National COVID-19 Information and Federal Resources for Your Business
Updated June 1, 2020 at 9:25 AM.
This page is dedicated to providing national information and links to federal resources. For general COVID-19 information and links, please return to our main page, you can find Washington State information here, or Pierce County information here.
National COVID-19 News Resources
- Official Federal Government information and updates page.
- FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response .
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Corporate Aid Tracker, tracking the contributions of corporate and private businesses to help with COVID-19 needs.
- Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure workers During COVID-19 Response.
- U.S. Department of Labor – COVID-19 information including, common issues, its effects on wages, and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Economic Development Administration (EDA) Notice of Funding Opportunity for their $1.5 billion supplemental appropriations from the CARES Act
Announcements and Press Releases
- Press Release for the Emergency Funding Supplemental, to include relief to small businesses.
- Presidential Executive Orders in response to COVID-19
- Executive Order on Preventing Hoarding of Health and Medical Resources.
- Memorandum on Providing Support for Governors’ use of National Guard.
- Executive Order on Prioritizing and Allocating Health and Medical Resources.
- Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak.
- Guidelines for Opening Up America Again from 4/16/20
- Refunding of Emergency
- Remarks by President Trump and the White House in regards to COVID-19
- From 3/24/2020 Virtual Town Hall
- From 3/23/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- Factsheet on Price Gouging and Hoarding of Critical Supplies from 3/23/2020
- “30 Days to Slow the Spread” Guidelines
- From 3/30/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/1/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/3/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/3/2020 Meeting with Energy Sector CEOs
- From 4/5/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/6/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/7/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From America Cares: Small Business Relief Update Meeting
- From 4/8/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/9/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/10/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/9/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/10/2020 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/14/2020 Meeting with Healthcare Executives
- From 4/14/20 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/16/20 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/17/20 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/18/20 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/20/20 Task Force Press Briefing
- From 4/21/20 Task Force Press Briefing
- Announces Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
Specific Information Resources, Programs and Quick Guides
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Disaster Helpdesk for Business, an information concierge to assist small businesses with disaster readiness, relief & long-term recovery.
- Northwest Trade Adjustment Assitance Center (NWTAAC) – Information on the Federal Assistance Program for Northwest Manufactures.
- Small Business Administration – Free, one-on-one business advising is available through the SBA Resource Partnership network, as well as providing disaster assistance loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Emergency Disaster Loans fact sheet.
- Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance – Streamlined process requirements and online application portal.
- SBA FAQ on PPP and EIDL Programs
- SBA Guide to PPP, EIDL & EIDLA Programs
- Paycheck Protection Program – calculating maximum loan amounts by business type.
- PPP Lending Operations Update 4/29/2020
- List of 2020 Participating Bank Lenders (as of 4/15/2020)
- List of 2020 Participating Credit Union Lenders (as of 4/10/20)
- SBA Form for PPP Loan Forgiveness – policy rules on how forgiveness will be calculated.
- Individual Stimulus “Economic Impact Payment” program
- FEMA Advisory COVID-19 Best Practices
- The American Institute of CPA (AICPA) Recommendations for PPP Application and Forgiveness Process Guide
- IRS Notice 2020-32, Guidance on Federal Income Tax and the PPP
- Treasury Guidance on PPP Loans
- Association of Washington Businesses (AWB) – Recovery information and resources on a new site, www.reboundandrecovery.org.
Private Companies Providing Free Services and Relief Programs
- Amazon – $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to local Seattle small businesses from March 26 to April 30.
- Bacardi – $3 million in relief to bars and restaurants as part of its #RaiseYourSpirits campaign.
- Bumble is giving $5,000 grants to 200 struggling small businesses across 11 countries, US submissions now closed.
- Facebook – $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 while also launching the Business Resource Hub to provide businesses information and best practices.
- Faire – free financial calculator tool to help small businesses calculate the changes in their business with COVID-19.
- Fattmerchant – partnered with Gift Up! to allow its clients to sell virtual gift cards. Gift Up! is waiving its usual 3.49% fee for Fattmerchant’s members’ first $5,000 in gift card sales.
- Freelancers Union – relief fund offering up to $1,000 per freelance household, currently waiting on refunding.
- GoFundMe – partnered with Yelp to allow donations through Yelp’s pages. The Yelp Foundation and GoFundMe have both pledged to donate up to $1 million to the Small Business Relief Fund.
- Goldman Sachs – announced an initiatives package to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- Google’s pledge to donate $800 million for COVID-19 provides relief through free credits for Ads and Cloud space.
- Honeycomb Credit, an investment crowdfunding platform, announced a small business relief loan program that’s providing $10,000 to $50,000 in working capital to qualifying businesses.
- James Beard Foundation – Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund to provide microgrants to independent food and beverage small businesses, expecting further rounds of funding in April and May.
- JPMorgan – $50 million to help struggling customers, and $8 million in aid to small businesses.
- Kabbage – created an online hub including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for later use.
- Kangaroo – offering free (for three months) security camera and monitoring kits.
- Kiva – 0% interest loans for up to $15,000 with new borrowers can accessing a grace period of up to six months.
- Loom – free cash scenario planning tool that helps small business owners gauge the impact COVID-19.
- MainVest – $2,000, 0% interest, 120-day loan for restaurants or other brick-and-mortars.
- Mark Cuban Cos. – reimbursing employees for purchases from local independent small businesses.
- Nav – CARES Act SBA Loan Calculator to navigate the impacts of new legislation.
- Opportunity Fund – coronavirus relief fund providing grants and low-interest-rate loans to business owners in need.
- Revel Systems – created a $1 million Revel Relief Program.
- Ring – created a Neighbor Pledge initiative, which encourages groups to support local businesses.
- RXR Realty – created a volunteer platform.
- Seated – created a platform for restaurant owners to get professional advice from finance and law experts in the hospitality industry.
- SheaMoisture – $1 million relief fund for minority-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19.
- Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation – $5 million to support women-owned businesses affected by COVID-19, while also teaming up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund, which will provide 1,000 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs. Expecting further rounds of funding in April and May.
- The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation – Restaurant Employee Relief Fund providing grants on a first-come first-served basis to restaurant owners and employees in need.
- The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation – COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is currently accepting donations with relief packages to follow.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Save Small Business Fund in partnership with Vistaprint that will provide $5,000 grants to small businesses. No longer accepting applications.
- Wefunder – Coronavirus Crisis Loans program enabling small businesses to crowdfund loans of $20,000 to $1 million from supporters.
- Yelp – $25 million in coronavirus relief for in the form of waived advertising fees, free advertising, products, and services.
- For more detailed information about the above programs read Forbes’ Full Article.
Webinars and Other Tools
- FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center – NBEOC Dashboard is a live portal for posting questions for FEMA staff to answer. NBEOC is also hosting ongoing conference calls every Tuesday and Thursday for private sector businesses. Call-in information is 1-800-593-7177, #7963614
- FEMA COVID-19 questionnaire for businesses – To help FEMA learn how to better serve businesses during this outbreak, please send your answers to the FEMA Region 10 contact.
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
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