Combating the Coronavirus

Our nation and our economy are facing an unprecedented crisis. 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.

No family and no business should go bankrupt as a result of the coronavirus.

 

 


 

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Economic Impact | The Path Forward

 

 

RESOURCES, GUIDES & WEBINARS


Help for Small Businesses


For a full list of resources, webinars, research and advocacy for small businesses, and to find out how you can help small businesses in your community, visit the Save Small Business Initiative.
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CO— Coronavirus Small Business Hub

Delivering the latest resources, advice and information to help small businesses navigate this challenging time, including financial aid guides, remote working tips, best practices, links to webinars and townhalls, and much more. Follow @GrowWithCo for the latest.

Guide to Small Business Emergency Loans (PPP)

The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small firms keep workers employed. Called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative 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.

PPP Loan Guide specifically for nonprofits 

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

Guide to Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

The CARES Act expanded the SBA’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), which includes additional loan programs and $10,000 emergency grants. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing limits, and apply using this guide.

Main Street Lending Program Guide

As a result of the CARES Act, the Federal Reserve created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. Check eligibility, calculate borrowing parameters (loans start at $500,000), and learn how to apply for one of the program’s three new lending facilities using this guide.

CARES Act 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.

For Treasury Department guidance, visit the agency’s Direct Assistance for Small Businesses page. 


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Virtual Events and Webinars

National Small Business Town Hall Series

In partnership with Inc. Magazine and Comcast, CO— hosted a weekly virtual town hall event series to help small business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and support programs and answer questions. View the recorded sessions.

Workshop Wednesdays

CO— is hosting a weekly webinar series to help small businesses learn skills and new approaches to keep business going. Each week will feature a different, highly relevant topic and top experts. Register for the next webinar

 

 

Additional Guides, Trackers, and Toolkits


Guide to Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)

The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers of all sizes that are closed, partially closed, or experiencing major revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Check eligibility and calculate your tax credit using this guide.

Guide to Temporary Paid Leave and Family Medical Leave

Congress has created new temporary paid sick leave and paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. Check requirements, eligibility and exemptions using this guide.

State-by-State Essential Workforce Tracker

Tracks each state’s “stay at home” guidance and DHS guidance by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), providing insight on the various orders that have been issued and updates on critical infrastructure and critical functions.

Global Dashboard on COVID-19 Government Policy

Updates and direct links to COVID-19 related developments across 31 countries including issues such as government stimulus programs, guidance on critical infrastructure and workers, export restrictions, and data protection authorities.

Coronavirus Communication Toolkit

Infographics, tip sheets, social media graphics and other visual resources to help you share important guidance, advice, and other information with businesses.

 

Health Coverage Options & Unemployment Insurance

 

News and Updates


The Chamber’s Coronavirus live blog

The latest news and updates on the coronavirus pandemic, tailored to the business community.

 

Workplace Safety Tips

 

CDC Guidance Links

 

 

POLICY & ADVOCACY

We’re fighting hard every day to ensure businesses large and small have the support and financial assistance they need to continue operating and keep their workers employed.

Working with Congress

We are working with Congress to promote policies that will help businesses stay open and keep paychecks flowing to American workers.  The Chamber strongly advocated for and supported all three phases of relief and continues to push for additional assistance for businesses and the families and communities that depend on them. Learn more.

Working with the Administration

The U.S. Chamber has been working with the Trump Administration and numerous federal agencies to promote swift action and clear guidance on how to access the funds, resources and other assistance programs that are now available under the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Learn more.

Working with Governors

At the state level, we are working with state and local governments to promote guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce that aligns with the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA). Learn more.

Working with International Leaders

We are working with international leaders and governments to ensure our trade relationships remain strong by discouraging policies that could further damage the economy and global supply chains. In addition, we are calling for the U.S. and global leaders to work together to lead a united global health response to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more.

 

 

BUSINESS COMMUNITY RESPONSE

 

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The pandemic is having an extraordinary impact on the economy – locally, nationally and globally. Our researchers and economists are keeping their finger on the pulse with updates, polling, and forecasts.

Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll

In partnership with MetLife, we have transformed our quarterly survey into a monthly Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll. The latest poll showed that 47% of small businesses report PPP funding is critical.

Read the full report

 

Growth of Unemployment Claims

Millions of American workers have filed unemployment claims in recent weeks. Use this interactive map to see just how quickly claims have skyrocketed in each state amid the pandemic.

VIEW THE INTERACTIVE MAP

 

For a broader look at the economic impact: Quick Take: Economic Impact of the Coronavirus.

 

RETURNING TO WORK

As public health authorities across the United States begin to control the spread of COVID-19, the country is bracing for a phased and gradual reopening of the economy that requires planning and support.

Path Forward 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's weekly virtual event series, Path Forward, explores the complex issues that must be considered as part of a responsible reopening strategy. Each week a panel of experts discusses topics like barriers to reopening, big questions about immunity and liability, and ways employers can use innovative approaches to ensure safety into the workplace.

Moderated by the U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark, Path Forward airs weekly on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Learn More      Register for the next webinar

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. We will update and add new resources in the days and weeks ahead.

Recent Activity

Letters to CongressMay 28, 2020 - 12:00pm

Coalition on Workplace Safety Letter to House opposing requiring OSHA to Issue an Emergency Temporary Standard

May 2 8, 2020
The Honorable Alma Adams
Chairwoman
U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Bradley Byrne
Ranking Member
U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Washington, D.C.

Dear Chair woman Adams and Ranking Member Byrne :

CommentMay 28, 2020 - 10:45am

Letter to CDC Regarding FAQs for Employers

Robert R. Redfield , MD, Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta , GA 30329

By electronic mail: RRedfield@cdc.gov

Dear Dr. Redfield:

Above the FoldMay 28, 2020 - 10:30am
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Coronavirus Live Blog

The latest news and updates related to the coronavirus pandemic, tailored specifically for the business community.

Above the FoldMay 28, 2020 - 9:00am
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Unemployment Claims Amid Coronavirus: A State-by-State Analysis

Millions of American workers have filed unemployment claims in recent weeks. This map shows how quickly claims have increased in each state.

ArticleMay 27, 2020 - 4:15pm

DAEC COVID-19 Update May 27: Notes from Today's OSD Call

May 27th OUSD A&S COVID Conference Call Notes:

 

OSD MIBP: 

  • Top issues: returning to operations post COVID; Pentagon starting process now as a multi-phased plan to reopen fully—details forthcoming; telework will be a reality for the Pentagon staff going forward.

OSD Small Business: