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  • Recovery Resources

    Hopefully, there is light at the end of the tunnel! As our area businesses begin to come back online, we want to keep you updated on the issues that are being considered. Guidelines seem to be coming from everywhere!  We will post these for your consideration. I am sure the state will have final guidelines soon.  However, this is to start the thought process towards recovery and insight as to what you might need to do to reopen.  Please let us know if there is anything we might be able to help you with, such as notifying the public of your hours of operations, your types of services available, PPE you need help securing, etc. LET'S CELEBRATE when you open! Inform us and we will post online!

    Begin Your Business Recovery with these Resources

    WHITE HOUSE GUIDELINES

    Proposed State or Regional Gating Criteria for reopening.

    SAFE AT WORK BRAC LABI

    Recommendations from the Louisiana business community for gradual opening.

    BRAC - Grey Area

    Not Essential, but Not Ordered to Close: Addressing the Grey Area in the Stay at Home Order

    OSHA Workplace Safety - COVID-19

    OSHA’s Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure

    OPEN SAFELY

    In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, businesses were required to close or restrict activity to preserve and protect the health and safety of the citizens of Louisiana. Because of the success of these efforts, Louisiana is now ready to move forward with opening businesses in a safe, phased-in approach.

    This site allows you to register your business and your registration allows you to receive updated communication, notifications, and helpful guidance via email from the State Fire Marshal’s Office specific to your business type.

    See here for a list of reopened Central Businesses


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    Paycheck Protection Program Application

    An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

    PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications

    Paycheck Protection Program Facts

    The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. All loan terms will be the same for everyone. 

    Paycheck Protection Program Guide

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. 

    Paid Leave Information

    A bulleted list of guidelines from the phase 2 bill.

    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Essential Industries

    Advisory memorandum on the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response.

    COVID-19 Sick Leave Policy

    The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump.

    CDC Guidelines

    A comprehensive overview of COVID-19 information form the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

    FEMA Emergency Response Plan

    A 10 page document to help Businesses Identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan.

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    U.S. Chamber Toolkit

    On this page, you’ll find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees as well as the U.S. Chamber's small business guide. The U.S. Chamber encourages you to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels and send them to your colleagues and employees.

    Independent Contractors Guide

    If you are an independent contractor or self-employed individual, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for losses of income related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Currently Only for Agriculture)

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. **This is currently only available for agriculture.**

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    Louisiana Small Business Development Center

    Since 1986, the LSBDC at Southern University Baton Rouge has been a public service unit of the College of Business at Southern University A&M College. The purpose of the Center is to provide individual consulting services, training programs/seminars, and information assistance to potential and existing small businesses in the Greater Baton Rouge Region including Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana parishes.

    Louisiana Small Business Development Center Southeastern Louisiana University

    The Center is ready and willing to assist with your business needs. Please complete the Request for Counseling and one of their consultants will contact you.

    Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program

    Time and again, Louisianans reach out and help their neighbors in times of crisis. The Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program is an example of that service. Governor Edwards has received commitments from banks and credit unions across the state that have agreed to help Louisiana’s small businesses recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

    LED Covid-19 Resource Page

    LED is working with all levels of government to safeguard Louisiana businesses in terms of economic and physical safety issues related to COVID-19. They're posting links that connect business owners with valuable resources. These links are also updated as soon as any new information becomes available, so please check this page often.

    Louisiana Workforce Commission

    A list of resources for employers and employees from the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

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    Central Community Schools & COVID-19

    CCSS understands this is an evolving situation and will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

    CCSS Mobile Meals

    Partnered with BREC & Three O'Clock Project to provide meals to children who are food insecure.