Small Business Resources
CARES ACT REVOLVING LOAN FUND
The Central Arkansas Planning and Development District can provide urgent, low-cost financing of up to $100,000 to small businesses within Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties that have been affected by the pandemic. Learn more.
The most recent application form is posted on the Treasury Department’s Cares Act resource page. Once you gather the information described in the form, you should contact an SBA-approved lender. You can find one by plugging your Zip code into an online tool on the SBA’s website.
REQUIRED SIGN TO BE POSTED AT ALL BUSINESSES
As part of Governor Hutchinson’s recent State of Arkansas Executive Department Proclamation EO – 20 – 13 (3) f, all Arkansas businesses are required to post a sign at the entrance of the facility informing all employees, customers, and congregants that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into one’s elbow; not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. Click here for a copy of the notice.
IRS: Employee Retention Credit
IRS: Employee Retention Credit is available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 here.
An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.The SBA will pay the principal, interest, and fees of current and new 7(a) loans.
SBA Disaster Deferment
Current all borrowers with an SBA Serviced Disaster (Home and Business) Loans: If your disaster loan was in “regular servicing” status on March 1, 2020, the SBA is providing automatic deferments through December 31, 2020. If you have questions about your current loan and whether or not your loan is automatically deferred, please contact your Loan Servicing Office directly. The Loan Servicing Office contact information is listed on your SBA 1201 monthly payment notice.
Visit SBA’s small business resource page at SBA.gov/Coronavirus. Here you will find CDC requirements for small businesses how to access SBA resources including EIDL and much, much more.
For a list of all the SBA partners and organizations that your small business may need such as Chamber of Commerce, SBA Lenders and State Office check out our statewide Resource Guide.
We want to emphasize that public health is the priority and we’re encouraging small businesses to do their part to keep their employees, customers and themselves healthy by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most up-to-date information on COVID-19, as well as Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond.
Additionally, SBA’s Arkansas network of resource partners stand ready to assist small businesses across the state in filling out applications. 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 (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 email@example.com
Upcoming Webinars from ASBTDC
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is holding a series of webinars as part of its Keep Calm and Small Business On effort here.
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.
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.
- To file your claim online, visit the DWS EZARC page: ezarc.adws.arkansas.gov
- Click here to download the list of Workforce Center locations
- EZARC is available Monday – Friday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Workforce Centers are open Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
- For more information, visit the DWS website: dws.arkansas.gov/unemployment
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
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
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
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
Arkansas Children’s Hospital – Pre-screening hotline: 1-800-743-3616
Location: ACH campus – on 10th street – For pediatric patients only.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Heber Springs
Pre-screening app: https://www.baptist-health.com/services/virtual-care-arkansas/
Baptist Health – Little Rock
Pre-screening app: https://www.baptist-health.com/services/virtual-care-arkansas/
Location: Ground Floor of hospital parking deck
Conway Regional Medical Center
Pre-screening: With patient’s GP (then referral) or call 501-329-3831
Location: Hospital’s West Lobby Entrance (currently closed to the public) Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Pine Bluff – Pre-screening and scheduling for drive-through: 870-541-4911
Location: 4201 Mulberry, Pine Bluff, AR 71603
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center – Harrison
Location: Hospital owned office building parking lot
St. Bernards – Jonesboro
Pre-screening call line: 870.336.5651 or 870.336.5671 or App: https://stbernardsgo.com/landing.htm
Location: Offsite COVID clinic parking lot
Shuffield Drive & Jack Stephens Drive
Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic
Location: 146 Passion Play Road, Suite A (Eureka Springs)
Washington Regional Coronavirus (COVID-19) Screening Center
Location: 3318 N. North Hills Boulevard (Fayetteville)
Arkansas Community Foundation, in partnership with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, announces COVID-19 relief funds for state here.
Chamber member Entergy establishes fund for households affected by COVID-19 here
The World Trade Center of Arkansas has compiled a COVID-19 resources page, which includes a list of state and federal resources for Arkansas’ small businesses and farmers. The page also includes information for financial aid, medical supplies, health screening locations and much more here.
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.
Arkansas Department of Health Guidance for Employers
IThe Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has issued a Directive in conjunction with Gov. Hutchinson’s Executive Order 20 – 10 emphasizing social distancing guidelines for businesses and other organizations here.
Please call the Arkansas Department of Health at 800.803.7847 if you have any questions.
The Department of Labor has offered new guidance that requests employers “reassess their engineering controls, work practices and administrative controls to identify any changes they can make to decrease the need for N95 respirators” and lists acceptable globally sourced alternatives to the N95.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Details on CDC Recommendations of Face Coverings and Masks. The CDC has issued new recommendations to the public and encouraged the wearing of cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This recommendation is considered a voluntary public health measure, and the CDC offers a primer on simple face cloths here.
The practice of six-feet social distancing continues to be a leading technique to slow the spread of the virus, in addition to the current interim guidance for employers and businesses offered by the CDC that is updated regularly as well as the March-issued workplace guidance prepared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The CDC also notes that surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that must be reserved for the nation’s health care workforce and first responders.
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