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


SBA Launches Ascent

SBA Launches Ascent

SBA has announced Ascent, an interactive digital platform packed with resources women business owners need to set, and achieve, their business goals. Ascent is designed for the “missing middle” — growth-oriented women entrepreneurs who are beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue yet looking to grow and scale. Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. Ascent is here to change that!

During these challenging times, SBA’s Ascent can also help you elevate your business with research-backed tips and strategies. Within Ascent, you can examine both internal (strengths and weaknesses) and external factors (opportunities and threats) that may have arisen because of COVID-19 to help you set up a comprehensive recovery strategy. And Ascent is a resource you can turn to again and again, as your business grows and your needs change.

Join the Ascent today at

Ascent was created through a joint initiative between the White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Bringing these agencies together provides Ascent users with unique access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise not found anywhere else.

La SBA ha anunciado Ascent, una plataforma digital interactiva repleta de recursos que las empresarias necesitan para establecer y alcanzar sus objetivos empresariales. Ascent está diseñada para el “medio que falta”, es decir, para mujeres empresarias orientadas al crecimiento que ya han superado la fase de puesta en marcha y que ya están generando ingresos pero que buscan crecer y ampliar su escala. La mayoría de los recursos de aprendizaje para las empresarias se centran en las empresas de nueva creación o en las empresas maduras. Ascent está aquí para cambiar eso!

Durante estos tiempos difíciles, Ascent de la SBA también puede ayudarle a elevar su negocio con consejos y estrategias respaldados por la investigación. Dentro de Ascent, puede examinar tanto los factores internos (fortalezas y debilidades) como los externos (oportunidades y amenazas) que pueden haber surgido a causa de COVID-19 para ayudarle a establecer una estrategia de recuperación integral. Y Ascent es un recurso al que puede recurrir una y otra vez, a medida que su negocio crece y sus necesidades cambian.

Únase a Ascent hoy en

Ascent se creó a través de una iniciativa conjunta entre la Casa Blanca, la Administración de Pequeñas Empresas de EE.UU. (SBA), la Oficina de la Mujer del Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. y el Departamento del Tesoro de EE.UU. La unión de estas agencias proporciona a los usuarios de Ascent un acceso único a una riqueza de conocimiento y experiencia que no se encuentra en ningún otro lugar.

SBA Working Capital Loans Available in CT for Tropical Storm Isaias and High Winds

SBA Working Capital Loans Available in CT for Tropical Storm Isaias and High Winds

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued the attached press release to the media on 12/7/2020. SBA announced that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations in Connecticut as a result of Tropical Storm Isaias and high winds on Aug. 4-5, 2020.

The loans are available in the following counties: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham in Connecticut.


  • Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at and should apply under SBA declaration #16794, not for the COVID-19 incident.
  • Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to . Loan applications can be downloaded from
  • Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
  • Submit completed loan applications to SBA no later than Aug. 2, 2021.

Full announcement HERE

CONNECTICUT Declaration 16794
(Disaster: CT-00051)
occurring: August 4-5, 2020
Application Filing Deadline: August 02, 2021
Find details HERE

Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP)

The following information is an extract from  Governor Lamont’s press release 11/13/20 – Link HERE. The translation has been done by GNHCC in order to reach hispanic community that may be eligible to these benefits.

Connecticut individuals and families eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue receiving additional benefits through November, state officials said last week. The additional benefits impact the approximately 110,000 households who would not otherwise qualify for the maximum benefits allowed for their household size.

Those already enrolled in SNAP will see the additional benefits loaded onto their EBT cards on November 19, as a separate payment from the normal SNAP benefits they received earlier in the month. Those eligible but not enrolled may apply by the end of the month to receive both normal and additional benefits. Most households are eligible if they meet the income limits below.

CT SNAP benefits

To confirm your eligibility for SNAP based on income, follow this link:

Emergency benefits allowed the household’s SNAP benefit to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:

CT SNAP benefits

For each additional person, add $153. For example, if a household of two normally received $274 of SNAP benefits in November, $100 would bring this household up to the maximum benefit for its size. This household will receive a $100 emergency benefit on November 19.

For additional information about SNAP, visit

Los individuos y familias de Connecticut que son elegibles para el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria (SNAP) continuarán recibiendo beneficios adicionales hasta noviembre, dijeron funcionarios estatales la semana pasada. Los beneficios adicionales afectan a los aproximadamente 110.000 hogares que de otra manera no calificarían para los beneficios máximos permitidos para el tamaño de su hogar.

Los que ya están inscritos en el SNAP verán los beneficios adicionales cargados en sus tarjetas EBT el 19 de noviembre, como un pago separado de los beneficios normales del SNAP que recibieron a principios de mes. Los que reúnan los requisitos pero no estén inscritos podrán solicitar antes de fin de mes que se les asignen tanto los beneficios normales como los adicionales. La mayoría de los hogares son elegibles si cumplen con los límites de ingresos que se indican a continuación.

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Para confirmar su elegibilidad para el programa de cupones para alimentos en base a sus ingresos, siga este enlace:

Las prestaciones de emergencia permitieron que la ayuda económica de SNAP por hogar/familia llegue a hogares con más miembros, de la siguiente manera:

Beneficios SNAP en CT

Por cada persona adicional, añada 153 dólares. Por ejemplo, si un hogar de dos personas normalmente recibe 274 dólares de beneficios de SNAP en noviembre, 100 dólares llevarían a este hogar al beneficio máximo por su tamaño. Este hogar recibirá un beneficio de emergencia de $100 el 19 de noviembre.

Para obtener información adicional sobre el SNAP, visite

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