Stakeholder Announcement: USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19 *Updated April 15, 2020
- WASHINGTON, April 15, 2020 – USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America.
USDA COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward.The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
CDC, Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
FDA Statement about safety of Food Chain (for restaurants and suppliers)
National Restaurant Association, Coronavirus Information and Resources
- If your business needs help putting a plan in place, use the U.S. Chamber Foundation't toolkit created in partnership with the UPS foundation.
Combating the Coronavirus, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resource and Guideline for Business
Coronavirus Management System, Prepare your Organization for COVID-19