We are closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel corona-virus, and continuously assessing the potential impact on small business and entrepreneurs.
The impact of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, is being felt around the world. We believe we are better when we work together. It’s important for us all to take the necessary steps to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our local communities safe and supported.
RESTART YOUR BUSINESS GUIDE
In partnership with Nussbaum Center EASE program graduate ALT HR Partners, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce created a guide to returning to work safely. It includes OSHA rules and regulations, information on the expanded paid sick leave and FMLA laws and a checklist of essential steps to complete before you reopen your office.
For more information and the latest updates on workplace safety related to COVID-19, visit OSHA’s website.
REBOOT, RECOVER AND REBUILD
GTCC’s Small Business Center has launched the Reboot, Recover and Rebuild (R3) Program for Small Businesses. Through the program, participants can access ‘In-depth’ recovery and resiliency assistance from industry experts and professional service consultants, as well as general business counselors.
Apply ONLINE here.
SMALL BUSINESS & NON PROFIT RESOURCE GUIDE – GSO PUBLIC LIBRARY
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE GUIDE – TBJ
Small business resource guide from Triad Business Journal.
AVOID COVID-19 ONLINE SCAMS
Recently, there’s been a significant rise in online scams related to COVID‑19. GOOGLE is providing these tips to help you spot and avoid scams, so you can stay safer online.
NORTH CAROLINA STAY AT HOME ORDER
Here is the North Carolina Stay at Home Order: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO121-Stay-at-Home-Order-3.pdf
State of North Carolina FAQ page: Stay at Home FAQs
SBA ASSISTANCE FOR
SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19
LOST YOUR JOB DUE TO COVID-19
The federal government is allowing new options for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19: https://www.careeronestop.org/WorkerReEmployment/UnemploymentBenefits/unemployment-benefits.aspx
On March 27, the House unanimously passed and President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus law intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER’S GUIDE
TO THE CARES ACT
https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/9/7/97ac840c-28b7-4e49-b872-d30a995d8dae/F2CF1DD78E6D6C8C8C3BF58C6D1DDB2B.small-business-owner-s-guide-to-the-cares-act-final-.pdf (The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act)
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone.
EMERGENCY FUNDING RESOURCE LISTS
Candid (formerly known as the Foundation Center) is organizing and updating two website/resource lists that provide links to emergency funds for organizations and individuals. Candid is collecting this funding information from across the world so special attention will need to be paid to eligibility requirements. Don’t forget you also have free, remote access to Foundation Directory Online-Essential through the Greensboro Public Library. Links below. Please let me know if you have any questions. Be well!
Candid- Funds for Coronavirus Relief: https://candid.org/explore-issues/coronavirus/funds
Grantspace- Knowledge Base Article on Emergency Financial Resources for Covid-19 Hardships: https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/covid-19-emergency-financial-resources/?_ga=2.75025941.68626875.1585763335-270620889.1585763335
Foundation Directory Online-Essential: https://library.greensboro-nc.gov/locations/central-library/nonprofit/funding-information-network-foundation-directory-online
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus (US Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Small Business Guide)
NC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
https://ncchamber.com/coronavirus-resource-guide-nc-business/(Coronavirus Resource Guide)
https://americassbdc.org/coronavirus-information/ (America’s SBDC – COVID19 Small Business Resources)
NC RAPID RECOVERY FOR SMALL BUSINESS
https://ncrapidrecovery.org (North Carolina Rapid Recovery for Small Business)
EDPNC BUSINESS RELIEF RESOURCES
https://edpnc.com/nc-business-relief-resources-covid-19/ (Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina – North Carolina Business Relief Resources – COVID-19)
http://www.sbtdc.org/coronavirus/index.html (NC Small Business and Technology Development Center – Navigating your business through COVID-19)