Help and Resources for
Small Businesses
We know many of you are facing a very stressful situation during the Covid-19 pandemic and are trying to figure out the best way to get your company through these challenging times.  We want to help you gather the information that will help you decide what course you should take over the coming weeks and months.

If you are a REDC loan client and experiencing economic disruption, such as lost revenue, please contact us directly at 603-772-2655 or so we can discuss your options. 

REDC is collecting information from small businesses in New Hampshire experiencing the effects of the pandemic, so we can relay that information to our state and federal partners and give you the best service possible. 

Main Street Relief Fund 2.0

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of $100 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) for MSRF 2.0 in order to continue providing economic support to New Hampshire small businesses suffering from business interruptions as a result of COVID-19.

Application Period:

October 19, 2020 –

October 30, 2020

Here is a link to more information:

New Hampshire Self Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF)

Governor Chris Sununu has authorized the allocation and expenditure of CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (“flex funds”) to provide emergency financial relief to support New Hampshire self-employed, for-profit businesses due to the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.

Deadline to file a completed application: July 17, 2020.

The Self Employed Livelihood Fund is only available to businesses that apply by July 17, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All businesses who feel as though they are eligible should submit an application; however, only businesses that meet all of the Self Employed Livelihood Fund grant criteria are eligible to receive an award.

The Self Employed Livelihood Fund grant award amounts will be calculated similarly to the Main Street Relief Fund, with the maximum award amount a business can receive is $50,000.

Here is a link to more information:

Paycheck Protection Program 

While REDC is not eligible to offer the Paycheck Protection Program, participating lenders—not the Small Business Administration itself—will make Paycheck Protection Program loans of up to 2.5 × your average monthly payroll costs at an interest rate of 1%. Applications for the program will be accepted beginning on Friday, April 3. 

Reach out to your organization’s bank to find out if they are a participating lender. If they’re not, the NH District Office of the Small Business Administration has a list of lenders available on their website

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The SBA offers a direct federal loan program to aid you in recovery. All of New Hampshire is disaster loan eligible.

Unemployment Benefits Program

NH is making immediate and broad expansions to its unemployment benefits program.  This should enable more people to access resources quickly and is information you can pass along to your staff as well as consider for yourself. 

Legal Resources

The legal firm of McLane Middleton will be updating their site regularly with legal analysis, and state and federal information as it pertains to businesses navigating in these uncertain and unprecedented times.

We at REDC only have minimal information on the program at this time, but we are assured SBA and our partners will be sending us training material as soon as possible so that we can help you with this process.  

This information is evolving, so we are bringing you what we know now and encourage you to keep checking websites for an update.  

Please note, they are providing this information as a broad resource for businesses and it should not be considered legal advice.  For guidance specific to your situation, please contact a legal professional. 

This is a direct program, meaning you will need to create an account and apply directly, through this link:

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The Philadelphia Region of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) received $259 million from the CARES Act funding. A portion of this money is available to all municipalities in the form of grant dollars.

For a project to qualify for the EDA CARES Act funding, an applicant shall explain clearly how the proposed project would “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus” or respond to “economic injury as a result of coronavirus.” 

EDA expects to fund at least 80% and up to 100% of eligible project costs. Baseline request is 80% match share.

REDC will work with municipalities to screen projects and to determine if a project is EDA and/or CARES Act eligible through dialogue with our EDA representative. If a project is eligible, REDC can assist in the application process and with grant administration and reporting; fees are project specific.

First complete the preliminary screening worksheet and then email it Jen Kimball to at to set up a time to review your project.

Main Street Relief Fund

The Governor has authorized the allocation and expenditure of an initial $400 million in emergency funding from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (“flex funds”) to provide emergency financial relief to New Hampshire small for-profit businesses due to the economic disruption caused by COVID-19. 

This program is closed at this time. 

Here is a link to more information:

Other Resources

NH Tech Alliance Website - Going Remote 101

The Regional Economic Development Center (REDC)

57 Main Street

Raymond NH 03077

(p) 603.772.2655

(f) 603.772.0213

Non-Discrimination Policy

The REDC is an equal opportunity employer. The REDC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, marital or family status.