Special Coronavirus Edition

Reminder: Important Webinar tomorrow
Latest from the Reopen CT Advisory Group
Links to live by

Important Business Webinar Tomorrow…  

  • Just a friendly reminder that CRMA will be participating in an important webinar that our friends at CBIA are hosting to give you the latest information about on the Re-open Connecticut Advisory Group.
  • There are a limited number of slots available to join in on this special 60-minute webinar that will be held tomorrow, April 30, at 1:00 pm.
  • In addition to CRMA President Tim Phelan, other participants in the webinar are:
    • David Lehman, Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development
    • Joe Brennan, President & CEO, CBIA
    • Meredith Reuben, CEO, EBP Supply Solutions
    • Garrett Sheehan, President & CEO, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • There will be extensive time given to your questions.
  • Registration is free, but as we mentioned, space is limited—don’t miss this opportunity to learn what’s next for Connecticut’s economy and your business.
  • Link to register for Reopening Connecticut’s Economy: What’s Next? Is here.


State Business Advisory Board Underway as Reopen Connecticut begins work…

  • The Governor and DECD Commissioner Lehman recognize the important role that retailers play in CT’s economy, and CRMA has been very involved as the Business Advisory Council has begun meeting, led by former Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi.
  • Progress is being made to incorporate the concerns of retailers, and the group is moving forward with plans for a gradual reopening of retail and other aspects of the state’s economy.
  • Please continue to share any suggestions or specific challenges with Tim Phelan, CRMA President, at tim@ctretailnetwork.com so they can be shared with the committee.


Important links to live by:

  • With overall hospitalizations continuing to drop, Gov. Ned Lamont said this key metric could allow for some Main Street businesses to reopen in several weeks, as long as measures like social distancing can be followed. Hartford Courant has today’s news here.
  • The state Department of Labor has completed computer programming changes that allow the state to make the $600 weekly stimulus payments authorized by Congress for people receiving unemployment benefits. CT Mirror has the story here.
  • State officials announce a partnership to supply essential small businesses with free face masks in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. News 8 wtnh.com has the details here.