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COVID-19 Toolkit for Small Businesses

As of April 4, 2020

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry has compiled information pertaining to Business & Industry and COVID-19 from resources including: Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Local Health Departments, Nebraska Department of Insurance, Nebraska Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Society of Human Resource Managers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)

Contact info for DED Business Development Field Staff, CDBG Business Loans, Banking Resources, SBA Resources, Federal Resources and more.

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Nebraska Department of Labor

Find COVID-19 Resources and Information from the Nebraska Department of Labor including Short-Time Compensation, Employer FAQs and Employee FAQs.

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U.S. Department of Labor

Nebraska Emergency Response Program via gener8tor

gener8tor is hosting emergency, one-week virtual programs for all small businesses, nonprofits, startups, freelancers and artists affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one consultations will also be available for participants to ask specific questions about various federal, state, local and private programs (loans/grants/deferrals/law changes).

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has sourced a variety of guides and resources including: COVID-19 Workplace Tips for Employees, Guidance for Employers to Plan & Respond to Coronavirus, Customizable Workplace Flyer, COVID-19 Business Preparedness Checklist.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is also actively engaged in legislation issues pertaining to payroll taxes and loan programs for small businesses among others.

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Nebraska Tourism

Resources related to travel-related businesses and destinations.

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Nebraska Tourism will continue to conscientiously promote travel opportunities in our state. If your business or destination fits any of the following, please email Erin Lenz with Nebraska Tourism at erin.lenz@nebraska.gov.

  • – Deals, discounts or incentives that aim to spark staycation visits or inspire people to book travel for longer-lead trips (June and beyond).
  • – Heartfelt stories around the state; positive stories that might get overshadowed by negative news.
  • – Online ordering or drive-thru options (can go beyond food; take-home kits, etc.).
  • – Virtual experiences, live streaming and creative uses of technology (broadcast of theatre productions, live steamed classes, etc.).
  • – Social distancing options (attractions that are scheduling timed visits for a limited number of people per slot).
  • – Tips for engaging kids during school hiatus (on-demand wellness classes, virtual field trips, etc.).

U.S. Small Business Administration

Information on programs, guidance for businesses and employers and info on issues faced by small businesses.

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U.S. Travel Association

The U.S. Travel Association offers easy-to-navigate information related to the COVID-19 CARES Act.

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IRS: Coronavirus Tax Relief

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The PPP offers forgivable loans for businesses to keep paying their employees. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders. Loan amounts will be forgiven as long as: 1) the loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8-week period after the loan is made and 2) employee and compensation levels are maintained.

News Release
PPP Information Sheet
U.S. Department of Treasury (application forms, info for borrowers & lenders)

Facebook

In addition to information offered on their Business Resource Hub, Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses. The program can help keep your workforce going strong, help with rent costs, connect with more customers and cover operational costs. Details will be made available soon. Click below to learn more.

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Nebraska Buy Local

Sign your business up with Nebraska Buy Local, a site designed to encourage gift card purchases from Nebraska businesses.

Go to the Website / Sign Up Your Business

Legal Aid of Nebraska

Legal Aid of Nebraska’s toll-free COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline is available to Nebraskans affected by COVID-19 and in need of legal assistance.  The Hotline may be reached at 1-844-268-5627 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST on Fridays

Nebraskans facing legal issues related to the virus, and owners of  small, locally owned businesses (defined by less than 50 employees, not a franchise) that are currently closed, in risk of permanent closure due to the virus, and where the payment of fees would significantly deplete their resources, may be eligible for free legal services.

You can also consult with local attorneys in our community.

Legal Aid of Nebraska Information & Resources

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