COVID EIDL- Small Business Relief & Recovery Webinar

COVID EIDL- Small Business Relief & Recovery Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Capital Access will host a small business webinar series with Public Private Strategies Institute on the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The program was designed to help hard-hit small businesses and nonprofits recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic by providing advances and low-interest disaster loans. 

Note: The information presented in each webinar will be the same. Select webinars will also be simulcasted on SBA’s and PPSI’s Facebook pages. 

Partnering with Norwalk Public Schools through the MLL Career Pathways Program

Partnering with Norwalk Public Schools through the MLL Career Pathways Program

If you are a local business and want to make a difference in the community, you may be interested in partnering with Norwalk Public Schools through the MLL Career Pathways Program.

Last June 11th we had a wonderful virtual event with business and partners where we could learn more about how to connect businesses to Norwalk’s Multilingual Language Learner program.

If you were not able to attend but you are certainly interested in engaging the community and sharing your knowledge with highschoolers about careers, career pathways, and real-world job experience, then you can take a seat and watch the video from the event. 

Norwalk Public Schools offers Multilingual Learners at the High School Level opportunities to participate in credit bearing internships where they can:

Connect students’ interests with their career goals.

Gain real-world career experiences.

Explore and learn first-hand about work and life skills.

Prepare, hone, and enhance students’ opportunities for post-secondary success in the job world.

Below the links to learn more and connect with the facilitator(s) of this program.



NCC’s Makerspace Supplies Face Shields to the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NCC’s Makerspace Supplies Face Shields to the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NCC’s Makerspace, funded by the NCC Foundation, has provided 200 face shields to the Greater Norwalk Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GNHCC).  The Chamber will distribute them to local businesses, an important step in the ongoing pandemic recovery and reopening process for businesses.  

Warren A. Peña, an alumnus of NCC, a Board Director for the NCC Foundation, and a Founder and Vice-President of GNHCC, said, “The Chamber is working to educate the community, and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by distributing essential PPE.  We wanted to work with local partners and naturally that included NCC.”  

GNHCCWarren personally collected the boxes of face shields at NCC from student and Makerspace intern Lillie Dehaemer.  Since the pandemic began, the Makerspace 3-D printers have been used to create more than 1000 face shields.  Over the past year, the face shields have been distributed to students, faculty and staff at the college, as well as to various local organizations such as Stamford Hospital, and the Open Doors shelter in Norwalk.   

“Given that we have the time, material and equipment here, I wanted to give back to the community and help out,” Lillie said of her work in the Makerspace.  

Vladimir Mariano, the Makerspace’s Supervisor who oversaw the production of face shields said, “When the pandemic hit, everything happened so fast.  We went into lockdown and there was a real shortage of PPE.  However, we found ourselves in a unique position to be able to help out our community by 3D printing face shields.  We have been able to join makers around the world in doing our small part to flatten the curve.”

SBA to Open Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG)

SBA to Open Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG)

The SBA has opened the Shuttered Venues Grant submission process. Those eligible are operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theaters, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers, and talent representatives.

The application will be available on the SBA’s website at The SBA has released a “5 Things You Should Know”. They are as follows:

  1. SVOG applications open April 8 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Starting at 12 p.m. EDT, eligible entities will be able to start their SVOG application via the SVOG application portal. Once you begin, remember to save along the way and refer to SBA’s SVOG website – – for reference materials as you go through the process.

Visit SVOG portal

  1. Access the SVOG 4506-T from the website.

To meet IRS requirements, a unique SVOG 4506-T is required for the SVOG application and you can find that fillable document at under Supplemental Documents. A video tutorial is also provided to guide you through it.

Review the form

  1. Review the updated FAQs.

The FAQs were updated on April 6 with the information included from questions received on the March 30 national training webinar. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recording.

Review the updated FAQs

  1. Get prepared with these multiple tools.

The SBA has created several tools and resources to help potential SVOG applicants prepare, including:

All info about SVOG

  1. Tap local SBA partners for technical assistance.

The SBA Resource Partner Network provides advising and counseling services to help organizations prepare for funding opportunities like the SVOG, PPP, and other business recovery needs.

Local assistance

Curfew Extended

Curfew Extended

Governor Lamont announced that the 10 p.m. curfew for businesses, including restaurants, is being moved to 11 p.m. Other restrictions on restaurants, including an indoor limit of 50% capacity, are remaining in place. Places of worship can now hold 50% capacity instead of the previously allowed 100 people

Please know that these decisions are made with the goal of keeping our economy open to the maximum extent possible while protecting the health of all our residents and families. As COVID cases trend down, we can expect further modifications to the Sector Rules, capacity limitations, and curfews.


The Odyssey FEC of South Norwalk

The Odyssey FEC of South Norwalk

The Odyssey Family Executive Center of South Norwalk works in partnership with families, community organizations and industry leaders to provide access to information, resources and career pathways that will position families to improve outcomes for their children and themselves.

The Odyssey FEC offers services in workforce & career development, life skills development, prenatal support & education, technology & digital media literacy, family counseling, and mentoring. For more information on these services and other initiatives, visit

El Odyssey Family Executive Center de South Norwalk trabaja en colaboración con las familias, las organizaciones comunitarias y los líderes de la industria para proporcionar acceso a la información, los recursos y las oportunidades de carrera que posicionarán a las familias para mejorar los resultados para sus hijos y para ellos mismos.

El Odyssey FEC ofrece servicios de desarrollo laboral y profesional, desarrollo de habilidades para la vida, apoyo y educación prenatal, tecnología y alfabetización digital, asesoramiento familiar y tutoría. Para más información sobre estos servicios y otras iniciativas, visite


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