Be Aware That A New Round Of PPP Loans Is Now Available

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Jan 122021

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-opens this week for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic. This new round of federal funding includes $284 billion in forgivable loans for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

Businesses working with community financial institutions (CFI) can apply for First Draw PPP Loans starting Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. According to the Connecticut Small Business Administration (SBA), the following CFI are participating in the program as of today:

New Haven Bank

Location: 299 Whaley Ave, New Haven

Contact: Bill Hice

Phone: (203) 787-9513

Email: Whice@newhavenbank.com

Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union

Numerous locations throughout Connecticut

Phone: (860) 513-5000

Email: BusinessLending@NutmegStateFCU.org

Additional community financial institutions may be added to the program. The SBA will also begin accepting applications from other lenders soon.

For additional information on terms, eligibility and applications, check the U.S. SBA PPP website or contact local partners, including:

·        Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

·        Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)

·        Black Business Alliance (BBA)

·        Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA)

·        HEDCO, Inc.

·        Univ. of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center

·        Minority Construction Council (MCC)

Other services such as Lantern, a new resource from our partner SoFi that helps match small businesses with SBA-approved lenders, are also available. Lantern closely monitors a lender’s application processing capacity ensuring borrowers receive a timely response and equal access to capital.

The PPP has been a lifeline for thousands of Connecticut businesses. We want to do all we can to make sure our small businesses are first in line.


David Lehman, Commissioner

david.lehman@ct.gov, (860) 500-2310

Liquor Sting: The Six Businesses That Didn’t Sell Alcohol to Minors

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Oct 022013

Earlier today, Orange Live ran a press release generated from the Liquor Control Division and sent by the Orange Police Department regarding liquor compliance checks that occurred at 11 Orange businesses on Thursday, Sept. 19.
Two youth volunteers who were trained and provided by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership participated in the undercover operation by entering the premises and attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages from employees of the establishments.
The original press release included the following:
Eleven (11) businesses were tested for compliance. Of these, five (5) failed by allegedly selling alcohol to the youths. The businesses which allegedly failed are:
  • Ola, 350 Boston Post Road (2 counts, Sale to Minor)
  • Bear and Grille II, 385 Post Road (2 counts, Sale to Minor)
  • Corner Pocket, 501 Post Road (2 counts, Sale to Minor)
  • Baja’s Restaurant, 63 Boston Post Road (2 counts, Sale to Minor)
  • Puerto Vallarta Orange,  377 Boston Post Road (4 counts, Sale to Minor)*
*Following the compliance tests, Orange police officers and liquor agents returned to the Puerto Vallarta restaurant in Orange to contact management as part of the compliance operation follow-up. While there, they observed two additional minors allegedly being served alcoholic beverages by restaurant staff.
What it didn’t include was the names of the six (6) businesses that DID pass the test by asking for and checking IDs and refusing to sell alcohol to the minors.
These businesses are:
• Gabriele Restaurant, 326 Boston Post Road
• On The Border, 220 Indian River Road
• Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road
• Prime 16, 464 Boston Post Road
• TGI Friday’s, 348 Boston Post Road
• Wood-n-Tap, 311 Boston Post Road