Business Resources for COVID-19
Today’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can position your business to thrive tomorrow. As we follow public health guidelines and common sense, we will give Salt Lake City the best opportunity to stay resilient during this challenging economic time. We’re here to help.
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic can become another example of how Utahns come together to build a better and stronger state for the future.
Another resource for Salt Lake City EMPLOYERS to support their employees: the ‘Tip Your Server’ Project! Let’s lend a hand to those who serve us. DONATE if you can!
Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has issued a declaration of a State of Local Emergency to prepare for the potential spread of COVID-19 and is providing continuing guidance for our City. The Salt Lake County Health Department issued a public health order: Salt Lake County: Stay Safe Stay Home. There will be no interruption of service for public utilities, including water and trash pickup.
How is the Coronavirus impacting your business? Take the COVID-19 Business Impact Survey.
Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development has put out a survey for local businesses to keep us stay informed on COVID-19 developments. How are you feeling the impact? What should the City be thinking about to support you better?
We have collected responses so far, and here are the results, to date.
If you have already taken the survey, but your needs have changed, please take the survey again. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
If your business has also been impacted by the March 18th earthquake, please take this survey.
When we follow public health guidelines and common-sense economic rules, we will give our City the best opportunity to minimize the economic impact. Follow the guidance of trusted sources. In a public health emergency the sources of choice are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Utah Department of Health.
More Resources to Help Guide Your Business Decisions:
This type of crisis is unprecedented. It is not a typical recession and Capital is available. As a business owner, we understand the enormous challenge ahead – make sense of which programs are the best fit for your needs.
Acting fast is critical. Salt Lake City, the State of Utah, private lenders and the U.S. Small Business Administration have been launching programs left and right. With so much information disseminating so quickly, you need help making sense of the choices before you.
- Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) administered through the SBA and 7a Paycheck Protection Program administered through your local lender.
- Bridge Loans – while there is a certain delay in processing SBA loans Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development offered an Emergency Loan Program and the State of Utah is NOW offering an Emergency Loan to bridge that gap.
- Other national private loan/grant opportunities include but not limited to: LISC Americorps Rapid Relief and Verizon Fund, Facebook Small Business Grants and Ad Credits, GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund, Google Ad Credits and Small Business Help, James Beard Foundation, Mailchimp services, US Bank, Paypal Working Capital, Wefunder.
LOCAL BUSINESS ADVISING AND FREE WEBINARS
- One-on-one help is available from Utah Small Business Development Center, SCORE Utah, Suazo Center and Women’s Business Center of Utah.
- Utah Economic Response Task Force – submit questions online about the SBA programs, more help.
- Salt Lake County HELPLINE – talk to a LIVE person at (385) 468-4011.
- University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business, “Save Your Business”. The class is FREE, and will be held every Tuesday and Friday. Register here.
- PAST WEBINARS:
- UofU Navigating COVID-19: How to Save Your Business (4.3.2020)
- UofU Navigating COVID-19: Workforce Decisions and the CARES Act (4.7.2020)
- UofU Navigating COVID-19: The Federal Reserve, Macroeconomic Forces, and Your Business (4.10.2020)
- UofU Navigating COVID-19: What’s Happening in Healthcare to get Utahns Back to Work (4.17.2020)
- UofU Navigating COVID-19: How Can You Get Your Business BACK TO WORK? (4.21.2020)
- UofU Navigating COVID-19: Adjusting and Planning for the New Normal (4.24.2020)
- Silicon Slopes Livestream and Saved Webinars
- Downtown SLC Merchants Association
- Kiln – Immediate Resources and What’s Next w/Government
- Text chat and additional resources can be found at the State of Utah’s Economic Development Business Resources page
HELP FOR UNEMPLOYED, REDUCED HOURS OR FURLOUGHED WORKERS
- If you have lost your job or had hours reduced, there is help. Go to the Utah Department of Workforce Services for unemployment insurance benefits
- Unemployment Benefits under the CARES Act – also apply with Utah Department of Workforce Services – benefits are not yet available.
- Utah’s WIC program provides food assistance.
- United Way’s Utah 211 provides people with ways to get help, and give help.
- Utah Governor’s temporary hold on residential evictions.
EMPLOYERS – UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, FFCRA
- As an employer, if I need to shut down operations temporarily because of COVID-19 can my workers file for unemployment benefits? Yes, start here.
- Utah Department of Workforce Services offers Rapid Response temporary layoff virtual workshops, daily to assist companies proactively with talent needs or to minimize negative impacts of layoffs.
- Paycheck Protection Program – as an alternative to laying off employees from the Small Business Administration.
- FAQ’s for employers for the temporary paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
LOCAL SERVICE INDUSTRY HELP
- Tip Your Server – A joint effort from Ty Burrell, Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall, and the Downtown Alliance. A resource for Salt Lake City food industry employers to support their displaced employees.
- VisitSaltLake and GastronomicSLC are keeping lists of restaurants that are offering curbside service
- Call to order or order online with local restaurants at SupportUtahDining.com
- Online services to tip your bartender – ServiceIndustry.tips
- Set up a tip jar for your business with Tip Genie
- SLCGiftCards.com – submit and shop online gift cards in Salt Lake City
- Create a digital gift card program for your business quickly with Facebook Gift Cards for Business
COVID-19 AFFECTED EVENTS AND ARTS INFORMATION
- Utah Cultural Alliance is organizing support for our local humanities, arts, and museums nonprofits. Visit this link to learn more about petitions, fundraising, community surveys and more.
- Utah Cultural Sector Covid-19 weekly update call for the arts and cultural community.
- NowPlayingUtah listing of virtual events
- Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival has been postponed until the Fall. Click here for updated info.
- Local media is providing ongoing coverage of new innovative ways to support our arts community, watch our social media channels for updates.
TAX RELIEF FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
- New deadline for personal and business Federal Tax filings is July 15, 2020.
- The CARES Act allows employers to defer the payment of payroll taxes incurred between March 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Get paperwork ready now to be ready when applications open (i.e., average monthly payroll cost for the past year, fixed costs, etc. )
- Capital improvement write offs under the CARES Act. More info coming.
- Can I establish temporary child care for my employees? Yes. Click on these links for business/employer FAQ, and parent resources. From Utah Department of Workforce Services.
- One Utah Child Care for essential employees in the public health and safety sectors.
- If you suspect your employee has COVID-19, know how to identify COVID-19 symptoms. Call Utah’s Coronavirus Information Hotline: 1-800-456-7707, they can walk you through the process.
- What if your employee tests positive for COVID-19? Act quickly and minimize exposure.
- Workplace safety measures from OSHA
- Business cleaning and disinfecting recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
STATE OF UTAH RESOURCES
- Utah Leads Together Initiative and resources for Utah’s Businesses
FORECAST FOR OUR LOCAL UTAH ECONOMY
- What is the outlook? What industries are most impacted most by this pandemic? What can we do as a community to bounce back quicker? The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute’s mission is to develop and share economic, demographic, and public policy research that sheds light and helps people make INFORMED DECISIONS™.
EXPORT-IMPORT HELP FOR BUSINESSES
- Export Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) extends program waivers, extensions, and relief in response to the COVID-19 Crisis.
- Assistance available to businesses, individuals, and organizations interested in expanding internationally – stay current and help our economy bounce back more quickly with World Trade Center Utah COVID-19 guidance.
TRANSIT AND PARKING
- Utah Transit Authority will post updates regarding mass transit schedules and any closures.
- Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall announced a limit on parking enforcement and collection.
UTILITIES AND INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
- Learn about broadband in Utah and what internet service providers are doing during the coronavirus pandemic, from the State of Utah.
- For the latest info on utilities, click on these links from Salt Lake City Public Utilities, Rocky Mountain Power, and Dominion Energy
UTAH DIVISION OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
- Unique concerns and impacts that the outbreak has on underserved, underrepresented, and vulnerable populations. Click here for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs COVID 19 Resources.
- Actively dispel xenophobic misinformation that COVID-19 is linked to individuals of a specific ethnicity, race, or national origin. Resources shared include local DOJ resources, OCA Asian Pacific Advocates reporting tool, and the University of Utah’s No Time for Hate initiative.
- Updates from the Utah Office of Tourism
A Letter from our Business Advisory Board (BAB) At the outset of the COVID-19 crisis, Salt Lake City’s Business Advisory Board set forth a letter to Mayor Erin Mendenhall to help direct City economic policy, promote small business growth, and assist the City in remaining responsive to the business community. Click here for a link to the COVID-19 business support letter.
Salt Lake City thanks you in advance for your cooperation in minimizing the economic impact of COVID-19 in our community. We have great faith in the Salt Lake City business community. Take advantage of resources quickly, prepare for the health of individuals and your business, and ask for help. Together we will weather the storm.