COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
A Message from the Chamber:
We have heard from many businesses over the past months during this very challenging time. Please know the Chamber is here to support you. Keep reaching out and we will continue to do our best to get you the answers you need. Call the Chamber at 401-334-1000 or continue to visit our website and social media pages for the latest updates. You can also visit our ABOUT page for individual staff e-mails.
We are sharing any updates we receive. The goal for our Chamber is to ensure that the information we share is accurate, informative and researched. The goal for our community is to continue to support local in ways that are safe and appropriate for them.
Below are resources and latest information to assist the business community.
February 22, 2021
Biden-Harris Administration Increases Lending to Small Businesses in Need, Announces Changes to PPP to Further Promote Equitable Access to Relief.
Restore RI Grant Program- If you’re interested in applying, please review the information below and begin to gather your required documents. Click here
Reopening RI complete guide phases I, II and III, click here
Additional Rhode Island Resources:
The Department of Labor and Training (DLT)
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation COVID-19 Resource Page
Click here to download the Pay Leave Fact Sheet
The Rhode Island Division of Taxation related to the coronavirus outbreak.
Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) business counseling
COVID-19 Business Planning Checklist from Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants
Gift it Forward, a new website that makes it easier for Rhode Islanders to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Northern Rhode Island Communities Establish Help for Businesses
The City of Pawtucket has launched an emergency loan program for retail and service industry businesses effected by Covid-19.
Click here for a link to the application.
National Resource Information:
The following recommendations are taken from the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The full version can be found HERE.
Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 per the U.S. Department of Labor: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has information related to requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. You can find that information HERE.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a website dedicated to the Coronavirus. You can access it HERE.
SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF IN THE CARES ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) has passed the House and Senate. As written, the CARES Act would provide significant relief for small businesses, including $300 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees and subsidies and additional funding for SBA resources. Click here for more in depth information and resources.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed guides to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).
- NEW - Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
- NEW - Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit
- UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)
- Updated Guide to Emergency Loans – Click here to view the guide document.
- Pandemic Webinar Recordings - You can view the Chamber’s webinars explaining the new pandemic relief bills from late December and early January. We’ve uploaded the recording from this week here, plus the accompanying slides here, and you can find the recording from our December discussion here.
- Upcoming Webinar – On January 19th, we will be holding a third webinar to provide further updates on the PPP, EIDL, and other aid programs. Click here to register.