Newburyport Business and Employee Info

This is NOT the official City of Newburyport Website.
Below IS the official site:

This is an unofficial page that was put together by Sharif Zeid, Ward 1 City Councillor, in an effort to pull information together into a single, easy-to-read page.

This page was last updated:
5/13/20 2:09 PM


Please visit

where two local businesses are helping others by showing the status of each local business. This is an external site.


Small Business Association Loans (SBA)

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

“The Baker-Polito Administration announced on March 18, 2020, that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available following a request from Governor Charlie Baker on March 17, 2020. ”

General Info: CLICK HERE.

Applications CLICK HERE.

And if you have additional questions, you can reach the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1 (800) 659-2955 or email

AG Pro Bono Legal Assistance

AG Small Business Relief Partnership Grant Program

Massachusetts Small Business Loans

The governor stated that there would also be $20M made available in MA but it appears that applications are no longer being accepted at the moment.

General Info: CLICK HERE.

More Info Directly from Mass Growth Capital Corp (MGCC) that is administering the program: CLICK HERE.

Small Business Association Loans (SBA) MA Office Resources

The local state office of the SBA is also offering resources, including webinars that may help.

CLICK HERE for more info.

Administrative Tax Relief Measures

“On Wednesday, March 18, the Baker-Polito Administration announced administrative tax relief measures for small local businesses which have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, especially in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. This tax relief includes postponing the collection of regular sales tax, meals tax, and room occupancy taxes that would be due in March, April and May so that they will instead be due on June 20. Additionally, all penalties and interest that would otherwise apply will be waived “

More Info Here:

Mass-Emergency-Management-Agency (MEMA) has a private sector hotline

The hotline will be staffed Monday – Friday from 8am to 4pm. The number for the hotline is 508-820-2094.

MEMA’s website:

Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development Resources

Workshare program:

Rapid Response – layoff aversion:

Essential Service Designation Request

If your business was not deemed essential but you feel it should be, you can apply to the State to change its classification.

More Info:


Applying for unemployment

The state has an unemployment page specifically for COVID-19.

You can find it here:

Another resource:

If you have questions, you can reach out directly: