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Coronavirus Business Resources

The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) continues to closely monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on job creators, workers, and families. BCA is working closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to monitor the recent outbreak and its potential impact on the economy and the business community. There will likely be a slowdown in economic growth. The U.S. Chamber, in partnership with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials, has provided the most up-to-date information to ensure both employers and employees are prepared to address this issue.

Reopen Alabama PPE and Material Resource Guide

BCA and CCAA have teamed up with Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, Alabama Works, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Alabama Works, and West Alabama Works to develop a database to help connect businesses with personal protection equipment (PPE) vendors and suppliers. This resource guide will serve as a conduit in helping businesses locate and acquire the supplies needed to open safely, protect their customers and employees, and adhere to public health guidelines.

Combating the Coronavirus Toolkit provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce includes:

Information from the U.S. Small Business Administration:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has provided information on available SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance. This program is designed to make economic injury assistance available to small businesses affected by the Coronavirus. SBA also shared the following contact information if you have specific questions:

  • For States (Alabama) and Territories in Federal Regions I-V, contact: Kem Fleming, Director of Field Operations Center East, at kem.fleming@sba.gov;
  • For other requests for SBA Office of Disaster Assistance HQ, contact Alejandro Contreras at alejandro.contreras@sba.gov

In addition to the resources included above, the U.S. Chamber and CDC suggest:

  • Actively encouraging employees to stay home when sick.
  • Emphasizing the importance of hand washing and respiratory etiquette by all employees.
  • Routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces and providing cleaning wipes to employees to do the same.
  • Making fact-based decisions regarding travel and complying with the latest guidance, specifically surrounding international travel.
  • Maintaining business as usual with limited disruptions while monitoring the evolving situation.
  • Mitigating household fear by keeping all employees informed on the facts of the situation and educating them on how they can prepare for the potential impacts of the virus.

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Webinars about COVID-19 related issues

BCA and Bradley webinar “What Your Business Needs to Know about the CARES Act.”

BCA and Bradley webinar “Managing a Remote Workforce and the Latest Guidance from DOL on FFCRA”

BCA and Balch and Bingham webinar “Back to the Office: What Employers Should Consider Before Unlocking the Doors During COVID-19”

BCA and Adams and Reese webinar “Navigating Paycheck Protection Program Compliance and Forgiveness”

Small Business Survey on COVID-19

BCA and CCAA have partnered on a project aimed at gathering feedback and data on issues important to the state’s small business community, and we would like your input. Questions include issues such as CARES Act funding for small businesses, reopening Alabama’s economy, and more.

Click Here to Complete the Survey