as the items needed to complete the laboratory test for COVID 19 virus using the following protocol https://www. fda.gov/media/134922/download under the FDA-approved Emergency Use Authorization. If you are a researcher, supplier, or manufacturer in possession of these items and willing to donate or sell them to us, please provide all required information so that we can quickly assess if it will meet our needs. Please note we will not be able to use expired reagents or items that might perform similarly but have not been specifically approved for use with this test. PPE Needs: N95 Respirator Masks, Procedure Masks, Surgical Face Masks, Face Shields, Gloves, Gowns Other Medical Needs: Hand Sanitizer, Sanitizing Wipes, Ventilators, Temporal Thermometers Lab Supply Needs: QIAamp Viral RNA Mini Kit (50 count): Qiagen: Cat # 52904 QIAamp Viral RNA Mini Kit (250 count): Qiagen: Cat # 52906 DSP RNA Viral Mini Kit (50 count): Qiagen: Cat # 61904 MagNA Pure 96 External Lysis Buffer: Roche: Cat # 06374913001 SPECIMEN COLLECTION KIT COMPONENTS: ITEM # 1 - NASOPHARYNGEAL SWABS Swab Shaft (Handle) - Sterile (or able to be sterilized) - Flexible (needs to be very flexible to reach the nasopharynx) - Approximately 6 inches in length - Plastic or wire shaft (handle), plastic preferred - Plastic handle needs to have the ability to be snapped (broken) at a breakpoint score mark so that the end of the shaft with the swab tip remains in the liquid Viral Transport Media. Viral Transport Media can be purchased in an assortment of tube sizes so there is a need for the score mark to be at either 100mm or 80mm. Swab tip: - Mini Tip - Synthetic (ex: polyester, rayon, Dacron) - Cannot be cotton or calcium alginate - Can be “flocked” EXAMPLES: BD 220531 Flocked Sterile Swab Applicator ITEM #2 UNIVERSAL VIRAL TRANSPORT MEDIA - Liquid medium commonly used for specimens that are too be tested for viruses, chlamydia, mycoplasmas - There are many similar formulations that would fit our needs - Volume in each tube can be between 1.0ml -3.0ml EXAMPLES: BD 2203114 Universal Viral Transport Vials 3ml

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FREE ONLINE JOB BANK POSTING Take advantage of this digital marketing opportunity included with your Chamber membership to promote the available positions at your business. Visit www.NewportChamber.com Log in to your Member Profile Click on the 'Job' option in the menu Add a new job posting

For Immediate Release: April 2, 2020 – Newport, RI -- In efforts to help the community, Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling, Co. has now joined other Breweries & Distilleries by committing part of its operations to make hand sanitizer from repurposed distilled spirits for those in need. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a shortage of hand sanitizer within medical offices and those businesses still operating during this challenging economic time. Making as many 4 oz. bottles as possible; there will be a limited quantity available due to the sourcing of materials. Starting Monday, April 6th, we will be passing out two 4oz bottles per person, while supplies last, as well as donating larger quantities to those businesses and non-Profits in need. As part of our community involvement and outreach, there will be no charge for this product as we would like to give back to the communities that have been supporting us over many years. *This hand sanitizer is made with Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, and Aloe.* Please check our social media and website for times and locations of distribution. From all of us at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co., we hope you are staying safe and healthy. Â

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Alzheimer’s Association Registration is now available for our virtual education program: Legal and Financial Considerations When Planning the Care of People Living with Alzheimer's and All Dementias This virtual education program can be accessed over the phone or by computer. Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Register for call-in number/online link by calling our Helpline: 800.272.3900 or at CommunityResourceFinder. org

Can't make it for this date? Here are some upcoming dates for Legal and Financial Considerations When Planning the Care of People Living with Alzheimer's and All Dementias: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Please call our Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit CommunityResourceFinder.org to register for any of our educational programs.

While our office is temporarily closed, our office staff is working remotely, and our technicians are still installing accessibility and safety equipment for our customers. We know that the COVID 19 has created financial hardships for many, so we are offering $750 off the installation of a stairlift or a ramp. Please give us a call at 401293-0415 to set this up. We are

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Hackers Prey On Coronavirus Fears

The FBI warned of an unprecedented wave of coronavirus scams. The targets are remote workers and older Americans, but how to avoid COVID-19 scams. Even during a global pandemic, the cybercriminals are not taking any breaks from attempting to steal your personal information and company data. They are working even harder to prey on COVID-19 fears.  The cybercriminals go for the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain, and that is the human element. The hackers are using social engineering for the scams. They are phishing or sending emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations and sharing vital information about the coronavirus preying on people’s need for information during this uncertain time.  How does phishing work? The pandemic makes phishing easy for the bad guys. Everyone wants more information, and these emails promise that to the reader if they say open an attachment or click an embedded link to see the latest statistics or fill out a form. When opening the attachment or the embedded link, it is most likely just downloaded malicious software onto your device. That allows cybercriminals to take control of your computer, log your keystrokes (helpful in getting passwords), or access your personal information. It could lead to identity theft. 

How to Avoid COVID-19 Scams. There are three easy ways to protect yourself when COVID-19 emails and texts show up in your inboxes: • Don’t Open Attachments or click the embedded link. That seems common sense, but verify who is sending by checking the email address carefully. • Install security software. Reputable paid virus/malware protection software can lessen the threat.

Keep your devices and software updated. Most of the updates are security patches.

Just like keeping healthy by using proper hand-washing hygiene, with good cyber hygiene, you can do the same for cyber safety. Mind The Gap Cyber Ann Marie van den Hurk is the founder of Mind The Gap Cyber. She brings twenty-five years of management experience, having led IT, operations, and communications departments. Ann Marie was a nationally distributed business columnist for Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader and was part of the Tribune Content Agency. Her award-winning column focused on public relations, crisis, marketing, cybersecurity, and social media for businesses by bringing new media to her readers before it becomes mainstream and breaks it down into digestible terms. In 2013, Ann Marie published her first book, Social Media Crisis Communications: Preparing for, Preventing, and Surviving a Public Relations #FAIL through Que. Born in the Republic of Ireland, raised and educated in the United States, and lived in Europe, Ann Marie blends American and European sensibilities into her practice allowing for a unique global perceptive. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware. Learn more: www.mindthegapcyber.com ###

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