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Massachusetts Court Holds Commercial Tenants May Be Relieved From Paying Rent Due To The Governor’s COVID-19 Orders

In February, the Business Section of the Massachusetts Superior Court ruled that a restaurant that was closed due to Governor Baker’s order barring restaurants from allowing on-premises consumption of food or drinks did not have to pay rent during the period of forced closure. UMNV 205-207 Newbury, LLC v Caffe Nero Americas Inc. In this […]

Local and Regional Economic Development Opportunities Under Massachusetts’ New “Act Enabling Partnerships for Growth”

You may have heard that Governor Baker recently signed House Bill H5250, entitled “An Act enabling partnerships for growth.” We have been closely reviewing this new economic development law, and we are excited to share with you that it contains a wide variety of economic development incentives for both SouthCoast businesses and residents generally, and the […]

Updated Resources and Checklists for Navigating the New Federal Emergency Loan Programs

Friends, As a follow up, we are attaching links to some additional resources concerning the new Small Business Association disaster loan programs. While these programs are often described in recent media as one collective program, there are actually several interrelated relief programs, some of which provide forgivable loans and some of which require repayment in […]

ALERT: Applications Open for New SBA COVID-19 Disaster Loan Assistance under the CARES Act

Dear Friends, Following the enactment of the CARES Act this past Friday, it was anticipated that the U.S. Small Business Association (“SBA”) would develop a streamlined application process to enable small businesses to apply online and expedite payments for approved loans under the new COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. We are writing to alert […]

Opportunity Zones & Qualified Opportunity Funds: An Emerging Economic Development and Investment Tool Worth Considering

The Opportunity Zone program is an important new community economic development and investment tool created in late 2017 by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  This program is designed to incentivize long-term private investments in economically distressed communities (including a number of areas in the SouthCoast) through a highly tax-advantaged investment vehicle called a […]

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