Coronavirus Updates and Resources
The ongoing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has created unprecedented uncertainty and sudden financial hardship for many small businesses across the country. With an overwhelming stream of outbreak-related updates flooding our inboxes and social media, it can be challenging to determine where to find the most relevant information. Here are five resources that can help your small business respond to the coronavirus:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information about COVID-19. In response to the recent outbreak, the CDC put together the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to help U.S. employers plan, prepare, and respond to the coronavirus. This guide includes:
To alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently offering targeted, low-interest loans – or Disaster Loans – to small businesses in designated states. Small business owners can apply for an SBA Disaster Loan and check their loan status directly through SBA.org. More information about SBA Disaster Loans, including a list of eligible disaster areas, can be also be found on the SBA website.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is providing helpful resources and guidelines on their website to help small businesses prepare for the long and short-term impact of COVID-19. These resources include:
FEMA.gov features an online library of emergency preparedness documents, including informational guides, case studies, and planning documents. While these resources weren’t explicitly created for the spread of disease and outbreaks, they can assist you in developing an effective emergency response plan for COVID-19 for your small business. Helpful documents include:
Since the COVID-19 outbreak has had a varying effect on each state, we recommend referencing your state or local government websites for small business support during the coronavirus. Many states and cities are offering specific assistance and resources to small business owners facing economic hardship due to the outbreak. Here are just a few examples of what individual states are offering:
As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, federal and state governments will likely continue to share information and resources with the online communities. Be sure to check these websites for updates and stay informed.
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For information and guidelines specific to the coronavirus outbreak, visit cdc.gov.
This article is for general information and should not be relied on as medical advice. Check with a medical professional for medical advice.