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Please find best practices, tips, funding, surveys, links and contact information on this page for business.
CDC Guidance for Businesses
General Info from the CDC
It is important for all employers to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. Following are links to variety of resources provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus:
Guidance For Employers – How to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers from the CDC
Workplace/Home/School Tips to combat the virus
Corporate Aid Tracker – How businesses are helping nationwide
Survey on Business Impact – Results from the American Chamber of
Commerce in China
Resilience in a Box – A toolbox to help businesses put a plan in place (created by the US Chamber Foundation in partnership with the UPS Foundation)
More Resources – Including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Coronavirus Resource Page
COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards
Customizable Workplace Flyer (Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize)
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings
Certificate of Origin
Local businesses in need of a signed Certificate of Origin can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 812-425-8147
COVID-19 Supplies Survey
The White House has reached out to the National Association of Manufacturers to seek volunteers who can donate and provide and/or produce within two weeks large-scale quantities of critical supplies to help the nation respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
WEBINAR March 25: Surviving COVID-19: How to Win at Delivery, Take-Out & Home Meal Replacement
Register Now – As more and more dining rooms are forced to close, survival for many restaurants will likely depend, in large part, on how quickly and effectively they can ramp up delivery, takeout and/or home-meal replacement.
Request to speak with a Southwest Indiana ISBDC business advisor — go to isbdc.org and click on the region (Southwest)
Communication Tips for Small Businesses:
Julie Folz, SBDC business advisor
- Communicate frequently with your customers! Be honest–it’s OK not to know everything. Be positive and tell them what you do know. When the situation changes, update customers promptly.
- Update social media, website, Google business page, etc. frequently
- Precautions you are taking to keep your employees and customers safe
- New hours of operation
- Operations changes such as serving only curbside carry-out or selling only by appointment
- New services like shipping or delivery
- Special offers
- Consider creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) specific to your company
- THANK customers for supporting you!
- Ask customers to share their positive experience with family and friends
State and Federal Disaster Response Actions
COVID-19 Daily Update – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb – March 25
There are questions about businesses and their insurance coverage for business interruption. The federal assistance bills are clarifying some of these rules, but those who are having an issue with their insurance coverage, should reach out to the Indiana Department of Insurance at www.in.gov/idoi/
COVID-19 Gov. Eric J. Holcomb Update – “Stay home. Essential Travel Only. Take Care of Others.” – March 24
For businesses with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to donate or if your operations can be repurposed for supporting the Covid-19 response, you can reach out to PPEAPER@Gov.in.gov to coordinate the work/donation.
COVID-19 Update – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb Issues “Stay at Home” Order – March 23
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb Executive Order Video
Indiana will open a call center to field industry questions about Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, which provides for essential and non-essential business operations, infrastructure and government functions while the state observes a stay-at-home order from March 25-April 7.
The Critical Industries Hotline will open Tuesday at 9 a.m. to help guide businesses and industries with the executive order.
This center, reachable by calling 877-820-0890 or by emailing email@example.com, is for business and industry questions only.
Indiana Essential Businesses and Operations List
Indiana Stay-At-Home Order FAQ
Indiana Emergency Response Program – Webinars
gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one office hours will also be available.
Program Dates: March 30, 2020 – April 3, 2020
Signup Deadline: March 25, 2020 at 11:59PM ET
Tax Updates – March 24
- The Department of Revenue extended the deadline for payments and filings to July 15th for Corporate and Individual filers
- Property Taxes are still due on May 11, but there will be no penalties for 60 days
- Clarified that there are no Use Tax or other tax consequences for any business supplying/producing health care equipment for the Covid-19 response
Indiana Department of Revenue Announces Filing and Payment Extensions
To provide additional support for Hoosiers during the 2020 spring filing season
United States Post Office
Utility Disconnections waived
Providers of essential utility services such as gas and electric, broadband, telecom, water and wastewater services are prohibited from discontinuing service to any customer during the public health emergency.
COVID-19 Small Business Impacts Webinar – March 27, 2020
Governor has waived the 1-week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance (UI).
Those with questions or needing to apply go to: www.unemployment.in.gov. There is a tremendous amount of info there, including a regularly updated FAQ. If you still have questions, call, but expect delays due to high call volume. The normal processing time for a claim is 21 days, so once a person submits a claim, the first payment will arrive about 21 days later.
- Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development 1-800-891-6499
- DWD Assistance for Employers: Link for Employees to Apply for Unemployment
- FAQ on Unemployment Insurance