Coronavirus Resources

The Maumelle Area Chamber of Commerce is focused on supporting all businesses in the Maumelle Area, particularly as they navigate the weeks and months ahead. COVID-19 will continue to have an impact on our community, and your chamber is working to help businesses take advantage of assistance, services and support. As we get more information, we will continue to update this page.

Local Business Press Releases and Updates
Maumelle Area Take Out and Delivery Options
Maumelle Area Online Shopping Options
COVID-19 Updates/Requests
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#CoronaCashMob

Cash Mobs are flash mobs, but instead of singing and dancing we spend money as a group!  We target Chamber Businesses that makes this community special!  We help businesses grow, we make people happy, we get great stuff, encourage our community to make a change, and help SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS.

Mobbers are encouraged to spend between $10-$20 at the business being mobbed, which creates immediate economic stimulus.

This Maumelle Chamber event will begin our #CoronaCashMob on Tuesday, March 17th and continue through April 18th.  As new information becomes available to our office, we may alter, change or expand this program.

Over the next 30 days the Chamber will highlight local business and their specials, incentives, promotions, services, and items.  We are encouraging residents to make a effort to choose 2-3 businesses each week to support. Our local businesses are doing their part to promote proper social distancing and many are offering curbside, drive thru and delivery options!

Download your #CoronaCashMob Calendar here.

Need more info? Review our Cash Mob Info sheet or call 501-851-9700.  Learn other ways you can Support Local Businesses During the Coronavirus

 

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Community Resources

City of Maumelle

The City of Maumelle’s website contains information updates to all city services and departments.  https://www.maumelle.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=163

Local Schools

Per direction by the Governor of Arkansas, schools in Pulaski County will be closed until March 30. The decision came after an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the nation.

Pulaski County Special School District – Food resources, AMI information, and closure dates

Academic Plus Charter School – Food resources, AMI information, and closure dates

Local Resources for Testing

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

UAMS has a website offering free online screening here: https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/.

24/7 UAMS Hotline 1-800-632-4502

Additionally, they are offering drive-thru triage on their main campus at the corner of Shuffield and Jack Stephens Drive from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.: https://uamshealth.com/location/covid-19-drive-thru-screening/

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

24/7 Hotline – 1-800-743-3616

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Small Business Resources

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

 

NEW STREAMLINED PROCESS REQUIREMENTS

To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.

New changes were made to the Disaster Loan Application requirements!

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program has streamlined its process requirements to the qualified entities that are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information will be used in determining whether the applicant is eligible for an economic injury loan. If you do not submit all the information requested, your loan cannot be fully processed.

SBA is relying upon the self-certifications contained in the application to verify that the Applicant is an eligible entity to receive the advance, and that the Applicant is providing this self-certification under penalty of perjury pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1746 for verification purposes.

The estimated time for completing this entire application is two hours and ten minutes, although you may not need to complete all parts.

If you did not complete and submit your application in the OLD SYSTEM and submit it you will need to fill out a new application! YOU CANNOT GO BACK AND RETRIEVE ANY IN-PROCESS APPLICATIONS! 

As developments continue, SBA will send updates regarding changes for Small Businesses  and loan programs under the CARE Act. 

 

Join us for the latest information about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. These sessions will cover the basics of the program and answer questions about the application material, process and how to apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the SBA’s website.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is offering several no-cost webinars to help business owners respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Upcoming Webinars 

  • Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans,” 10 a.m. March 31 or 2 p.m. April 2 – Many Arkansas small businesses and non-profits are eligible for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Learn about program requirements, how to apply and what to expect. ASBTDC will repeat the EIDL webinar each Tuesday and Thursday through April.
  • Take Your Business Online,” 10 a.m. April 1 – Hear about steps you can take to move business online and keep sales coming.
  • “¡Calma! Continúe con su Negocio,” 2 p.m. April 1 – Get timely tips in Spanish for managing short-term cash flow and adapting your business model.
  • Connecting to Capital,” 2 p.m. April 2 – The Economic Injury Disaster Loan isn’t the right option for every business. Learn about other capital options.

Links to register for each program above are available at asbtdc.org/asbtdc-events/.

Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center (ASBTDC)

ASBTDC is gearing up to be set up as a virtual emergency site to help with disaster relief lending. For more information on ASTBC, please see http://asbtdc.org/covid-19-resources where they will be putting more information disaster funding assistance. You can also call ASBTDC at 1-800-862-2040 or e-mail at leadcenter@asbtdc.org

Other Resource Partners

Additionally, SBA’s Arkansas network of resource partners stand ready to assist small businesses across the state. These partners are seeing clients virtually to assist in minimizing impact exposure to COVID-19 and protect our small business communities.

Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center
SCORE – Counselors and Mentors for America’s Small Businesses
Arkansas Women’s Business Center
Startup Junkie Consulting
AR Conductor
Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center – Contracting Assistance
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Employee Resources

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

If you become separated from employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may file an unemployment insurance claim through the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (DWS). Download the Unemployment Insurance Overview.

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Notice to Individuals Inquiring About the Availability of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

CONTACT INFORMATION

Unemployment Insurance Hotline: 1-844-908-2178 or 501-534-6304 (Mon – Fri; 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM)

For questions & information: 1-855-225-4440 (Mon – Fri; 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM)

For questions & information, email: UI.General.Questions@arkansas.gov

Arkansas Economic Development Commission

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to helping businesses and employees combat the effects of COVID-19. On this page, they have compiled a list of programs and resources.  It will be updated as new information becomes available.  https://www.arkansasedc.com/covid19    The page includes information on Quick Action Loan Program, Community Develpment Block Grants (CDBG), Shared Workforce Unemployment Plan, and others.  

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Arkansas Department of Health Guidance for Employers

If any of your employees are being monitored due to their possible exposure to coronavirus disease 2019, also referred to as COVID-19, they will be placed under home self-quarantine by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) for 14 days after leaving an area of concern. The areas of concern include any country with a Level 2 or higher travel advisory. If this occurs, ADH will provide the person with a letter, and they have the option of requesting a letter be provided to you as well. This letter provides additional information regarding the quarantine, including the date the employee can return to work.

During this time, the person is expected to stay home during the entire 14-day period and not leave for any reason, except to seek any needed medical care.

If the employee does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the end of the self-quarantine period, they will be free to resume normal activities, including school or work. They will also receive a letter stating they have completed the home quarantine period.

Please call the Arkansas Department of Health at 800.803.7847 if you have any questions.

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Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recommended strategies for employers to use now for any infectious disease:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 by clicking here.

Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 in the U.S. This following location list is found here.

Here is a link CDC on keeping workplaces, homes, schools or commercial spaces safe – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

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Guidance for Employers from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided a Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist at this link. 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

 

Coronavirus Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber has created a toolkit to share recommendations for businesses and workers across the country from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We continue to encourage Arkansas businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. The toolkit has shareable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees to share on social media, websites and other channels. The toolkit can be found here.
 
Customizable: Coronavirus Flyer
As you know, the business community plays a vital role in maintaining the health of their communities, and now is the time for businesses to demonstrate how they are helping contain the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. This is important to instill a sense of calm and confidence. To help you communicate the measures you are taking to ensure the safety of your community, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a customizable flyer to display in your place of business. You may access it by clicking here using Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download available at this link).

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