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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:

What's New?

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.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Accepting Application through August 28, 2020.

Arkansas Arts Council GrantsArkansas 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.

 Ready for business?  Get prepared at  Arkansas Ready for Business

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

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)


State Chamber

Arkansas State Chamber is providing business resources and daily updates. Sign-up to receive Chamber emails by contacting:

U.S Chamber

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. 

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.

View the notice

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.

Learn more about the Quick Action Loan Program here

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. 

Read more about SBA loan resources here

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. 

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.

Get PTAC Resources

The Conductor

The Conductor empowers entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers. 

Get Conductor resources here

Arkansas Municipal League

Discover their resources here

Business Interruption Insurance

Small business owners are encouraged to check their policy or call their insurance agent.

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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

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

Senator Boozman

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

Funding, Grants and Resources for Business Owners Grappling With Coronavirus. 


The University of Central Arkansas offers “How do small businesses respond to COVID-19?

Uplift Arkansas 

A great – and FREE – resource. All small businesses and nonprofits: Claim your listing, or add your listing if it's not there yet.


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

Continuing Your Small Business.  Tips to help small businesses survive during COVID-19.  Virtual Tours.  Communication.  Social Media.  Gift Card Deals.  Others sales or promotions.  Business model adjustment.  Alternative market exploration.  Other small business promotion.  Ideas from other small businesses.  Small business collaboration.

Click image to download infographic, or download the Continuing Your Small Business tip sheet  .

Support Arkansas Small Business.  Make an effort to support small businesses during COVID-19.  Shop online.  Shop via telephone.  Buy gift cards.  Order take out or get food delivered.  Post online reviews.  Promote via social media.  Offer alternative market ideas.  Share offerings of local businesses.  Virtual tip jar and tip well.  Reschedule appointments versus canceling.  Purchase branded merchandise.  Commission work.  Stock up on things that you use regularly.

Click image to download infographic, or download the Support Arkansas Small Businesses tip sheet.