Information you may find helpful:

New from the U.S. Chamber:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed new and updated resources to assist businesses in accessing resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill). This includes an update to the guide they released several days ago on the Paycheck Protection Program. See below.


         NEW – Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) 
         NEW – Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit  
         UPDATED – Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program)
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found below, or on their webpage.
         A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
         If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
         If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
         The application for borrowers can be found here.

Loans Available:

The SBA has also provided a list of Arkansas banks that can make 7(a) loans to businesses: here
The Arkansas Department of Commerce is receiving applications for the Quick Action Loan Guaranty Program to address the immediate needs of businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The program will be administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) in partnership with Arkansas banks. Click here.


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Paid Leave:

Department of Labor (DOL) guidance that came out 3/25/20 on the 2 types of paid leave that will become available April 1st

IRS guidance on how employers can get a tax credit (against normal federal payroll taxes) for any paid leave payments made to employees


PPE Requests:

Arkansas is currently dealing with a shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – masks, gowns, face shields, goggles, gloves, ventilators etc. for healthcare workers who are on the front line fighting COVID-19. If your company has this type of equipment to donate, please email

If your organization is in need of PPE locally in Fort Smith area, please email that request to


Other Resources Links:

Arkansas Economic Development Commission: COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Employers, and Employees in Arkansas

Fort Smith Public Schools: COVID-19 UPDATES

American Enterprise Institute provides a road map for reopening from COVID-19 here.

Fort Smith Chamber member Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP has issued guidance for businesses and healthcare providers regarding the recently passed federal CARES Act: here.

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has released updated guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has information about workers compensation and COVID-19 here.

Summary of Unemployment Insurance Provisions in Title II Sub-title A of the “CARES Acthere.

The most up-to-date information on mortgage help for homeowners impacted by the Coronavirus can be found here.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released new facility guidance  for manufacturers on how to operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak including this letter and this additional guidance, which you can use to supplement your current plans and response efforts.

Common Questions and Answers for Workers Regarding the Unemployment Insurance
Program and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Downloadable PDF file Business Continuity Plan

US. Department of Labor:  OSHA COVID-19 Overview

US. Department of Labor:  OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Guidance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  COVID-19 Information for Travel

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Information for Healthcare Professionals

World Health Organization (WHO):  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

World Health Organization (WHO):  Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

US. Chamber of Commerce:  Workplace Tips For Employees

US. Chamber of Commerce:  Guidance For Employers To Plan And Respond To Coronavirus

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM):  Coronavirus: What Employers Need to Know

The Food Industry Association (FDI):   FDI Coronavirus Resources and Preparedness Checklist

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber:  Handshake-Free Zone Downloadable Sign

Here are some resources to help address questions about general cleaning and preventative measures on job sites:
·        DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus (pages 8 & 9)
·        EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-1
·        EPA Press Release: EPA expands COVID-19 disinfectant list
·        Milwaukee: Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
·        CDC: Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities