• Coronavirus Resources for Members

  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Response Resources Page
  • This page was updated on May 28, 2020 @ 11:52 am

  • Dear members,
    The staff and board members of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce are keeping a close eye on the developing coronavirus situation. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our community and business members so we will do our very best to communicate updates as often as necessary.

    At this time, the most important thing we can all do is be educated about the virus and prepared to do our part in slowing its spread. We suggest checking the Maine CDC and U.S. CDC websites for tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, a list of symptoms, and much more.

    Locally, the Chamber has closed its visitor center located at 2 Cottage Street as well as its administrative office for the time being. Our staff members are working remotely in an effort to help contain the spread of the virus.
    We will continue to share urgent information by email as we receive it. We have also compiled a list of resources below to help you prepare yourself, your home, and your business for this ever-changing situation. It will be updated as often as necessary. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. 
    Alf Anderson
    Executive Director      
    Melanie Graten
    Director of Visitor Services & Member Retention
    Chris Graten
    Director of Operations & Finance
  • For additional updates, please join and follow the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Members group on Facebook.

  • Best Practices

  • The Chamber has created Best Practices documents to show what various business types are doing to keep residents, visitors, and their employees safe. Click to visit our Safe Bar Harbor webpage and access these resources.

  • Informational Resources

  • Share Our Stimulus MDI - If you're able to share all or part of your stimulus check, these great nonprofits could use our support. Added April 27

    Maine Office of Tourism FAQs about Lodging & Travel Restrictions - added April 21

    Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention Coronavirus Page

    Virus Control for the Hotel Industry - added March 25

    Ensuring Your Business is Safe - US Center for Disease Control & Prevention

    Town of Bar Harbor COVID-19 Updates

    What's Open in Bar Harbor - The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce is keeping an up-to-date list of businesses that are open during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • For answers to questions about COVID-19 case numbers, travel advisories and other general issues at any time, we encourage all Mainers to utilize 211, either by dialing 211, by texting your ZIP code to 898-211 or by emailing: info@211maine.org. Please call your doctor or the Maine CDC with specific COVID-19 medical questions. If you are facing an emergency, please call 911.

  • Financial Resources

  • Financial Resources from the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development - added March 23, 2020

    Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) COVID-19 Relief Loan Programs - March 20, 2020

    Maine Department of Labor Unemployment FAQs (PDF) - March 18, 2020

    Small Business Administration Loans to Help Eligible Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 - The SBA is offering low-interest loans (3.75% for businesses; 2.75% for nonprofits) with extended terms available. A very important program that will undoubtedly help countless small businesses nationwide.

    Emera Maine takes action on COVID-19 response - March 16, 2020

    IRS to Allow Delayed Tax Payments - In response to COVID-19, the Treasury and IRS allow most tax payments to be delayed until July 15. You need to file a return or request a filing extension by April 15. No other filing is necessary for payment extensions. If you don’t have a tax balance due, file as quickly as possible to get your refund.

  • Legislative Resources

  • Governor Janet Mills issued an Executive Order mandating that all restaurants and bars statewide close to dine-in customers effective March 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. for a period of 14 days until midnight, March 31, 2020. Take-out, delivery, and drive-through options can continue. In her order, the Governor also prohibited all gatherings of more than 10 people until further notice, mandating the latest U.S. CDC’s guidance on gatherings.

    Governor Janet Mills Preparation and Response Site

    State of Maine Emergency Legislative Package to Respond to COVID-19 - March 17, 2020

    Share Your Story with Congress - March 19, 2020 - The US Travel Association is asking businesses to share their stories with Congress. If the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your business, click to share your story with Congress.

  • Business Management Resources

  • SCORE Downeast Maine

    Small Business Development Centers 

    Women's Business Center

    *These centers are trained in filling out emergency loan funding applications

  • Technical Resources

  • Spectrum Internet Service - In order to assist at least some of our families without internet service, Spectrum is offering 60 days of their internet service with WiFi for free to any family with a K-12 or college student in their service area that does not already have Spectrum internet service. They are also waiving installation fees. Unfortunately, there will be some families that cannot take advantage of this offer because of limitations on Spectrum delivery locations but it may offer help for some. To take advantage of this offer, call (844) 488-8395. 

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