Helpful Resources & Business Tips
POSTED April 6, 2020 | Articles | Kim Marie's Blog
We have been doing some research on ways we can help and wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some valuable resources. We hope that may prove useful to you during these times. From everything to business relief options, to tips to working remotely and more, please check out this informative database of useful information that may help you or someone that you know.
Business Assistance (Loans, Relief, etc.):
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible organizations. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help organizations understand what to expect and prepare to file for a loan.
Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is committed to serving small businesses throughout New England. During this unprecedented crisis we will adapt as necessary to deliver classes, consulting and support virtually and through webinars. CWE has compiled a list of COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources that may be available to you and your business. Please explore your options carefully.
Our entire nation has been impacted by the coronavirus. Due to the quick spread of the virus, the economy has taken a hit. Business operations nationwide, particularly in small businesses, have been disrupted. Increased isolation means consumers aren’t buying and employees aren’t coming into work. To combat the effects of the virus, the government is working to pass legislation that would provide businesses and workers with financial relief.
The CARES Act, signed into law March 27, grants financial incentives to small businesses that retain workers instead of laying them off. The measures include forgivable loans, tax credits and deferrals, and funding for an unemployment program offered through employers.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated being financially impacted by COVID-19, whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment. These grants will be made on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability of funds.
In this time of crisis, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and financial assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis. If you’re a restaurant worker and need to apply for financial help, you can do so here.
Working Remotely & Other Business Tips:
Video conferencing software is the cornerstone of any successful and productive team. Video conferencing tools, like Zoom, allow individuals to meet and work together productively “face-to-face” when meeting in-person isn’t possible. This makes meeting remotely much more human, which essential in order to help users feel and stay connected.
During the coronavirus outbreak, you’ve probably had to make adjustments to how your small business operates, whether that’s closing your doors temporarily, intensifying your cleaning practices, or moving all of your services online. All of these changes affect more than just you and your bottom line; they affect your employees too. So how do you adapt to a new situation, and how can you help your staff do the same?
Many organizations have asked employees to work remotely during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’ve never worked from home, this can be a challenge. My assistant Eileen and I have worked as a remote team for more than five years — Eileen is in North Carolina and I’m in New York City. Eileen and her colleagues at Delegate Solutions are a fully remote team assisting clients like me with strategic and consultative administrative support. For those new to remote working, Eileen and I wanted to share some tips on how we make it work. We asked some of our other remote team members and partners for their best advice as well.
With the spread of the novel coronavirus affecting everything from international travel to the availability of hand sanitizer, mitigating COVID-19 in the United States has become a growing concern. That’s why many companies are mandating or recommending that as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed.
Have anything you think would be a good addition to this list? Please contact us at 1-800-255-3847 and we’ll be happy to add it!
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