A Message from the Chamber Regarding COVID-19
As a business in West Central Indiana, we know that it can be hard to interpret the ongoing stream of information regarding COVID-19. To continue one of the main functions of the Chamber of Commerce, we are here to provide real-time, hands-on information that can be useful to our member businesses while making key decisions in the next few weeks, months.
News from the State of Indiana
On May 1, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced a 5-step plan that includes phased re-opening of businesses in Indiana.
Indiana's Critical Industries can access answers to their specific questions via the Critical Industries website at www.in.gov/criticalindustries.
Guidance on Essential and Non-Essential Businesses - For additional information on what is considered an essential business, visit the US Dept of Homeland Security – CISA – Guidance on Critical Infrastructure.
General Information/Comparisons of Financial Resources:
- ISU Business Engagement – Coronavirus Emergency Loans for Small Businesses Guide (compares loan options)
- ISBDC – COVID-19 Small Business Resource Guide (PDF)
- ISBDC – Statewide List of Financial Resources (special offers from financial institutions)
- ISBDC – COVID-19 Resources (loan comparisons, tax info and more)
- SBA – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources (overview of all funding options)
- US Chamber – Coronavirus Small Business Guide and Checklist
- US Chamber - Coronavirus Small Business Guide (Complete coverage, updated daily)
- USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF)
- Webinars available through Gener8tor Series (employment law, SBA loans and more)
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):
Please note, the best source of information regarding the PPP is your local bank. Also, consult your attorney and/or accountant for specific regulations and guidelines for your industry.
- US Chamber – Emergency Loans Small Business Guide
- US Chamber - Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act Relief
- US Dept of Treasury – Assistance for Small Businesses (Links to PPP loan applications and program details)
- US Dept of Treasury - FAQ's on PPP
Employee Retention Credit:
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provided expanded paid sick leave and family and medical leave which took effect on April 1, 2020.
- Dept of Labor - Paid Sick Leave and Expanded FMLA Implementation
- TH Chamber Blog: Understanding and Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- US Chamber – Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs Guide
Additional Financial Resources:
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Offering up to $100M in cash grants/ad credit
- ISBDC: Statewide List of Financial Resources, including offers from local financial institutions/loan programs.
- Old National Bank – Financial Resources
- Fifth Third Bank – Lessening financial strain on customers
- Bankable – QuickBridge loan to help small businesses bridge gaps while waiting on funding
- RJL Solutions - COVID-19 Funding Guide (PDF)
- Wabash Valley COVID-19 Relief Fund (United Way of the Wabash Valley and Wabash Valley Community Foundation)
LISC Small Business Relief Grants (Priority will be given especially to entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital.) The deadline to apply is April 28.
General Business Resources
West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center
Located at Indiana State University, the Indiana Small Business Development Center is a FREE service for small business entrepreneurs. They offer one-on-one meetings and services including marketing, creating business plans, financing information and more.
US Chamber's Center for Capital Market Competitiveness
The U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness has compiled a one-stop shop for members to stay on top of all legislation and regulations related to financial services during the COVID-19 crisis. The COVID-19 Legislation and Regulations tracker is regularly updated as changes merit and includes links to the actual bills & rules, a brief description, and status updates.
Emergency Preparedness for Businesses
- DOL - MANDATORY FFCRA Workplace Poster to be displayed by April 1, 2020 (PDF)
- OSHA - Workplace Poster to Reduce Workplace Exposure to COVID-19
- Dept of Homeland Security – Brief outline of how to prepare before and respond during a pandemic
- Terre Haute Chamber – COVD-19 Best Practices Guide for Businesses (PDF)
- CDC – Interim Guidance for Businesses/Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- OSHA – COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention
- US Chamber – Free customizable flyer to display in your business
- SHRM – COVID-19 Resources for Members and Non-Members
Resources for Non-Profits
- How Nonprofits and Board Members Can Respond to COVID-19 (Board Source)
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19 (National Council of Nonprofits)
- Free Virtual Conference platform for cancelled events (Higher Logic)
- The CARES Act – Implications for Eligible Nonprofit Organizations (Strook Special Bulletin)
- National Endowment for the Arts - New guidelines for funding distribution of $75 Million from the CARES Act’s.
- Indiana Humanities CARES Grant (designed to distribute funding relief to nonprofit organizations that provide public humanities programming)
- How to market your business during this time (Locable.com)
- US Chamber – Coronavirus Response Toolkit (includes free social media graphics and messaging examples)
- Google My Business (communications examples on changing operating hours and other specific messaging)
- Constant Contact – Small Business Support Kit
Work From Home and Remote Work Services, Links and Policies
- Homeland Security: How to Prevent "Zoombombing" of Meetings
- Business and Company Resources on how to implement Remote Work Policies and Procedures
- How to Use Facebook Live for Business
- Local Company SANTUCCI Synthesized Communication has outlined “Tips and Tricks to Successfully Work From Home“.
- 7 Ways to Improve Company Culture Remotely (US Chamber)