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Best educational resources and online courses for small businesses owners during COVID-19

Published on May 15, 2020

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Under the best of circumstances, starting or maintaining a business demands energy, resolve, and creativity. Unfortunately, during this time, businesses around owners all over the world are grappling with the challenges created by COVID-19.

Despite the order for social distancing, the world does not stand still—not for consumers or commerce. We are learning to stay connected through a robust online community that may be both local and global.

Numerous resources are available to help you take active steps to preserve the health of your business and stay connected with your customers and employees.

At eHealth, we want to share a list of resources and services that may help you protect and grow your business as you steer the course through COVID-19 and define success for your business’ future.

United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and Local SBA Agencies

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a great online resource for small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA offers advice, articles, studies and even grant and loan opportunities. The SBA also provides free business counseling to business owners and educational resources. Many SBA resources and loan opportunities are specifically tailored to COVID-19 relief. They include guidance on how to help keep employees and customers healthy, business planning and situational responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also integrate information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), another valuable resource to consumers and business owners on COVID-19. SBA has made it easy to find the information you need for managing your small business during the COVID-19 crisis.

Along with the SBA, your state government likely has free resources for small business owners to help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Each state has a small business development center. These departments often have state-level educational information or funding opportunities as well as state-specific guidelines on business licensing requirements, COVID-19 business planning, and other valuable resources. The SBA has links to these local agencies in every state.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber is an organization dedicated to representing the interests of small businesses and associations. The U.S. Chamber developed a COVID-19 tool kit to help businesses learn more about remote working, financial assistance and emergency loans, and other relevant topics. Also the U.S. Chamber hosts weekly webinars, virtual town hall meetings, and workshops at no cost to assist business owners adapt to the current COVID-19 environment.

Government agencies aren’t your only resource for business management during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are plenty of non-profit organizations and businesses offering assistance, some at discounted fees (or no charge) to small business owners.  You may want to explore what some of the following organizations have to offer.

SCORE

SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals. SCORE offers free, confidential mentoring as well as an online reference library, workshops, and recorded webinars on demand. Some of their resources are specific to business owners during COVID-19, such as communicating on social media. You can explore their services in more detail at score.org.

Facebook

Facebook announced on Tuesday, March 17 that they will be offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in the countries where they operate.

These grants can do a few things for your small business:

  • Keep your workforce going strong
  • Assist with operational costs (like rent)
  • Allow you to focus on connecting with more customers

You can find more COVID-19 resources for business owners from Facebook on its website.

Broaden your horizons with online college courses

Currently some of the Ivy League colleges are offering online approximately 450 complimentary courses on the following topics:

  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Programming
  • Humanities
  • Business
  • Art & Design
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Health & Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Education & Teaching
  • Personal Development

We recognize it’s a challenging time for small business owners. At e-health we are here to offer our support and bring you information to help you, your business, and your customers thrive during COVID-19 and afterwards.

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