Help for Businesses

Maine Reopening Guidelines and Checklists
Checklists, Forms, Guidelines, and Badges for Reopening in compliance with state requirements.
List of Essential and Non-Essential Businesses for the State of Maine. Downloadable PDF
Plan for Restarting Maine's Economy including rules and checklists for compliancy
General Resources for Businesses and Organizations
Businesses, the Self-Employed and Nonprofits The Town's Resource Guide for island businesses–fishermen, landscapers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, artists, craftsmen, consultants, and more! Downloadable PDF. View online for active links to resources. Contact Gabe McPhail, Community Outreach Coordinator for more information.
Aquaculture and Fishing Communities compiled by the Island Institute
Small Businesses, Artists, and Nonprofits compiled by the Island Institute
Financial Help for Businesses
Rent Relief for Mainers! The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide a one time bridge payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them. Learn more and APPLY HERE.
Unemployment Benefits for Self-employed People The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program provides unemploment benefits to people who are self-employed. Learn more about the program. See if you are eligible to receive benefits. Click HERE to apply.
Fact Sheets and Infographics 
Paycheck Protection Program Guide from the Island Institute
Safe Food Handling A Guide for Vinalhaven Restaurants and Food Businesses 
DIY Face Coverings Guide for Making Homemade "Masks" from the CDC.