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COVID-19 Business Resources

A compilation of state and federal resources for your business

ND Smart Restart Guidelines

In an effort to support a restart for North Dakota businesses that will allow us to move forward in sync with federal gaiting parameters for opening America, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information: https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/

North Dakota Department of Commerce announces Hospitality ERG October 28, 2020
Due to the continuing need of assistance, the second round of the ERG will focus on reimbursing hospitality businesses that were directly impacted by Executive Order 2020-06. This includes all restaurants, bars, breweries, cafes and similar on-site dining establishments.

Department of Health Workplace Assessment for C-19 (it is recommended that this assessment guide you through the steps of establishing your reopening or your continued operational plan as North Dakota begins to reopen

CDC Guidance for business

ND Smart Restart Universal and Industry Related Guidance landing page:

Each guidance (Universal for all industries, PLUS specific additional guidance for Personal Services,
Fitness Centers, and Restaurants) is also linked as PDF for printing convenience.

Also linked below is a SHRM developed COVID-19 Employee Health-Screening Form (Word doc) and a South Dakota Department of Health Symptom Checker, should you find them helpful in moving forward with your ND Smart Restart Plan.

Also attached and linked here: https://ndresponse.gov/sites/www/files/documents/covid-19/ND%20Smart%20Restart/Toolkit/NDSmartRestartDoorSign.pdf are door signs for your business entrances to support the general C-19 etiquette that will be needed to meeting federal gaiting parameters to move to Phase II

This is the plan for C-19 RECOVERY and REOPENING as provided by the state of North Dakota. Remember, general C-19 etiquette by everyone while out in public is the KEY to keeping our community from rebounding and falling outside key federal gaiting public health parameters.

Links to PDF Guidelines and Information for your convenience 
Fitness Center Guidelines
Standards for all industries
Restaurants Standards
Personal Services Guidelines
Symptoms check flow chart
Employee Health Screening

Federal Updates

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

On Friday, President Trump signed this unprecedented $2 trillion emergency spending bill into law, providing critical economic assistance to United States citizens and businesses impacted by COVID-19. The North Dakota Department of Commerce has provided a high-level summary of the CARES Act with an overview of business support programs, paycheck provisions for workers, and information on unemployment insurance changes.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Administered by the Small Business Administration, this is one of the quickest responses to aid businesses in the face of COVID-19. As soon as North Dakota was deemed a federal disaster zone, this immediately made available working capital loans at 3.75% to help businesses cover immediate shortfalls. For more information, view the Disaster Loan Assistance Page. Additionally, the ND Small Business Development Centers have been designated technical assistance centers in this process. To contact them, you can find more information on the ND SBDC website.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
Prepared by the US Chamber of Commerce

Prepared by the US Chamber of Commerce

Click here for a quick comparison of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program.

State Updates

ND COVID-19 Response Website
The State of North Dakota has developed a website dedicated to the state's COVID-19 Response and linked to various agencies, guidance and resources.

North Dakota State Department of Commerce 

North Dakota Small Business Centers
Assisting ND small businesses to prepare for and recover from COVID-19 impacts. 

Greater North Dakota Chamber Resources

State COVID-19 Impact Survey
The North Dakota Department of Commerce has launched a survey to better understand how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting businesses across our the State. Your input is important and is essential in helping Commerce respond to business needs.  

Unemployment Claims and Questions
The State has released a document featuring FAQs about unemployment policy. 

Disaster Assistance Loan
North Dakota Opportunity Fund disaster assistance loan program for small businesses that are adversely impacted by the pandemic.
Click here for more information

Summary of the Paycheck Protection Program
The PPP is a forgivable working capital loan provided by SBA via your local bank. This is an excellent summary of the program provided by the US Chamber of Commerce.

Gov. Doug Burgum  today announced the activation of North Dakota’s Workforce Coordination Center (WCC) to serve emergency workforce needs
Click here for more information

Online Support & Classes

ND Commerce Weekly Business Briefings
Business Briefings GNDC has partnered with the ND Department of Commerce to provide a business briefing via conference call to GNDC members and businesses, trade associations and local chambers of commerce to discuss current solutions for stressors caused by COVID-19. 
Every Thursday at 11 AM
Click here for more information

Main Street Webinar
Digital Support for Local Businesses with NDSU's The Nice Center 
Setting up an online store
Marketing the new ways you continue to serve your customers
Branding and design
Online ordering and sales processes and more

Non-Profit Assistance
The North Dakota Association of Nonprofits is providing updates, resources and webinars designed specifically for nonprofits facing this crisis. Nonprofits with questions can contact NDANO directly or visit their website for more information.

Local Information and assistance on COVID-19 

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