The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact Cape Cod's economy. As the regional planning agency for Barnstable County, the Commission is committed to supporting our towns and business community as we address the challenges of the pandemic and strengthen our economic resiliency. The Commission was awarded a U.S. EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to support efforts to respond to and recover from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop strategies to improve resilience in the future.
COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop Series
As part of its economic resiliency efforts, the Commission worked with Revby, a business consulting and technical assistance firm, to provide a multi-part workshop series designed to help Cape Cod business owners navigate COVID-19 recovery and resiliency strategies. The first workshop, which was held on February 18, focused on the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program and other pandemic-relief funding opportunities.
Two-part, industry-specific virtual workshops followed the initial workshop on pandemic-relief funding opportunities. The two-part series of workshops targeted local industries disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The first workshop introduced the Commission's broader business recovery and resiliency efforts and provided real examples of business resiliency and continuity to help local businesses identify strategies they may use. The first workshops also presented some practical suggestions on how businesses may incorporate digital marketing, eCommerce, and collaboration/networking practices in their continuity plan – all areas indicated as types of assistance still needed by Cape Cod small business owners according to the Cape Cod COVID-19 business impact surveys. The second round of virtual workshops introduced industry-specific COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Toolkits that offer business owners a suite of strategies tailored to address the challenges facing Cape Cod businesses now and to help businesses plan for resiliency into the future.
Presentations and video from the workshop sessions are available in the sidebar.