Small Business & Workplace COVID-19 Resources
Part of the Community, Professional, and Economic Development’s mission is to provide business assistance. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, things seem to be changing daily. We’ll keep this page as updated as possible. You can also find additional UAEX COVID-19 resources here: uaex.edu/covid-19
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP)
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.
USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020. Producers should apply through the Farm Service Agency at their local USDA Service Center.
Arkansas Arts Council Grants
Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of Arkansas Heritage, will begin taking grant applications as of Thursday, May 28, from nonprofit arts organizations in need. The deadline to apply is close of business on Monday, June 8.
LATEST STATE APPROVED GUIDELINES FOR ARKANSAS BUSINESSES
Arkansas Ready for Business
As COVID-19 recovery enters a new phase, this single site has been created to get vital and evolving information to Arkansas businesses and their customers. It is the single source for the latest state-approved guidelines.
Details: Arkansas Ready for Business
Adjusting your Business Model
Small Business Resources
Arkansas State Chamber is providing business resources and daily updates. Sign-up
to receive Chamber emails by contacting: ARStateChamber@arkansasstatechamber.com
The United States Chamber of Commerce has developed many resources for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can explore their website for details on the resources. We have gathered some of those resources here to make it quicker and easier for you to assess what is available.
- Coronavirus: 8 Things Your Small Business Needs to Do
Here are the top CDC-recommended tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID-19 Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide
- Flyer that small business owners can use to assure their customers that they are following
the health and safety guidance as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), as well as the local public health department.
- Toolkit known as “Resilience in a Box”
- Small Business Resource Guide
Complete coronavirus coverage, updated daily with new resources to assist you and your business.
Arkansas Division of Workforce Services
The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services has posted a notice for individuals inquiring about the availability of unemployment insurance benefits as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has established a COVID-19 resource section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Information on the extended tax filing deadline can be found here. This is where information regarding stimulus payments will eventually be posted.
Families First Act
Governor's Quick Action Loan Program
Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, announced on 3/20 that she is dedicating an additional $3 million into this fund (this is on top of the $4 million already dedicated to same fund making for a total of $7 million). This money is from settlements and not tax payer dollars.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
SBA’s Economic Injury assistance – definition has been updated/expanded to include Coronavirus. It’s the first time in history that a virus or something of that nature has been included. This isn’t a loan to cover lost profit, but it is to cover lost revenue that prevents a business from making payroll, loan payments, etc. The Governor announced on 3/20 that Arkansas has been declared a disaster area by SBA.
Women's Foundation of Arkansas (WFA)
WFA's assistance fund for women owned small businesses experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19. $5,000 grants are available for 100% women owned businesses who employ 50 individuals or less. 75% of funding will be granted to businesses owned at least 51% by a woman of color.
Arkansas Small Business Technology and Development Center (ASBTDC)
COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, will affect your small business in some way. Some things to prepare for are employees missing work, customers staying away, or vendors not filling orders. ASBTDC is providing reliable sources of information to help your business plan and continue operations in these uncharted times.
- ASBTDC COVID-19 Resources Page
- National Small Business Technology and Development Center
- Upcoming Webinars Series "Keep Calm and Small Business"
- Recorded Webinars
Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center's mission is to assist Arkansas small businesses to succeed in obtaining government contracts. During the Coronavirus pandemic, PTAC will be offering online trainings related specifically to conducting governmental business during disasters among other resources for businesses that are involved in government contracting.
The Conductor empowers entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers.
Arkansas Municipal League
Business Interruption Insurance
Small business owners are encouraged to check their policy or call their insurance agent.
Although these efforts are Fayetteville specific, it may spark ideas that can be incorporated in other areas. Read about how Fayetteville Forms Task Force to Help Small Businesses
Support Local is an initiative that lets you show your support for your local businesses during this challenging time. The platform is built by Gannett, a news media company that includes USA TODAY and hundreds of local media brands. Our news brands have always had a special relationship with their local businesses and are dedicated to supporting them. We hope that our efforts will allow them to continue to serve their communities in the future.
There aren't many Arkansas businesses currently included in the support local campaign!
Here's how the public can help:
- Search for a local business
- If your favorite business isn’t on the list, add it
- Purchase a gift card now so that you can enjoy it later
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates & Resources - business and otherwise (*this is not an endorsement for Senator Boozman, but rather a sharing of information)
Small Business Relief Tracker
The University of Central Arkansas offers “How do small businesses respond to COVID-19?
A great – and FREE – resource. All small businesses and nonprofits: Claim your listing, or add your listing if it's not there yet. https://www.upliftarkansas.com/
If you’re applying for financial assistance, you will be asked to provide a copy of your most recent utility bill. You can obtain a copy of your recent bill by logging into myAccount or myEBUSINESS or by calling 1-800-ENTERGY for assistance.
Small Business Infographics
Click image to download infographic, or download the Continuing Your Small Business tip sheet .
Click image to download infographic, or download the Support Arkansas Small Businesses tip sheet.