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

TIP YOUR SERVER PROJECT

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!
Ty Burrell Tip Your Server Project Salt Lake City


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:

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.

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 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.

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.