COVID-19 Business Resources
In the interest of supporting and equipping the business community with resources to weather the uncertainty ahead, the Chamber is providing information for owners and employees to help mitigate the impact of social distancing and other risk-lowering actions by customers.
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has set up a page with information about their Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, guidance for businesses and employers, SBA products and resources, access to capital and exporting assistance, government contracting and local assistance. To visit their page, please click here.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has established “Combating the Coronavirus” on its website with resources including workplace tips for employees, customizable flyers and signage, preparedness checklists, social media toolkits, travel notices, and reports on the worldwide economic condition and how it may impact your business. To visit their page, please click here.
On March 27, the U.S. Chamber released a four-page guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. To read and download the guide to your eligibility, how to apply, terms of the loans and forgiveness guidelines, please click here.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta hosts a page on their website with a thorough Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about COVID-19, resources on how to prepare your family, as well as information for travelers, schools and childcare, businesses and employers, and community and faith-based organizations. To visit their page, please click here.
Regarding the Governor's "non-essential businesses" closure declaration
On March 27, Gov. Kay Ivey declared all non-essential businesses close from March 28 at 5 p.m. until April 17. The list of those business categories impacted by the directive can be found by clicking here, and an infographic version can be found by clicking here. Following that directive, the Alabama Department of Public Health released a Q&A document to provide clarity on businesses impacted. That Q&A document is available by clicking here.
Alabama Department of Public Health
For the most updated information about COVID-19 in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health's resource page on the outbreak by clicking here.
Alabama Department of Labor
The Alabama Department of Labor announced it has temporarily ordered that relief be offered to employers whose employees must file unemployment compensation claims for weeks filed dues to COVID-19 related issues. For more details about this move, please click here. Also, the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association has released an FAQ regarding unemployment insurance benefits and the Alabama Department of Labor. To read the two-page document, please click here.
Alabama Department of Revenue
The Alabama Department of Revenue has established a helpful resource page for taxpayers to understand the tools, relief and information available to them during these challenging economic times for both individuals and businesses. This includes allowing small businesses to file late without penalty. For more information about the steps the department has taken to provide relief, as well as other informative content, please visit their page by clicking here.
North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments Small Business Fund
Our friends at NARCOG have updated their loan policies to more quickly respond to the needs of small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus. To read their updated terms and conditions, loan guidelines, and information about the approval process please click here. To visit NARCOG's website for more information about their services, please click here.
Also, NARCOG and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a COVID-19 resources conference call Tuesday, March 31, 10 a.m., to discuss resources available to small business owners and workforce members. For information on how to participate in that call, please click here.
Manufacture Alabama "Essential" Survey
In the event the State of Alabama orders non-essential businesses to close, Manufacture Alabama has established a survey to keep a record and document those manufacturers considered essential in the event the State takes that action. To access the survey, which is not an official state form, please click here.
The United Way of Morgan County Community Crisis Fund / 211 Connect
In partnership with local governments, businesses, and non-profits, The United Way of Morgan County is launching the Community Crisis Funds to allow the public to join us in supporting those affected, with a focus on feeding people, providing emergency assistance (utility bills, eviction avoidance and other urgent needs), and supporting distressed agencies. By donating to the United Way of Morgan County – Community Crisis Fund, you are providing agencies in Morgan County with the resources they desperately need to keep our most vulnerable neighbors healthy. To help our community through this crisis, please make a tax-deductible donation today by clicking this direct link here or by sending a check to United Way of Morgan County – CCF, PO Box 1058, Decatur, AL, 35602. And if you or someone you know is in need of information or assistance, please call 211 or visit www.211ConnectsAlabama.org, United Way of Morgan County’s Information and Referral Service.
Many businesses large and small are transitioning to remote working environments in the interest of keeping employees and customers from potential exposure. But what do you need to consider as a workplace to make sure it's safe, secure and efficient for the company? Take a look at this article that focuses on the questions you need to ask your IT professional by clicking here.
Because of social distancing and a reduction of non-essential travel, business meetings – whether across town or across the country – must happen in non-traditional settings. The Chamber has used video conferencing tools to still connect when we can’t be in the same room with members and partners. To read a great article about free video conferencing tools your business could use when you can’t meet with team members or customers, please click here.