Resources for Businesses Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated 03/19/2020

Businesses across the United States are trying to manage the effects of closures and social distancing recommendations as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The American small business community is just that – a community. When one of us falters, it affects the vendors, employees, and paying customers of the rest of us. If we want to come out of this with limited fallout, we very literally need to be all in this together.

Fortunately, many companies, non-profits, and government agencies are offering support and relief to businesses already feeling the strain from COVID-19. We’ve done some research, and compiled a list to help you find the assistance you need for your business.

We update this list frequently as we find and vet more information.

Disclaimer: This is not an affiliate post. We do not receive any reciprocal reward for referring to these organizations. It is our goal to simply provide a wide-spectrum depository of resources for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. If we find a resource that is legitimate and from a reputable source, we post it here. We welcome submissions of additional organizations that are offering support to businesses nationwide or on a local level.

Nationwide Resources for COVID-19 Affected Businesses

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Toolkit

Support Type: Informational Resource

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. They continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. In the toolkit, you’ll find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. The Chamber encourages you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to your colleagues and employees. 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program – SBA

Support Type: Loan

The Small Business Administration will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SBA Capital Access Loans

Support Type: Loan

The SBA works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses. The SBA does not lend money to business owners but sets guidelines for loans made by its partnering lenders – higher interest rates than the previous Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.

Facebook Small Business Grant Program

Support Type: Grant

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. They will share more details as they become available, but you can sign up for updates using the link provided.

State & Local Resources for COVID-19 Affected Businesses

California:

California Work Sharing Program

Employers can apply for the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Work Sharing Program if reduced production, services, or other conditions cause them to seek an alternative to layoffs.

New York:

New York City Relief Program

The City will provide relief for small businesses across the City seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero-interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. The City is also offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees.

Texas:

BizAid Business Orientation

This no-cost class, offered in-person and online, serves as an introduction to resources available to small businesses as well as the various government agencies or organizations.

Washington:

Washington State Department of Revenue Tax Extension

The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing.

Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Grant Program

Businesses with no more than 20 employees can apply for grants up to $20,000 to pay for rent and payroll expenses.

Digital Platform Deals & Payment Deferment Programs to Assist with Remote Team Management

Cisco Webex 90-Day License

Support Type: Deal or Discount

Webex is a video conferencing program created and managed by Cisco. Cisco is offering a 90-day Webex license to businesses that are not current customers.

Microsoft Teams

Support Type: Deal or Discount

To empower a greater number of companies to work remotely, Microsoft is supporting customers with a 6-month free trial of Microsoft Teams. This program will quickly enable key communications tools and collaboration among remote workers. ​

Google Cloud

Support Type: Deal or Discount

Google will begin rolling out free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for business and education customers globally.

Zoho Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program (ESAP)

Support Type: Fee Waiver or Deferment

The program is for Zoho’s current small business customers with 25 employees or fewer who are being severely impacted by the economic disruption. Certain limits will apply for products priced on usage. The program will not cover Premium and Enterprise support services. Zoho has also made free a suite of productivity and collaboration apps that enable remote work for everyone until July 1, 2020.

Adobe Monthly Deferment Program

Support Type: Fee Waiver or Deferment

Adobe is offering two months of no payment on existing subscriptions of Adobe Creative Suite. Read the article for details on how to apply for the fee waiver.

Links to Organizations Supporting Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Small Business Administration

The US Chamber of Commerce

We will be updating this post frequently with new national and local resources. We welcome submissions of additional organizations that are offering support to businesses nationwide or on a local level.

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