Business Resources& Guidance
As the voice of the regional business community, 1A is diligently monitoring and evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic and stands ready to assist Acadiana’s employers, workforce, and the community at large, with response and recovery. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
UPCOMING LIVE WEBINARS
COVID-19 Impacts on the Oil & Gas Industry
Tuesday, April 7
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. CDT
1A and business resource partners are hosting an ongoing webinar series featuring timely and relevant information designed to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 crisis. To browse previously recorded webinars, click on the link below.Watch On-Demand Webinars
ECONOMIC RECOVERY TOOLKIT
Check out 1A’s quick reference guides to key COVID-19 business assistance programs.Download
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
LOUISIANA LOAN PORTFOLIO GUARANTY PROGRAM (LPGP)
The Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program (LPGP) will offer loans up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses with fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by COVID-19. A total loan pool of $50 million is available to eligible small businesses across Louisiana. Application will be accepted by banks until April 30, 2020.
Find loan details and a list of participating banks here.
The LPGP is a partnership of Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Bankers Association, and the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
View 1A’s guide to the EIDL here.
To apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), please visit: covid19relief.sba.gov.
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email firstname.lastname@example.org (link sends email).
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. Businesses should consult with local lenders as to whether it is participating in the program. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. Download the Application Form.
The U.S. Chamber has released a Small Business Guide and Checklist to help guide business through the Paycheck Protection Program.
Click here to review U.S. Treasury’s guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program for borrowers and lenders.
Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Guidance for Employers
Information for Employers in Louisiana: If you are temporarily closing or reducing your hours of operations due to COVID-19, please contact the LWC to discuss how we can provide assistance and answer your questions about unemployment insurance and other programs and resources available.
- Contact us at EmployerServices@lwc.la.gov with your unemployment insurance questions. Be sure to provide your company’s name, a point of contact, telephone number and email address, as well as specifics on the assistance you are requesting. The Employer Call Center, 225-326-6999, is also available. http://www.laworks.net/PublicRelations/COVID_19_Information.asp
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources & Guidelines for Business
This page contains links to resources on business resilience and disaster recovery including resources for businesses to maintain operations during the coronavirus outbreak, how the U.S. Chamber and the business community are responding, and the economic impact of the crisis. https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/coronavirus
Ready.gov Business Continuity Plan
When business is disrupted, it can cost money. Lost revenues plus extra expenses means reduced profits. Insurance does not cover all costs and cannot replace customers that defect to the competition. A business continuity plan to continue business is essential. Development of a business continuity plan includes four steps:
- Conduct a business impact analysis to identify time-sensitive or critical business functions and processes and the resources that support them.
- Identify, document, and implement to recover critical business functions and processes.
- Organize a business continuity team and compile a business continuity plan to manage a business disruption.
- Conduct training for the business continuity team and testing and exercises to evaluate recovery strategies and the plan.
FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Resources for Businesses
FEMA provides Emergency Preparedness Resources for Businesses across multiple areas.
LABI’s Recommendations & Resources
With the Coronavirus causing concern both nationally and within the state, LABI is sharing resources with its members in order to aid Louisiana's business community in their response.
Recommendations for Louisiana Businesses: As you look to pass accurate information to your workers and make important decisions regarding business operations, a good place to start is with the CDC's recommended business strategies, which include:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
- Separate sick employees.
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning.
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.
Louisiana Economic Development’s Resources for Impacted Businesses
Louisiana Economic Development (LED) is currently monitoring the impact of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
LED is focusing on business continuity aimed at safeguarding economic, as well as physical, health. This information is in addition to that found on the Governor’s website; it will focus on useful resources and information for businesses and individuals. https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid-19-assistance
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
By registering (approximately 10 to 15 minutes), you agree to allow business information you provide to be accessed and utilized by LA BEOC participants (including government agencies, academic partners and industry trade organizations) in the State’s disaster response and recovery efforts. Register online here: https://www.labeoc.org/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2flabeoc%2fnonusers%2fuser_registration.aspx
Postlethwaite & Netterville (P&N) Coronavirus Resource Center
P&N is providing businesses with a dashboard of helpful resources including the most current information on federal legislation and IRS updates.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Coronavirus Resources
SHRM is providing best practices and resources for businesses including: how to prepare their workforce for the possibility of business closures, working from home, quarantines, and other outcomes of a disease outbreak. https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/Pages/communicable-diseases.aspx
WORKFORCE ASSISTANCE RESOURCES
LWC Guidance for Workers & Unemployment Eligibility Change
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has made changes to unemployment to help workers across the state whose jobs were impacted by the coronavirus. The changes mean more people may be eligible for unemployment insurance.
Those who may qualify include:
- Workers whose hours were reduced because of lack of work due to coronavirus
- Employees who are not being compensated despite their workplace temporarily closing
- Employees instructed not to go to work, and who are not being paid while at home
Those employees may file a claim online at www.louisianaworks.net/hire or by calling the claim center at 866-783-5567. You must answer "yes" to the question "are you filing for unemployment insurance benefits for reasons related to COVID-19 (coronavirus)?"
Special COVID-19 Blanket Employment Certificates for Minors to work in Louisiana
In response to the current COVID-19 event, pursuant to La. R.S. 23:184.1 the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) will begin issuing sixty (60) day blanket Employment Certificates for employers desiring to employ minors in the State of Louisiana. Employment Certificates issued due to this event shall expire sixty (60) days from the date of issuance. Upon expiration, employers will be required to obtain Employment Certificates as required pursuant to La. R.S. 23:181 et. seq.
Employers desiring to obtain an Employment Certificate pursuant to this memorandum must submit a completed and signed “Application to Employ Minors under 18” along with proof of age to email@example.com. The application can be downloaded from the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website or by copying and pasting the following web address into your web browser: http://www.laworks.net/Downloads/WFD/MinorApplicationToEmployForm.pdf.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. Employers should allow three (3) days for processing. When the application has been approved, the employer will be notified via email from the LWC Office of Workforce Development. The names of those minors who are approved to work pursuant to the Employment Certificate will also be attached to the email. As indicated, blanket Employment Certificates are effective for a maximum of sixty (60) days. Blanket Employment Certificates are not transferable. Certificates are required to be kept at the minor’s work location.
Any questions or concerns regarding this memorandum should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Openings to Meet COVID-19 Needs
See which businesses are in need of additional workers to meet current demand: https://lafayette.org/helpwanted
SAFETY BEST PRACTICES FOR WORKPLACE & EMPLOYERS
LED COVID-19 HELP DESK
Louisiana Economic Development (LED) has launched a COVID-19 Help Desk.
Companies can call (833) 457-0531 weekdays,
8 a.m.- 8 p.m., or email LEDbiz@la.gov.
COVID-19 INFORMATION & GENERAL SAFETY BEST PRACTICES
Governor Issues Stay at Home Order
On Sunday, March 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.
Click here to read the Governor’s statewide Stay at Home order.
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