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Please note, we are regularly updating this story as more details become available. Last update: March 23, 2020.

Small businesses, Startups, and Recruitment & Staffing businesses have been hit hard by mandatory business closures and safety measures required to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which will lead to the loss of millions of jobs and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Here are a list of resources to help you during this time:

Corporate Assistance Programs

1. Facebook Small Business Grants Program

Facebook has committed to offering up to 30,000 small businesses $100 million in cash grants and Facebook advertising credits. The grants will be provided to businesses in more than 30 countries.

How to Apply

Information is limited, but sign up to get more details from Facebook when they become available.

Federal Coronavirus Small Business Assistance

If you need cash to offset the lose of revenue and help keep your business open, the programs below can help.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) coronavirus resource page provides a list of relief programs, as well as offering guidance to small business owners during this crisis.

1. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The SBA is providing low-interest working capital loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus in presidential and SBA-declared disaster areas. State governors must request access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for businesses located in their states.

SBA Disaster loans carry an interest rate of:

  • 3.75% for small businesses
  • 2.75% for nonprofitsLoan repayment terms vary by applicant, up to a maximum of 30 years. 

SBA Disaster loans can be used for:

  • Cover accounts payable
  • Debts
  • Payroll
  • Other bills the coronavirus has affected your ability to pay

Eligibility

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware, District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

How to Apply

Apply online and select “Economic Injury” as the reason you’re seeking assistance. You will need supporting documentation, which includes:

  • The business’s most recent tax returns
  • Personal financial statement
  • Schedule of liabilities that lists all your current debts.

Call the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 for help with your application.

2. Federal Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extension

The federal tax return filing deadline has been moved to July 15, 2020. For tax payments of up to $10 million, the IRS has also extended the deadline for both individuals and businesses to July 15, 2020.

The estimated tax payments for 2020 originally due on April 15 will now be due on July 15.

Important to note that many State tax agencies are still sending updates on their changes. Check with your state tax agency to find out if your business has more time to file or more time to pay state and local taxes this year as a result of the coronavirus. Several states have already aligned their tax filing and payment deadlines with the new federal deadline. States also may waive or reduce penalties on late tax payments.

State Coronavirus Small Business Assistance

States and local municipalities are adding new programs each day. It’s recommended to check your governor’s website for up-to-date information about relief available in your area.

The National Governors Association offers a list of Governors’ websites.

New York

1. New York City Employee Retention Grant Program

Small businesses can apply for the grant for up to $27,000 that covers 40% of payroll costs over the course of two months. Refer to New York City’s coronavirus resource page for small businesses for more information.

Eligibility

  • Businesses must be located in one of New York City’s five boroughs
  • 1-4 employees
  • Show that you lost 25% of your revenue due to the coronavirus
  • Operating for six months minimum
  • Have no current tax liens or legal judgments

How to Apply

Apply online through the New York City Department of Small Business Services website. You’ll submit financial documentation showing your revenue decrease and how it compares to this time last year, plus payroll records and bank account information.

2. New York City Small Business Continuity Fund

Interest-free loans for New York City based business with fewer than 100 employees, can get up to $75,000 from the city to cover revenue losses.

Eligibility

  • Must be located in one of the five boroughs
  • Have experienced at least a 25% reduction in revenue
  • Must have no tax liens or legal judgments against you
  • Must prove a loss in revenue and that you are able to repay the loan

How to Apply

Applications aren’t yet open, but fill me out an interest form on the New York City Department of Small Business Services website to get more information when it’s available. In the meantime, gather documents that show your decrease in revenue including 2019 tax returns, bank statements and point-of-sales reports.

California

1. San Francisco COVID-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund

Businesses with 1-5 employees can apply for up to $10,000 in emergency funding to help cover rent and employee salaries.

Additionally, the City of San Francisco has initiated a moratorium on evictions for small and medium-sized businesses whose revenue has been affected by the coronavirus. It’s effective for 30 days starting March 17, and the mayor has the capability to extend it for another 30 days. 

Link: https://oewd.org/covid-19-small-business-resiliency-fund

Eligibility

Businesses who show:

  • Loss of 25% or more of revenue
  • Less than $2.5 million in gross receipts
  • Properly licensed to operate in San Francisco.

How to Apply

The fastest way to apply is to fill out an online application and email it to investsf@sfgov.org. You’ll need to attach proof of payroll costs and lost revenue.

2. City of Los Angeles Small Business Emergency Microloan Program

Businesses in Los Angeles that are responsible for providing low-income jobs can get an emergency microloan of $5,000 to $20,000. Loans with repayment terms of six months to one year carry an interest rate of 0% and five-year loans have interest rates of 3% to 5%.

Los Angeles has instituted a moratorium on evictions of businesses impacted by the coronavirus through March 31, and the mayor has the capability to extend it for another 30 days. 

Eligibility

To get a loan, you must meet requirements including:

  • Having “reasonable and responsible” individual credit history
  • Commit to using the loan for working capital only
  • Ensuring your business is located within the City of Los Angeles.
  • If you own 20% or more of the business, you must guarantee the loan.

How to Apply

Apply online and provide supporting documentation including business and personal tax returns, three months of bank statements and business and personal financial statements.

Colorado

1. Denver Small Business Emergency Relief

This program offers cash grants of up to $7,500 to businesses in industries particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus.

Eligibility

Small businesses that have lost the ability to operate, including:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail shops
  • Barbershops
  • Nail salons

How to Apply

Grants will be distributed monthly, and the first applications will be due March 31. Details are sparse, but fill out an interest form to get more information from the city.

Illinois

1. Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund

Starting March 31, small businesses in Chicago can apply for low-interest loans of up to $50,000 with repayment terms of up to 5 years. The amount of the loan you’ll qualify for depends on your revenues before the business was affected by the coronavirus.

Eligibility

You must demonstrate:

  • 25% drop in revenue
  • Have less than $3 million in revenue
  • Fewer than 50 employees
  • Have no current tax liens or legal judgments.

How to Apply

Apply online and include your most recent:

  • Tax return
  • Bank statements going back to October 2019
  • Photo ID

Michigan

1. Michigan Small Business Relief Program

Michigan will provide both grants and loans to small businesses affected by the coronavirus. The program will start in the first week of April.

Grants will be available in amounts of up to $10,000 to help cover working capital.

Loans will be available in amounts from $50,000 to $200,000 at interest rates of 0.25%.

Eligibility

Companies can qualify for Grants:

  • 50 or fewer employees
  • Can show business income loss

Companies can qualify for loans:

  • 100 employees or less
  • Unable to get credit elsewhere
  • Can show business income loss

How to Apply

Applications aren’t yet available, but check Michigan Economic Development Corporation for updates.

OTHER RESOURCES

  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are suspending foreclosures and evictions for at least 60 days and up to 12 months due to the coronavirus national emergency. This suspension applies to homeowners with an Enterprise-backed single-family mortgage. The move comes after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to help borrowers who are at risk of losing their home.“This foreclosure and eviction suspension allows homeowners with an Enterprise-backed mortgage to stay in their homes during this national emergency,” said Director Mark Calabria. “As a reminder, borrowers affected by the coronavirus who are having difficulty paying their mortgage should reach out to their mortgage services as soon as possible. The Enterprises are working with mortgage services to ensure that borrowers facing hardship because of the coronavirus can get assistance.”Borrowers should note that they will need to contact the lender they send checks to every month to establish a new short-term agreement — and not simply stop paying their mortgages. You can read the FHFA statement here.
  • Entrepreneur.com published 65 FREE tools to help your business (and family members) get through these challenging times.
  • Income tax filing deadline pushed back from April 15 to July 15.
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gave employers the green light to take employees’ temperatures to try and ward off the spread of the coronavirus in guidance updated March 18.
  • Fortunately for the American workforce, many employers are not only still hiring — they’re looking to expand rapidly as Coronavirus puts new demands on business.

    Here’s a list of companies and industries hiring right now:

    • Amazon is hiring 100,000 workers, and many shipping and delivery companies and couriers are expanding as more and more people practice social distancing and find themselves quarantined.
    • Online learning companies are hiring thousands of teachers as many schools nationwide are closed, leaving over 30 million children without formal schooling. Plus, these teachers earn up to $40 per hour!
    • Grocery stores and delivery services are expanding rapidly as people search for ways to avoid long lines and big crowds. Among them are large chains like Kroger, Meijer, and Safeway/Albertson’s, the latter of which is currently hiring 2,000 additional staff. Grocery delivery service Instacart is also hiring.
    • Remote meeting and telecommunications companies like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams are all hiring.
    • In-home support for working families (childcare, dog walking, personal assisting, etc.) is an industry still seeing growth, especially with children staying home and lines growing longer at grocery stores.
    • Mental Health and Telehealth offices

We will keep you updated as things progress.

Stay Vigilant.

Did you know that there are 6 million job openings in the US and yet 6.8 million are actively looking for work? That’s 100% correct. Today, a whole ton of articles came out that were talking about how many jobs that we have open and how many Americans are looking for work. It’s absolutely bananas.

Now, did you also know that there is a talent shortage and a skills gap that’s causing this to happen? This video is about listing the top 10 hard-to-fill positions of 2017, but I would be crazy to list the top 10 positions of 2017 without acknowledging why they’re hard to fill. We’ve first got to talk about why they’re hard to fill.

As you can tell, it doesn’t really matter if we have 6.8 million people actively looking for work in the U.S. alone. If they don’t have the skills to do the job at the present moment and time, they’re not getting the job. That’s a big deal, and that’s also the talk of the town.

These are some of the articles that I pulled over the last six months to a year of where people are actually talking about what’s taking place in their specific industries. As you can see with these articles, they’re talking about the skills gap. They’re talking about the talent shortage. They’re talking about how much it costs to not have all of these people in play to help build companies, to help build dynamic ideas. We need people to make that happen. The only way we can make that happen is by closing the skills gap. In order to do that, that’s something that we have to do together as a country, as a community.

Now, some of you may be asking, “Dee, what in the heck is a skills gap?” It’s pretty simple. The skills gap is defined as the gap between what employers need and what employee skills are available. You might be surprised as to why there’s even a skills gap. Let’s take a look at it:

  • First, shortage of talent.
  • Two, wages are insufficient to attract specialized talent.
  • Three, unrealistic expectations of job applicant training and experience.
  • Four, students are not being properly prepared for the real work.
  • Five, lack of on-the-job training.

Now, in a recent Manpower survey, employers listed the following reasons as to why it was hard to fill positions today.

  • 24% said lack of available applicants or no applicants. That’s huge.
  • 19% said lack of hard skills, technical competency.
  • 19% said lack of experience.
  • 14% said the talent is looking for pay than is offered.
  • 11% said that there is a lack of soft skills or workplace competencies around candidates, around talented employees.

Even the American Association has defined or told us or stated there are 196 difficult-to-fill occupations in the US. But guess what? Today we’re only focusing on the top 10. You ready? Let’s get started:

Engineering, information technology, scientific. You know this is the STEM space:

  1. Computer and information research scientist: so hard to fill.
  2. Information security analyst: super hard to fill.

If you’re in the healthcare space:

  1. psychiatrist
  2. general internist.

In the industrial space, you have:

  1. heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers that are hard to fill and all of these truck drivers have to be put through dot verification, making it harder to find verified drivers for these positions.
  2. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialist are also hard to fill.

In the office and clerical administrative space you have:

  • Interviewers except for eligibility and loan, and then you also have
  • Sales floor and stock clerks, hard to fill positions.

In the professional and managerial side, you’ve got:

  • Tax preparers and
  • Police patrol officers that are hard to fill.

It does not stop there. When you’re talking about hard-to-fill positions, we’re talking about QA engineers, embedded systems designers, sales representatives, computer network specialists, statisticians, insurance specialists, nurses, gynecologists, DevOps, programmers, teachers, database administrators, sales representatives, podiatrists, surgeons, financial advisors, information security analysts, obstetricians, finance cost management, insurance specialists, full stack developers, home health aides, restaurant and hotel staff, programmers, IT leaders and managers, physician’s assistant, marketing managers, UI/UX designers, allied workers, developers, personal assistant jobs. Did it say marketing managers and full stack developers? Ah! Finance enterprise risk management professionals, software architects, operations research analysts, HR managers, clinical research associates, nurse practitioners. This list can go on. Mobile developers, QA engineers. These are part of the 197 positions that are hard to fill.

And guess what, my fellow viewer? We need your help. You’re probably saying, “What? Why, Dee? Why do you need my help?” Well, because, globally, we cannot solve world changes, build new infrastructures, create new technologies, cure illnesses and disease, or progress forward if people don’t have the proper skills, the right people n right jobs who can actually do the job. Right? You with me.

Since employers are having a hard time finding quality talent who can do the job, as large as the Internet is, and as many staffing companies that are out there, and there are 22,000 just to be exact in the US alone, there are still companies out there who need help finding great talented employees to hire and to put into great roles with their companies, especially when it comes to the positions that I listed earlier.

That’s where you come in. You may be wondering again, “Dee, how can I help?” That’s a great question. Let me just tell you, we’re looking to connect with you. That’s right, we’re looking to connect with forward-thinking professionals who are passionate about the current and future state of the economy, who are passionate about entrepreneurship, who loves building and bringing new ideas to life.

We’re looking to connect with professionals who are competitive and who believe in executing their ideas with excellence. If that’s you or you know someone who fits that description, veteran, retirees, college grads, Solopreneurs, recruiters, contractors, consultants, or even more importantly, you are someone or you know someone who holds one of the hard-to-fill positions that we listed above, your skills and knowledge and network and energy is needed. You are, in fact, the answer to fixing the skills gap. And, if you’re interested in finding out more, please book a call so that we can start the conversation.