COVID-19 BUSINESS RECOVERY ASSISTANCE

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PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
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SBA ASSISTANCE

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.
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SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS PROGRAM

Facebook is are offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time
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ARKANSAS SBA LENDER LIST

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has compiled a list of Arkansas lenders and their lending status.
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SBA DEBT RELIEF

For current 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.
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EXPORT-IMPORT BANK

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is the official export credit agency of the United States. EXIM is an independent Executive Branch agency with a mission of supporting American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services. EXIM is committed to fully supporting the U.S. exporting community during this crisis.
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WORLD TRADE CENTER ARKANSAS

The Center’s mission is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. The center is part of the University of Arkansas and serves as the trade promotion arm for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
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ITA VIRTUAL SERVICES

Connecting you to business opportunities in markets around the world as quickly and efficiently as possible is a priority for the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) – especially during challenging times.
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STEP GRANT

STEP provides financial awards to state and territory governments to assist small businesses with export development. The World Trade Center of Arkansas can help coordinate STEP applications by contacting Trish Watkins at 479-418-4827 or plwatki@uark.edu.
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SBA GUIDANCE

SBA is here to assist small businesses with accessing federal resources and navigating their own preparedness plans as described by the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers. SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor and train small businesses.
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QUICK ACTION LOAN PROGRAM

Funds may be used for working capital, inventory, payroll and other uses that facilitate the continuation of business operations.
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READY FOR BUSINESS

The Ready for Business Grant Program is designed to provide grants from $1,000 to $100,000, depending on the number of employees, to assist with COVID-19-related expenses, such as personal protective equipment (PPE), deep cleaning, signage, hand sanitizer dispensers, marketing and more.
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SBA INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The Office of International Trade’s mission is to enhance the ability of small businesses to compete in the global marketplace.
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NIST FUNDING

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has opened a funding opportunity for rapid, high-impact projects that support the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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SMB SURVIVAL GUIDE

Finimpact, which matches businesses with the world’s top funding providers, has outlined the best eight financial tools to combat COVID-19.
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COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

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FILE A CLAIM

Your claim is effective the day you submit the claim and receive confirmation the application has been accepted.
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ARKANSAS DIVISION OF WORKFORCE SERVICES

ADWS helps support and secure Arkansas’ economic vitality through a highly skilled workforce by administering programs and providing efficient services that empower employers and job seekers.
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ZIPPIA BENEFIT CALCULATOR

Zippia, a job research site based in California, has analyzed each state’s unemployment policies to determine how much unemployed workers at every income level can expect to receive under the coronavirus stimulus.
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PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Arkansans who want to start a career in information technology can apply for Pre-Apprentice Programs offered through a partnership between the University of Arkansas Professional and Workforce Development, the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, the Arkansas Center for Data Science, and the Northwest Arkansas Council. Courses in these programs will prepare individuals for a job or apprenticeship.
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FEDERAL BENEFITS

On Benefits.gov, you can find government benefits related to unemployment assistance, healthcare, and food and nutrition. You can also take our Benefit Finder to find additional benefits you may be eligible for.
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CARES ACT

As President Trump signed the CARES Act the challenge of implementing the Unemployment related provisions to make payments came front and center for states and the federal government to implement quickly and according to the new federal and state law.
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DISLOCATED WORKER TRAINING PROGRAM

University of Arkansas Professional and Workforce Development, the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services, Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, and the Northwest Arkansas Council have partnered to offer no-cost online training programs to qualified Arkansans who are underemployed or unemployed.
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COVID-19 MEDICAL SUPPLIES

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NEEDED IN ARKANSAS

Officials have compiled a list of medical equipment and devices that healthcare providers across the state need to treat the COVID-19 pandemic.
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AVAILABLE IN ARKANSAS

The World Trade Center of Arkansas is compiling local companies that can provided medical equipment and supplies to aid healthcare workers against the coronavirus.
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FEDERAL PROCUREMENT

The U.S. government is offering several options to sell, produce and donate medical supplies in the fight against COVID-19.
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INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES

International vendors are providing medical equipment to aid healthcare workers.
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ARKANSAS COVID-19 RESOURCES

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GOVERNOR'S OFFICE DAILY COVID-19 BRIEFINGS

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Health Secretary Nate Smith are providing daily updates from Little Rock on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Arkansas.
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ARKANSAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The State Chamber and Arkansas Center for Health Improvement have also created a weekly podcast to discuss COVID-19 here: https://waymackandcrew.box.com/s/718ps4l0ufogtwqbbkrdcubth67ibcqg
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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The state’s Agriculture Department has compiled a list of resources geared toward Arkansas’ livestock and poultry industries, as well as guidance for farmers markets and a food access map.
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COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT IN ARKANSAS

Researchers from the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College at the University of Arkansas are going to provide some quick estimates for cities across Arkansas on the loss of sales, sales taxes, and overall employment and economic impacts for these industries.
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ARKANSAS PROCUREMENT ASSISTANCE

The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps businesses find and compete for government contracts. The Center is part of a nationwide network of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) working to help small businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.
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ASU DELTA CENTER

The Delta Center for Economic Development coordinates the economic development outreach services of A-State and works to provide a comprehensive approach to serving the businesses, governments, and citizens of Arkansas.
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ARKANSAS STATE GOVERNMENT

The State of Arkansas is proactively responding to an outbreak of COVID-19. State and Federal health officials urge social distancing, good hand hygiene, covering coughs and staying home if you are sick.
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ASBTDC ASSISTANCE

COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is impacting small businesses across Arkansas. The ASBTDC has compiled reliable sources of information to help your business plan and respond in these uncharted times.
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ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

AEDC is committed to helping businesses and employees combat the effects of COVID-19. The agency has compiled a list of programs and resources, and will continue to update it as additional resources become available.
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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) is Arkansas’ Homeland Security and Preparedness Agency. ADEM serves as the state’s coordination center for the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.
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SCORE RESOURCE HUB

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. The non-profit organization is a resource partner of SBA and provides mentoring services, webinars and online library resources.
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COVID-19 BUSINESS RECOVERY RESOURCES

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US COMMERCIAL SERVICE ASSISTANCE

Learn how to export, connect with foreign buyers, handle trade challenges and expand operations in new markets. These 12 Export Solutions give you advice, tools and market intelligence for a successful international sales strategy.
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EXPORT CONNECT

The State International Development Organizations (SIDO) and Getting to Global partnered to launch Export Connect, which has been tweaked to also provide easier access to all economic recovery resources made available to U.S. companies.
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SCAMS & FRAUD

The Office of Inspector General recognizes that we are facing unprecedented times and is alerting the public about potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs offered by the SBA in response to COVID-19.
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BUSINESS NEWS

The World Trade Center of Arkansas is compiling business news relevant to Arkansas small businesses and farmers.
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COVID-19 HEALTH RESOURCES

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TESTING & SCREENING LOCATIONS

Officials ask that patients with questions or feel they have symptoms call the facility before arriving. UAMS has created a coronavirus hotline at 1-800-632-4502, as well as an online screening tool here: https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/
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CDC GUIDELINES

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has a bevy of resources on the coronavirus, including tips on prevention, daily living, and frequently asked questions.
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INTERNATIONAL COVID-19 DATA

Johns Hopkins University is providing the most up-to-date information the COVID-19 with its Global Case Tracker that is updated frequently.
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ADG: TRACKING CORONAVIRUS

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Natural State’s only daily, statewide newspaper is providing the latest information on covid-19 cases in Arkansas, the U.S. and the world.
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ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

ADH has activated a call center to answer questions from health care providers and the public about the novel coronavirus. During normal business hours, urgent and non-urgent calls, please call 1-800-803-7847 or email ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov. After normal business hours and weekend calls, needing immediate response, please call 1-800-554-5738.
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ARKANSAS COVID-19 DATA

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is providing real-time updates on Arkansas cases of COVID-19.
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Just hoping things get better isn’t enough. It takes caring about the safety, health, and well-being of those around us, and a commitment to make things better even when times get tough. The University of Arkansas is determined to find ways to help support those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic
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