Important PPP information from Commerce RI

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve here in Rhode Island, we at EMARI are closely monitoring the situation and hope to serve as a resource for members during these difficult times. We hope that you, your teams, and your families are staying safe and healthy.


PPP information from Commerce RI

The Small Business Administration is expected to start processing PPP loans as soon as Monday. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is doing its best to match small businesses in Rhode Island that do not have relationships with financial institutions with lenders who will be able to process their PPP applications. If you wish to apply for the PPP program but do not have access to a financial institution — or if your bank/lender has told you it is unable to assist you – please review this list of documents (documents needed in order to apply for the program) and then fill out the application located at this link:

For any questions you may have please contact the Commerce RI by emailing

Mandatory Face Mask Executive Order

All employees of customer-facing business, office-based businesses and nonprofits, construction businesses, and manufactures must wear cloth face coverings while at work, effective April 18th. All of these businesses must provide face coverings for their employees. Face coverings can include scarves, bandannas and other homemade and non-factory-made masks. Additionally, all customer-facing businesses must take steps to remind customers to wear face coverings.

For additional information on these rules and other COVID-19 rules see guidance from the Department of Business Regulation

To read the full text of Governor Raimondo’s executive order regarding wearing face masks click here

The only exceptions from these rules are children under two years old and people whose health would be in jeopardy because of wearing a face covering.or members during these difficult times. We hope that you, your teams, and your families are staying safe and healthy.


EMARI Events Postponed

Due to COVID-19 upcoming association courses and events have been postponed. This includes the EMARI Wine & Beer Tasting event and spring Basic Oil Tech and Pipefitter II courses. Courses and events are tentatively rescheduled to resume in June 2020.

Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Click below to read more about paid leave entitlements and eligibility.


Economic Relief Opportunities for Small Businesses

COVID-19 is taking a serious toll on our national economy and small businesses are getting hit the hardest. Read this article to find out which assistance opportunities are available and how your company can apply. Click below to read the full article on relief opportunities:


Your Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:

Click below to access the full CARES Act guide for small business owners.


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