COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, FRCOG offices are closed from March 24 – April 7.

Staff are working remotely.

Building, plumbing and wiring inspectors are responding to emergencies only.

All meetings, workshops and forums are cancelled or have been changed to a call-in or video format.  Please look for emails from FRCOG staff about specific meetings or on our calendar https://frcog.org/events/category/meetings-and-events/.

Email is likely the most efficient way to reach staff.  You can find our email addresses and other contact information here: https://frcog.org/about/staff/

Business Development Resource Guide

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Resources and Guidance for Businesses in response to COVID-19 as of March 24, 2020

The Baker-Polito Administration assembled resources and guidance for businesses that include loan programs, administrative tax relief measures, and programs for employers to help avoid layoffs, such as the WorkShare program and the Rapid Response program.  For more information, click here.

Western Mass List of Business Resources: Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire Counties. For more information, click here.

The Franklin County Community Development Corporation and Common Capital are working together to support small businesses in western Massachusetts during this unprecedented time, such as with the Fast Track Loan Program and working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  For more information, click here.

The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is administering the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Fund, which is  available to Massachusetts-based businesses affected by COVID-19.  For more information, click here.

OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Click here for link to PDF.

Verizon is waiving late fees for small businesses. For more information, click here.

Both Eversource and National Grid utility companies are posting updates on their policies related to the COVID-19 crisis.

U.S. Treasury and IRS guidance on deferring tax payments due to COVID-19. For more information, click here.

1Berkshire has assembled a comprehensive list of resources, including Facebook Small Business Grants, Resources for Freelance Artists, and Tipped & Service Workers Fund.  For more information, click here.

Resources for Agricultural businesses from MDAR. For more information, click here.

ICIC Small Business Resource Center for national and regional resources as well as business technical assistance. For more information, click here.

Emergency Preparedness Resources for Businesses:

Whether it is a blizzard, flood, or a hazardous spill, business can’t always control what happens in the future. However, there are steps to be better prepared. And when you can respond and recover quickly, you can get back to business! Information on how businesses can be prepared for emergencies is available at  WesternMassReady.org and Ready.gov/Business, or download the Getting Back To Business brochure (PDF, 875KB).

Business Development Resources:

Looking to start a new business venture?  Or expand an existing business venture? Check out the 2018 Franklin County Business Development Resources Guide  (PDF 2.2mb) to find helpful information and links to organizations that provide technical assistance, training, financing and more!

The Commonwealth’s workforce development agency has published a comprehensive guide to the state’s business resources called MassHire BizWorks (PDF, 2.01 mb).