Participating Organizations:
Portland Regional Chamber, Portland Downtown, GPCOG, Visit Portland, Portland Buy Local, City of Portland

Latest Updates

If you have additional questions contact Business Answers at or 1-800-872-3838
Visitors can reach out to with specific covid questions

Travel Research

COVID-19: Essential Consumer Takeaways & Business Implications

Travel Sentiment Survey: Results Report

COVID-19 CARES Act Relief

Travel Association has provided some very useful resources to help you navigate what assistance is available and the eligibility requirements. Updates to this information can be found at

Summary of the CARES Act

Guide for Eligibility

Overview for Small Business Owners

Small Business AdministrationBusiness Interruption Loans (Paycheck Protection Program)

Small Business AdministrationCoronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Small Business AdministrationExpress Loans

Emergency Stabilization Fund (Federal Reserve Facilities and Programs)

Small Business AdministrationDebt Relief for New and Existing Loans

Economic Relief for Airports and Tourism and on REAL ID enforcement

U.S. DOL’s information on employer paid leave requirements which can be found here:
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements


COVID-19 Resources

JobsInME has designed a program to help area businesses in the current crisis:  Food and Beverage, Hospitality/Hotels, Resorts, Camps, Tourism/Recreation, and Restaurants. view here

Restaurant + Bar Relaunch Toolkit

The toolkit is designed to help understand, plan, and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit contains clear and concise resources for managing capital, planning for relaunch, and also provides recommendations on adjusting operations and increasing guest engagement in the wake of the crisis. Looking forward with new ideas of how the restaurant industry can react to the changes in how people eat and drink, brought about by COVID-19.  view here

Legal Resources for Employers

Verrill will keep you updated with changes in this rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape. Keep checking back for more here

Employees / Individuals

Small Businesses / Employers

Consumers / Individuals

COVID Facts / Resources (UPDATED to include vaccine information)

Travel & Tourism

  • U.S. Travel Association – U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit organization representing and advocating for all components of the travel industry. They have a call-to-action for businesses to inform Congress (tell their story) on how they have been impacted by the loss of visitation to their destination.
  • Skift Covid-19 Blog – Skift deciphers and defines trends for global CEOs and CMOs across travel, dining, and wellness sectors. They have created a blog that combines what’s happening with the virus across the globe.
  • National Governor’s Association – This is helpful information to see how it’s moving across the U.S. – it might give us insight on when we’ll see when we’ll be at our worst.
  • World Travel & Tourism Council – Represents the travel & tourism sector across the globe. Info on Covid-19 from all areas of the world.
  • HospitalityMaine Covid-19 Blog – Association for lodging and restaurants.
  • Maine Retail Association

Other Resources

International Downtown Association: Resources for downtowns + communities

Main Street America: Resources for downtowns + communities

Maine Association of Nonprofits: Resources for nonprofits

National Council of Nonprofits: Resources for Nonprofits

BoardSource: The Role of Boards in a Crisis

National Governors Association: State government resources