COVID-19 Business Resources
COVID-19 Business Resources
Business & Community Resources
Compiled by: North Platte Area Chamber & Development - And- Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Updated: April 1, 2020
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA COVID-19 Control and Prevention
Interim guidance from the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
SBA provides general guidance as well as information on its efforts with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Working capital loans up to $2 million to help small businesses overcome temporary loss of revenue.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application- Apply for Federal Disaster Loans here.
SBA Express Bridge Loan Guide- March 26, 2020 , Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program Guide
SBA Press Release- Carranza Implements Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020- March 23, 2020
SBA Press Release- SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Nebraska Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)- March 20, 2020
SBA Fact Sheet- Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Payment Protection Program Information as Released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Provisions of the Cares Act Applicable to the 7(a) Loan Program - National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders
Nebraska Department of Labor
COVID-19 NDOL Letter- The Nebraska Department of Labor recognizes that this is a challenging time for your business. Due to COVID-19, some of you have made the difficult decision to lay off workers without pay. Others will be facing this decision soon. Continue Reading...
- Short-Time Compensation (STC) - Helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10 to 60 percent while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit.
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits - Certain requirements waived in response to COVID-19
- Business Retention & Expansion Program - NDED staff, local economic development organization representatives, and utility partners are available to discuss business needs and provide technical assistance (COVID-19 or other topics). These visits/interviews provide information on the local and state business climate that helps shape state economic development policies and programs, including the agency’s response to COVID-19. Visits are available via online platforms or phone call when social distancing is needed.
- Community Development Block Grant-Economic Development (CDBG-ED) - The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Economic Development category, is administered by NDED. Loans to businesses or infrastructure construction projects undertaken for economic development purposes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided guidance related to COVID-19:
- Provide grants or loans to support new businesses or business expansion to create jobs and manufacture medical supplies necessary to respond to infectious disease.
- Avoid job loss caused by business closures related to social distancing by providing short-term working capital assistance to small businesses to enable retention of jobs held by low- and moderate-income persons.
- Provide technical assistance, grants, loans, and other financial assistance to establish, stabilize, and expand micro-enterprises that provide medical, food delivery, cleaning, and other services to support home health and quarantine.
Nebraska Department of Insurance
Coronavirus – What Does My Health Insurance Cover?
3/11/2020 Consumer Alert regarding communication with major health insurance carriers in Nebraska regarding COVID-19 benefits (includes employer benefits information)
Legal Aid of Nebraska’s toll-free COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline is available to Nebraskans affected by COVID-19 and in need of legal assistance. The Hotline may be reached at 1-844-268-5627 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 to 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST on Fridays The types of legal issues associated with COVID-19, and focused on by the Hotline, include:
- Tenants with rent issues, including those facing eviction;
- Debt problems, including debtors with garnishments or ordered to appear at a debtor’s exam;
- Mortgage foreclosures, including advising on options for delinquent payments;
- Unemployment insurance denials;
- Employee rights, including sick leave and wage payments;
- Government benefits available to low-income persons such as ADC, SNAP, AABD, and SSI;
- Medicaid and medical insurance claims;
- Drafting wills, health care power of attorney, and transfer on death deeds;
- Domestic abuse and safety issues;
- Elder abuse and exploitation;
- Access to education; and,
- Helping small, locally owned businesses with business and employment related matters, including human relations issues, unemployment benefits, and contracts
Great Plains Health
Anyone who shows signs of having the COVID-19 Virus please call ahead of time before going to primary care physician or showing up at the Hospital to ensure that precautions have been taken. 308-568-8000
North Platte Public School District
Beginning 3/18/2020- bagged breakfasts and lunches will be available on a drive-up basis from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Madison Middle School, 1400 N. Madison Ave.
- Partner Agencies- These nonprofit organizations provide aid to individuals and families. A 24/7 hotline is available by dialing 2-1-1 or visit the website here. You can also call the Mid-Plains United Way at (308) 532-8870.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Facebook is offering cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible businesses in 30 countries. Applications will be accepted in the coming weeks. You can currently sign up for updates.
North Platte Business Economic Impact Survey
In an effort to assess the economic impact of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on our business community, the North Platte Area Chamber & Development is asking for a few minutes of your time to fill out this brief survey. The information you provide will be shared with the Lincoln County Emergency Management Department, the Nebraska State Department of Economic Development and local non-profit organizations that may be implementing programs to assist our area. Specific business names and contacts will not be identified unless otherwise agreed upon (to be released).
If you have any questions, please call Cassie Condon or Gary Person at 308-532-4966.