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Curtain rises (a bit): Theaters try to spring back after major...

“I’m an optimistic guy, or I wouldn’t work in the arts,” says Westport Country Playhouse Managing Director Michael Barker.

SBA launches new grant program for ‘smallest of the small’ businesses

Competitive grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period.

Union Savings Bank emerges from pandemic stronger, but plenty of challenges...

“A lot depends on how quickly people go back to their old behaviors,” the Danbury bank's president and CEO says.

SBA: Restaurant Revitalization Fund relief will start arriving today

The agency says that over 50,000 additional PPP loans have been approved, totaling $3.1 billion for Connecticut businesses and entities in 2021.

WBDC announces $400K in grants being awarded to 44 women-owned businesses...

Roughly 32% of the recipients are minorities.

SBA’s restaurant fund applications open on May 3; Free drinks for...

The #CTDrinksOnUs campaign features participating Connecticut restaurants offering a complimentary drink to vaccinated patrons who order food.

Gov. Lamont recommends how to spend $6 billion-plus in American Rescue...

Lamont said that the federal funds “represent an incredible opportunity for this state to make transformative investments to emerge healthier and stronger."

Even with more federal money and proposed legislation, restaurants still hungry...

According to the latest data, about 98,000 employees are back to working in Connecticut's hospitality sector – something that usually employs around 150,000.

Business groups urge CT to use fed funds to address $700M-plus...

Employers currently are solely responsible for repaying the $700 million that the state borrowed from the federal government to pay pandemic-related unemployment compensation benefits. With interest, they said, that sum could rise to $1 billion.

Devastated by pandemic, travel and tourism sector looking for rebound in...

Travel’s economic footprint in the U.S. declined by 42% last year, from $2.6 trillion in 2019 to $1.5 trillion, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Small businesses (finally) seeing sunny skies ahead

“We started about a year and a half ago,” Demetrius Glover, owner of wellness and community-building event company SolHaus in Stamford, said, “so with Covid, doing meditation and live entertainment at company events became difficult.”

Retail sales saw decline nationally in February; posed to recover in...

In February, retail sales declined by 3% month-on-month, TD Economics reported in a Tuesday data release. The drop was larger than expected, as only...

CT Restaurant Association, DoorDash deliver grants to struggling dining establishments

"It’s critical we save as many local restaurants as possible so they can be part of Connecticut’s post-Covid economic recovery,” said CRA Executive Director Scott Dolch.

House OKs $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan; Billions headed to Westchester...

The latest Covid-19 federal relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, has been approved and sent to President Joe Biden to sign. The $1.9...

U.S. Rep. Himes: Fed Covid relief to pass ‘by weekend’; Political...

Fox News and MSNBC provide “different realities and different sets of facts” to their loyal viewers, the Congressman told the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce.