During this unprecedented global health crisis, Downtown Florence remains committed to serving and promoting our small businesses. Below is a list of resources that may prove helpful for your business as we navigate these challenging times. The list will be maintained and updated as new information becomes available. We stand with our small businesses, ready to assist in whatever ways we can.
Not a downtown business? No problem! All listed resources can be used for ANY small business owner!
Small Business Funding
- The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) 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. Since Governor McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency, this funding is now available to all qualifying small business owners in all 46 counties of South Carolina. EIDL applications have re-opened as of 06/16/2020. Learn more.
- As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes loans for small businesses to help cover payroll expenses. These loans may be forgivable, and loans are applied for through local SBA lenders (banks). The deadline to apply for PPP is June 30, 2020. Learn more.
- As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, eligible employers may qualify for an Employee Retention Tax Credit. The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Learn more.
- Opportunityfund.org has enacted a Small Business Relief Fund specifically targeted towards women- and minority-owned business owners. This organization also offers emergency loan funding for small business owners. Learn more.
- GoFundMe and Yelp have teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Small businesses may also apply for a $500 matching grant, paid out when the business’s fundraiser hits $500. Learn more.
- GoFundMe and QuickBooks have also teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Quickbooks is making contributions to small business fundraisers. Learn more.
- HelloAlice is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Click on “apply for an emergency grant” once on their website. Learn more.
- HelloAlice is offering $10,000 grants to African-American-owned small business owners. Learn more.
- The Doonie Fund is offering micro-grants for African-American women-owned businesses. Learn more.
- The Red Backpack Fund is offering grants for women-owned businesses. Application deadlines are rolling, learn more.
- IFundWomen is offering several grant opportunities to women-owned businesses. Learn more.
Small Business Response Resources
- The Downtown Development Office has put together a list of ways you can respond to this crisis. Learn more.
- The Downtown Development Office has created a fast fact sheet for available loan programs. Learn more.
- South Carolina Dept. of Commerce and South Carolina Emergency Management: Click here.
- South Carolina DHEC Information: Click here.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information: Click here.
- US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response: Click here.
- US Dept. of Labor COVID-19 Resources: Click here.
- National Federation for Independent Businesses COVID-19 Resources: Click here.
- South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Resources: Click here.
- Google for Small Business Resources: Click here.
- Crisis Communications Planning Checklist: Click here.
- Institute for Self Reliance Tip Sheet: Click here.
- South Carolina Dept. of Revenue Tax Information: Click here.
- Small Business Mental Health Tip Sheet: Click here.
- Setting up e-Gift Cards: Click here.
- Facebook and Instagram during COVID-19 (Small Business Marketing Academy) FREE Webinar: Click here.
- Facebook Business Resource Hub: Click here.
Resilience and Re-opening Resources
- Leading a small business through a recession: Click here
- US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Resilience Resources: Click here.
- Fast Facts about the CARES Act benefits for small businesses: Click here.
- Preparing a Post-Pandemic Marketing Plan: Click here.
- Getting through COVID-19: A Financial Game Plan: Click here.
- Checklist for re-opening any business after COVID-19: Click here.
- Webinars for barbers, salons, and spas related to re-opening: Click here.
- REOPEN MAIN STREET™ Re-opening Strategies for Retail, Service, and Eating Establishments: Click here.
- National Main Street Re-opening Guidance: Click here.
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses: Click here or here.
- HelloAlice Close-contact Service Provider Re-opening Portal: Click here.
- HelloAlice Restaurant and Food Service Re-opening Portal: Click here.
South Carolina Re-opening Guides
- SCRLA restaurant re-opening guidelines: Click here.
- SCRLA guidance for temporary outdoor dining: Click here.
- SCRLA guidance for hotels and indoor event venues: Click here.
- Guidelines for all close-contact service providers: Click here.
- Guidelines for cosmetology service providers: Click here.
- Guidelines for gyms, fitness centers, and fitness studios: Click here.
- SC DHEC Food Service Restrictions: Click here.
- Municipal Assoc. of South Carolina Restaurant Safety Enforcement Information: Click here.
- South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Unemployment Assistance: Click here.
- To-go/curbside operations guide: Click here.
- To-go/curbside operations guide (Español): Click here.
- James Beard Foundation Resources: Click here.
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Click here.
- Relief Fund Information from Eater.com: Click here.
- Re-opening after COVID-19: Click here.
- National Restaurant Association Re-opening Guide: Click here.
- FREE ServSafe Food Safety and Server Training: Click here.
- StreetSense Restaurant and Bar Re-Launch Guide: Click here.
- SC DHEC Restaurant Re-opening Toolkit: Click here.
- EPA Guidance for Restaurant Disinfectants: Click here.
- National Retail Federation: Click here.
- Retail Industry Leaders Association: Click here.
- Bob Phipps (RetailDoc) Web Series:
- Locable Emergency E-Commerce Set-up Webinar: Click here.
- Temporary store closure checklist: Click here.
- Ebay is offering free e-commerce and technical assistance through June 30 to help small business owners transition to online stores. Learn more.
City of Florence Information
- Stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 crisis and response with the City of Florence’s information page. Click here.
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- Shop local safely graphic: Click here.
- Eat local safely graphic: Click here.
- Support local safely graphic: Click here.
- American Express Small Business Resource Center: Click here.
- Customized COVID-19 Response Flyer (US Chamber): Click here.
- “From Crisis to Connection: Building a Social Media Content Strategy During COVID-19”: Click here.
- “You can help my business by…” graphics collection (customized posters, social posts, etc.): Click here.