Small Business Shout Out

Your CBD Store

With my type 2 diabetes neuropathy and my 14 year old cat’s anxiety acting up, I knew it was time to pay a visit to Kevin at the Your CBD Store located at 3030 Fairfield Avenue in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. It has calmed my 14 year old cat with his anxieties and calm him from the recent loss of his sister. I have found that it does help with the tingling and pain from neuropathy. Kevin said he can’t make those claims but just Google “CBD oil benefits” and discover what others and science have said.

If Kevin looks familiar that is because he runs the website On Scene Media in New Haven. If you are unsure of the CBD oil benefits he does have free samples you can try to see if it works for you. Again, he is located at 3030 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport or visit his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/YourCBDStoreBlackRockCT

Central Health Uniform

Nicole found her marketing niche when she was in school for nursing and found how extensive scrubs were. She has been selling them from her mobile store and at her location at 127 Tunxis Hill Rd Suite #2, in Fairfield. Nicole also found a niche with decorative Covid masks that have an anti-microbial covering them. She also stocks decorative non-skid sneakers for the comfort of not just nurses but for everyone. You have to see them! Central Uniform is located next door from Andros Diner. Her phone number is (203) 572-5495. See her product line at: https://centralhealthuniform.com/ or visit her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CentralHealthbpt/

My Car Is 19 Years And Still Going Strong!

Last month I took the old DoingItLocalMobile into Penfield Service Center 691 Post Road in Fairfield.  I’m happy to say Robert Trez, the owner put the same great care into servicing the car like Nick Gramina from Fairfield Auto Care did before he retired.  Finding a good mechanic who doesn’t take advantage of people could be hard.

 

My daughter now drives my 2001 Subaru Forester.  She and the car are the same age (19)!  If it weren’t reliable I would have her behind that wheel.  If you have a child getting ready to off to college I highly recommend you have Bob look it over for your peace of mind1

 

I personally recommend Penfield Service Center, call them at 203 256-9201

 

Small Business Help

It bothers me to see businesses closing due to coronavirus shutdown.  Through no fault of their own, businesses had to shut down without warning and no ability to prepare for this.  What bothers me the most seeing their dreams destroyed.  The brick and mortar or storefronts get hammed the most because they still had rent to pay while being closed with no income.

 

If you own a storefront business, I want to help.  Email me at Steve@DoingItLocal.com (no Facebook Messanger-email only) with a brief message about your business, where it’s located and the type of business it is.  This will be a Zoom interview so you will need to know how to use Zoom and have a very good connection.  It will not be live but I will edit it with product images and video you provide to me.

 

Let’s get you busy and tell everyone what you do!

 

 

SENATORS CALL ON SENATE LEADERSHIP TO BOLSTER BACKGROUND CHECK PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, DC] – With gun sales spiking since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) urged Senate leadership and appropriators to include funding in the next relief package to address the dangerous backlog of background checks. The Senators called for an additional $20 million for the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) to ensure states and local governments are able to maintain accurate records and keep guns out of the hands of abusers and others seeking firearms illegally.

“Prohibited purchasers put our communities in imminent danger,” wrote the Senators to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT). “As gun sales continue to surge, we must provide additional funding to improve the submission of records into NICS in any future pandemic-legislation and work to pass the Background Check Completion Act in the immediate future. With these actions, we can keep firearms out of the hands of people who are prohibited from having them and, most importantly, save lives.

NCHIP was reauthorized in the bipartisan Fix National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act, and with additional funding, could address the unprecedented surge in background checks seen since March 2020. Without accurate records and timely background check processing, individuals who would otherwise be legally prohibited from obtaining guns may be able to obtain a weapon, as was the case with the shooter who killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

In June, Blumenthal and Murphy introduced the Background Check Completion Act, which would close a loophole in existing law that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the gun buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. The bill would require a completed background check for every gun buyer who purchases a gun from a federally-licensed gun dealer. The full text of the legislation is available here.

Blumenthal and Murphy also recently joined a letter to House and Senate leadership led by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to include the NICS Data Integrity Act, a bill that would allow the FBI to keep gun-purchase records until background checks are complete, in the next coronavirus relief package. Under current law, the FBI is required to purge incomplete background checks from its systems if they are not finalized within 88 days, a practice that often results in guns being sold without finished background checks.

The full text of today’s letter can be found here and below.

Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Chairman Shelby, and Vice Chairman Leahy:

We are writing to urge you to include an additional $20 million for the National Criminal History Improvement Program in the next coronavirus relief package. Reauthorized in the bipartisan Fix NICS Act, this critical funding will help ensure that states and localities, already struggling financially because of the pandemic, are able to maintain accurate records in the face of an unprecedented surge in firearm sales. At a time when domestic violence is on the rise,[1] we must ensure that firearms stay out of the hands of abusers and others seeking firearms illegally.

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the United States, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has seen an unprecedented surge in background checks. In March 2020, when many states began to take necessary action to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, there were more than 3.7 million background check transactions.[2]. This alarming trend has continued in subsequent months. June 2020 was the busiest month in the program’s history with more than 3.9 million background check transactions.[3] NICS reported its busiest week from March 16 to March 22, 2020; seven of its 10 busiest weeks have occurred between February and June 2020.[4] Now more than ever, Congress must do everything in its power to support the background check system to ensure guns do not fall into the wrong hands.

During the firearm background check process, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or, in point of contact states, state authorities query NICS to determine if a prospective purchaser or transferee is legally prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. Most background checks are completed almost instantaneously; however, incomplete records can extend the time it takes to complete the record check because the case requires more investigation. If a final determination has not been made after three days, federal law allows a gun to be transferred at the Federal Firearm Licensee’s discretion—a result known as a “default proceed” transfer.

State and local authorities are responsible for submitting adjudication records to NICS, and most people who fail background checks do so as a result of an adjudication at the state or local level. However, many states and localities struggle to submit complete and timely records to NICS, submitting incomplete records or no records at all for some adjudications. Poor record submission can allow a person who is prohibited by federal, state, or Tribal law from possessing firearms to erroneously pass a background check or obtain a gun without a completed background check. This can lead to the transfer of a firearm to a person who is legally prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. Our nation knows all too well that this loophole in federal law can have dangerous consequences: in 2015, an ineligible individual obtained his firearm through a default proceed transfer and committed the horrific mass shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This is why the “default proceed” rule is also known as the “Charleston loophole.”

New data released through a Freedom of Information Act request made by Everytown for Gun Safety highlights how the danger caused by the “default proceed” rule has been compounded during the COVID-19 pandemic.[5] In March 2020 alone, it is estimated that at least 1,138 delayed background checks resulted in a firearm being obtained by prohibited purchaser because of this rule. The actual number for this one month may actually be significantly higher given delays in state and local offices. For reference, an estimated 3,960 prohibited purchasers obtained firearms this way in all of 2018.[6] As law enforcement agencies face shrinking budgets, staffing shortages, and new challenges in the face of this unprecedented pandemic, submitting complete records to NICS may be more burdensome than ever. Given the surge in gun sales, however, it should be a top priority. It is imperative that the records upon which the background check system relies be complete, accurate, and up-to-date. Two years ago we came together in a bipartisan fashion to pass the Fix NICS Act to improve our NICS recordkeeping system and reauthorize NCHIP. To facilitate the timely submission of records into NICS, an extra $20 million should be included for the National Criminal History Improvement Program in the next supplemental appropriations package. This flexible funding will ensure that states, state and local courts, local governments, and Tribes receive the guidance and resources they need to ensure that NICS operate effectively.

While additional funding for NCHIP is necessary given the current surge in firearm sales during this pandemic, it is only a short-term solution to a systemic problem. Five years ago, we first introduced the Background Check Completion Act, which would close the loophole by requiring a completed background check for every gun buyer who purchases a gun from a federally-licensed gun dealer. In the past five years, thousands of ineligible, dangerous people have been able to skirt around background checks and make illegal firearm purchases. The unprecedented numbers we now see today is a direct result of unjustifiable congressional inaction on this issue. It is beyond time for the Senate to take action and pass this legislation. No check, no sale must be the rule.

Prohibited purchasers put our communities in imminent danger. As gun sales continue to surge, we must provide additional funding to improve the submission of records into NICS in any future pandemic-legislation and work to pass the Background Check Completion Act in the immediate future. With these actions, we can keep firearms out of the hands of people who are prohibited from having them and, most importantly, save lives.

 

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Look Who’s DoingItLocal!

Look who’s DoinItLocal now!  It’s Joshua from Loveras Asphalt and Landscaping.  He is located in Bridgeport and services Fairfield and New Haven County with your paving and landscaping needs.  Check out his Facebook page for all the different projects he has completed.  Joshua is very diversified and very affordable!  He also does snowplowing and leaf removal.   Call him at 475-201-6458 for a free quote!

 

https://www.facebook.com/Loveras-Asphalt-and-Landscaping-LLC-101826938018861/

 

Telehealth Law Passes

During the pandemic, telehealth has made it safe and convenient for individuals to receive care from their doctors from the safety of their own homes. For the first time in Connecticut, insurance companies are treating in-person visits and virtual visits equally, and this provision applies to both mental and physical healthcare. HB 6001, “An Act Concerning Telehealth,” would expand access to telehealth and continue to waive the customary restrictions on online medical health care services so that patients can continue to be attended to in the comfort of their own home for months to come.

 

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Detail Masters- More Than Just A Great Detail For Your Car!

Detail Masters is not just for getting your car detailed but also for ceramic coating, paintless dent removal, window tinting, paint protection film, and vehicle wraps. Danny gave us a tour of his shop located at 255 Moffitt Street in Stratford (which was immaculate). What an awesome Father’s Day gift! Call Danny at 203-522-3486 or visit them on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/DetailMaster…

Himes On CARES Act

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act into law, taking important steps to help small businesses, keep employees on the payroll, and provide direct support for Americans with immediate financial relief. However, programs created by the CARES Act, like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Emergency Economic Injury Grants, quickly ran out of funding.

That’s why I drove down to D.C. last week to vote on the 4th Coronavirus Emergency Response bill. I was proud to pass further economic stimulus relief, providing more funding to our small businesses and nonprofits as well as much-needed funding for hospitals.  The bill takes a key step toward recovery, requiring a nationwide strategy for expanding testing procedures.

This increased funding refills the coffers of the PPP and sets aside $60 billion for financial institutions like credit unions, CDFIs and Minority Deposit Institutions to give smaller businesses without traditional banking relationships a fighting chance to access this support. The bill Congress passed includes:

· $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program
· $60 billion in funding for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
· $75 billion in funding for hospitals and healthcare workers
· $25 billion in funding for coronavirus testing
While this latest bill did not include additional funding for states and municipalities, I will continue to fight to ensure our communities, residents and first responders receive the support they need to get through this difficult period.
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8 Tips For Working At Home

We just had our first Zoom intertview with Amy DeLardi form Infinite Webs Designs on 8 tips for working from home. Here is the link for the 8 tips: https://infinitewebdesigns.com/8-work-at-home-tips-from-a-seasoned-small-business-owner/

Amy is currently working on a new blog The working blog title is: Things to consider when you have time to work ON your business instead of IN your business. An actionable list of things a small business can do during Covid-19.

Amy also put together a digital marketing toolkit that I am offering her clients or any small business to access for free for 60 days (no strings attached). It’s my way to help provide businesses with some marketing tools that can help them through these tough times. There is a pop-up on her website for them to take advantage of this offer or they can email her at amyd@infinitewebdesigns.com and I will take care of them.