Microenterprise Assistance Funding Survey
Dear Business Owners:

The City of Easthampton, with assistance from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, is working on a competitive grant application to support economic and community development efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a regional grant application that includes the towns (and businesses) of Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, Southampton, South Hadley, and Westhampton.

We are using this survey to collect information that shows the level of interest/need for Microenterprise Assistance grant funds and to establish a wait list of potential local businesses that would be interested in grant funding. Submitting this information does not guarantee that you or the City will receive grant funding. If grant funding is received by the City, grants of up to $10,000 will then be made available for eligible microenterprise businesses. Eligibility requirements are determined by the MA Department of Housing and Community Development and are posted here: https://easthamptonma.gov/index.php/planning.

Regardless of whether you think you have an eligible microenterprise, please take a few moments to answer the following questions. ALL information you provide here is strictly confidential and will be kept confidential in the Springfield office of the PVPC. If you have questions, please contact Ted Harvey at (413) 781-6045 or tharvey@pvpc.org.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Grant information background:
On May 15, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development announced a competitive Community Development Block Grant program to support economic and community development efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for low-moderate income residents. Applications are due to the state by June 12, 2020. The City of Easthampton is applying as the lead community in a regional application (with Granby, Hadley, Hatfield, South Hadley, Westhampton, and Southampton) for Microenterprise Assistance funding.
We will be holding a virtual public hearing via Zoom on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 4pm to discuss and answer questions about this application proposal. To attend the hearing: https://zoom.us/j/83769556821 | Meeting ID: 837-6955-6821 | Meeting Password: 185999 | Phone (audio only): (646) 558-8656
Full Name of Owner(s) *
Mailing Address of Owner(s) (include City, State, Zip) *
Full Name of Business *
Physical Address of Business (include City, State, Zip) or "Same" if the business is located at the above address *
Telephone (best one to contact you if you have multiple phone numbers) *
Email (best one to contact you if you have multiple email addresses) *
Was your business in operation prior to January 1, 2019 *
How many employees (including yourself and any other owners) does your business have? *
Has your household/business income decreased significantly over the last 8 weeks due to COVID-19? *
What type of for-profit organization type is your business? (check all that apply) *
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Is your business classified as any of the following? (check all that apply) *
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Is there anything else that you would like us to know about you/your business? Do you have any comments about this proposed use of grant funds for microenterprise assisstance? Do you have any other information, comments, or concerns?
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