Hartford Launches Coronavirus Website

On April 6, 2020, the City of Hartford launched a website at https://coronavirus.hartford.gov/ that is devoted to its coronavirus response.  The website also has answers to frequently asked questions, directions on what residents should do if they feel sick, and referrals to resources for students, families, and businesses.

Residents should use the dedicated coronavirus section on the Hartford 311 app to  report any immediate  instance of social-distancing violation such as social or recreational gatherings, non-essential businesses that continue to operate, essential businesses that are not enforcing social distancing, or general coronavirus-related concerns.

Your continued support in this endeavor will make a positive difference during this time of major concern.

 

 

COVID-19 Recovery Fund – LISC & Verizon

LISC Connecticut

LISC is pleased to announce the Verizon-LISC COVID-19 Recovery Fund is now open and accepting applications. This fund provides grant support to help address the immediate financial impact on small businesses due to the pandemic.

Click here to access the application. Your application must be completed by Saturday, April 4th, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please keep the following in mind:  

  • For business owners with multiple businesses, please answer this survey based on your largest business owned.
  • Each awardee is limited to one grant per tax ID. You will need this ID to complete the application.
  • Eligibility is based on accurate and complete submission of request to include required documents uploaded.
  • This program is not eligible to employees of Verizon or LISC.
  • Your application must be completed by Saturday, April 4th, 11:59 p.m. ET.

Who is eligible?
LISC will use the Verizon funding to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.

What it can be used for?

  • Paying rent and utilities
  • Meeting payroll
  • Paying outstanding debt to vendors
  • Other immediate operational costs

Email verizongrantsinfo@lisc.org for questions and troubleshooting. OR  Apply Now

ABOUT THE VERIZON-LISC SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY FUND 

Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability.

Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, LISC is offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.

Additionally, Verizon recently launched #PayItForwardLIVE, a weekly livestream from big names to pay it forward for small businesses. Viewers can tune in every Tuesday and Thursday at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT on @Verizon’s Twitter, Yahoo, Twitch, and Fios Channel 501. As people support their favorite small businesses with #PayItForwardLIVE, Verizon will commit an additional $10 per use of the hashtag, up to $2.5 million, for a total of up to $5 million in support.

LISC Connecticut
75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-250
Hartford, CT 061

Sales and Use Tax Filing Extension

Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has deferred sales and use tax for small businesses and hotels. According to information taken from their website,  https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/COVID19/DRS-COVID-19-Response-FAQ
Sales and Use Tax

DRS has extended the filing and payment deadlines for sales tax returns (added 3/30/2020) within the parameters outlined in Q&A excerpt below:

What small business taxpayers qualify for this relief? (added 3/30/2020)

Taxpayers that have $150,000 or less in annual Sales Tax liability qualify for an automatic extension of time to file and pay. Similarly, taxpayers that have $150,000 or less in annual Room Occupancy Tax also qualify for this relief. A taxpayer that collects both Sales Tax and Room Occupancy Tax must evaluate each tax separately to determine eligibility for relief.

How does a taxpayer determine if it is a qualified small business? (added 3/30/2020)

Taxpayers are required to utilize a calendar year look back period of January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. Any taxpayer that reported $150,000 or less in tax during that period qualifies for the relief.
What returns are covered by this extension? (added 3/30/2020)

For monthly Sales Tax and Room Occupancy Tax filers: returns and payments due March 31, 2020, and April 30, 2020, are extended to May 31, 2020.

For quarterly Sales Tax and Room Occupancy Tax filers: returns and payments due April 30, 2020, are extended to May, 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Crisis CT – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The SBA is offering  disaster assistance in the form of forgivable loans through their Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during this COVID-19 crisis.

Starting April 3, 2020, small business owners and sole proprietors may apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other specific expenses through existing SBA lenders.

Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.

Further details may be viewed on the Metro Hartford Alliance website and a Q&A fact sheet regarding this program is located at https://www.metrohartford.com/wp-content/uploads/PPP-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Route 44 Update & Work Schedule – Week of 2/17/2020

Tectonic reports the following:

Schedule: Week of February 17, 2020

Normal Work Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

· Bus shelter installation has been tentatively scheduled to begin this week in various locations throughout the project limits. Business and pedestrian access will be maintained.

· Project coordination and planning continue in preparation for upcoming construction work.

· Snow clearing at bus stops continues throughout the winter within the project limits.

*weather permitting

All travel lanes on Albany will remain open before 9 am and after 3 pm; during other hours, partial lane closures may occur. Traffic will be maintained in both directions on Homestead and Westbourne. Hartford Police will assist motorists.

***IMPORTANT SIDEWALK MAINTENANCE NOTES***

SNOW REMOVAL: The sidewalks are not designed to handle roadway equipment. Trucks with plows should not be driven on sidewalks. Acceptable sidewalk clearing equipment includes snow blowers and all-terrain or utility-type vehicles w/ brush or plow.

TREATING ICE: Rock salt is not recommended for use on the brick pavers or concrete sidewalk. Calcium Magnesium Acetate is a good substitute. Sand may also be used to provide a safe walking surface.

The project field office, located at 1229 Albany Avenue, is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. If you have any questions about the project, please stop in and see us. If you have project-related business or pedestrian access concerns, please contact Kimberli Owens at (860)263-8533.  Visit our website at http://www.albanyavenuehartfordproject.com

Route 44 – Potential Traffic Delays

This information was provided by Kimberli Owens on behalf of Tectonic Engineering:

“… CJ Fucci has added touch-up temporary line striping to their schedule for tomorrow (1/15/20) between 9:00 am-3:30 pm. We can anticipate partial lane closures and minor traffic delays mostly between Woodland and Bedford. East and westbound traffic lanes will be maintained on Albany Avenue. Hartford police will be on-hand to assist motorists and pedestrians.”

Route 44 Safety Improvement Update – January 13, 2020.

Week of January 13, 2020

  • Traffic signal inspection will occur this week on Albany Avenue between Homestead and Oakland.
  • Installation of new street signs continues throughout the project area; this includes speed hump signs on Milford, Cabot, Edgewood, and Burton.
  • Snow clearing at bus stops will continue throughout the winter within the project limits.

Week of January 6, 2020

  • Project coordination and planning continues in preparation for upcoming construction work.
  • Snow clearing at bus stops will occur throughout the winter within the project limits.

Please call Kimberli Owens at (860) 263-8533 if you have concerns or questions.

The Fall 2019 Semester Comes To An End

Upper Albany Main Street expresses its appreciation to the following businesses that participated in the Fall 2019 Micro Business Incubator Program:

  • Mr. Pizza of Hartford
  • KureRx Pharmacy
  • Chrysalis Center
  • B&L Cleaning Services
  • QP Cleaners
  • Save On Mobil
  • TNT Barber & Beauty Salon
  • P&L Electric
  • Recovery On The Green, LLC
  • TIEV, LLC

If you are interested in participating in the Spring 2021 Micro Busines Incubator Program, please contact Vinette McCaulsky Walker at 860-768-5747 by January 1, 2020.

 

Route 44 Safety Improvement Project Update – November 25, 2019

Schedule: Week of November 25, 2019*

Normal Work Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

  • No construction work will occur on Thursday, November 28th. Limited construction activities may occur on Friday, November 29th.
  • General preparation for winter conditions continues project-wide.
  • Paving along the curb line will occur in various places along Albany and within the project area. Paving behind driveways and sidewalks will also occur in various locations. Expect partial lane closures near paving operations.
  • Concrete sidewalk, driveway aprons, and brick paver installation continues on the north side of Albany between Sigourney and Vine. Sidewalk reconstruction will also occur on the southwest corner of Burton and Albany.
  • Utility work continues near the southwest corner of Burton and Albany. Expect minor traffic delays near the Burton/Albany intersection.
  • Electrical work continues on the south side of Albany between Burton and Bedford and will also occur across the roadway at the Garden/Albany intersection. Expect partial lane closures near the Garden/Albany intersection.
  • Traffic signal operations will occur at intersections between Homestead and Edgewood.

Schedule: Week of December 2, 2019*

Normal Work Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday

  • General preparation for winter conditions continues project-wide.
  • Brick paver installation continues on the north side of Albany between Sigourney and Vine and also on the southwest corner of Burton.
  • Electrical work continues on the south side of Albany between Burton and Bedford.
  • Traffic signal operations continue at intersections between Homestead and Edgewood.

City of Hartford Ordinance Banning Plastic Bags

The City of Hartford has adopted an ordinance completely banning single-use PLASTIC BAGS effective December 15, 2019.  The ban will be enforced in two phases:

Phase 1:  Large Retailers / Big Box Stores
Effective December 15, 2019, large retailers with more than 8,000 sq. feet, like supermarkets, are no longer allowed to provide plastic bags to customers.

Phase 2: ALL RETAILERS
Effective June 18, 2020, All retailers including small businesses and neighborhood stores, are no longer allowed to provide plastic bags to customers.

The City of Hartford will enforce a $250 / per day fine until the plastic bags are removed by the retailer.

> The complete ordinance can be downloaded here