Wellesley Business Buzz: More Local Businesses Receiving COVID-19 State Grants; $ 1 million in penalties for automobile dealers; the regional chamber claims the open day of February 4

Wellesley Business Buzz: More Local Businesses Receiving COVID-19 State Grants;  $ 1 million in penalties for automobile dealers;  the regional chamber claims the open day of February 4

Our roundup of the latest affairs from Wellesley, Mass. news:

More local businesses receive COVID-19 state subsidies

Wellesley’s London Harness and Dance Republic are the latest Wellesley companies to be honored State of COVID-19 small business subsidies in new round of $ 37 million to 638 businesses. London Harness took home $ 75,000, while Dance Republic took home $ 30,000.

More than a dozen Wellesley small businesses have received such grants in the past month. Other subsidies are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, including those targeting industrial sectors particularly affected by the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Wellesley is about to go wild again. Governor Baker rescinded an order effective Jan. 25 that required restaurants, gyms and other types of businesses to close at 9:30 p.m.

Colonial Automotive fined $ 1 million for exploiting state unemployment system

Colonial Automotive, whose properties include Wellesley Volkswagen, had to pay $ 1 million in penalties stemming from accusations of taking advantage of state unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic According to a press release issued by the state attorney general’s office: “Following the mandatory state closure of auto dealership showrooms during the public health crisis, the company encouraged employees on leave to seek benefits from the State Department of Assistance -unemployment (DUA), then asked these employees to continue working without pay. ”

According to a Colonial statement released by WCVB-TV, the automaker denied any wrongdoing: “The COVID 19 pandemic has created an existential business threat. We have acted in good faith to survive as a company and save employee jobs while staying within the law. We did not ask employees to engage in sales activities while on leave. We do not believe we are involved in any violation of the law and we have agreed with the Commonwealth to put the issue behind us.

The regional chamber of affairs presents the open day of February 4

On Thursday, February 4, the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will hold an open house information session from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Former members of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce and all other businesses and nonprofits are invited to attend to find out more.

Meet the Speaker of the House, Greg Reibman, the Chair of the Board, Linda Sloane Kay, the staff of the Newton-Needham Chamber and members of the Wellesley Chamber Transition Team.

There will be a short presentation, but mostly it will be an opportunity to ask questions, such as: So, are you changing the name of the Regional Chamber from Wellesley to Newton Needham? The Wellesley Chamber recently announced that it is retreating to the furthest regional chamber.

RSVP on nnchamber.com or by mail [email protected]

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Via: theswellesleyreport.com

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