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RESOURCES

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

COVID-19

  • Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests here

  • Massachusetts has teamed up with Labcorp to provide FREE at-home COVID test kits, available for MA residents. For all eligible individuals, this COVID-19 test is provided at no cost to you and is covered by your health insurance plan or, if you do not have health insurance, by the federal government. For more information and to order a test kit, click here.  

  • Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center is offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Vaccinations are available for individuals 5+. Call them at 617-323-4440 to schedule your appointment today! Visit their website or find them on Facebook for more information. Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center is also currently accepting new pediatric and adult patients and offers same-week appointments as well as Spanish-speaking providers.

  • Need a COVID-19 test? The City of Boston partners with community health centers, hospitals, and pharmacies to increase access to COVID-19 testing for Boston residents. You can find a testing location here

  • Do your part and get vaccinated and boosted! You can find a vaccine site near you on the City of Boston's website

BUSINESS RESOURCES

COVID-19

  • The Mayor's Office of Economic Development is conducting a survey of small business owners in Boston help them identify and support your needs as we continue Boston's economic recovery from COVID-19.

  • Starting on January 15th, 2022, to address rising COVID-19 cases and encourage vaccination, individuals will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter certain spaces in Boston. People working in these locations must also show proof of vaccination. These spaces include indoor dining (including bars and nightclubs), indoor fitness, and indoor entertainment. This policy will be rolled out in phases: People ages 12+ must show proof of at least one dose of the vaccine starting January 15, 2022, and two doses starting February 15, 2022. Read more about the details and phased roll-out of this policy and download signs to hang in your business here

    • Please don't hesitate to reach out to the RVMS team at director@roslindale.net. We are here to support our small business owners!

FUNDING

  • The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture is currently accepting applications for Opportunity Fund grants. This year they are prioritizing communities that have been most impacted by COVID-19, including artists who live or work in Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, and Mattapan, artists from demographics that saw the most economic impact due to COVID-19 (women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIAP+ artists, etc.) and artistic professions that were most impacted (e.g. performing and teaching artists). Learn more about the grants here and apply by January 28, 2022 at 5pm.  

  • The Small Business Relief Fund 2.0 is still accepting applications from Boston business owners for up to $10K in relief funding and $10K in growth funding.

  • The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development is collaborating with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development to create a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund to assist local restaurants in their reopening and recovery from COVID-19. This includes grants to ease operating expenses or increase payroll, employee retention incentives including bonuses and tuition assistance, and marketing support.

EDUCATION

  • CommonWealth Kitchen supports new restaurants and food start ups with their shared kitchen space and workshops! Check out their upcoming events on their website!

  • The City of Revere is presenting a Small Business Webinar Series sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. There will be a session on social media on 1/12, cash flow management on 2/9, and steps to grow your business on 3/9. All at 11an. Register for webinar sessions here.

  • Santander Bank's Cultivate Small Business is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods build and sustain their businesses, with a focus on women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. They have just opened applications for the 2022 Santander's Cultivate Small Business to support growing food businesses. Think of it as a mini MBA for food businesses and it's completely free! The 12-week program runs April 19th - the end of June, 2022 See if you meet the criteria for the program and check out the application link here. For more information, you can join an online session on Monday January 24th at 6pm. Sign up here through eventbrite to get the zoom link. If you have questions about the program you can contact ploy@commonwealthkitchen.org. Applications are due January 28, 2022.

  • If you are seeking Small Business Support, join the zoom call on Fridays from 9:00-11:00am or 2:00-4:00pm to meet with a member of the City's Small Business Office. If you are interested in MWBE Certification, join the zoom call happening every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm.

  • The Mayor's Office of Economic Development and Seed Recreational Dispensary are hosting Boston CannaBiz 101, a FREE 3-day cannabis licensing seminar for residents interesting in owning a legal cannabis business in the City of Boston. It will take place January 18, 19, and 20 from 9:30-4:30. Register on eventbrite

PROMOTION

  • The City of Boston is ready for residents to sign up for the B-Local App and is recruiting businesses on an ongoing basis to join B-Local. B-Local rewards residents and visitors for shopping at Boston's local businesses. #ShopSmall and earn free goodies.

Courtney Pong,

Owner of the Rozzie Square Theater and ComedySportz Boston

“When we were scouting a new neighborhood to call home for the theater, the first faces I met were at RVMS - they greeted me warmly, shared what support I could expect as a business owner in the Village, and matched our enthusiasm for what we wanted to build - building new and first ideas can be scary and tough, and we were about to be the only brick-and-mortar comedy club in Boston owned by a Woman and Asian American. We opened in large part because of RVMS’ encouragement - the level of passion for the neighborhood knocked me off my feet so much that relocating here was a no-brainer, and we haven’t looked back since."