COVID-19 Business Information and Resources

By March 23, 2020 April 13th, 2020 Chamber Insights, COVID-19

COVID-19 Business Information and Resources

The Chamber is here to be a resource to your business and the community during this challenging time. Below are some important public health reminders and information for you and your business to consider while this situation is ongoing.

NH Business & Economic Affairs COVID-19 NH Business Resources 

BEA has updated their resource page into easy to find categories, including information on Governor’s Emergency Orders, state resources, federal resources, and information on unemployment assistance. Also, of note here is the call to action for businesses able to supply or produce PPE products for health workers.

  • Click here for a fact-sheet for guidance on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans from COVID-19.
  • Click here for OSHA guidance in regards to COVID-19.

State of New Hampshire – DHHS COVID-19 Hub

  • Centralized hub of information for the State of New Hampshire. Includes information on the latest infection numbers in state, testing information, FAQs, press updates and more.

City of Manchester COVID-19 Updates

  • Latest updates from the City of Manchester’s Emergency Operations Center. Public health updates, closings of public facilities, and advisories from key city services will be found here.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is a central hub of public health information and resources:

US Small Business Administration – Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance

SBA is the key partner through which federal disaster and economic injury loans flow. The pending federal stimulus legislation proposes to expand funding and availability of these programs so the details of these opportunities remain fluid. The NH SBA is now offering daily webinars for businesses to learn about the process and ask questions. If you’re interested in exploring these options for your business, this is a good initial step. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

  • Businesses who are currently being disrupted by this situation and seeing more information should visit this website.
  • If businesses need help with filling out paperwork, questions, or even advice about the Disaster Loan Assistance program, partners such as: SCORE, NH Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Women & Enterprise. Links to those partners can be found at the SBA website at www.sba.gov/nh under “From our office”.

NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

SBDC also has an easy to navigate COVID-19 resource page with useful links and the ability to contact one of their advisors for assistance.

What should I do to as an individual?

Practicing a few common-sense public health steps can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a 60% or greater alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces at home and in the workplace.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • At public gatherings, temporarily replace the handshake, hugs, and physical contact with a friendly wave.

How can I prepare my business?

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
  • Emphasize cough and sneeze etiquettehand hygiene, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of workplace areas.
  • Advise employees of CDC travel restrictions, guidance, and recommendations.
  • If possible for your type of business, support employees ability to work remotely so you can minimize disruptions to regular business operations as much as possible.

Business Tools & Resources

NH Business & Economic Affairs COVID-19 NH Business Resources 

BEA has updated their resource page into easy to find categories, including information on Governor’s Emergency Orders, state resources, federal resources, and information on unemployment assistance. Also, of note here is the call to action for businesses able to supply or produce PPE products for health workers.

  • Website designed to specifically address business-related COVID-19 issues.
  • Click here for a fact-sheet for guidance on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans from COVID-19.
  • Click here for OSHA guidance in regards to COVID-19.
Small Business Administration (SBA)

SBA is the key partner through which federal disaster and economic injury loans flow. The pending federal stimulus legislation proposes to expand funding and availability of these programs so the details of these opportunities remain fluid. The NH SBA is now offering daily webinars for businesses to learn about the process and ask questions. If you’re interested in exploring these options for your business, this is a good initial step. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

SBDC also has an easy to navigate COVID-19 resource page with useful links and the ability to contact one of their advisors for assistance.

GMC Blog: 5 Ways to Support Your Local Business Community
NH DHHS COVID-19 Information for Businesses
Stay Home If You Are Sick Workplace Poster – CDC & NH DHHS
Governor Sununu – Executive Orders & State of Emergency Information
Nixon Peabody: Rapid Response Webinar for COVID – 19. Practical tips for Employers’ Legal Compliance Amid Rising Fears
McLane Middleton: COVID-19 Resource Center
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport COVID-19 Update & Policies
WIPFLI Covid-19 Resource Center
Webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”