Small Businesses Need our Support During Social Distancing

In this unprecedented time, when terms like "social distancing" have become the new normal, it is paramount that we first take all necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. It is also important to be mindful of all the ripple effects that COVID-19 will cause to our community beyond health, especially our small businesses here in Rhode Island. As taking reasonable precautions are necessary and social distancing becomes more commonplace, many restaurants, stores and service providers are being severely impacted.

There are a few ways you can support our local small businesses while still keep yourself and your family safe while social distancing.

  • Many local restaurants are now offering "curbside" pick-up at their locations. Also many restaurants who did not previously are now offering delivery service.
  • Local retailers are making a push to sell gift cards to be used at a later date. These small purchases can have an impact on business owners working capital during this time.
  • Many local businesses can provide you services remotely, over the phone, via email or on their website.


If you are a business owner in Rhode Island, the U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital in the Kent, Providence and Washington Counties in Rhode Island.

Click here for more information about how to apply.

You can also visit the SBA website here or call 1-800-659-2955

You can also call the Commerce RI small business hotline at 401-521-HELP (4357)

We also encourage you to reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce to see how they can help in your area.

Taking necessary precautions are necessary, we must be vigilant in our the support of our community. As small businesses comprise over 80% of Rhode Island businesses it is critical that we do all we can to help them survive.

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