Small business owners across America are fighting to keep their workers employed and their dreams alive, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is fully committed to helping them recover and succeed. 

Small business owners: Below, you’ll find financial assistance programs, resources, and advice to help you get through the storm. All others: Scroll down to find ways you can join us in supporting your local businesses like never before. 
 
 

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FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

 
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS (EIDL) 

Expanded by the CARES Act, the EIDL program has been around for a couple of years and is intended to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue during a declared disaster. Here’s our step-by-step guide

DEBT RELIEF PROGRAM

The SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020.

EXPRESS BRIDGE LOANS 

These loans allow small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. 

Click here for the Small Business Administration’s website, where you’ll find additional programs as well as more resources and guides for coronavirus-impacted businesses. 

 

ADDITIONAL FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Click here for the official federal resource website for U.S. small businesses affected by COVID-19. At covid-sb.org, you can access reliable, essential information and search for a small business advisor or mentor near you.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTERS

Small Business Development Centers provide assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses by way of training sessions and free business consulting. Host networks for SBDCs are located all across the U.S. and its territories. Search for a location near you by using a tool on SBA.gov.

WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTERS

The Association of Women’s Business Centers sustains a network of 100 business centers across the United States, each of which supports female entrepreneurs with mentoring, as well as training, business development and finance opportunities. The AWBC also runs conferences, which can be great places to connect with potential mentors. Find a WBC near you.

VETERANS BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER

VBOCs provide many entrepreneurial development services, including mentorship, to veterans, transitioning service members, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses who are starting or growing a small business. You can search for locations near you on the SBA.govwebsite.

MBDA BUSINESS CENTERS

As an agency with the Department of Congress, the Minority Business Development Agency works to promote the growth of minority-owned businesses, in part through business centers located across the country in areas with the highest concentration of minority populations and minority business owners.

SCORE

Partnering with the U.S. Small Business Association, SCORE is a nonprofit that helps connect small businesses with volunteer mentors of both active and retired executives and entrepreneurs across 62 industries. There are 300 chapters across the country, so you can connect with a local mentor to meet in person, or you can set up video or email relationships.

 
STATE AND LOCAL PROGRAMS AND ASSISTANCE

The following state and local programs are still open to provide funding.

 

StateProgram
ArizonaState and Local Programs
CaliforniaState Programs
ColoradoState and Local Grants
ConnecticutConnecticut CARES Small Business Grant Program
DelawareDelaware Relief Grants 
FloridaState Programs
GeorgiaState and Local Grants
HawaiiHawaii Small Business Pivot Grant Program
IndianaIndiana Small Business Restart Fund
KentuckySmall Business COVID-19 Relief Grant
MarylandSmall Business Development Financing Authority
MassachusettsState and Local Programs
MichiganMichigan Economic Development
MontanaMontana Department of Commerce
North CarolinaCarolina Small Business Development Fund
OhioState and Local Programs
OregonBusiness Development Department
PennsylvaniaSmall Business Development Center - Penn Authority
Rhode IslandRestore Rhode Island Fund
South CarolinaPotential Other Source of Funding
TennesseeTennessee Department of Revenue
TexasState and Local Programs
UtahUtah Business Loans and Grants
WashingtonState and Local Programs
WisconsinWisconsin Agriculture Support
 
 
PRIVATE SECTOR PROGRAMS AND ASSISTANCE

Many companies and organizations have stepped up to provide financial assistance to small businesses. Click on any of the below to check eligibility and requirements.

 

ProviderProgram and Service Link
Another Round Another Rally Relief FundsRelief Funds
Arts Leaders of ColorArts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Broadcasters Foundation Coronavirus GrantsCoronavirus Grants
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency COVID-19 GrantsEmergency Grants - Covid-19 Fund
Comcast RiseComcast Rise
GoFundMe.orgGoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund
Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs US Small Business Resource Center
GoogleGoogle Small Business, Medium Business Grant
GoogleGoogle Ads Small and Medium-sized Businesses
Hello Alice (in partnership with Verizon)Hello Alice
IFundWomenIFundWomen
Local Initiatives Support Corp.Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)Growth Grants
Nav's Quartlerly Small Business Grant ContestBusiness Grant Contest
SalesforceSalesforce Care for Small Business
ShedulicityCares GrantsSchedulicity Cares
Small UnitesSmallUnites
 

 

The U.S. Chamber played a key role in shaping and passing the CARES Act, including the law’s small business emergency loan programs, like the Paycheck Protection Program. We are continuing to fight for additional relief for small businesses and industries hit hardest by the pandemic. We will not stop fighting for you. 

Learn more about our advocacy in response to coronavirus.

FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

GUIDANCE, TIPS AND ADVICE


CO— CORONAVIRUS SMALL BUSINESS HUB

The latest resources, advice, and information to help small businesses navigate this challenging time, including financial aid guides, remote working tips, best practices articles, webinars and town halls, and more.

GUIDE: PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS

If you secured a PPP loan and are seeking guidance on the process, here’s a step by step guide to calculate your PPP loan forgiveness amount, navigate record-keeping requirements, and determine repayment terms on amounts not forgiven.

STATE-BY-STATE EMPLOYER REOPENING GUIDANCE

Use this interactive state map to navigate the different guidelines, timelines, and other important information for businesses starting to reopen amid the pandemic. 

READY TO REOPEN: A PLAYBOOK FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

Download 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. 

For more guidance on reopening your business, click here.  

STANDARDIZED EMPLOYEE SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.

CNBC SMALL BUSINESS CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE CENTER

Click above to discover additional resources, advice and small business news from our content partners at CNBC.


    Thank you to Facebook, our partner on these guides and resources. Visit the Facebook Business Resources Hub for more resources and information.

    HOW WE CAN ALL SUPPORT OUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES


    Every single one of us counts on small businesses as the fabric of our communities and we all have a role to play in helping them through this crisis. Here are three ways to help. 
     
    SHOP SMALL

    During this difficult time, let’s make sure we are all patronizing our local small businesses like never before. Join us in shopping small every day. We can all help small businesses by:

    • Shopping at a new local retailer
    • Trying out a new neighborhood restaurant
    • Finding unique holiday gifts from local artisans and makers
    • Purchasing a gift card from a small business in the area 
    • Supporting small, local service providers
    SHARE ON SOCIAL

    Be a Small Business Champion and tell your family and friends to do the same. Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ShopSmallEveryday and tagging your favorite local businesses.

    A SPECIAL NOTE TO LARGER COMPANIES

    In partnership with American Express, Vistaprint, Merck, Altice, and others, we’re proud to have facilitated grants to hundreds of small businesses through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s initial Save Small Business Fund and our Coalition to Back Black Businesses.

    We are continuing to call on the larger business community to marshal any available resources, talent, and unique capabilities to help small businesses in any way they can. If your company or foundation is interested in supporting small businesses on a national level, please contact us.

    WE HAVE YOUR BACK, AND WE WILL NEVER STOP FIGHTING FOR YOU.


    At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we have one mission: To help business leaders like you. We’ll never stop working to elevate the voice of small business owners, fighting for policies and legislation that strengthen our economy, and providing Main Street with the help and resources they need.

    Join the Chamber

     

    "Small businesses touch every family and every block of every town across America. And they need our help right now. We cannot and will not allow our country’s critical small business sector to collapse."


    SUZANNE CLARK
    U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT