COVID-19 SUPPORT - Resources for Restaurants and Retail - Rhode Island Commerce

COVID-19 SUPPORT
Resources for restaurants & retail

Below are business resources to help restaurants and retailers operate under the new guidelines put in place by the state of Rhode Island in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To review the latest guidelines visit ReopeningRI.com. 

Resources for restaurants: tech solutions, virus testing & more
  • Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is now available to Rhode Islanders who work in certain industries, including restaurants. Testing Rhode Islanders who don’t currently display any symptoms is an important part of the early warning system for COVID-19 disease surveillance. For more information and to schedule an appointment, click here.
  • e-tab has set up a Rapid Deployment Program for taking online orders to get your restaurants online in 2–3 hours. Learn more here.
  • RI Thrives is connecting businesses to customers in Rhode Island and cataloging businesses offering delivery service, take-out, curbside pickup, online ordering, professional services and online classes. Learn more here.
  • SupportRIRestaurants features a catalogue of restaurants offering takeout and delivery in Rhode Island. Learn more here.
  • Upserve is offering free 12-month access to its virtual POS system. Learn more here
For restaurants & retail: POS, ecommerce and accounting
  • Clover has created a COVID-19 resource center for small businesses to help them with payments, delivery, and financial relief. Learn more here or call the Clover help desk at 866-950-0038 which can be used for businesses looking for help trying to generate sales during this very difficult time.
  • e-tab has set up a Rapid Deployment Program for taking online orders to get your restaurants online in 2–3 hours. Learn more here.
  • GrowthLab has developed a calculator for estimating a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) calculator to estimate the potential maximum loan amount, likely forgivable amount, and remaining balance that would convert into a term loan. Learn more here.
  • Shopify is offering an extended 90 day free trial, gift card support on all of its plans, and free email marketing. Learn more here. 
  • Square has announced it is waiving subscription for the month of April for sellers that use Square products, including Square Invoices, Appointments, Retail, Restaurants, Payroll, and Square Online Store. Square Online Store has also launched curbside pickup and local delivery options to support small business owners. Fees for these services will be waived for the next three months. Learn more here
  • Upserve is offering free 12-month access to its virtual POS system. Learn more here.
  • Wix has built an online repository of information for managing online businesses and commerce during COVID-19. Learn more here.  

Quick Links

SBA loan information:
SBA FAQ

Unemployment insurance and employer information:
Department of Labor and Training

Tech support during COVID-19:
Tech support help

Public health information:
Department of Health

Business regulations
Department of Business Regulation

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