++ Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources ++

The North Baldwin Chamber is continuing our efforts to encourage social distancing to help flatten the curve in our state and community, and are working to help provide creative solutions to help curb the economic impact that will be felt by our local Businesses. This page is dedicated to Business and Community Resources during this time of uncertainty. This page will be updated as information becomes available. We encourage you to visit often, review the information, share the one page info sheets and continue to be a positive light in our community during this time. As always, the North Baldwin Chamber Staff is here to help however we can, we are continuing to work for our community, please reach out if you have any questions or updates to your business operations.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ashley, Marlee and Cameron
 
 


North Baldwin Chamber Foundation Launches
Small Business Relief Fund
“The Chamber Foundation is proud to be a part of the Small Business Relief Fund. Small business are the lifeblood of our community and this pandemic has paralyzed many, if not most, of them. This fund will help local businesses that have served us for years weather this storm,” said Chris Yokley, Chairman for the Chamber Foundation Board of Directors.

CLICK HERE to view full Press Release

CLICK HERE to donate to the Small Business Relief Fund

CLICK HERE for more information on the fund and how to apply



Reopen Alabama Responsibly

The Alabama Small Business Commission Emergency Task Force and the Subcommittee to Reopen the Economy submits Phase One of their Reopen Alabama report summarizing their findings and specific recommendations to put Alabamians back to work. CLICK HERE for Details.

CLICK HERE for more info! 

 

 

 



EIDLs vs PPP - Which Small Business Loan is right for your business?

Whether it is Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the SBA or the Paycheck Protection Program Loan through your local lender, there are questions you have and information to consider when it comes to making the right decision for your business. The North Baldwin Chamber highly encourages our small businesses to explore the following resources and then work with your local lender and accountant to make the best decision for your business.

CLICK HERE to view an infographic breakdown, side by side of the EIDL and PPP programs

US Chamber's Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan

US Chamber's Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Check List to Payroll Protection Program 

So Many Decisions, So Little Time: Are Forgivable SBA Loans the Best Option for My Business?

***Scroll down for additional information directly from the SBA, SBDC, US Treasury and more regarding programs available to small business through the CARES Act***

 


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQ's from the U.S. Department of Treasury

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Treasury released a FAQ document to address common inquiries and requests for information pertaining to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

In addition to the FAQ document, please review the following resources provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury below and visit their webpage for additional information.

A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
The application for borrowers can be found here.



BUSINESSES - LET US HERE FROM YOU!

Please complete the following survey so that we can accurately advertise and promote you within the community in hopes that your business will continue to thrive during the pandemic. Have an update about your business, share it in the survey.

 Thank you for your feedback!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY!

Scroll down for updates, important information and resources!



Small Business Administration // National Disaster Economic Injury Disaster Loan (SBA EIDL) and other Resources:

For a quick fact sheet on the SBA EIDL Program CLICK HERE.

If you are ready to apply, or would like to learn more, visit the US Small Business Administration Website

To go straight to the application (as of 30 March 2020) CLICK HERE.

For SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources CLICK HERE.



Alabama Small Business Development Center (ASBDC)

ASBDC.org || Resources for your business on demand

Click here to visit the ASBDC resource webpage.

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act 

Checklist for managing in times of Financial Difficulty

SBDC Updated info on the SBA EIDL Loan Process (3/30/2020)

Great news: Many small businesses have already started received PPP funding! However, most banks are only accepting applications from current customers, putting some businesses in a bind.

The Alabama SBDC is in the process of vetting local and online lenders that accept applications from new customers. We have identified several options. Note: this is a fluid list, and is subject to change! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LIST!

Over the last month, the SBDC has hosted almost-daily webinars on the various disaster loan programs, and fielded thousands of questions from concerned small business owners.

The SBDC has compiled their responses to the most frequently asked questions HERE.



 

Guides and Resources from the U.S. Chamber
The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to utilize and share the following items as you see fit:

 



Altogether Alabama                             

Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the launch of a COVID-19 search engine tool that enhances the state’s official resource site, altogetheralabama.org. Through a public-private partnership between Yext and the state of Alabama, this innovative platform will provide real-time answers to questions about everything from the virus itself, through a symptom checker that was developed at UAB, to upcoming COVID-19 testing site locations. 

This service is free of charge and can be accessed either through altogetheralabama.org or directly at covid19.alabama.gov.

ALtogether is a one-stop-shop where Alabamians can ask for help or lend a hand during the COVID-19 crisis. This response effort is designed to connect businesses, nonprofits, and people that need help with the right program partners–and to connect program partners with people and resources to help those most in need. 



The Alabama Technology Network (ATN), an entity of Alabama Community College System and the local Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center in Alabama, developed a Return to Work Plan as a response to COVID-19 that helps guide small business and industry in their effort to resume operations. 

CLICK HERE to view the full, detailed plan



Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Includes a toolkit with sample event cancellation and refund policies, suggested internal policies on travel, Coronavirus best practices and interim guidance for employers to plan and respond to COVID-19.

 



ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR UPDATES AND RESOURCES (includes some US Dept of Labor updates):

Alabama Department of Labor COVID-19 Resource Page

Alabama Unemployment Compensation Quick Sheet

File for Unemployment Here

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers (an update from the US Dept of Labor)

NEW U.S. Dept of Labor REQUIRED Poster




Baldwin County COVID-19 Impact Report

Baldwin County COVID-19 Impact Report that highlights the realized and potential economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on Baldwin County. Click the image below to view the full report.



MORE RESOURCES, WEBSITES AND PHONE NUMBERS:



          

^ Please click any of the above links to download Social Distancing Guides for 

what you/your business and the community can do during this time ^



Just because you're staying at home, doesn't mean you have to cook!

In an effort to encourage social distancing to help flatten the curve in our state and community, and through creative solutions to help curb the economic impact that will be felt by our local Businesses, the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of restaurants and eateries in our area and compiled their adjusted hours and operational procedures. On the page linked below you will find restaurants, their contact information, current hours of operation along with services they're offering -- dine-in, carry out, curbside or delivery. 

Social Distance Dining = Takeout, Drive Thru and Delivery = Continued support for Local Business

Visit our Social Distance Dining Page for restaurant information!



***If you were unable to find the answers you are looking for above,

please contact the North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce at 251-937-5665.

We are updating the information on this page as quickly as we can, however, we may have missed something.

Please give us a call and we will be happy to help!***