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Resources & Tips

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. These five resources can help you navigate those challenges. They include a coronavirus response toolkit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and information about the Small Business Administration’s disaster assistance loans for small business. 

If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to preparing for or coping with the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on your business, we suggest starting here. This checklist outlines the immediate measures you can take to mitigate risk, protect your employees and support your customers right now.

Even if your business needs to close due to health and safety concerns, there are ways to keep serving your customers during the coronavirus outbreak. We’ve outlined five of them here.

QUOTABLE MOMENT

“Think broadly about who is part of your team, even if they’re not getting a W-2. They need to know what’s going on.”

— Adam Calli, founder of Arc Human Capital, LLC, explains how to create an emergency work-from-home policy

BUSINESS BY THE NUMBERS

42%

The percentage of small business owners who say their sales have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. But staying in touch with your customers could help slow that trend. 

1B

That’s how many messages are sent on Slack every week, a number that’s likely to increase as more people work from home and need to use that platform — or one or more of these other tech tools — to collaborate.

5

We have five tips for what to do to stay healthy if you or your employees can’t work from home because of the nature of your jobs. 

Go Ask CO—

I’m now managing my team remotely. What do I need to know about keeping us all aware of and protected from cybersecurity threats?

Haphazard preparations can turn a remote workspace into an open door for cyber criminals to enter otherwise secured networks. Instead of hurrying this process, step back and take a moment to review the best practices for creating a secure and productive remote workforce.

WHAT WE'RE READING

CNN |  March 17, 2020

Companies that help supply everyday paper products are stunned and trying to adjust to a rapidly evolving new normal in consumer behavior.

Supermarket News  |  March 17, 2020

The northeast retailer is taking steps to protect shoppers more vulnerable to coronavirus.

MORE FROM CO—

  • Surprise! Your kids are your new co-workers. Here’s how to cope with remote work when schools are closed.
  • Assuaging your employees' fears about the coronavirus requires a thoughtful communication plan.
  • These 15 big companies are setting a good example for how to talk to customers during the coronavirus outbreak. 

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