COVID-19 Resources for Business

Below are a list of resources to assist businesses during this challenging time.
For questions, contact Laura Miller, Community Development Director, 314-410-8751 (cell) or l-miller@cityofmaplewood.com


RESOURCES FOR RESTAURANTS

There are numerous web sites, Facebook pages, and Google sheets dedicated to let your customers know you’re open for delivery and takeout. Please make sure your web site and social media sites are current with your information.

CURBSIDESTL.COM
STL Today Posting Site with Google Sheets
Facebook page: How to support STL restaurants through COVID-19
Explore St. Louis Take it Home
Mid County Chamber Small Business Guide https://midcountychamber.org/smallbizguide/. You do not have to be a Chamber member to be listed on this page.

RESOURCES FOR ALL BUSINESSES

Facebook Group:  Maplewood Business Watch
Facebook Group  #314Together - Post your information into this regional group
St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resources
St. Louis Business Journal Guide STLBIZHELP
St. Louis Regional Data Alliance

St. Louis County Small Business Relief Program - DEADLINE MAY 14.
The St. Louis County Small Business Relief ("SBR") Program will provide financial relief to small businesses that were closed during the Stay at Home Order.  The grant can be used to pay for the costs of business interruption as a result of the business closing during the Stay at Home Order and to cover costs associated with reopening safely.  Business interruption costs could include fixed operating costs during closure.  Reopening costs could include acquiring personal protective equipment for employees or customers or installing plastic shields to reduce the risks of transmission between customers and employees.

Cares Act:
CARES Act section by section breakdown.
CARES Small Business Guide and Checklist
CARES Forbes Article

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ

Paycheck Protection Program Application

This Grant is currently CLOSED. The Save Small Business Fund by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation is providing $5,000 grants to companies with employees between 3 and 20 people, located in economically vulnerable communities, and that have been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access their webpage for more information by clicking here.

Business/Economic Relief Information and Funding Assistance: St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Small Business Loan ($5,000, 0% interest, $50 payback first 6 months, $265 month 7-end of the term) https://stlpartnership.com/  Resources are limited, so please respond immediately online if you are interested.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent.

Applicants will be able to apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) also has these resources available: 

To help business owners prepare for the changing circumstances associated with COVID-19, the Missouri SBDC suggests the following steps to take for businesses financially impacted.

Register as an SBDC-St. Louis client, and get connected to an SBDC Counselor here.  Contact SBDC Business Counselor, Colleen Mulvihill, directly at cmulvihill@stlpartnership.com.

Gateway Resilience Fund - This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) also has these resources available: 
To help business owners prepare for the changing circumstances associated with COVID-19, the Missouri SBDC suggests the following steps to take for businesses financially impacted.

Register as an SBDC-St. Louis client, and get connected to an SBDC Counselor here. Contact SBDC Business Counselor, Colleen Mulvihill, directly at cmulvihill@stlpartnership.com.



OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

All St. Louis County press releases, executive orders and coronavirus related information can be found at stlcorona.com

St. Louis County Stay at home FAQ

Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.

Women’s Business Development Center

Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19

Coronavirus: Legal and business insights

MOSourceLink – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resources & Updates

SBDC Network – COVID-19 Small Business Resources

SCORE – Small Business Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Resources

Dept of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights