Rebuilding Your Business After The Corona Meltdown
This article provides 7 good resources to help you rebuild your business from the damage brought by the corona shutdown
Many businesses have had to rethink their operations post-COVID and start from scratch with a new model. These seven resources can help.
In the current climate of social distancing, many businesses have had to completely rethink the way they operate. With no clear or immediate path back to “normalcy,” the only option for some of these businesses is to pivot completely and start over with a new approach.
It’s not easy to rebuild your business model from the ground up, and it may take time to adjust, both financially and from a branding perspective. However, there are countless resources available to help you determine the right strategy and set yourself up for success.
If you’re one of the many American business owners who is rethinking part or all of their business operations after COVID-19, the below websites and government programs can help you get back on your feet.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance and other SBA funding programs
On June 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration began accepting new applications for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advanceprogram. Through this program, the SBA will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to qualified small businesses and agricultural businesses that are experiencing temporary difficulties due to COVID-19, which you can use to start planning and rebuilding your operations.
The loan and advance programs are open to businesses, nonprofits and agricultural enterprises with 500 employees or fewer. View the full eligibility requirements and application portal here. The SBA also offers other funding optionsfor struggling businesses, including the Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Express Bridge Loans and SBA Debt Relief.
Watch Now: CO— Blueprint, 7/1
Check out the video from our CO— Blueprint event that took place Wednesday, July 1, 2020, where the panel discussed everything you need to know about planning through uncertainty.
Google for Small Business
Over 5 million businessescurrently rely on Google’s G-Suite to keep their companies running smoothly. To help its growing customer base, the tech giant has compiled a list of its tools, resources and free digital skills training through its Google for Small Businessplatform. Google also offers specific guides tailored to the type of business you own, including physical local businesses and online-only businesses.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan special interest group that provides small business news, advocacy and research for its members. In addition to a collection of coronavirus resourcesand webinars, NFIB has also compiled a comprehensive FAQ pagefor small businesses that are navigating the current federal and state regulations surrounding closures, paid leave and labor laws.
Like SCORE, your local SBDC offers free business consulting and low-cost business training and education that can help you find a new path forward for your company.
Sponsored by the SBA, SCOREhas been a go-to resource for free, confidential business advice since it was founded in 1964. In the post-COVID world, solid business mentorship matters more than ever, and SCORE is committed to helping small businesses rebuild and thrive. On the organization’s current homepage, SCORE’s CEO states that its 10,000 volunteer mentors are available to support small business owners in the wake of the pandemic and recent protests across the country, and help them through this difficult time.
Small Business Development Centers
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships between the SBA and local universities and organizations, and exist in every U.S. state, territory and Washington, D.C. Like SCORE, your local SBDC offers free business consulting and low-cost business training and education that can help you find a new path forward for your company. Working with one of the country’s nearly 1,000 SBDC offices gives you access to business plan development, market research assistance, disaster recovery resources and more. You can find your nearest SBDC and useful COVID-19 business resources through America’s SBDC.
State government websites
Because COVID-19 has impacted each region of the country in different ways, your state government’s website is one of the best resources for finding relevant, local information about business operations. Most states update their sites daily (if not more often) with the latest caseload statistics and phased reopening guidelines, so you can get a better idea of what types of business activities are currently allowed in your area. State-issued guidance can also be helpful as you plan out any required health and safety protocols for reopening or restarting your business. The IRS maintains a directory of linksto every state government’s business, employer and tax information.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce
In addition to our continued coronavirus-focused contenton CO—, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing the most up-to-date resources and state-by-state guidancefor small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Chamber offers free virtual events, a small business toolkit, original research and numerous targeted programs designed to educate and support the American small business community.
For more resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
- All of our coronavirus content in one place.
- Reopening Guide and Resources
- Main Street Lending Program Guide
- Social Media Toolkit for Reopeningfor Reopening
- State-by-State Business Reopening Guide, with interactive map
- Paycheck Protection Loan Guide
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide
- Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
- Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
- Coronavirus Response Toolkit for Businesses
- Customizable flyerfor businesses to communicate with customers
- Find your local Chamber of Commerce
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s list of small business resources for coronavirus assistance
- CARES Act Guide for Independent Contractors and 1099 Workers