COVID 19 Resources
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This is an unprecedented time for small business and we don’t know how long or how deep the impact from social distancing will go. However, we want to assure you that Idaho Small Business Development Center consultants are available to work with your business, answering questions, providing resources, and advocating for your business to help get through this period. Currently, each of our Centers across the state are open for business, although due to current social distancing measures, all meetings will be virtual by phone or video conference. Please request an appointment here.
If you are a small business who’s been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, you can let us know how you’ve been affected by completing this survey. The information we gather helps inform our government on what support is needed here in Idaho.
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Idaho SBDC Information
Idaho SBDC Services and Events
All Idaho SBDC office locations remain open at this time. However, there have been some modifications to how we will conduct face-to-face engagements with our customers and the general public.
Our one-on-one consulting service offering will continue as scheduled at this time. However, all Idaho SBDC employees are taking individual accountability to protect themselves and others from contracting and spreading the Coronavirus. When possible, we are highly encouraging our consultant staff to implement proper infection preventative measures when conducting face-to-face client engagements.
Please check with your consultant directly about their meeting preference before attending your appointment.
Training Events and Workshops
To minimize the health and safety risk to our customers and employees, and prevent the further contraction and spread of the Coronavirus, all face-to-face Idaho SBDC-sponsored training events and workshops schedule will either be canceled or moved to remote instruction. Check with your local SBDC center for training details.
Important Notice: Our employees are monitoring customers, colleagues, and themselves for signs and symptoms of illness, and, when appropriate, are taking appropriate action, including reserving the right to cancel your appointment should they believe they are at risk. To safeguard you – our customer – and our employees, please stay home and care for yourself if you are ill or have been around anyone who has been ill.
Idaho Rebounds Information
Governor Little has announced Idaho is reopening in stages and that there is money available for Idaho Small Businesses. Additionally, the State of Idaho is assisting businesses have access to personal protective equipment (PPE). Find out more with the below links:
CARES Act Information
This is a comprehensive guide to the aid packages for Small Businesses passed by the U.S. Government in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic. This information includes overviews of the following:
- Payroll Protection Program Loans: Low interest loans with a loan forgiveness component when used on payroll.
- Guide to the Cares Act The Government will cover your loan payments on existing non-disaster related SBA loans
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Low interest loans specifically for businesses in disaster areas (currently all 50 states)
- Small Business Tax Credit Program: This provides certain payroll tax credits for eligible businesses dialing with the COVID 19 pandemic.
- IRS Employee Retention Credit: Tax credits of up to $10,000 for employers who can show a significant decline in gross receipts due to COVID-19.
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Disaster Recovery Loans
For the first time in our Nation’s history, all 50 states have declared States of Emergency. This enables Federal Disaster Assistance to be available to businesses impacted by COVID 19. The Economic Individual Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are processed through the SBA. The current wait time to receive a decision is 14-21 days.
Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program
The Main Street Lending Program is a program announced April 9, 2020, in which the Federal Reserve will purchase loans that banks give to small and mid-sized businesses. Learn more about the program below:
Sick Leave Tax Credits
The US Government passed legislation that gives assistance to businesses needing to cover sick leave and other employee costs. This assistance is largely geared towards helping businesses pay for the large amount of sick leave and FMLA leave employees will need related to COVID-19 Pandemic. Learn more about this business relief package.
Pandemic Unemployment Insurance
The Idaho Department of Labor is facilitate Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, which give Idaho Sole Proprietors and Independent Contractors access to unemployment benefits. Learn more about that process below:
USDA Assistance for Rural and Agricultural Based Businesses
The USDA has special programs available to Rural and Agricultural based businesses in Idaho. To learn more click below:
COVID 19 in Idaho
Learn more about how COVID 19 is affecting Idahoans and what our State Government is doing to fight it. This site includes the current statistics on how many Idahoans have the virus, school information, FAQs, and other information specific to idaho. Learn more below:
General COVID 19 Safety Information
Despite cases continuing to rise, it’s not too late to take proactive steps to protect your business, employees, and customers. Get the most up to date information from the CDC on how to take care of yourself and other during the COVID 19 Pandemic.