Updated May 18, 2020 -4:00pm
During this unprecedented global health crisis, Uptown Greenwood, remains committed to serving and promoting our local businesses. Below is a list of resources that may prove helpful for your business as we navigate thee challenging times. This list will be maintained and updated as new information becomes available. We stand with our local businesses, ready to assist in whatever ways we can.
Small Business Funding
- The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Since Governor McMaster’s declaration of a state of emergency, this funding is now available to all qualifying small business owners in all 46 counties of South Carolina. The deadline to apply for these low-interest loan funds is December 21, 2020. Currently no applications are being processed due to appropriation limits already reached. Learn more.
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. These loans may be forgivable and are applied for through local SBA lenders (banks). Click here to learn more.
- As part of the recently adopted CARES Act, eligible employers may qualify for an Employee Retention Tax Credit. The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. Learn More.
- Opportunityfund.org has enacted a Small Business Relief Fund specifically targeted towards women- and minority-owned business owners. This organization also offers emergency loan funding for small business owners. Learn more.
- Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund. Click here.
- GoFundMe and Yelp have teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Small businesses may also apply for a $500 matching grant, paid out when the business's fundraiser reaches $500. Learn more.
- GoFundMe and QuickBooks have also teamed up to help small businesses raise funds through GoFundMe. Quickbooks is making contributions to small business fundraisers. Learn more.
- HelloAlice is offering $10,000 grants to small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Click on “apply for an emergency grant” once on their website. Learn more.
- The US Chamber of Commerce is offering $5,000 grants to small business owners with 2-20 employees who have been impacted by COVID-19. To check your eligibility and apply online here.
Small Business Response Resources
- The South Carolina Dept. of Commerce. Learn More.
- South Carolina Emergency Management. Learn More.
- AccelerateSC. Learn More.
- South Carolina DHEC information. Click here.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information. Click here.
- US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response. Click here.
- US Dept. of Labor COVID-19 Resources. Click here.
- National Federation for Independent Businesses COVID-19 Resources. Click Here.
- South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Resources. Click here.
- Google for Small Business Resources. Click here.
- Crisis Communication Planning Checklist. Click here.
- Institute for Self Reliance Tip Sheet. Click here.
- US Chamber of Commerce Reliance Tip Sheet. Click here.
- South Carolina Dep. of Revenue Tax Information. Click here.
- Employer Filed Claims Step by Step Video. Click here.
- Department of Employment and Workforce Resources. Click here.
- SBA EIDL vs. PPP Graphic
- Facebook Resource Hub for Small Businesses. Click Here.
- Setting up e-gift cards. Click here.
- Social media during COVID-19 FREE webinar. Click here.
- South Carolina DHEC Food Service Restrictions. Click here.
- Municipal Assoc. of South Carolina Restaurant Safety Enforcement Information. Click here.
- South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce Unemployment Assistance. Click Here.
- James Beard Foundation Resources. Click here.
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation. Click here.
- Relief Fund Information from Eater.com. Click here.
- SC Restaurant and Lodging Association Relief Fund. Click Here.
- Re-opening after COVID-19. Click here.
- Free Food Safety & Career Development Training & Resources (from ServSafe) – online training topics include, COVID-19 food safety, takeout/delivery safety, hospitality training and access to the ServSuccess program.
- Restaurant toolkit from Streetsense containing strategies for re-opening for restaurants and bars..
- National Retail Federation: Click here.
- Retail Industry Leaders Association. Click here.
- How to set up an Online Store. Click here. OR https://www.tourismcurrents.com/is-it-time-to-launch-an-online-store/ OR https://www.locable.com/local-ecommerce-solution-sell-online-with-locable-for-free
WhizBang resources for retailers https://whizbangtraining.com/
- Bob Phipps (retail Doc) Web Series.
- Shop local Safely graphic.
- Eat local safely graphic
- Support local safely graphic