Along with making the health and safety of your staff, employees and entire community your top priority, it’s important to start making preparations to overcome additional challenges any small business might face.
The government and some private companies are taking measures to help businesses and individuals impacted by the coronavirus situation. Here are some resources to look into to explore options:
U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Response Toolkit – The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. They continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. You’ll find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. They encourage you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to your colleagues and employees.
Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus – The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. Here are five resources that can help you navigate this difficult situation. This includes additional links about disaster assistance loans from the Small Business Administration and information about additional assistance from local governments, banks and credit card companies, and some other private companies.
Also consider reaching out to your local Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Administration office to find more relevant local information (List of local offices is found on the link above).
SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – Additional information about steps to take as you remain open, as well as loans and other financial options.
Coronavirus Small Business Guide – U.S. Chamber’s complete coronavirus coverage. Find articles such as “5 Ways to Calm Coronavirus Fears Among Your Employees” and “5 Ways to Retain Your Customers During the Coronavirus Outbreak.”
U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Guidance On Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak – Includes a link to find information about each state’s unemployment program and how to apply (unemployment benefits are handled at the state level).
Also, find some additional information and tips to navigate filing for unemployment here.