LAST REVIEWED Apr 16 2020 6 MIN READ
By The Human Interest Team
Note: We’ll update this page in real-time as organizations around the world mobilize to provide small businesses with support and financial assistance.
As a small business owner, you’ve dealt with all sorts of uphill battles.
At Human Interest, we are hearing from customers firsthand how profoundly they are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These are challenging times, but among the uncertainty and doubt, there is reason to be optimistic. America’s 30 million small businesses are resilient, they are vital economic engines that make our economy the strongest in the world.
In that spirit, here are some useful resources for you:
The Small Business Administration’s dedicated website for COVID-19, including:
Disaster Loan Advance: Makes $10,000 available in 3 days for companies with <500 employees in any U.S. state or territory. The loan advance will not have to be repaid. The interest rate is 3.75% (or 2.75% for nonprofits).
The Express Bridge Loans Program: Borrow up to $25,000 in disaster-related funds to cover operating capital to support the survival and reopening of your business. Applicants must have a maximum of $750,000 to $35.5 million in revenue or a maximum of 100 to 1,500 employees.
More loans related to SMBs for COVID-19 relief:
If you or employees are wondering how your savings are being impacted.
See more on our page for employees who are 401(k) plan participants
Financial support from private corporations:
Facebook: $100 million in grants for small businesses
GoFundMe: Start a fundraiser for your SMB or apply for a matching grant from the Small Business Relief Fund
Kiva: Announced changes to their loan program for U.S. businesses including larger loans, expanded eligibility, and a grace period
Yelp: Funds for restaurants, bars, and nightlife
Spanx: The founder of Spanx’s Red Backpack Fund is giving $5 million in funding to female entrepreneurs
Workplace tips for businesses and employees:
The Freelancers Union has more info for 1099s
Employee tips from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Employer tips from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
An easy template to help you make a flyer to post at your businesses about how you’re keeping people safe and actions you’re doing to promote a healthy environment
Remote mentoring and more from Score
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council COVID-19 page for women-owned business
How to make a Business Continuity Plan from FEMA
Reminder from the FBI to watch out for fraud and scams related to COVID-19 relief
NFIB’s FAQ page, including answers to questions about federal paid leave, wage & hourly workers, and more
Are your employees wondering what COVID-19 means for their 401(k)? Check out our resources page for them.
The Human Interest Team
We believe that everyone deserves access to a secure financial future, which is why we make it easy to provide a 401(k) to your employees. Human Interest offers a low-cost 401(k) with automated administration, built-in investment advising, and integration with leading payroll providers.