January 19, 2021

PPP Webinar Monday, January 25

The Massachusetts SBA District Office is collaborating with RAM to provide an update on the Paycheck Protection Program and a Q&A session on all the latest news related to COVID relief.


Join the SBA’s Massachusetts District Office on Monday, January 25th at 9am for an overview on all of the new relief programs available through the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, including: 

  • PPP Second Draw Key Dates & Changes
  • PPP Forgiveness
  • Expanded Eligible Expenses
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
  • Debt Relief Program Extension
  • Traditional SBA Lending Modifications
  • Repeal of EIDL Advance Deduction

RAM Health Insurance Cooperative Webinar


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, February 10th at 10:00AM (EST) to discuss their partnership with Retailers Association of Massachusetts and its Health Insurance Cooperative (RAMHIC). Join us to learn how small groups (under 50 employees) can enjoy a 3% discount on BCBSMA medical insurance premiums and receive a free life insurance and a hospital indemnity plan at no additional cost, just by purchasing their plan through RAMHIC.  In addition, BCBSMA’s wellness program Healthy Actions allows employers to earn up to 7.5% premium credit and employees to earn up to $300 for participating.  To register for this event click here.


Gov. Baker Signs $16.5B Transportation Bond Bill, Vetoes TNC Fee Increases


In his final actions on legislation advanced in the last session, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a $16.5 billion Transportation Bond bill, H.5248, which authorizes billions of dollars in bond funding for a variety of transportation projects, including the South Coast Rail expansion and the extension of the MBTA’s Green Line into Somerville and Medford.  The massive bill also authorizes significant spending on road and bridge projects, including related infrastructure improvements near the Bourne and Sagamore bridges on Cape Cod.

The Governor vetoed a legislative proposal to increase the per ride fees on transportation network companies (TNC), like Uber and Lyft.  An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that the Governor had approved those increases.