Consumer Brands Honors Curtis Picard and Christine Cummings with Excellence in Government Affairs Award

Consumer Brands Honors Curtis Picard and Christine Cummings with Excellence in Government Affairs Award

Maine leaders recognized for their partnership with consumer packaged goods industry

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Consumer Brands Association announced today that Curtis Picard, president and CEO of the Retail Association of Maine, and Christine Cummings, executive director of the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association (MGFPA), are the recipients of the 2020 Consumer Brands Association Excellence in Government Affairs award, presented virtually during this year’s Food Industry Association Executives annual meeting.

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Governor Mills Announced the Phase 2 of Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program Funding

Governor Mills Announced the Phase 2 of Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program Funding for an Expanded Pool of Maine Businesses & Non-Profits (click to read the announcement).

Under Phase 2, businesses and non-profits that employ up to 250 people will be eligible for grant rewards. The Department of Economic and Community Development estimates that nearly 3,000 more businesses and non-profit organizations will be eligible for grants as a result of the program’s expansion. The online Application portal will open on September 23, 2020 and will remain open until October 23, 2020.

*GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020*

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How MGFPA has made it easier to do business during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We’re All in This Together

At every step of the way, we have injected our voice to help. We clarified who was considered essential in the early days, consistently provided industry best-practices and protocols, advocated for clear guidelines and policy adjustments to ensure everyone’s safety, diligently answered all your questions, and immersed ourselves in anything and everything COVID-19 to be your industry expert. The coronavirus has affected everyone and continues to place incredible demands on our industry.

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$200M Economic Recovery Grant Program

Governor Mills Launches $200 Million Economic Recovery Grant Program to Support Maine Small Businesses

“The program, backed by $200 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), will provide financial relief for businesses and non-profit organizations that incurred business disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are intended to help sustain the viability of Maine’s small businesses and nonprofits – not to replace lost profits – and will provide short-term relief to help stabilize Maine’s economy while still focusing on the state’s long-term goals described in the state’s 10-year strategic economic development plan. The program draws on a recommendation from the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee.

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