Restarting Maine’s Economy Website Now Up
Governor Mills has new information on her website with her plan for restarting the economy. The checklists for Stage 1 businesses are available now at DECD.
Contact Business Answers at 1-800-872-3838 or for more information.
Information From MDOL Regarding Expanded Unemployment Assistance (inc. Self-employed)
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a new federal program that the Maine DOL is implementing that provides unemployment coverage for the self-employed and others not normally covered by state unemployment insurance. More information such as FAQs and eligibility checklists can be found on their website.
The Department will begin accepting applications for this new unemployment program at 8 a.m. Friday, May 1.
Earlier this week MTA shared times for the DOL information sessions. There is still one information session available:
Thursday April 30th:
  • 11:30 a.m – 12:15 p.m. –
Meeting ID: 863 1518 6519
Password: 6TrkSY
Mobile: +16465588656,,86315186519#,,1#,883837# US (New York)
Q&A Thursday with SBDC Business Advisors
TODAY! April 30 at 12 pm | Via Zoom | REGISTER
Crisis Marketing: Finding Opportunity in COVID
May 6, 2020 at 11 am | Via Zoom | REGISTER
Q&A Thursday with SBDC Business Advisors
May 7, 2020 at 12 pm | Via Zoom | REGISTER
The Maine Tourism Association and Poland Spring® 100% Natural Spring Water, part of the Nestlé Waters family, today announced the official launch of “The Maine Tourism Relief Fund, Founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association.” Thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 by Poland Spring and the work of the Maine Tourism Association, one-time grants will be made available to Maine’s tourism businesses and employees who have been impacted by a loss of business, or decrease in income, due to the COVID-19 crisis.
100% of the money donated to the Maine Tourism Relief Fund Founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association will be given directly to fund recipients.
In addition to Poland Spring, contributors to the fund include Experience Maine and Bissell Brothers Brewing. The latter two companies are selling Maine-made products, a portion of the proceeds of which will be donated to the fund. Links to these products can be found on the Maine Tourism Relief Fund website.
Subject to the availability of funds, a one-time grant of $500 for individuals or $1,000 for businesses with fewer than 50 employees will be disbursed directly to the applicant following the review and confirmation of eligibility, within approximately seven (7) days of the closing of the application process. Awards will be limited to one grant per household. The application period will be open from Monday, May 4 through Friday May 8. Eligible applicants will be chosen based on a lottery system. It is not a first-come, first-serve so applicants have plenty of time to gather the necessary documents and complete the application form.
More details, including the application form and information on how to donate to the fund to help Maine tourism businesses can be found on our website at:

Maine Tourism Association

As you know, the $2 trillion CARES Act was signed into law on Friday. The U.S. Travel Association has provided some very useful resources to help you navigate what assistance is available and the eligibility requirements. Updates to this information can be found at
Emergency Stabilization Fund (Federal Reserve Facilities and Programs)
We also wanted to share the U.S. DOL’s information on employer paid leave requirements which can be found here: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements