Assistance for Rhode Islanders via Microsoft and SBA

In today's press conference with Governor Raimondo, she announced that Microsoft and the Small Business Administration if offering aid to Rhode Islanders. 
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In today’s press conference with Governor Raimondo, she announced that Microsoft and the Small Business Administration is offering aid to Rhode Islanders.

Microsoft agreed to provide their Office 365 E1 program for free for six months to all employers. This program includes web-based Microsoft Office applications, resources to support telecommuting such as meetings and instant messaging, as well as remote file sharing.

This service is being offered nationally only to businesses managed by a Microsoft account rep that have not activated Microsoft Office 365 trials in the past. Microsoft has agreed to lift all restrictions on this offering for Rhode Islanders. In addition a free online version of Office with email, video conferencing, customized hub for class teamwork with Microsoft Teams, compliance tools, and information protections to schools and students of which you can learn more about here.

Governor Raimondo also spoke on how the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s request for disaster declaration. Access to funds of up to $2 million will be available to each Rhode Island business to aid in meeting operating expenses.

Applicants can access additional disaster assistance information and are encouraged to apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

You can also reach the SBA customer service center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Businesses can also call Commerce’s small business hotline 521-HELP with any questions.

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