Below you will find all the resources we have compiled to help your businesses during this pandemic. If there are any resources that are missing that you’ve found please send us an email at chamber@stmatthewschamber.com so that we can add them.

   

General Business Related Resources

Understanding Event Grant and Program Funding

 

US Chamber of Commerce

“All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the Coronavirus while ensuring continunity of operations. Download these guides created by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which are based on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus.”

 

US Department of Labor

There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 as the outbreak investigation continues. Infected people can spread COVID-19 through their respiratory secretions, especially when they cough or sneeze. According to the CDC, spread from person-to-person is most likely among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently unknown if a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

 

 

Small Business Administration

The SBA as well as health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

 SBA $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loans Come with New Caveats

 

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One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund

The fund will provide flexible funding resources for rental assistance, childcare assistance, transportation aid, food access, utility assistance, pharmaceutical needs and other support as determined, via $1,000 payments to eligible households. Funds will also be made available to community-based organizations that are being hit hard by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE for more information about eligibility and how to to apply. Donate HERE.

Team Kentucky Fund

The fund will provide assistance to Kentuckians who have been severely financially impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Public Protection Cabinet will oversee the Team Kentucky Fund. The fund is currently accepting tax-deductible donations. We will update with more information about eligibility and how to apply.

IRS Tax Payment Deferral

Under the presidential emergency declaration, this action allows all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. On Friday, March 20, the filing deadline was moved from April 15 to July 15. Learn more here: www.irs.gov/coronavirus

 

Local and State Tax Deferral

Louisville Metro Revenue Commission (LMRC) and the Kentucky Department of Revenue have extended tax filing and payment deadlines from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. For information about the state decision to defer filing and payments of state income tax, visit the Kentucky Department of Revenue website.

LMRC has extended the 2019 annual occupational license tax filing and payment deadline for all taxpayers, including those who filed quarterly estimated deposits in 2019 and those who pay once a year. LMRC also has shifted the April 15, 2020 quarterly deposit deadline to May 15, 2020 for entities required to file a quarterly estimated payment. All other LMRC deadlines will remain in place. For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/government/revenue-commission.

LMRC will no longer take walk-in appointments. Anyone with questions can contact LMRC staff at (502) 574-4860 or via email.

KentuckianaWorks

The Region’s Workforce Development Board has launched a new jobs board with information about companies that are hiring at www.kentuckianaworks.org/jobs. Although its physical facilities are closed, virtual career services and guidance are still being offered to employees and employers. For more information about services provided, visit www.kentuckianaworks.org/covid19.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response Loans for Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by the Shutdown

Applications for our $500 Lifeline Loan (payday loan alternative) and $25,000 Small Business Continuity Loan are available now. Funds should be available within three to five business days from receiving a completed application. For more information, please contact: info@lhomeky.org or 502-882-8091.

Business Liability Insurance

Check with your insurance carrier about any benefits you may have from disruption due to acts of God.

METCO

Small business loans help start and grow our small business community that are the soul our community. Loan programs assist with start-up capital, working capital, capital improvements to commercial and public properties, and helps low and moderate income individuals start or grow a business.

As of Friday, March 20, the city’s small business loan program, METCO, has implemented the following temporary relief for current loan holders:

  • No late fees will be implemented for three months
  • Loans will be extended by loan holder’s choice of 30, 60, or 90 days

Current loan holders should email METCO’s loan administrator Brenda Hyatt to request loan deferment.

Loan programs assist with start-up capital, working capital, capital improvements to commercial and public properties, and helps low and moderate income individuals start or grow a business. For more information about the METCO loan program or small business resources, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/smallbusiness.

 

Facebook Small Business Grants

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

KIVA

KIVA expanded its 0% loan options. Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following: 

  • Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the U.S. will be eligible for a Kiva loan than ever.
  • Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
  • Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.

If you’re a small business owner who believes you can benefit from a Kiva loan, or you know one in your community, go to www.kiva.org/borrow to apply for a loan.

 

World Health Organization

News and Q&As from around the world

Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The Kentucky SBDC stands ready to engage in contingency planning with our small business clients. Regardless of the causes, small businesses need to take action when the going gets tough. While there is no single cure-all, there are many steps a business owner can take to manage through the difficult times and position the business for future growth.

PARC

To support restaurants and accommodate those who are picking up carry-out orders and gift cards, the parking authority is allowing free parking at meters adjacent to restaurants for up to 15 minutes. Cars must use their flashers.

GoFundMe Small Business Fundraisers

During these uncertain times, one thing is certain. Small businesses are struggling. And it’s our turn to help those who have dedicated their livelihoods to serving us, like your favorite barista, nail technician, and yoga instructor.

We’re launching the Small Business Relief Initiative to support our friends and neighbors at local businesses facing financial loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Initiative, the Small Business Relief Fund will be issuing $500 matching grants to qualifying businesses that raise at least $500 on GoFundMe.

GoFundMe has made supporting your local business easier than ever, thanks to partnerships with Yelp and Intuit Quickbooks. We’ve also created a centralized hub allowing you to search verified fundraisers by business name or location. This way, you can help your favorite businesses continue running during and after the coronavirus crisis.

Small business owners can learn more about the Small Business Relief Initiative and browse through the FAQs to determine whether their business qualifies for matching grants.

Here are 3 ways you can help: 

 Join GoFundMe, Yelp, Intuit Quickbooks, and more to provide much needed aid to even more businesses across the country. Every dollar counts!

 Ebay.com

 As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, brick-and-mortar retailers are closing their physical doors, and economic data shows that half have only enough cash to survive for 27 days without new money coming in. In light of this situation, people everywhere are searching for ways to support the businesses in their community and beyond. Today, eBay is launching “Up & Running,” an accelerator program specifically designed to help retailers without an e-commerce presence transition to selling online, pledging up to $100 million in support for small businesses across North America.

 

Other Loan Programs

Many community partners offer capital and help low and moderate income individuals start or grow a business: 

 Additional Resources 

Other Community Resources

All businesses are encouraged to call their lenders and credit card companies to see if they are offering any relief and to request payment deferments.

Fifth Third Bank Hardship Relief Effort

Fifth Third Bank has announced that it will waive payments, late payments and fees for up to 90 days for onsumer and business customers facing financial hardship related to COVID-19. The bank will be responding on a case-by-case manner based on need. Fifth Third Bank customers should call 866-601-6391 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

BB&T and SunTrust Bank Relief Measures

Truist, the holding company for BB&T and SunTrust Banks, is offering relief measures, allowing greater access to capital for borrowers and empowering our teammates to support clients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief measures include: 

  • Providing payment relief assistance for clients with mortgage loans, consumer loans, personal credit cards, business credit cards and business loans.
  • Temporarily waiving ATM surcharge fees to help consumers and businesses access cash with greater confidence
  • Providing 5% cashback when BB&T and SunTrust consumer credit card holders use their credit card for qualifying purchases at grocery stores and pharmacies through April 15, 2020

 

Child and Education Related Resources

Child Mind Institute 

We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone.

Our clinical and supportive resources include:

Autisim Speaks

We understand that many people with autism and their families are being directly impacted, seeing disruptions in services and coping with the uncertainty of what comes next. We want to share some resources and information that may help you at this time. These pages will be updated regularly as new content is developed.

 

Academic Support 

It’s important to set up a designated area for study for students and help oversee student classwork with the following tips:

 

  • Minimize external distractions when doing school work; 
  • Talking with your child about the work assigned will help to encourage active participation in the learning; 
  • Limiting the number of independent tasks to be done at once can help curb the feeling of being overwhelmed in a new learning environment and assist your child to work at a steady pace. 
  • Chunk or breaking down larger assignments or projects into smaller workable pieces
  • Give your child breaks – remember sustained academic focus is age plus one minute, so allow your child to get up and move around for 5 minutes as they transition in their learning throughout the day. 
  • Help your child prioritize their daily workload and develop a plan of attack – high school classes are compartmentalized, so it may appear overwhelming to look at the portal and manage a growing list of assignments; take on one at a time – organize by length or difficulty and build a plan for completion.   
  • Remember that learning is a growth process; each of us learn, process, and comprehend at different rates and in different ways, positive reinforcement is key to a successful learning environment and getting the best out of your learner. 

Free Academic Resources

Math

Science

Language Arts

Social Studies

Art/Creation

Mindfulness

Emotional Well Being

It’s important to validate and empathize with children’s feelings during these times. Reassurance that families are doing everything they can to stay safe and healthy such as washing hands more, covering coughs/sneezes, not touching your face and practicing social distancing outside of the immediate family. Also, this is a good time to keep routines such as normal sleep hours, unstructured play and staying in touch with friends through technology or writing letters and cards. With the cancellation of after-school activities and sports comes more opportunity for more family connections such as eating meals together, family game and movie nights. Exercise and meditation are also great activities to do together. Activities such as hikes, walks and bike rides together are encouraged along with mediation, deep breathing, and yoga. Service to others is a way of helping children and families feel more connected and in control. Some families have drawn inspirational messages with sidewalk chalk in front of neighbors’ homes, prepared meals for those in need or sent cards and letters to family, friends, neighbors and the elderly who are isolated or in nursing homes.  

GradePower Learning Center is now offering Virtual classes to keep students learning. We’re here to help Pre-k to 12th grade students with homework, learning strategies, ACT/SAT Prep, Reading, Writing, Math and with any school subject. Save 10% off  our hourly rate for the first month’s enrollment of GradePower online face-to-face classes. We offer one-on-one classes or small group (no more than 2 students) online. Please contact us for more information. Email: louisvilleky@gradepowerlearning.com. Face Book: @gradepowerlearning louisville   Tel: 502-785-4416.

Louisville PTO is working to bridge the digital divide for JCPS Families. They have a private group at Louisville PTO Private Group for families and teachers to bring community together.

Video explaining COVID-19 to PreSchoolers

Video explaining COVID-19 to Children

Community Related Resources

Blessings in a Backpack

 Blessings in a Backpack Food Will be Distributed at JCPS Feeding Sites

New Albany Floyd County Schools

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Metro March for Meals Program

The drive-thru meal program moves to a different community center each weekday. Due to tremendous response, some distribution sites have changed over the course of the week to better accommodate traffic flow and ensure recipients can remain in their vehicles for pickup. Eligibility must be met details on the link above.

  • Mondays – St. Stephen Church  (1018 S.  15th St., 40210)
  • Tuesdays – Beechmont Community Center (205 Wellington Ave., 40214)
  • Wednesdays – Sun Valley Community Center (6505 Bethany Lane, 40272) or East Government Center (200 Juneau Drive, 40243)
  • Thursdays – Southern High School (8620 Preston Hwy., 40219) or Newburg Community Center (4810 Exeter Ave., 40218)
  • Fridays – Former Kroger site in Old Louisville (924 S. Second St., 40203) 

 

Cathedral of the Assumption: Daily Lunch Program

The Cathedral Daily Lunch Program continues to serve lunch 12:15-1 pm daily from the door of Sandefur Dining Room, 404 Cathedral Way.

Salvation Army; Food Pantry and Kids’ Cafe

KY Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

IN Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

 

Summary of the CARES Act Phase III

Summary of Bipartisan Agreement on “CARES” Act
Released Wednesday, March 25, 2020
NOTE:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will revise this document as it continues to review the bill. Summary as of 9:00 AM Thursday, March 26.
Bill text can be found: here.

A section-by-section summary released by the Senate can be found here.

A summary of the appropriations provisions released by the Senate can be found here.

 Click Here for the Summary

 

Food and Beverage Service Industry Related Resources

USBG National Charity Foundation

If you are a bartender, bar back, or cocktail server who needs financial support you can apply to the USBG National Charitable Foundation’s Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. USBG membership is not required to receive funds.

Apron Inc.

A $10,000 emergency fund specific for COVID-19 affected businesses and employees, and Apron will be distributing $400 grants to eligible applicants.

To be eligible for a grant, a person must:

  • Be diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus. You will require a doctor’s letter.
  • Be employed in an independent restaurant for at least six months.
  • Be able to produce bills to be paid. They do not give money directly to grantees.

Apply at www.aproninc.org/application. 

Restaurant Workers Relief Program

The LEE Initiative and Makers Mark are providing free carry-out, heat-and-serve meals to restaurant workers with pay stubs to prove their employment. Workers can pick up the meals (limit 2 per person) at 610 W. Magnolia Ave. from 5 to 8:30 p.m. They are also stocking family necessities for babies and children, non-perishable canned foods, toilet tissue and Tylenol. Everything is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Donate to the fund at www.leeinitiative.org.

Kentucky Guild of Brewers

Even though taprooms are closed across Kentucky, you can still get fresh beer from your local brewery. Kentucky craft breweries are allowed to sell beer to-go via carryout during this time. Check the brewery’s Facebook page or call for instructions on placing a to-go order!

Another Round, Another Rally Fund

We’re offering $500 relief grants for hospitality workers who lost their jobs or had their hours slashed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re also collecting donations from community members willing to help their hospitality-industry friends and neighbors stay afloat in this time of uncertainty. To apply for a grant or make a donation, use the links below.

Lift Your Spirits Fund

Make a video in which you mix your favorite drink, say a toast to those affected in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry, and post it to your social media accounts using #LiftYourSpirits.  The last step is to challenge your friends to do the same and to send a gift to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) that turns a tip into a donation for restaurant, foodservice and hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis!

RWCF Crisis Relief Fund

A crisis relief fund to direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community, to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed, and to establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.

OFW Emergency Fund

Providing free, cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers — who are seeing their income decline during this disaster, or aren’t able to work because of quarantines or other health concerns.

CORE Gives

CORE grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances.

Rent Assistance

RentAssistance provides a directory of rental assistance agencies and organizations that will help you pay your rent. Some listings are government organizations other are non-profits and charities that offer rental assistance programs.

 

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has developed a Restaurant Employee Relief Fund created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.

 

Children of Restaurant Employees

CORE is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to granting support to food & beverage service employees with children, who are faced with life-altering circumstances and in need of our help. We understand the current crisis across the nation has put a tremendous strain on the F&B community. Due to the large demand and scope of COVID-19/Coronavirus, we want to honor our mission by providing support to food & beverage service employees with children, who have been medically diagnosed with COVID-19/Coronavirus. Documentation is required if you are diagnosed with COVID-19/Coronavirus. You are also eligible for support if you are a food & beverage employee with children, and a family member who resides in the same home is diagnosed with COVID-19 and a doctor requires you to quarantine. Medical documentation and proof of residence will be required. Please note, all regular applications unrelated to COVID-19 will also be accepted at this time.
The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need. Learn more. 

Dining Bonds Initiative

Go Tip ‘Em!

How To Make Your Restaurant Stand-Out During COVID-19

Update on CARES Act

Tent Business Offers Discount to Restaurants for Drive-Thru Service

How to Apply for the Coronavirus Business Loan

Small business owners looking for financial aid and relief due to the economic effects of the current coronavirus outbreak may want to apply for a business loan through the Small Business Administration’s loan program. 

Stop The Spread Petition

Petition demanding all food chains in America to adopt a paid sick leave measure in this time of health crisis at hand.

Save America’s Restaurants Petition

Petition imploring government leaders to engage with local industry leaders and restaurant associations immediately to come to a swift plan for how they can meaningfully give your local restaurants the best chance for survival.

 

IHOP & Applebee’s
Denny’s
Chili’s

 

Health Related Resources

The Kentucky Department for Public Health

State officials are preparing for the possibility of the virus spreading to the Commonwealth. In order to keep all information in one place they have designed a web page that not only reports the active tests and results, but also gives information about travel etc. to other areas and countries.

Centers for Disease Control

The CDC has the most resources for all groups, but specifically speaks to how businesses should prepare for this outbreak. “All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workplace from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. During a COVID-19 outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.”

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Hotline

Call Kentucky’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725

Centerstone is providing counseling by telehealth. ACCESS number is 1 (800) 264-8799

Mental Health Resources

 I FEEL ISOLATED AND LONELY. HOW CAN I FIND CONNECTION WHILE QUARANTINED OR AT HOME?

Being quarantined or isolated is difficult. While you may not have in-person access to support groups, mental health providers and other support systems, there are online resources that can help.

 

Explore online support communities 

Find support over the phone

A warmline is a confidential, non-crisis emotional support telephone hotline staffed by volunteers. To find a warmline that serves your area, visit the NAMI HelpLine Warmline Directory on the NAMI Resource Library.  

 

I DON’T FEEL SAFE WHILE AT HOME/QUARANTINED. HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

While staying at home is critical to slowing the spread and severity of COVID-19, not everyone feels safe in their home. Various organizations can provide confidential support for people who feel unsafe or for people who are concerned about someone else’s safety.  

 National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Guide

 Information below, is from the NAMI Guide linked above.

 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) COVID-19 Resources

 SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.  SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible.  

• Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak

 

I’M HAVING A LOT OF STRESS OR ANXIETY BECAUSE OF COVID-19. WHAT CAN I DO?

 It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during this time. It may be especially hard for people who already manage feelings of anxiety or emotional distress. For example, for those of us with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), public health recommendations about contamination and hand washing may make it more difficult to manage our symptoms.

 Recognizing how you’re feeling can help you care for yourself, manage your stress and cope with difficult situations. Even when you don’t have full control of a situation, there are things you can do.

 Below we describe how to stay informed, take action, maintain healthy social connections and find resources for support.

 

Manage how you consume information

 Equip yourself with information from credible, reputable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). See “Basic information” section for more links. 

 Be selective about how you consume news. It’s generally a good idea to stay engaged and informed. Having some limits on your news consumption can help: 

  • Watching or listening to the same news constantly can increase stress. Reading can be an easier medium to control how much and what kind of information you’re absorbing.
  • Set limits on when and for how long you consume news and information, including through social media. It may help you to choose a couple of fifteen-minute blocks each day when you will check news/social media and limit your news consumption to that time.
  • False information spreads very easily on social media and can have serious consequences for individual and public health. Always verify sources and make
    sure they are reputable, especially before sharing anything. 

 

Follow healthy daily routines as much as possible

Your daily habits and routines can help you feel more in control of your own well-being.

Even simple actions can make a difference:  

  • Make your bed
  • Get dressed
  • Connect with loved ones
  • Move your body
  • Make time for breaks
    • If possible, take regular short breaks during work or between shifts. During these breaks, go outside and engage in physical activity if you can.
  • Practice good hygiene, especially by cleaning your hands
  • Prioritize sleep and practice. Here are some recommendations for getting good sleep [En Español]
  • Getting enough regular sleep is critical for your immune system
    • Eat nutritious food as much as possible, especially fruits and vegetables

Take care of yourself through exercise and movement

If you’re staying home, you may be less physically active than usual. It’s important to keep movement as part of your daily life, whether it’s exercise or light movement like stretching and making sure you’re not sitting down too long.

Exercise is a great way to care for your body. It is a powerful way to improve both your physical and mental health. Research suggests that when we exercise, our brain releases chemicals that help us better manage stress and anxiety.

Find out more about the link between exercise and mental health:  

There are many different ways to exercise. Many of them are free, don’t require any equipment and can be done at home. Most people can find an exercise routine that fits their needs and abilities. If you don’t typically exercise or have health concerns, you may want to talk with your primary care provider before starting a new activity.

Some ideas of how to move more:  

  • Walk
  • Stretch
  • Dance
  • Do yoga
  • Do cardiovascular exercise
    • Research suggests this helps with anxiety and sleep. If you have concerns about balance or joint health, ask your provider about low-impact cardio you can do at home.
    • Try free exercise videos on YouTube (yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, cardio, HIIT, etc.)

 

 Mental Health America

For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. And for the one in five who already have mental health conditions – or the one in two who are at risk of developing them – we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address them.

For the past several weeks, MHA has been using its unique database to monitor daily this increase in anxiety. According to our screening data, we experienced a 19 percent increase in screening for clinical anxiety in the first weeks of February, and a 12 percent increase in the first two weeks of March.  

This suggests that our screeners are not just “worried well.” Instead they represent thousands of people whose lives and sense of well-being are being severely impacted by concerns about the virus. 

As things unfold in the coming days and weeks, MHA will continue to monitor anxiety. 

To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.

Misc. Industry Resources

National Domestic Workers Alliance

The Coronavirus Care Fund (CCF) provides $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying home care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance from the Fund is to help you stay home and stay safe during the pandemic. 

Professional Beauty Association (PBA) COVID-19 Relief Fund

With generous support from our industry partners, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and PBA Charities have created a new fund to help our industry during this unprecedented crisis. The PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide $500 to licensed beauty professionals who are unable to work due to COVID-19. The funding, if awarded to you, is intended to be emergency aid for short-term immediate needs such as food and bills.

Printing Industries of America

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, Printing Industries of America is committed to providing the printing community with the most up-to-date resources on the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The PIA staff is here to help you as we all weather this storm together.

AFL-CIO

Resources and guidance from leading experts, government agencies and America’s unions about the COVID-19 pandemic, and recommendations to limit its impact on working families.

American Chemistry Council

This page is designed to highlight activities underway by the chemical industry and to help provide resources to address and fight the impacts of COVID-19.

Outdoor Industry Association

Curated, industry-relevant articles, tweets, reports, resources and alerts

Textile Rental Services Association of America

Industry-specific resources for linen, uniform and facility services customers, employees and others, as well as advisories and Executive Orders from state, national and worldwide agencies and organizations pertaining to safe operations as essential services processing reusable textiles during the international COVID-19 Crisis.

Events Industry Council

 

Retail Industry Leaders Association

RILA will continue to adapt our programs and activities to address the situation as it evolves. We welcome recommendations of other topics or areas for which RILA can provide support to leading retailers as this situation develops. We will update this page regularly.

Natural Products Association

We are the leading trade association for dietary supplements, natural health & sports nutrition, medical & functional foods, probiotics, and natural personal/home care products.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

The AICPA is taking the coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously. We are continually monitoring the virus’ impact on our members, staff, exam candidates, students and the profession. We are working around the clock to get information into the hands of our members as quickly as possible. Understandably, in doing so, our first priority is to provide you with high level overviews, and then to create tools and resources to support the new information. As these tools may be ready slightly after our initial overview, please be sure to check this website on a regular basis.

American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has compiled this guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities and navigate the broader impact of COVID-19. AAM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update this guidance as needed. These recommendations are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field.

PeopleforBikes 

PeopleForBikes is providing support to the bicycle industry in this difficult time by asking federal, state and local governments to consider every bike shop as an “essential business” and to allow bicycling, for transportation or recreation, to continue where appropriate; and to advocate for many levels of economic relief to businesses.

Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association

BIFMA has established an industry-specific webpage for COVID-19 Resources in an effort to support and assist in this crisis. Go to www.bifma.org and click on COVID-19 Resources.

National Roofing Contractors Association

NRCA recognizes this is a time of uncertainty, and we want to provide a clearinghouse of information and resources addressing various issues you may be facing in managing your business through the crisis. This includes best practices for prevention; links to authoritative information from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and Occupational Safety and Health Administration; legal resources, including key contract provisions; insurance resources; federal financial assistance; employers’ and employees’ rights; and more. Check back often as we will provide updates on an ongoing basis.

Security Industry Association

SIA and ASIS International are partnering to jointly provide resources for security professionals and security industry businesses and organizations. Key focuses of the partnership will include business continuity, government advocacy and the collaborative creation of educational resources and informational content.

RV Industry Association

The RV Industry Association is in constant contact with federal officials who are overseeing the response to COVID-19, monitoring the spread of this virus and its potential impact on the RV industry. Our top priority is the safety of our industry’s employees, members and communities. Below are resources for your companies to use during this unprecedented situation and we will work to share additional information as it becomes available.

United Fresh Produce Association

If you’re a consumer looking for information about fresh produce, click here.

In these unprecedented times, we’ve created this resource to help the fresh produce industry and supply chain partners address commonly asked questions, and resources that can help keep you and your business informed.

National Retail Federation

The health and safety of customers and workers is retailers’ top priority. NRF is closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, coordinating with government agencies, health experts and retailers as the situation continues to evolve. NRF is addressing the supply chain implications as well as developments related to the spread of the virus globally and domestically. Please come back to this page for regular updates.

Associated General Contractors of America

AGC is committed to providing our members with valuable resources and updates during these challenging times. You can navigate to topic-specific news and information by using the blue tabs or browse the latest updates by simply scrolling to the bottom of this page. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on these pages accordingly.

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council 

As a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs, WBENC is committed to helping our constituents address and respond to the impacts caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). As we work with national and regional partners, Corporate and Government Members, and other industry leaders, we will continue to update this page with resources, information, webinars and more to address the many questions and uncertainties many business owners and corporations face, as well as to continue to help fuel business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

American Horse Council

Curated, industry-relevant articles, tweets, reports, resources and alerts.

National Coffee Association

The mission of the National Coffee Association’s Covid-19 Resource Center is to provide the most up-to-date information on the new coronavirus (and the disease it causes, COVID-19) to coffee industry members so that your business, customers, and consumers can mitigate risk and weather this public health crisis.

Assistive Technology Industry Association

ATIA recognizes that you have questions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its implications on the assistive technology community.

Society of American Florists 

Stay updated on the latest industry news related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Meeting Professional International 

Get the news on Coronavirus ( COVID19) regarding the impact on the meeting and event industry at MPI.

National Glass Association

Curated, industry-relevant articles, tweets, reports, resources and alerts.

 

Musician and Artist Resources

COVID-19 & Free-Lance Artist Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

Local Gig Workers Relief Bank (led by Lance Minnis)

With A Little Hope From My Friends – Louisville Musician Relief Fund (led by Carly Johnson)

SAG-AFTRA COVID-19 Disaster Fund

SAG-AFTRA members who are in an emergency financial crisis related to COVID-19 may request assistance to cover basic expenses like rent, mortgage, utilities and medical bills. To apply to the fund, members must have paid their dues through October 2019.

MusiCares Grants of Up To $1,000 For Music Industry Professionals

Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Should we receive additional funding, we will evaluate the grant amounts available. All items below must be included in your request:

  • A completed MusiCares application
  • Proof of cancellations and bookings
  • Copy of your lease agreement or mortgage statement which includes account numbers, vendor address and your name on the lease or statement

Please note: Texas-based applicants may use the South or West application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and requests will be processed in the order in which received. It could take up to two weeks to process a completed application.

Gospel Music Trust Fund

The Purpose of the Gospel Music Trust Fund is to give financial assistance in the nature of gifts in time of need, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness without efficient insurance, to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of gospel music. An individual requesting assistance within the purpose of the Trust Fund, for themselves or their children must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

Requests for financial assistance should be made in writing to the Gospel Music Trust Fund. All requests are reviewed and considered by the GMTF trustees and are kept in the strictest of confidence. Financial assistance meeting the Trust Fund guidelines and approved by the trustees is paid directly to the applicant’s creditors.

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Equal Sound, an organization that strives to break down traditional genre boundaries through events and advocacy, is inviting musicians who have lost income due to COVID-19 to apply for funds. Applicants must provide proof they had a confirmed concert cancelled over the coronavirus to receive grant funds.

American Federation of Musicians’ Petrillo Memorial Fund

Started in 1951 with a $10,000 personal contribution from AFM President James C. Petrillo in memory of his late son, the Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund for Disabled Musicians is a charitable trust fund that provides financial aid to disabled members of the American Federation of Musicians. This fund is not intended to replace health insurance or provide general loans, but does supply modest amounts of assistance to qualified applicants on an emergency basis.

American Guild of Musical Artists Relief Fund

Any AGMA member in good standing is invited to apply for financial assistance under the AGMA Relief Fund, which has temporarily doubled the amount of assistance available to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blues Foundation HART Fund

The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Jazz Foundation of America Musicians’ Emergency Fund

This fund offers financial support, housing assistance and pro bono medical care for musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz and roots music.

When age, illness, or disaster threatens a long career, many have nowhere to turn. These musicians have been saving us with their music our entire lives. These are dignified people who never think to ask for help. Our lifesaving programs turn despair in to hope.

Musicians who have made a living playing blues, jazz, and roots music know they can call our office at any time or walk through our doors for help in solving an emergency. We average 30 individual musician emergency cases a day and approximately 9,000 assists every year. We prevent homelessness with housing assistance, keep artists healthy with pro bono medical care and provide financial support that keeps the lights on and food on the table.

International Bluegrass Music Association’s BlueGrass Trust Fund

If you are or have been a professional in the business of bluegrass music (or who have been actively involved at some point in their career) and are in a time of emergency need, apply to the Bluegrass Trust Fund for financial grants and loans, which are generally between $500 and $5,000.

Sweet Relief’s COVID-19 Fund

The world has been shocked by the devastating effects of COVID-19. We are aware of the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community and we are actively taking steps to provide assistance where it’s needed most. Due to massive cancellations, artists are struggling to find the means to make ends meet during these unprecedented times.

Sweet Relief is here to provide immediate assistance and we have created this DONOR-DIRECTED FUND with a limited amount of funds available to be used specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.Those wishing to apply must provide the following:

  • A completed Sweet Relief Application (scroll down after clicking link)
  • Supplementary documentation proving that at least 50% of all income comes from working within the music community
  • Proof of cancellations and bookings
  • Relevant medical documentation

American Association of Independent Music
A2IM is surveying indie music companies about how the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting their businesses. The results will inform the organization’s discussions with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as well as its investigations of federal assistance programs.

Americans for the Arts Coronavirus Survey
This five-minute survey was created to collection information on the financial and human impacts of the pandemic on arts and cultural organizations.

Artist Relief Tree
Anyone who is an artist can request funds from the Artist Relief Tree, which plans to fulfill every request with a flat $250 on a first-come-first-serve basis. The fund is currently not accepting new requests until it can secure more funding, but if you would like to be informed if and when the opportunity becomes available again, click here.

ASCAP Music Unites Us
Performance-rights organization ASCAP has launched a site to help its songwriter, composer and music publisher members stay connected and financially stable during this uncertain time. It includes information on how to receive ASCAP royalties through direct deposit, an online works registration application, access to free mental health services for ASCAP members and more.

Audio Assemble
Music education hub Audio Assemble has put together a list of online remote opportunities for U.S.-based musicians during the COVID-19 outbreak, including both short-term and long-term job opportunities. It is also raising money for its first live streaming music festival, PLUGGED IN, set for April 8-10. Musicians can apply for paid opportunities to perform during the livestream here.

Backline
Backline was established to connect music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness providers. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has established a virtual support group that plans to meet regularly via the Zoom app.

Convertkit Creative Fund
What began as a $50,000 fund for active creators experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 has now reached $154,000 in funding. The fund covers up to $500 per creator to help cover medical, childcare, housing or grocery needs. As of March 18, the fund has received more than 6,000 applications, and the website notes, “Our current fund will be exhausted well before we can get to everyone.”

COVID-19 Music Production Response Group
A Facebook group meant as an “open forum for constructive debate about the effects of COVID-19 on music production industry professionals,” according to administrators. Its nearly 4,000 members (as of March 18) are sharing news updates, suggested actions, job opportunities and other resources.

COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks (GoFundMe)
This more than $70,000 fund prioritizes LGBTQI+, non-binary, gender fluid and gender non-conforming people of color whose livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The first round of funding closed on March 17, but organizers say they plan to continue to raise funds through mid-April.

Freelance Coop Emergency Fund
The Freelance Coop, which connects creative freelancers with business resources, created an emergency fund for freelancers adversely affected by the pandemic. Examples of funding usage are unexpected childcare costs due to school closures, client cancellations, and medical expenses due to the virus itself. As of March 18, the fund had $35,279 in requests and $5,299.69 raised, and is continuing to call for donations to keep up with demand. 

HealthCare.gov Special Enrollment
Though no emergency special enrollment period has officially been instituted by the federal health insurance exchange due to the coronavirus outbreak, uninsured people are being invited to inquire about their eligibility for a special enrollment in light of the virus.

Independent Venue Week
Non-profit organization Independent Venue Week has compiled a list of indie music venues that have launched GoFundMe and other fundraising campaigns to stay afloat during the nation-wide closures.

League of American Orchestras
America’s only national service organization devoted solely to orchestras, the League has set up a landing page of resources to assist affected orchestra workers during the pandemic, including advocacy campaigns, fundraising resources, a discussion group and more.

Leveler.info
The “peer-to-peer wealth distribution” service is a tool for salaried workers to donate funds across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy workers who are impacted by coronavirus health and safety restrictions.

Missed Tour
Artists and bands who have been displaced from touring due to the pandemic can list their merchandise on this site to help offset lost revenue — with zero charges or fees. Apply to be added to the site here.

MusiCares
The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have committed $2 million in total to a COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to assist those in the music community who have been affected by the pandemic. People can donate and apply for assistance by navigating to the fund’s official web page.

Music Health Alliance
The Nashville-based Music Health Alliance provides healthcare support services to uninsured members of the music industry.

Musicians Foundation
The New York-based nonprofit established a new emergency grant program in response to the pandemic, offering all eligible applicants up to $200 each. After receiving an “immense volume of applications,” the foundation placed a temporary hold on all applications on March 13. Check this page for updates.

Music Maker Relief Foundation
The foundation, which provides ongoing support to American artists 55 and older who live in chronic poverty, also gives out emergency grants to artists in crisis. It is now soliciting donations to ensure the stability of vulnerable elderly musicians during the pandemic.

NOMAD Fundraiser for the Touring Crew (GoFundMe)
Touring manager Frank Fanelli is aiming to raise $20,000 for touring crew members and roadies who have lost income due to gig cancellations and postponements. Donations close at the end of March.

Patreon What the Fund Grant Program
The crowd-funding platform has set up a grant program to benefit select artists who have been impacted by the coronavirus. Patreon itself kickstarted the fund by donating $10,000 and is currently accepting contributions. Grant recipients will be chosen by a board of fellow creators.

Pinetop Perkins Foundation’s Assistance League
PAL provides financial assistance to elderly musicians for medical and living expenses. Preference is given to blues artists, though musicians in other genres may be eligible depending on available funds.

Soundfly
Online music course hub Soundfly has put together a free Guide to Learning Things Effectively Online for musicians in quarantine who want to continue learning or practicing skills virtually.

Sound Royalties
In light of the crisis, music finance firm Sound Royalties is allocating $20 million to offer a no-cost royalty advance funding option through April 16. Songwriters, performing artists, producers and other creators with royalty income can apply for cash advances on a one-year repayment schedule, cost-free.

Tour Support
Tour Support, a mental health nonprofit for the live music industry, is offering independent touring contractors whose tours have been postponed or cancelled one month of free online therapy through Better Help (apply here). In addition, Shading the Limelight is offering the Tour Support community two free weeks (March 17–28) of emotional wellness coaching (email shajjar@shadingthelimelight.com for an appointment). Check the Tour Support Twitter for more updates to come.

Viral Music — Because Kindness is Contagious
Independent musicians are invited to use this more than 21,000-member Facebook support group to connect with music fans. “Use this joint to post links to your merch store, online shows, Patreon, or online music lessons,” organizers write. “If you’ve had a gig cancelled, post the city and your Venmo/PayPal — many of us would love to pass along our ticket refunds to you.”

Royalty Exchange

To provide a degree of immediate relief, Royalty Exchange will lower our standard commission from 15% to 10% for any artist selling royalties through auctions for the next 90 days, starting April 1.   

Indiana Specific

Fort Wayne Bar Aid (GoFundMe)
Between March 26 and April 5, Fort Wayne musicians will livestream sets at venues across the city to raise money for servers and bartenders at those venues, who have been put out of work due to the pandemic. Learn how to join the effort here, and check the event Facebook page for updates.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Illinois residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

HI-FI and MOKB Presents Staff Fundraiser (GoFundMe)
Individuals can support the staff of Indiana’s HI-FI venue and concert promoter MOKB Presents via this GoFundMe page. Note that because the fundraiser isn’t benefitting a nonprofit organization, donations won’t qualify as tax-deductible.

Kentucky Specific

Kentucky Career Center
Kentucky residents can submit an application for unemployment benefits here.

A Common Thread CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund for COVID-19 Relief

Non-Profit Resources

 

Small Business Administration Programs

Did you know? Nonprofits are eligible for SBA Disaster loans. The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75%. SBA also offers the Paycheck Protection Program — a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and nonprofits to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Need help navigating this new loan program? Don’t miss this great article from our partners at NTCIC: Navigating the Paycheck Protection Program.

How the Federal Stimulus Can Support Small Businesses and Nonprofits: NTCIC

On March 27, a historic $2 trillion economic stimulus package was signed into law in response to the pandemic our world is facing. In addition to providing individual citizens with financial assistance, direct payments, and other benefits, this wide-reaching bill will provide vital economic relief for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and independent contractors. The National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC) compiled the highlights of available resources within the bill that would help those in need.

How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19: Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit Quarterly asked Tim Delaney, president & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, to share insights about how nonprofits might utilize the new federal legislation relating to coronavirus to advance their missions.

Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits: Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is regularly updating a comprehensive COVID-19 resource page for nonprofits, including funding opportunities, communications strategies, technology solutions, fundraising tips, and more.


Covid-19, the Economy, and the Nonprofit World: A Virtual Forum: Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle enlisted three experts in fundraising, managing, and philanthropy to share advice during a virtual forum to help nonprofit leaders steer their organizations during these turbulent times. The page also contains resources to commonly asked questions, like ways to make your nonprofit financially sustainable and ways to make the case for operating support.

Nonprofits and COVID19 Resource Page: 

This is a regularly updated nonprofit resource page with federal and state resources.

Center for Non-Profit Excellence Resource Page 

[INTERACTIVE MAP] COVID-19 Response and Recovery Funds from the National Center for Family Philanthropy

Coronavirus and COVID-19 Funds from GivingCompass

[WEBINAR] Nonprofits and the CARES Act

[WEBINAR] Briefing on Emergency Coronavirus Funding for 501(c)(3) Nonprofits

U.S. Nonprofits and Suppliers: What You Need to Get an Emergency Forgivable Covid-19 Loan

COVID-19 Relief Bill Passed – What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

The Skinny on What You Need to Get a Small Business (under 500 employees), Forgivable Loan (As of March 30, 2020)

Cutting Through the Jargon: How the CARES Act Works for Nonprofits

SBA loans and related relief under the CARES Act

CARES Act: Understanding SBA Loan Programs to Determine Eligibility and Best Fit for Your Company

The CARES Act: What You Need to Know About Emergency Small Business Relief

COVID 19 Charity Preparedness Group (Facebook)

Nonprofit Happy Hour (Facebook)

Webinars On-Demand

Here are some resources from the sector on how nonprofits and funders are tackling COVID-19:

 

Operations and Logistics

If you’re unsure at what level your business is allowed to remain open after yesterday’s Kentucky executive orders, you are supposed to be able to call 833-KY-SAFER (833-597-2337) to clarify. (Let us know your results!) All in-person retail businesses that are not life sustaining are now closed (though they can still fill phone and online orders through curbside services or delivery). A full list of categories of life-sustaining, in-person retail businesses is attached to the order.

Essential Businesses Who Are Open – Here’s a one page resource guide from our friends at Louisville Forward to so you can stay in compliance with guidelines. 

Hand Sanitizer Request Form – #TeamKentucky is working to prioritize requests for hand sanitizer with distillers and other companies that are rushing to obtain and produce the necessary products. Please complete this form so we can process and prioritize your request. Note: Hospitals, first responders and other critical employers are receiving top priority.

Another resource for hand sanitizer  Visit this page to request small hand sanitizers with free shipping.  The supply will be prioritized: hospitals, then elderly homes/first responders, then non profits, then households and businesses. Limits are 30 bottles for business and 10 for individuals households. 

State Guidance for Home-Based Processors 

State Guidance for Farmer’s Markets

Building Trust In Trying Times  Tips for business owners during the Covid-19 pandemic from the Better Business Bureau.

For essential businesses that are open, here are signs for your doors from the health department in English and Spanish

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  – The CDC also offers resources for business and employers on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with guidance from health professionals. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

SCORE Online Support Is Available: 

Local Workshops. Visit our Workshop Calendar to find Webinars available to you at this time. Please follow this link to see the calendar and register for upcoming webinars: https://louisville.score.org/content/take-workshop-277

Mentoring Sessions. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email and video. If you already have a SCORE mentor, ask them if you can use a remote mentoring method for your sessions. If you don’t already have a mentor, you can find a business mentor today  

Senior Resources

 

 COVID Emergency Food Drive

Senior Only Shopping

  • Target (First hour of business Wednesday)
  • Dollar General (first hour of business every day) 
  • Wal-Mart (first hour of business every Tuesday between March 24 and April 26)
  • Rainbow Blossom (First hour of business every day)
  • Whole Foods (first hour of business every day)
  • Big Lots {First hour of business every day)
  • Fresh Market (8-9am Monday thru Friday)

SeniorCare Experts

SeniorCare Experts continues to deliver meals to our clients. We have taken many precautions including no contact with our senior clients. SeniorCare Experts devotes 100% of their energies to offer solutions and services to older adults and their families. SeniorCare Experts focus on the needs of each individual. The individual is assessed and a care plan is put into place to make sure the individual is receiving the best possible care and maintaining their independence and safety. We offer a variety of programs and services to help each individual. In addition, we partner with other community resources if the individual’s needs are not a part of our menu of services. The individuals’ needs are always placed as a first priority.

St. Matthews Area Ministries (St. MAM)

 

 

Working Remotely and Misc. Resources

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: During this critical time, it’s important that we not only take care of ourselves physically, but also emotionally. The news can be frightening and the future seems uncertain at the moment, so it’s critically important that we take some down time to help our emotional states adjust. First, getting plenty of rest and eating well will help us maintain both our physical and emotional well-being. But it’s also important to unplug from the news every so often and take a break to exercise at home by taking a walk (while practicing recommended social distancing), spending time with your family or reading a book. This crisis won’t last forever, and it’s important that we stay emotionally strong for ourselves, our families and our community.   

 

From The UOFL Family Business Center:

What works for leaders in times of crisis? 

  • Anxiety is contagious. Be aware that you can help contain and manage anxiety with your own behavior. 
  • Lean into your strengths. Family businesses have a tested resiliency and the ability to recover from challenges. Keep this in mind every day. 
  • Look to the past for guidance. What other challenges have you overcome? Tell those stories to remind others that together, we will work our way through this. 
  • Show commitment to your people. Your employees look to you for strength and guidance. You demonstrate prudence in your actions and language. Lead with calm. 
  • Work together. Focus on the health and well-being of your people and your communities. Monitor those around you. 
  • Lead with intention. Respond rather than react. Responding requires us to slow ourselves down and work with our family and leadership team toward common goals.  
  • Continue to be financially responsible. Most family businesses exhibit a conservative use of debt, making them uniquely positioned to ride out a crisis. 
  • Focus on what is within your control and what is in front of you. You live with three spheres: what you can control, what you can influence, and what is beyond your control and influence. You can only influence the first two realms, thus try not to stress so much about what you cannot control or influence. 
  • Be purposeful. Decide where to put your time and effort. You can choose to focus on the 24 hour news noise which adds to your anxiety. You can also choose to focus on your personal support system—sleep, regular meals, prayer, meditation, humor, and your plan for the day. Make the conscious choice to focus on the actions that will support the work you need to do. 

Best Practices from Family Business around the World: 

  • Set up a “crisis room” with regular senior leadership team meetings (virtually or in person) for morning and evening check-ins. This helps you have one message to communicate to your employees. 
  • Manage your energy. Pay attention to how you are feeling and do what is most difficult when you have the most energy. 
  • Test IT infrastructure to make sure it can handle more people working from home in case you need to take this approach. 
  • Develop employee communication plans in case a location has an infection or a community has a lock down. 
  • Communicate your policy regarding health status and compensation to others in the organization. This includes what to do if you feel sick or have contact with people who are sick (including family), PTO, triggering events for furloughs, etc. 
  • Contact cleaning contractors in case you need to administer a disinfecting deep-clean. 
  • Develop plans and required actions at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year intervals. 
  • Contact your commercial bank/relationship manager and share your planned response to anticipated slowing of sales, production or service challenges, and supply chain disruptions. 

Libraries: While libraries are closed, the Ask A Librarian resource is still available. 

Remember all your library free resources – Right now would be a great time to get reacquainted with the Louisville Free Public Library’s digital resources. LFPL offers access to eBooks, eMagazines, downloadable audiobooks, streaming music and movies, and online courses – 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a Library Card.  See all the resources in one place at http://www.lfpl.org/digital.html.  If someone doesn’t have an LFPL library card, don’t fret!  People can now get one online at http://www.lfpl.org/get-card.htm.

AND Online Training Videos – Lynda.com, a premier online learning resource offering more than 4000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies & more is available for FREE to all LFPL library card holders. Get instruction in everything from 3D animation and photography to Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. Start learning online today at http://lfpl.org/lynda.

 

Virtual Experiences Available
  • Alley Theatre will stream their production of 1984 for ticketholders using password protected access.
  • BroadwayWorld article on the Met Opera offering nightly live streams
  • Seattle Symphony announces free video broadcasts and livestreams.
  • Dublin Art League (Ohio) launched a weekly “Coronavirus Art Challenge”
  • Are you a freelance artist? A great crowd sourced resource list is available
  • US Department of Arts and Culture‘s Community Care in the Time of Coronavirus resource page
  • Fresh Arts is hosting a series of Facebook Live Streams made for creative entrepreneurs on surviving this pandemic.
  • Art with Heart created a landing page with activities that would be helpful for children stuck at home, or who are impacted by the virus emotionally
  • Download free coloring books from 113 museums.
  • StayAtHomeFest features a calendar for online music events.

The Red Cross Needs Your Help!

 As you may be aware, the American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood as the Coronavirus Outbreak threatens the availability of the nation’s supply.  “As a nation, this is a time where we must take care of one another including those most vulnerable among us in hospitals,” said Gail McGovern, president and chief executive officer, American Red Cross. “One of the most important things people can do right now during this public health emergency is to give blood.”

 

We also need to ensure that blood products are being effectively collected and transported during this public health emergency, and you can  help!  The Red Cross has implemented new measures to ensure blood drives and donation centers are even safer for our donors and staff, so your safety and well-being are of prime importance.

 

If you would be willing to volunteer as a Blood Transportation Specialist to drive lifesaving blood to medical facilities or a Blood Donor Ambassador to assist at a Blood Drive,  please let Stacy Taylor-Bernard  know of your willingness to help by calling her at 502-612-9202 or stacy.taylorbernard2@redcross.org or going to   www.redcross.org

 

Thank you for all you do, each and every day, in support of the Red Cross mission and each other!

This Job Board is run by a partnership of Kentuckiana Works, Metro Louisville and Greater Louisville Inc. in response to COVID-19.

Job opportunities are updated daily.

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center staff is working with employers looking for talent due to surges experienced with COVID-19. Our team is working with Kentucky’s Workforce and Education Cabinet and Career Centers across the state to identify talent currently experiencing job loss due to COVID-19.

As this pandemic continues to escalate, the business community is now being asked to come together to help ensure testing is being done in the most responsible way possible. Public safety is now our number one priority across the country. The governor has asked the Chamber to lead the effort in collecting PPEs, not just respirators. Below is an UPDATED link for you to share with your community to help in this effort.

 

Click Here to Fill Out the Form

FREE Working From Home Assessment

As more people are working from home these days, KCCE and the Kentucky Chamber want to make a powerful, free tool available to help you, your co-workers, and other people you know to be more productive working remotely. 

It’s called Working From Home. In 10 minutes, you’ll get a customized report on how you work virtually and ways you can improve. The tips and suggestions are based on your individual input and will help you maximize productivity and improve communications while working remotely.

There is no charge for this report, and you can share the link with others who are working remotely. This report comes courtesy of our friend Krissi Barr of Barr Corporate Success, one of the top business consultants and executive coaches in the Midwest.

Lift Up Lou is designed to keep our spirits up during the fight against COVID-19 by:

– Staying connected

– Engaging in fun activities

– Being compassionate and creative

– Eating healthy and exercising

– Learning new skills

– Reducing stress