With the extended closures being experienced by a significant number of our local businesses, schools and non-profit partners, the City recognizes the immense strain and challenges being faced, both emotionally and financially. While our collective priority is individual and community health and safety, a critical component in navigating this unprecedented impact on our economy is access to financial relief and support. Congress approved the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) act several days ago setting in motion a series of programs with targeted and dedicated funding to support businesses large and small. Understanding programs, application process and the documentation required can be a significant challenge. The City continues to partner with the Chamber of Commerce as the primary information and support resource to assist local businesses.
• Paycheck Protection Program Loans
• Small Business Debt Relief Program
• Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants
• Small Business Tax Provisions/Credits
To learn more about these programs, including FAQ’s and eligibility information, go to www.ashlandchamber.com
. Also, add your email to the daily Chamber email update list to stay current on all available resources.
Local governments across the nation are also straining to maintain the necessary essential services for their communities and Ashland is no different. Maintaining our water supply, electrical grid, ambulance, fire and police service, broadband internet and other essential community services continues to be the City’s primary objective. The Mayor, City Council and staff continue to communicate with state and federal officials to request funding and regulatory assistance for both local business, government, non-profit and educational partners to address financial impacts affecting our economic and social vitality. We welcome your input and we will continue to advocate for Ashland.