Combating COVID-19

Our nation and our economy are facing an unprecedented crisis.

As of May 31st, 2021, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is no longer accepting applications.

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshaling all its resources to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families; mobilize the business community to combat the pandemic; and help companies prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy.

We are committed to helping as many businesses, families and industries as possible endure the financial hardships caused by the pandemic and return to work in a safe and sustainable way.
 

 

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Returning to Work

As America’s businesses look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed, employers are facing countless new questions and unprecedented new challenges. In response, the U.S. Chamber has compiled a list of resources including state-specific and sector-specific guidance to help businesses reopen safely and successfully.

Reopening Guidance

Reopening Business Digital Resources Center

The Digital Resources Center includes the latest state guidelines, industry-specific information, small business advice, an employee screening questionnaire, and many more tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully.

Most Popular Resources
READY TO REOPEN: A PLAYBOOK FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

Use this step-by-step guide to help your company reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed as restrictions lift across the country. The playbook includes safety and sanitation guidance, communications advice, and other best practices information. Leer en Español

CUSTOMIZABLE WORKPLACE FLYER

Customize, print, and post this workplace flyer to communicate to your employees and customers the steps your company is taking to keep them safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

HOW EMPLOYERS CAN SUPPORT CONTACT TRACING

Contact tracing is something organizations of all sizes can do to stop the spread of the virus.


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Event Series: Path Forward

Path Forward fosters dialogue on topics from barriers to reopening, to big questions about immunity and liability, to ways employers can incorporate innovative approaches to safety into the workplace.  

Featuring deep-dive conversations with a cross-sector of experts led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne ClarkPath Forward airs weekly on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. ET to explore the complex issues that must be considered as part of a responsible reopening strategy.

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Through the Save Small Business Initiative, the Chamber has been advocating for policies and aid to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families during this time.

Guides and Resources

CO— Coronavirus Small Business Hub

Our complete coronavirus coverage, updated daily with new resources to assist you and your business.

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SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans  |  Employee Retention Tax Credit  |  Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs

Main Street Lending Program  |  Alternative Health Coverage Options  |  Unemployment Insurance Programs

PPP Guides*

Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans (PPP)

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides 100% federally guaranteed loans that can be forgiven if borrowers maintain or restore payrolls. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

*As of May 31st, 2021, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is no longer accepting applications.

Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

Use this step-by-step guide to calculate your PPP loan forgiveness amount, navigate record-keeping requirements, and determine repayment terms on amounts not forgiven. 

*As of May 31st, 2021, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is no longer accepting applications.

Guide to Relief for Independent Contractors

If you are an independent contractor or self-employed individual, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for lost income. This guide walks you through all the steps.

*As of May 31st, 2021, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is no longer accepting applications.

 

 

Event Series: CO— Blueprint

Join us every other Wednesday at 2:00pm ET for a new audience-driven discussion that combines expert advice with practical strategies from business owners like you.

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Insights and Analysis

The reality of this pandemic is evolving every day and as businesses, communities, and government work together to combat new challenges that emerge as a result of COVID-19, we are providing the latest insights and analysis on the policies that will be most effective for our economy and our safety as the country moves toward reopening.

Special Reports

Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll

In partnership with MetLife, we have transformed our quarterly survey into a monthly Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll. Read the reports: July  |  June  | May  |  April

Special Report on Race and Inequality on Main Street

A report from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce indicates that the coronavirus pandemic has hit minority-owned small businesses disproportionately hard as more minority-owned businesses fear permanent closure and are struggling to secure loans. Additionally, there has been a 17-point increase from the beginning of 2020 in the number of small businesses believing minority-owned small businesses face more challenges than non-minority owned ones.

Why Temporary Coronavirus Liability Relief is Needed for American Businesses

​As businesses across the country reopen their doors and recover from the COVID-19 crisis, employers are trying hard to protect their employees and customers in an environment filled with incomplete and inconsistent information. A key concern businesses share is the fear of coronavirus-related lawsuits.

 

Trackers and Dashboards

Featured Tracker
State-by-State COVID-19 Clinical Trials 

Our Global Innovation Policy Center recently launched its new interactive map outlining the COVID-19 clinical trials happening in all 50 states. See what is happening in your state.

 
 
 
 
More Resources

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads, states may update mask, travel, and other guidance. MultiState continues to monitor state and local activity with their COVID-19 resources.

COVID-19 State and Local Policy Dashboard: Provides a quick and easy reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers (updated daily). (Toggle between the tabs labeled "State" and "Local" in the top right-hand corner of the screen.)

COVID-19 Mask Mandates by State: Which states have imposed mask mandates or rules on face coverings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Mask mandates in states are now often tied to an individual's vaccination status. While many states have removed mask mandates entirely, this may change in the coming weeks as the Delta variant spreads. 

Statewide Emergency Declarations: By declaring a state of emergency, governors gain new powers and flexibility to react to the quickly changing environment as well as tap into federal resources. While these have waned with vaccination efforts, they may pick up again as the Delta variant spreads.

COVID-19 State Travel Restrictions: Travel restrictions typically require anyone who enters the state to self-quarantine for 14-days. Some are limited to those entering from certain locations, while others are broader and require self-quarantine generally.

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Businesses Are Helping

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have seen businesses of all sizes, across industry sectors, band together and pivot operations to solve the challenges the American people face from this crisis. We have seen the positive impact and true spirit of business shine through in countless ways, helping Americans withstand this crisis and bounce back stronger.  

Corporate Aid Tracker

An expansive look at how businesses of all sizes and sectors are stepping up to combat the coronavirus and support American amid the crisis. Corporate donations, both cash and in-kind, currently exceed $4.8 billion. 

Developing Effective Treatments and Vaccines to Combat COVID-19

All across the country, America’s innovation community has mobilized like never before to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Our Global Innovation Policy Center recently launched its "Discover & Deliver" event series to provide insights into the the global effort to identify effective treatments for COVID-19 and provide updates on the latest developments treatments in each state.  

Companies Manufacturing Critical Medical Supplies

Shows how businesses large and small are going to extraordinary lengths to manufacture critical medical supplies.

Share Local Business Stories

How are businesses in your community stepping up? Have you seen a company going the extra mile to care for their employees or support your community? Have you heard about a business in your town working hard to supply critical medical equipment?

Join the conversation: Help us celebrate the businesses and workers who rising to this enormous challenge by sharing stories on social media using #AmericanBusiness and #Biz4Good.