To the reSET Community,
We wanted to take a moment to check in amidst the unfolding situation of COVID-19, as it relates to reSET’s operations and support of our community, coworking members, and entrepreneurs we serve. First and foremost, we know that this is an incredibly difficult time of uncertainty for us all, but we are choosing to remain hopeful and optimistic as we work together to adapt to this unprecedented time. Communication and connection are key right now, and we will do our best to make sure that our channels remain open, and that reSET remains a resource for you.
For the time being, here’s what’s happening at reSET:
- reSET staff are teleworking and fully accessible via phone, email and video call.
- We strongly advise coworking members to practice social distancing, avoid gathering in groups, and work remotely. Members with door codes are still able to access the space if necessary, but are expected to follow basic protocols indicated on signs throughout the space (frequent hand-washing, wiping down all surfaces with disinfectant spray after use).
- Our core programs (Student Incubators, Food Incubator, and Impact Accelerator) are all moving to a virtual learning environment. Clients in these programs will be contacted directly with information about how to connect with reSET, mentors, and peer networks. We have full confidence in these programs continuing to thrive through these digital platforms.
- Live events scheduled to take place at reSET through April 30th have been postponed or canceled. We will reassess the situation closer to May 1st and update you accordingly.
Please remember that this virus will very likely take a financial toll on our small businesses and organizations. Consider your local options when you’re out seeking toilet paper and hand sanitizer; if you’re getting take-out, remember that business is especially important to your local restaurants.
Also, you should know that the Lamont Administration and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) are being proactive to ensure support for businesses and their employees financially hit by the pandemic. Here are few initial steps, with more to come, that you should be aware of:
- DECD will defer Small Business Express loan payments for the next three months to allow employers to focus on their payrolls
- As of this afternoon, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is enabling Connecticut’s small business owners and nonprofits to receive disaster assistance. More info here.
- The Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing deadline for certain annual state business tax returns.
Other resources for small businesses include:
- Metro Hartford Alliance Coronavirus Toolkit
- The Connecticut Business & Industry Association Coronavirus Resources
- Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s emergency response fund
We urge you to take social distancing guidelines seriously, and that you and your families stay safe and healthy. We will strive to create opportunities to connect online and encourage you to reach out with questions or concerns.
The reSET team