Salt Lake City

Economic Development

Phone: (801) 535-7200 | Email: ed@slcgov.com

Business Resources for COVID-19

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.


UTAH’S ECONOMIC PLAN FOR RECOVERY

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.
State of Utah Economic Recovery Plan Covid-19

SIGNAGE FOR YOUR BUSINESS

#MaskUpSLC – Salt Lake City supports the Salt Lake County Public Health Order. Download or request a printed poster for your business, while supplies last. Multi-lingual options available.
Mask Up SLC #MaskUpSLC


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.

Financial Help. Are Loans and Grants Working For Your Business or Non-Profit? Take the COVID-19 Business Needs Survey.

Salt Lake City’s Department of Economic Development has put out a new survey for local businesses to determine which resources your business or non-profit has been able to access, and also to better understand what resources you still need.

If you have already taken a survey from us in the past, please answer these questions specific to loans and grants. Your answers will help guide better policy to provide the resources would be most useful for your business to recover.

Let’s keep the lines of communication open. Thank you for taking the time to fill out this short survey.

As always, we’re here to help. Reach out to us directly with any questions about the survey or any challenge your business is facing — Phone: (801) 535-7200 or Email: ed@slcgov.com.

When we follow public health guidelines and common-sense economic rules, we will give our City the best opportunity to minimize the economic impact long term. 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:

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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.
  • Salt Lake County Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) – Businesses that received less than $35,000 in CARES Act funding (PPP, EIDL, COMRENT, Salt Lake City’s ELP) will be eligible to apply for the SBIG
  • Utah Commercial Rental Assistance Program “COMRENT” – Rental relief to Utah small businesses that have lost revenue as a result of measures taken during the pandemic to minimize the public’s exposure to COVID-19.
  • Shop in Utah Grant*UPDATE* As of Aug 5th, funds for 1st round funding have been requested. However, the State of Utah encourages interested companies to apply should additional program funding become available. MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM: businesses must offer a discount or other offer with an estimated value to consumers of at least 50% of the grant amount. At least 75% of grant funds will be awarded to companies with 250 or fewer full-time employees.
  • Safe in Utah Grant – grants for a business’s COVID-19 response that consists of the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), implementation of workplace redesigns, additional signage, new technology solutions for distance working, and other items to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines on safely returning employees to work.
  • Other national private loan/grant opportunitiesclick here for a list.

LOCAL BUSINESS ADVISING AND FREE WEBINARS

  • 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.

HELP FOR UNEMPLOYED, REDUCED HOURS OR FURLOUGHED WORKERS

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

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. 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.

CHILD CARE

WORKPLACE SAFETY

STATE OF UTAH RESOURCES

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

TRANSIT AND PARKING

UTILITIES AND INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

UTAH DIVISION OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

TOURISM INDUSTRY


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.