Chamber News

FAQ On Stimulus, Unemployment and Tax Rebates

New York Times – President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan on Thursday, enacting a nearly $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package with benefits including another round of stimulus payments, an extension of unemployment benefits and generous tax breaks to low- and moderate-income people. When will my stimulus check arrive? The Treasury Department said that stimulus payments began arriving in bank…

“Timely” Aid Bill Likely to Clear Senate Thursday

State House News – On the heels of House action last week, the Massachusetts Senate plans on Thursday to advance a bill laying out new unemployment system costs and tax breaks for businesses, a new emergency paid sick leave benefit, and new tax relief for low-income workers. “We are aware of the timely and sensitive nature of…

Construction Schedule Update on Orleans, MA Wastewater Infrastructure Project Two-Week Look Ahead Starting March 15, 2021

Every week the construction contractors for Contract No. 2019-01 – Downtown Area Wastewater Treatment Facility and Effluent Disposal, Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, Inc. and Contract No. 2019-02 – Downtown Area Collection System and Pumping Stations, Robert B. Our Co., Inc. provide a “two-week look ahead” that summarizes anticipated construction activity in the planned project area. Contract…

U.S. Chamber New Vaccine Resources

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation continue to create, update, and evolve our COVID-19 vaccine resources and programs to ensure you and your members have the information you need to navigate this critical phase of the pandemic response and get back to business.Please continue reading below for the latest vaccine guides…

Update to MA COVID-19 Travel Order

The Massachusetts travel order has been updated to include “Persons Who Have been Completely Vaccinated for COVID-19” under the One of the Commissioner’s Designated Exceptions for Quarantine. Under that section it states:Persons Who Have Been Completely Vaccinated for COVID-19: Individuals who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have…

Covid Vaccine Clinic Open Registration starts Thursday March 11 at Noon

GERMANY – NOV, 10, 2020: Covid vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech was found to be effective in preventing 90 percent of Covid-19 Coronavirus infections Date and times for these clinics: Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PMThese clinics will be published, searchable…

Free Webinar: PPP Loan Program Eligibility Update Revisions for Schedule C Filers

Presented by Waltham, United Regional, and Orleans Chambers of Commerce And Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, Southeast Regional Office (MSBDC) ORLEANS, MA. – Join the Waltham, United Regional, and Orleans Chambers of Commerce, and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) for a presentation from Ili Spahiu, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, with the U.S. Small…

Essential Workers Feel Left Behind by Massachusetts Vaccine Rollout

Boston Herald – Grocery and other essential workers who have toiled for a year on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are feeling left behind in the state’s vaccine rollout and say the powers that be are making “value judgments” in prioritizing other groups ahead of them. Their frustrations have been growing in the days…

Vaccine-Finder Website Could Cost State up to $250,000

Boston Herald – The state’s Vaxfinder website — whose failure last month prompted that ubiquitous octopus graphic — is powered by a tool that could cost up to $250,000. “If it actually helps speed shots into arms, that’s a price I’ll take,” state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, said. “But that’s an awful lot of money to…

CDC Director: ‘Now is not the time to relax’

WWLP – CDC officials are warning people to not let down their guard when it comes to staying safe during the pandemic. Many states, including Massachusetts, have been loosening and lifting restrictions. However, not everyone is comfortable with the speed of reopening. “We are going too fast for a pandemic that is currently still active,” Richard…