For Business Leaders and Job Seekers – COVID-19 Financial Support and More


COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses and Job Seekers

When faced with adversity there are two questions I ask myself that always create comfort:

1. What help do I need?
2. How can I help?

Answering question #2 led me to create the following list for those of you who are entrepreneurs or find yourselves furloughed or financially challenged due to COVID-19.  Please share this far and wide and be the answer to someone’s prayer.

For Business Owners:

  • SheaMoisture launched a $1 Million Fund to support entrepreneurs of color.  Applications open today (4/8) and have a quick turnaround.

  • Spanx Red Backpack fund is a $5 Million fund targeting women entrepreneurs.  Applications opened 4/6.    

  • Facebook is offering $100 Million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 small businesses.  More information can be found here

  • Verizon has donated $2.5 million to the national nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  LISC is targeting grants up to $10,000 to entrepreneurs of color and women-owned businesses.  To register for the mid-April round of funding, click here

  • Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants to help small business owners.  For more information about those grants and other small business resources, click here

  • Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing.  For more information, click here

  • Tory Burch Foundation has a useful list of resources (for both funding and advice) for small businesses that can be found here

For Job Seekers:

Some industries — from shipping to online learning — are hiring to meet coronavirus-related demand. Here are some of the companies hiring right now.

  • Instacart says it’s looking to hire 300,000 contract workers over the next three months.

  • Amazon says it’s looking to hire 100,000 new workers for its fulfillment centers and delivery network.

  • CVS Health is hiring 50,000 employees to serve in various capacities across its business.

  • Walmart is hiring 50,000 workers for its distribution and fulfillment centers.

  • Dollar General says it’s looking to add 50,000 employees by the end of April.

  • Pizza Hut is hiring 30,000 permanent employees to serve as drivers, shift leaders, cooks and managers.

  • Ace Hardware is hiring 30,000 people to work in its stores nationwide.

  • Lowe’s is hiring 30,000 employees to meet the demand created by the coronavirus.

  • Dollar Tree, which is also the parent company of Family Dollar, is hiring 25,000 workers for its stores and distribution centers.

  • Walgreens is hiring 25,000 employees for permanent and temporary roles.

  • Papa John’s is hiring 20,000 workers to meet demand.

  • 7-Eleven is hiring up to 20,000 employees due to increased demand.

  • Kroger is looking to hire an additional 20,000 workers across the U.S.

  • See the full list by clicking here.

Extended list of funding and relief services continued below…

NATIONAL Funding & Relief programs, LOCAL funding and relief programs, WEBINARS, ARTICLES & ADVICE for entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking employment:

National Funding & Relief Programs 

Small Business Administration’s Disaster AssistanceThe SBA provides low-interest loans to help small business owners and a directory for local assistance. Learn more and apply for a loan. Mentoring and Business Support
Find mentors and support navigating the crisis.

National Banks Offering Relief
A list from of the banks offering relief services to small businesses.

Kiva Loan ProgramKiva has expanded eligibility requirements for small business loans.

Facebook $100M Commitment to Small BusinessesApplications open soon – sign up to receive updates.

James Beard Foundation Relief Fund
Relief fund for the food and beverage industry. Applications are open until April 3, 2020 at 3PM ET.

Jewish Free Loan SocietyNo interest loans for those whose income, childcare or business have been impacted by COVID-19.

Restaurant & Restaurant Workers ReliefFunding, financial assistance, unemployment, and health care resources.

Work Share Program
Temporarily reduce the hours your employees work while still retaining them during challenging economic times.

Bumble Small Business GrantsSmall businesses can apply for up to $5,000.

Local  Funding & Relief Programs

Chamber of Commerce Directory for States, Cities and TerritoriesFind your state or region’s local services.

Berkley Relief Fund
Supporting small businesses, arts nonprofits, and residential organizations. Applications open soon, sign up for updates.

California Rapid Response Services
Assistance preventing layoffs.

Chicago Illinois’ Small Business Resiliency Fund
Loan applications open on March 31, 2020. Sign up for updates.

Denver Colorado Small Business Emergency Relief
Complete the questionnaire to be connected with the right local resources.

Florida Disaster Loans
Businesses in all Florida counties may be eligible to apply for disaster relief loans.

Los Angeles City Small Business MicroLoans
A micro-loan program to combat COVID-19.

Maryland Small Business Emergency Grant Fund
$50M grant fund to support small businesses with interim relief.

Maryland Small Business Loans
$75M loan fund providing loans up to $50K to small businesses.

New Mexico Business Loan Guarantee Program
Local-level loans and additional services.

NYC Employee Retention Grant ProgramBusinesses with one to four employees in the 5 boroughs may be eligible to apply.

NYC Small Business AssistanceNew York City will provide relief for local businesses. Businesses with less than 100 employees seeing a 25% decline or more in sales should fill out the interest form for updates.

New Jersey  Business LoansDetermine your eligibility for loans and other government resources.

Philadelphia Business Relief Fund
Helping businesses avoid predatory lenders, retain employees, and maintain operations.

Pittsburgh Business AssistanceLoans to existing recipients and microloans for new borrowers.

Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program
Loans to help businesses keep and retain employees.

City of San Francisco Small Business Resiliency FundSmall businesses in San Francisco with one (1) to five (5) employees may be eligible for relief services.

Amazon’s Seattle Small Business Relief FundIf your business is 50 employees or less based in the Seattle area, learn more about their relief fund.

Seattle Small Business Stabilization FundApply by March 25, 2020 for capital grants.

Texas Rapid Response Services
Assistance preventing layoffs.


Michigan’s Small Business Development Center
Provides webinars on industry-specific needs, cash flow, avoiding cyber scams and more.

Articles & Advice

Tech Stars – Advice from Our Network
A series of videos, AMAs and more for navigating COVID-19.

7 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Loan Application
Keep these important tips in mind when applying for relief funds.

Coronavirus Response Toolkit of Businesses
A guide for keeping your teams and customers safe!

Harvard Business Review – Leading Your Business Through COVID-19A guide for leaders to navigate COVID-19 and keeping your business on track.

Facebook’s Business Resource HubAccess a business resiliency toolkit, tips for emergency response plans, and how to connect with your customers during challenging times.

Small Business Administration’s Guide for BusinessesThe latest tips on operating your small business during COVID-19. 

Chamber of Commerce’s 8 Things Business Can DoFrom remote work plans to online sales strategies, here are 8 things businesses can do.

Inc. Magazine’s Overview of Remote Workplace ToolsTech companies are offering free remote working tools – here is a roundup of them all.

Stanford GSB’s Guide to Working from HomeExperts discuss effective social distancing, virtual presentations and preventing conflict while remote.

Harvard Business Review’s Tips for Reducing Stress During Video ConferencingAnd other great advice for managing your team remotely!

Quartz Work from Home WorkshopsA series of sessions designed to help you work from home healthily and effectively.

Mental Health AmericaResources for reducing stress, anxiety and maintaining mental health during the crisis.

Gusto’s Resource Hub
Features articles, news and information to navigate these challenging times.

Google for Small Business
How to manage your online profile with temporary closures and status updates.

Companies Now Hiring:

* List compiled from Tory Burch Foundation and Linked In.

When I asked myself question #1 it led me to make the calls and do the research and receive the support that had me pivot my business model (more on that to come but for not, head to the homepage and have a look at The Workplace Catalyst).

Nothing has EVER been certain.  That may feel more true now because of what we’re all facing, but it has always been so. What’s also true is there’s nothing more powerful than community, compassion and a passion for creating a better world.  Those ways of being will have us come out of this stronger than ever.

Until Next Time,


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