Small Business Resources During COVID-19 - Small Business Resources During COVID-19
Small Business Resources During COVID-19
Michelle Di Gangi - Head of Small and Medium Enterprise Business
As someone who comes from a family of entrepreneurs, I'm feeling especially concerned about small businesses right now. I want to make sure that people know that they have resources. We're open and we're here to help.
If you're a small business owner, you'll also find resources at the local, state and federal levels. I'm highlighting a few here that may be helpful during these challenging times.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Guidance to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
The SBA is providing Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million for small businesses in order to make them more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions.
- Center for Disease Control (CDC) – Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
The CDC says all employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. See their recommendations for an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Small Business Guide
The national chamber has gathered a complete coronavirus response toolkit which includes advice and tips related to everything from HR to business strategy to recommended technology tools for remote employees.
- Directory of State and Local Chambers of Commerce
State and local chambers of commerce are providing varied levels of response to businesses in their regions. For example, San Francisco has launched a Small Business Resiliency Fund. Small businesses can qualify for up to $10,000 to cover salary and rent costs. Find out what kind of help is being offered in your region.
- SCORE – Coronavirus Business Resources
Known for offering mentoring to small businesses, SCORE is an SBA resource partner and is offering remote mentoring and training sessions via phone, email and a variety of video and chat services.
And if you're a consumer, please do what you can to support small business right now. Try one of the many restaurants offering take-out options. Buy gift cards for future services. Take online yoga classes from your neighborhood studio; it's a great way to help and to give yourself some much-needed respite.
Now is a good time to lean on community. Let's make sure that we use these incredibly challenging times to rise where we can and strengthen our relationships.
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