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April 8- Find Eligible PPP Lenders

The SBA has a tool to find nearby lenders eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Visit Website

April 5-Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

Small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial support at this critical time can make the difference between staying in business or closing permanently, leading to lost income, jobs and economic stability.

Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available. 

Additionally, Verizon recently launched #PayItForwardLIVE, a weekly livestream from big names to pay it forward for small businesses. Viewers can tune in every Tuesday and Thursday at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT on @Verizon’s Twitter, Yahoo, Twitch, and Fios Channel 501. As people support their favorite small businesses with #PayItForwardLIVE, Verizon will commit an additional $10 per use of the hashtag, up to $2.5 million, for a total of up to $5 million in support.

Apply For Grant HERE

April 2- SheaMositure Announces a $1Million Fund to Support

SheaMoisture announced a $1M Fund to support women of color entrepreneurs and small minority businesses. Read more here:

Read more about it HERE

April 1-Gov. Edwards: State-Led Program to Offer COVID-19 Small Business Help

New Louisiana Small Business Loan Program – Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of the Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program.  This program will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  Further, the loans will require no payments for 180 days, and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5%.  You can learn more about the program here.  

March 31- IMPORTANT UPDATES TO THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

See the important press release for updates to the PPP program from the government. 

Link to press release

March 31- SBA 7(a) Guidance & Business Tips

View slides from the  BRAC Business Webinar: Navigating the SBA 7(a) Process and the Latest Information on Economic Injury Disaster Loans on Monday, March 30.

Link to slides

March 31 -Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

March 27 -Google pledges $800+ Million to support small businesses and crisis response

A MESSAGE FROM GOOGLE CEO

Sundar Pichai

 

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen around the world, it’s taking a devastating toll on lives and communities. To help address some of these challenges, today we’re announcing a new $800+ million commitment to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), health organizations and governments, and health workers on the frontline of this global pandemic. 

 

Our commitment includes:

  • $250 million in ad grants to help the World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 100 government agencies globally provide critical information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other measures to help local communities. This is an increase from our initial $25 million announced last month. In addition, we’re providing $20 million in ad grants to community financial institutions and NGOs specifically to run public service announcements on relief funds and other resources for SMBs.

  • A $200 million investment fund that will support NGOs and financial institutions around the world to help provide small businesses with access to capital. As one example, we’re working with the Opportunity Finance Network in the U.S. to help fill gaps in financing for people and communities underserved by mainstream financial institutions. This is in addition to the $15 million in cash grants Google.org is already providing to nonprofits to help bridge these gaps for SMBs.

  • $340 million in Google Ads credits available to all SMBs with active accounts over the past year. Credit notifications will appear in their Google Ads accounts and can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across our advertising platforms. We hope it will help to alleviate some of the cost of staying in touch with their customers.

  • A pool of $20 million in Google Cloud credits for academic institutions and researchers to leverage our computing capabilities and infrastructure as they study potential therapies and vaccines, track critical data, and identify new ways to combat COVID-19. Learn how to apply for credits on the Google for Education site.

  • Direct financial support and expertise to help increase the production capacity for personal protective equipment (PPE) and lifesaving medical devices. We’re working with our longtime supplier and partner Magid Glove & Safety, with the goal of ramping up production of 2-3 million face masks in the coming weeks that will be provided to the CDC Foundation. Additionally, employees from across Alphabet, including Google, Verily and X, are bringing engineering, supply chain and healthcare expertise to facilitate increased production of ventilators, working with equipment manufacturers, distributors and the government in this effort.

In addition to these commitments, we also increased the gift match Google offers every employee annually to $10,000 from $7,500. That means our employees can now give $20,000 to organizations in their communities, in addition to the $50 million Google.org has already donated. Together, we’ll continue to help our communities—including our businesses, educators, researchers and nonprofits—to navigate the challenges ahead. 

March 23 - SBA Disaster Loan PDF

March 20 - Zapier announces $1 Million assistance program for small businesses

In a blog post of Friday Zapier announced it’s creating a $1 million assistance program for our most impacted small business customers.

Zapier CEO, Wade Foster wrote, “With the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we know this is a difficult time—especially for small businesses and the people who run them. Supporting you is our top priority. That’s why we’re committing $1 million to help Zapier’s most impacted small business customers keep their most important Zaps going. If you’re a qualified small business in need, you can apply for a free 3-month credit for a paid Starter plan.”

Learn more about their assistance program and apply for your credit.

Who qualifies for this assistance program?
COVID-19 is creating challenges for all of us. Small businesses are being hit especially hard. We want to lend help to our most impacted customers.

This program is for privately-owned businesses with 10 employees or fewer and specifically for those in industries most impacted as a result of COVID-19.

If you meet a combination of those criteria, please visit the post to learn more about how to apply for the program. If you have questions, or you’re not sure if you qualify, reach out.

March 20 - Payment Deferments Offered Hancock Whitney Clients

Contact Hancock Whitney if you have experienced personal or business difficulties related to COVID-19.  They have loan payment deferrals available with certain terms and conditions on the following products:

  • Credit Card clients impacted may be eligible for a 90-day payment deferral.
  • Residential Mortgage clients impacted can receive 90-day payment deferrals.
  • Consumer Loan clients impacted may be eligible for a 90-day payment deferral.
  • Business Loan clients impacted may be eligible for a 90-day deferral.

Client requests may be submitted via the Contact Center or a banker.

To see all the resources Hancock Whitney has available for clients visit their COVID-19 page.

March 19 - Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible for COVID-19 Business Aid

Gov. Edwards: All Louisiana Parishes Eligible for COVID-19 Business Aid

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that small businesses in all 64 Louisiana parishes will have access to federal Small Business Administration disaster aid in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza confirmed that Louisiana’s more than 440,000 small business are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans, which will be made available to eligible firms suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus. 

“COVID-19 is a unique crisis affecting all walks of life, and that means Louisiana’s small business community will continue to be heavily impacted by disruptions to their operations,” Gov. Edwards said. “We are pleased to work with SBA and the federal government in providing this critical working capital to our small business owners who are suffering from the necessary measures installed due to the Coronavirus. Our hope is that these SBA disaster loans will be an important part of sustaining their businesses and providing support to their employees who make up over half of Louisiana’s private-sector workforce.” 

Impacted small businesses may apply for up to $2 million in working capital to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the COVID-19 disaster. Loan terms (3.75 percent interest rate for small businesses; 2.75 percent for nonprofits) may be extended up to 30 years to keep payments affordable. 

To get started immediately, visit SBA.gov/Disaster. SBA offers a three-step process for disaster loans explained here

Louisiana Economic Development also is offering COVID-19: Business Resources, an online guide to assistance available for impacted businesses. Look for updates to the guide at OpportunityLouisiana.com.

“LED continues to monitor business conditions throughout Louisiana and we are identifying every possible avenue of support for our businesses, large and small, so that we can help them navigate the unique challenges of COVID-19,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “We are grateful to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Gov. Edwards for securing this critical SBA disaster assistance as an important part of our recovery and sustainability efforts.”

March 17- Facebook announces $100 million program for small businesses impacted by coronavirus

Facebook announced a new $100 million program to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Facebook said the grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. That would be an average of $3,333 per business.  

Learn more about the Facebook Small Business Grants Program

 

Available 

Workforce Resources

April 7-Transportation Information Needed About Critical Employees

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation is working to find transportation solutions for critical employees at essential workplaces as public transit is faced with increasing challenges to their operations, and continues cutting service.  

 

As employers and business owners, your help is needed in determining how many employees are reliant on public transit. Please complete the survey below.

TAKE SURVEY

April 1-U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW PAID SICK LEAVE AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE IMPLEMENTATION

News Release

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW PAID SICK LEAVE AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE IMPLEMENTATION

Link to news release

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Helps Americans Overcome COVID-19 Workplace Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced new action regarding how American workers and employers will benefit from the protections and relief offered by the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, both part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to this new law, effective today, April 1, 2020.

FFCRA helps the United States combat the workplace effects of COVID-19 by reimbursing American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The law enables employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus. WHD administers the paid leave portions of the FFCRA.

“The FFCRA reflects a swift response by President Trump and Congress to the impact coronavirus is having on workers,” said Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “The bill provides unprecedented paid leave benefits to American workers affected by the virus, while ensuring that businesses are reimbursed dollar-for-dollar. This is one of a number of important actions being taken to protect and sustain workers and their families during this time of need.”

“With so many workers and so many employers struggling with the effects of these unprecedented conditions, this rule provides answers and relief,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “We remain committed to providing the information and tools required for employees and employers alike to be fully informed about their rights and protections under this new law.”

WHD will post a recorded webinar on Friday, April 3, 2020, to provide interested parties a more in-depth description and help them learn more about the FFCRA.

To view the webinar visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.

WHD offers a number of plain-language compliance assistance materials to explain FFCRA’s benefits and requirements. Tools include a Fact Sheet for Employees and a Fact Sheet for Employers, available in both English and Spanish, and an expansive list of Questions and Answers addressing the questions WHD has most frequently received from stakeholders to date. Available guidance also includes two new posters, one for federal workers and one for all other employees, available in both English and Spanish, that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under this new law, Questions and Answers about posting requirements, and a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19 and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic.

For more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, call 1-866-4US-WAGE, or visit www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.

For further information about COVID-19, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Agency

 

Wage and Hour Division
Date

 

April 1, 2020
Release Number

 

20-562-NAT
Contact: Department of Labor National Contact Center
Email

 

March 31-Paycheck Protection Plan

The U.S. Treasury announced today that the CARES Act’s $349B Paycheck Protection Program will be up and running by this Friday, April 3.  The program offers forgivable loans to businesses up to 500 employees in order to allow them to preserve jobs and remain open.  These loans are administered through banks, and are 100% guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.

CARES Act (PPP+) Binder – In order to help you see all relevant information in one place, we have consolidated documents, with a focus on the Paycheck Protection Program, into a CARES Act Binder.  This binder contains information from various sources, and includes:

  • Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARE Act
  • Paycheck Protection Program (< 500 emp.)
    • Paycheck Protection Plan Overview
    • Paycheck Protection Plan PowerPoint
    • Paycheck Protection Plan Borrower Fact Sheet
    • Paycheck Protection Plan Application (v3)
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act FAQs
  • Corporate Liquidity Fund Overview (500 – 10K emp.)

March 30 -2020 CARES Act & Payroll Protection Program (PPP) PDF

March 26 - LA Workforce Commission | COVID-19 Employer Survey

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Rapid Response Program is seeking to assist businesses affected by COVID-19 by retaining employees and ensuring business stability and vitality. Please take moment to complete this short survey to help us determine how we can best provide support to your business during this challenging time. 

TAKE SURVEY

March 24 - Unemployment Insurance Tax Wage Reports and Payments Now Deferred to June 2020

Unemployment Insurance Tax Wage Reports and Payments Now Deferred to June 2020

 

To further assist Louisiana employers during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) national emergency, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is now deferring the deadline to submit 1Q 2020 wage and tax reports until June 30, 2020.

This latest deferral now makes June 30, 2020, the deadline for BOTH wage and tax report submissions as well as 1Q 2020 unemployment tax payments.

 

No penalty or interest will be assessed as long as unemployment taxes are paid in full by June 30, 2020.

You can begin filing your quarterly wage and tax report on April 1. Both filing of your quarterly report as well as payment of your unemployment taxes should be done as usual though our web-based LAWATS portal, https://laors2.laworks.net/lawats/.

 

If you have any questions, please contact our Employer Help Center at 225-326-6999, or
email UITax@lwc.la.gov.

Please take care and stay safe.

 

Louisiana Workforce Commission

March 20 - NOLABA Announces Gig Economy Fund

As a result of the anticipated local economic impact of COVID-19, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is standing up a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income.  

NOLABA is committing $100,000 to initiate the fund, with a goal of increasing the fund assets to a minimum of $500,000. We have issued a charge across the community to encourage business leaders, philanthropy, and concerned New Orleanians to contribute to increase the potential reach and impact of this relief effort. 

As of 2017, gig economy workers represent more than 8% of the workforce in Orleans Parish, including rideshare drivers, musicians, arena workers, and festival production staff. As contract employees of often large corporations, gig economy workers tend to lack access to minimum wage, paid sick leave, overtime pay, and standard employee benefits, making them particularly susceptible to changes within the economy.

In New Orleans, many of our gig-workers depend on the cultural calendar for reliable income. With the cancellations and postponements of many large local events on the horizon, this community stands to lose out on millions of dollars of potential income, directly impacting their livelihoods and family well-being. This relief fund is being set up to ensure that these critical members of our community continue to be active participants in our economy, with an economic outlook they can depend on. 

We recognize that this fund will only be part of the solution for most families. NOLABA will be aggressively advocating for resources alongside Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans City Council, as the need becomes more evident and the federal government’s response is solidified.

 

March 20 - Hospitality Cares Pandemic Fund

Hospitality/Restaurant Owners: Get this information to your employees who may need this!

United Way, Entergy, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation launch Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund

Fund will provide emergency crisis grants to out-of-work hospitality professionals

United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA), Entergy and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF) Thursday announced the creation of the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund to provide crisis grants to hospitality workers who are unable to afford basic financial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.
UWSELA and Entergy are committing $250,000 and $200,000, respectively, to stand up the fund and are actively recruiting donations, along with LHF, from business and industry, foundations, and the public. Local community, bank – Fidelity Bank responded to the call, pledging the first gift of $25,000, and will join the effort in challenging its fellow banks to contribute.

The fund will award one-time emergency grants up to $500 to eligible employees to provide temporary assistance to cover items included in the  

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) household survival budget, including essentials like housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. 
Applications will go live on Saturday, March 21.
We know there is an urgent need to respond to the financial struggles of hospitality workers across Southeast Louisiana based on the overwhelming requests for help we’ve already received,” said Jennifer Kelley, LHF executive director. “And while we recognize we won’t be able to provide assistance to everyone, we hope these grants will provide some relief to industry professionals while we work to develop additional funds and strategies.”
2018 JFF labor market snapshot reported over 72,000 individuals are employed by the hospitality and tourism industry, which accounts for about 12 percent of all workers in the region. And while this industry supports an array of income levels, a large majority of the positions pay low wages and do not routinely provide access to paid sick leave.
Cash-strapped households, commonly referred to as ALICE households, are often forced to make difficult decisions, like choosing between filling a prescription or buying groceries. These short-term decisions – multiplied during a crisis of this scale – have long-term consequences not only for the individuals but for the entire community.
Entergy’s commitment to the Hospitality Cares fund is a commitment to the collective future of Southeast Louisiana because what we do to help ALICE workers through this crisis stands to benefit us all,” said David Ellis, Entergy New Orleans president and CEO. “Entergy is dedicated to helping protect the most vulnerable of our citizens during this pandemic.”
There is a large segment of our population standing on the brink of financial ruin, and our community has an opportunity to stand up today and show good hospitality to an industry that provides it to us year-round,” said Michael Williamson, UWSELA president and CEO. “We want to ensure hospitality workers who are unable to work during this crisis can afford to take the same precautions as everyone else, provide for their loved ones and access quality health care should they get sick.”
Grant applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Earn at or below $30,000 for an individual and $61,000 for household with children (figures informed by the region’s minimum ALICE household survival budget)
  • Reside in United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s seven-parish service area, including Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Plaquemines, Tangipahoa, or Washington parishes
  • Work in a Louisiana-based restaurant, bar or hotel between Feb. 1, 2020 and date of application
  • Are experiencing a financial emergency as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak
Supporting documents required for application include:
  • 2018 or 2019 tax return
  • Government-issued ID or driver’s license proving Southeast Louisiana residency
  • Recent check stub showing proof of employment based on eligibility requirements
Hospitality workers can apply online at UnitedWaySELA.org/HospitalityCares or call 211 to complete the application over the phone. Applications are reviewed within 10 business days of submission. Funds are limited, and it is not guaranteed that each qualified applicant will be approved.
Public donations can be made to the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund at UnitedWaySELA.org/HospitalityCares.

March 20 - Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Grants for Bartenders or the spouse or child of a Bartender impacted by COVID-19

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

In order to qualify for grant assistance from the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, the recipient must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. Be a Bartender or the spouse or child of a Bartender. The Bartender Emergency Assistance Program defines a “Bartender” as an individual employed in serving beverages or otherwise engaged in the production, promotion or distribution of alcoholic beverages. An individual is considered “employed” as a Bartender if, for not less than one year prior to the application, the individual performed services as a Bartender on a regular full- or part-time basis or, if the catastrophic event or emergency hardship giving rise to the application prevents the individual from performing such services, for not less than one year prior to the event or hardship the individual performed services as a Bartender on a regular full- or part-time basis.
  2. Experience a catastrophic event or emergency hardship that is:
    1. Identifiable and described in detail in the application;
    2. Damaging to the person or property (e.g., loss of life, health, or property);
    3. Sudden and precipitous rather than gradual or progressive;
    4. Unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unintended, or unplanned; and
    5. Unusual and not normally occurring in the ordinary course of day-to-day living.

   3. Lack the necessities of life, including financial, physical, mental, or emotional well being as a result of the catastrophic event or emergency                hardship.

   4.  Provide tangible documentation of the catastrophic event or emergency hardship.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Grant recipients will be selected solely on the basis of the eligibility requirements above. Each grant applicant will be pre-screened for compliance with the eligibility and application requirements on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis by USBG National Charity Foundation staff or other persons designated by USBG Foundation’s President. All pre-screened and approved applications will be submitted to USBG National Charity Foundation’s Grants Committee for review. Grants will be awarded by USBG National Charity Foundation’s Grants Committee on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis upon reviewing the application and ascertaining any additional facts and circumstances as necessary.

Grant applications will not be denied solely due to the fact that the Bartender terminated employment after the application was made, regardless of the reason for such termination. Moreover, at the time the grant is awarded, there will be no requirement or condition, express or implied, that the recipient render future employment services as a Bartender.

Grants will be made in the form of lump sum distributions to the recipient, or as determined by the USBG National Charity Foundation’s Board of Directors based on the needs of the particular recipient. Each grant recipient will be required to provide USBG National Charity Foundation with documentation that the grant was used in a manner consistent with the terms of the grant. Although the extent and form of documentation required in connection with a particular distribution will depend on the nature and urgency of the underlying catastrophic event or emergency hardship, preferred documentation will include evidence produced by third parties and used for other purposes, such as police reports, fire department reports, medical prescriptions, receipts, eviction notices, condemnation notices, overdue invoices, other third party affirmations and other similar tangible documentation.

Available 

Webinars/Calls

April 7 -Small Business Check-In SLIDES

Good Work Network hosted an open call for our small businesses to share most recent updates for entrepreneurs and take your questions.

Below are the slides from the call

 

 Link To Slides: Click Here For Slides

April 14 -SBD Webinar-Startups

April 9 -SBD Webinar- Nonprofits, Ind. Contractors & Sole Proprietors

April 7- Small Business Check-In

Good Work Network will host an open call for our small businesses to share most recent updates for entrepreneurs and take your questions.

About This Event

Join us for a dialogue to hear the latest information as we know it to support small businesses affected by COVID-19. There will also be time for your questions and suggestions in terms of what additional information/resources would be helpful for us to provide.

For the April 7th call, we will have two guests joining us to discuss lending & insurance considerations for small businesses.

Guest Speakers:

David C. Buggage,

Senior Loan Officer- TruFund Financial Services

Patrick Bell,

Assistant Commissioner- Louisiana Department of Insurance

Note: The Check-In is limited to 100 attendees.

Details:

Date: Tuesday, April 7th
Time: 3:00pm CT
Location: Virtual Conference Call

RSVP Link: Click here to RSVP

April 7-Covid-19 Human Resources & Legal Webinar w/NOLA SHRM & Transcendent Law Group

New Orleans Regional Black Chamber is always working to collaborate with other partners in service of our members. In collaboration with the New Orleans Society of Human Resource Management (NOLA SHRM) we will be hosting a Webinar session On April 7, 2020 from 11:30 – 12:30 PM.  

The Webinar will feature Michelle Craig, NORBCC Member and Local Attorney from Transcendent Law Group and Perry Sholes – SPHR/SHRM SCP, a NORBCC Board Member, President of NOLA SHRM and owner of Progressive HR Strategies, a Human Resources Consulting Company. Michelle and Perry will present up to date information and answer your questions:

  1. What is happening with businesses because of the pandemic?
    1. Layoffs vs. Furloughs
    2. Closings
    3. Reduced staff
    4. Keeping Staff Safe
  2. Pertinent Provisions of the FFCRA
    1. Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Action
    2. Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. What Can We Anticipate Next

Who should attend? Business Owners, HR Professionals or Person responsible for HR in small companies.

If you have a specific question you would like to get to us in advance, please email perry@progressivehrstrategies.com.

Register at
https://www.norbchamber.org/events/details/norbcc-nola-shrm-transcendent-law-group-webinar-2661

April 7 -SBD Webinar-Restaurants & Retail

April 2- Navigating and Understanding New Labor Laws for COVID-19

TECH PARK ACADEMY | Navigating and Understanding New Labor Laws for COVID-19

Interactive Q&A w/ Labor & Employment Lawyer Jennifer Anderson

Join us this Thursday for a continuation of our virtual Tech Park Academy series. During this live one-hour Q&A session, Jennifer Anderson, Labor & Employment Law Shareholder with Baker Donelson Law Firm will be answering any and all questions you have about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act that will take effect April 1, 2020. Navigating and understanding how this new law will affect your business in the coming weeks can be daunting and confusing — this is your opportunity to get direct answers from an expert who is well-versed on the law and how it stands to affect businesses in Louisiana.
 
Register for free: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Wxrceo6PTHKVsZPT5AeUxQ
 
We encourage you to think of questions ahead of time to ask Jennifer. Below is a list of sample questions to get you started:
 

  • Which employers are covered under the new law?
  • Who is eligible for expanded family and medical leave and paid sick leave?
  • What benefits am I required to provide?
  • Are there exceptions or exemptions?
  • Is the paid leave job-protected?
  • What if I have to furlough or lay off employees? Does the payroll tax credit apply for paid leave provided before April 1?

About Jennifer Anderson:

Ms. Anderson represents publicly traded and private companies in a variety of industries, including banking, financial services, and health care. She has particular experience advising and defending energy clients, including oil and gas drilling and production-related services companies.

Ms. Anderson also defends employers and management before state and federal administrative bodies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). She serves as lead counsel in the arbitration and litigation of labor and employment disputes at the trial and appeal levels under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and similar state and federal laws governing employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Her litigation experience also includes representing employers in breach of contract, non-competition, non-solicitation, and employment-related tort claims.

Ms. Anderson regularly counsels clients on compliance with labor and employment laws and on the development and administration of sound policies and practices to minimize disputes and litigation. She drafts and enforces non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and provides day-to-day advice regarding the handling of personnel matters. She provides customized employer training programs to educate business leaders, human resources professionals, and managers on legal considerations and best practices, and speaks and writes publicly on many aspects of labor and employment law.

Event Agenda:

  • 12:00PM   Welcome & Introduction: Tech Park Academy – Stephen Loy 
  • 12:05PM   Speaker Presentation: Jennifer Anderson  
  • 12:30PM   Live Q&A
  • 1:00PM   Program Ends

 


About Tech Park Academy:

Tech Park Academy is a seminar series hosted by the Louisiana Technology Park. We strive to bring you talented, knowledgeable professionals who have invaluable information to share.

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor, Stone Pigman Law Firm

March 31-Small Business Check-In SLIDES

Good Work Network hosted an open call for our small businesses to share most recent updates for entrepreneurs and take your questions.

Below are the slides from the call

 

 Link To Slides: Click here to view slides

March 31-Small Business Check-In

Good Work Network will host an open call for our small businesses to share most recent updates for entrepreneurs and take your questions.

About this Event

Join us for a dialogue to hear the latest information as we know it to support small businesses affected by COVID-19. There will also be time for your questions and suggestions in terms of what additional information/resources would be helpful for us to provide. 

Note: The Check-In is limited to 100 attendees.

Details:

Date: Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 3:00pm CT
Location: Virtual Conference Call

RSVP Link: Click here to RSVP

March 27: Web Event Recording: SBR, SBA and Special Guests on COVID-19 Relief

 

We are providing a recording of the web event so that anyone who was unable to take part can still benefit from the information and perspectives that were shared.

You can access a recording of today’s web event here.  

Also, as mentioned by Kevin Wheeler, the Senate Small Business Committee released a Guide to the CARES Act which can be found here.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience and we are doing all that we can to provide information and updates to small business owners. Please contact covid@smallbusinessroundtable.org with any questions.
 

Thank you,

Small Business Roundtable

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

March 30- WEBINAR: COVID-19 - Understanding SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

QUESTIONS ABOUT SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS?
Join us on March 30
to learn more!
Small businesses across Louisiana who are experiencing economic loss due to Covid-19 are now able to access the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
Please join us for a special webinar on Monday, March 30, 11:00am-12:30pm, to learn more about EIDLs, including:
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Loan Terms
  • Supporting Documentation
  • Online Application Process
This event is co-hosted by the SBA Louisiana District Office. Jo Ann Lawrence, Deputy District Director, SBA Louisiana District Office will provide insights into the process and be available to answer your questions. 
All small businesses interested in learning more about EIDLs are welcomed to attend. Registration is required
If you have questions and/or would like to speak with a Business Advisor, please email wbrc@urbanleaguela.org.
For more information on EIDLs, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

March 27-Small Business Briefing with SBA Administrator Carranza

Amid COVID-19 the U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) will serve as an informational resource for Black business owners seeking ways to sustain their business. Friday, March 27th, at 2:00pm ET SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza will provide USBC members and participants with a national update on COVID-19’s economic impact and details about the SBA’s relief efforts for small businesses.

Join us for this important discussion followed by a Q&A.
 
Note: Registration is limited to the first 3,000 attendees. 

Details:

Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 2:00pm ET
Location: Virtual Conference Call

RSVP Link: Click here to RSVP

March 24 -SBA Informational Call

 

Conference Call Invitation
SBA Info call hosted by SBA & New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and Sponsored by HGI Global 
Date:   March 24, 2020
Time:   09:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT
Website:   http://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/2159/File/EIDLINFO_FOCs_Coronavirus.pdf
Location:   Conference Number (267) 930-4000
Participants Code 688-030-831 
Date/Time Details:   Tuesday Mar 24th at 9:00 am CST

March 23 -Gov. Edwards to Lead Live Statewide Broadcast on Louisiana’s Response to COVID-19

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards will be joined by health experts and members of his administration for a live statewide discussion on Louisiana’s response to COVID-19.  It will air from 7-8 PM on television and radio stations across the state and on multiple digital platforms.

COVID-19 Louisiana’s Response

Airs Monday, March 23 on network and public television and radio stations statewide.

7-8 PM

Visit www.gov.Louisiana.gov to watch the live stream. The program will be broadcast on television network stations as well as LPB stations statewide and can be heard on radio stations and live streamed on various digital platforms.  Visit www.lpb.org for a list of stations in your area.

Date: March 23, 2020
Time: 07:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Website: https://gov.louisiana.gov/?utm_campaign=COVID-19&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=85144051&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–VJMlbVcWS3rGTlu4p2F9Zl3XRIVkxnG19yhPyzgIeltp4u4heom-VIvNpg_a170nvNplSsNajIZBFUc0ccGjq2MZbh1R-5R9FQmZq0D7dhYBYNW4&_hsmi=85144051
Date/Time Details: Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm CST
Current 

Executive Orders

April 2 - Gov. Edwards-EXTENDES Stay at Home ORDER TO APRIL 30TH

 

Visit website for full details

To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, Gov. Edwards issued a Stay at Home Order on March 22, directing all Louisiana residents to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.

Click here for the governor’s official order. 

On April 2, Gov. Edwards extended his stay at home order until April 30. Click here to read the extended stay at home order

Click here for a list of essential infrastructure.

March 22 - Gov. Edwards-Stay at Home FAQs

March 22 - Gov. Edwards-Examples of Critical Infrastructure Businesses

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Business Development

March 30- Opportunity Zone Deadlines Extended By Covid-19 Disaster Declarations

INTRODUCTION

The COVID-19 pandemic has led Governors of many states to request that their states be declared federal disaster areas. As of this writing, President Trump has declared numerous states to be federal disaster areas, including New York, Washington, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Louisiana. It is likely that more, and perhaps even all, states will be declared disaster areas. 

These declarations will extend two important deadlines in the rules relating to investments in qualified opportunity zones. First, the 31-month deadline for spending cash or other financial assets held by a qualified opportunity zone business under a working capital safe harbor plan can be extended by as much as 24 additional months. Second, where an opportunity fund receives capital or proceeds from the sale of qualified property, it has 12 months to reinvest the funds before they will be counted in the fund’s 90% asset test. The fund can get an additional 12 months to reinvest the funds if the fund’s ability to reinvest is delayed by a federally declared disaster. 

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March 30- OPA's PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Interest Survey

PPE Interest Survey

A MESSAGE FROM OPA

Since the stay at home mandate was implemented, OPA has pivoted from the manufacture of custom signage to the manufacture of PPE products.  We are using our CNC and Laser capabilities to help meet the needs of our local community.  We are looking into opportunities to expand our PPE production and want to gauge the local community need.  Below is a link to a survey.  This is not an order form.  If you are a business, school, hospital, government entity in need of a N95 Mask, Surgical Mask, or a Face shield.  Please fill out the survey and the quantity you need. If you know of anybody that has a need for this type of PPE please forward on this email so we can have a better understanding of the need in our community.  

PPE SURVEY LINK

 

March 27-LED Opens COVID-19 Help Desk For Louisiana Businesses

LED Opens COVID-19 Help Desk For Louisiana Businesses

Email, hotline support from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; more resources at opportunitylouisiana.com/covid19

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at LEDbiz@la.gov or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.

For Louisiana businesses seeking federal financial assistance, they are encouraged first to contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at SBA.gov/Disaster to apply for COVID-19 disaster aid. The SBA Customer Service Center may be reached at (800) 659-2955, with an additional TTY line for the hearing-impaired at (800) 877-8339.

“Louisiana has experienced the fastest rate of increase for confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, and it is imperative that everyone in our state take part in the efforts to slow the spread of this disease,” Gov. Edwards said. “Businesses are making tremendous sacrifices to slow the spread, and resources are available to help businesses navigate this crisis. If your business has questions, please make use of the resources that Louisiana Economic Development has made available to you.”

“This LED help desk is the latest of our efforts to serve Louisiana businesses and to help them sustain operations through the challenges presented by COVID-19,” Secretary Pierson said. “At our website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — you’ll find many additional resources for COVID-19 business assistance. We encourage you to use them, and we thank our many partners across Louisiana for their dedicated support of our efforts.”

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Edwards issued proclamations meant to slow the spread of the disease. The health and safety of Louisiana residents is the utmost priority for the administration.

LED is working with all levels of government and the private sector to support Louisiana businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the LED website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — businesses may find workplace guidance from the Governor’s Stay At Home Order and other proclamations; COVID-19 public health recommendations; sources of COVID-19 financial aid; regional resources across the state; and links to information from business and industry trade associations.

About LED
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana, and promotes business opportunity for employers of all sizes. In 2019, LED attracted more than 80 new economic development projects representing 12,300 new jobs, 15,500 retained jobs and over $8.4 billion in new capital investment. LED’s Small Business Services team assisted more than 9,500 Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs in 2019. For more information, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com.

March 25- Suspension of Public Bid Law and Hudson/Veterans Certified Firms and DBEs

Mandi Mitchell, LED Assistant Secretary, provided the responses below to questions formulated by the Black Chambers.

Public Bid Law – Suspension

Due to the suspension – will there be any guidance or encouragement from the Governor’s office to utilize Hudson, Veteran or SEB businesses during the emergency procurement purchases?

    • As you are aware, under this Administration we now have stronger policies and language in RFPs and bid solicitations that are encouraging vendors, suppliers, and contractors to partner with disadvantaged business enterprises, Hudson, and Veteran certified businesses.
    • All RFP and bid specs contain the standard language encouraging the use of Hudson/Veteran certified businesses and DBEs – even those issued during the emergency suspension.

Are the emergency items needed going out through LaPAC or is there another method by which the goods/services are being procured and if so, can you advise what that process is so that our members can be aware?

  • The vast majority of emergency requisitions are still going out through LaPAC. By going through LaPAC, this ensures that our existing vendor base (which include all Hudson/Veteran businesses who are registered for procurement notifications) has a fair shot at being awarded. All vendors should keep in mind that emergency circumstances apply, so instead of having 7 days to respond to the bid, they may only have 7 hours, for example. Exceptions may include very small purchases (under $5k) and professional services which are exempted from competitive bid under state law (doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc.).

Are the infrastructure projects or those that typically go through RFP process going to continue to be procured that way or will it be modified at this time?

  • Yes. The suspension of the Procurement Code is materially applicable only to emergency procurements. While other requisitions may be tangentially affected (general delays, video conference bid opening instead of in-person, etc.), it would be inappropriate for an agency to use COVID-specific emergency authority to source a long-term routine need unrelated to the public health emergency (such as DOTD road construction, DOA replacing its light fixtures, etc.) through an uncompetitive process. If a project is emergency-related, then emergency procedures will probably apply. If a project is not emergency-related, the suspension

March 23- GNO, Inc. Introduces GNOpivot

GNO, Inc. Introduces ‘GNOpivot’ to Help Local Companies Retool Operations to Fight Coronavirus while Supporting Regional Economy

New initiative helps companies pivot their standard operations in order to make products or provide services for the fight against the coronavirus

NEW ORLEANS — Today, GNO, Inc.’s leadership introduced a new initiative, GNOpivot, to help regional companies move to “war-footing,” wherein they pivot their standard operations in order to make products or provide services in demand for the regional fight against the coronavirus. GNOpivot has two goals: 1) help Louisiana “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections, 2) help sustain the Greater New Orleans economy during the coronavirus crisis.

“Greater New Orleans has a long history of local companies stepping up in times of need; perhaps the most famous example is the Higgins Boat from World War II,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO, GNO, Inc.  “Today, as we attempt to both defeat Coronavirus, and maintain our workforce and businesses, GNOpivot can play an important role by helping business owners do what Andrew Higgins did – pivot existing capabilities into new products, to serve our urgent needs.”

GNOpivot will begin immediately with direct outreach to companies and manufacturers across the 10-parish region. Upon registration on the website, gnoinc.org/gnopivot, GNO, Inc. will match companies to regional entities that can use their services, including hospitals, governments and public agencies, and private companies.   Several companies have already begun strategic pivoting in the region, with products ranging from hand sanitizer to gowns to protective gear.

Guy Williams, GNO, Inc.’s Board Chairman said, “This is a great opportunity for the creative companies in our region to make a vital contribution to the national recovery. The same energy and focus that our region showed after hurricane Katrina will  now be directed toward the fight against COVID-19.”

The Greater New Orleans region understands resilience beyond most places, and GNOpivot is yet another manifestation of regional resilience. GNOpivot also represents an organizational pivot for GNO, Inc., leveraging its business development team and organization-wide resources to marshal a new initiative focused on maintaining a strong economy during uncertain times. GNO, Inc. has experience being nimble and quickly standing up new programs during times of emergency. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, GNO, Inc. CEO Michael Hecht (working for LED) ran the statewide Small Business Relief Program.  In 2010, following the Oil Spill, GNO, Inc started the “Gulf Permit Index” to help get businesses back to work.  GNO, Inc. also founded the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI) in 2013 during the implementation of Biggert-Waters, when the combination of the removal of grandfathering and the release of new flood maps projected a dramatic increase of flood insurance premiums in coastal and riverine communities across America.  The result was the passage of the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act.

Businesses interested in participating in GNOpivot can visit gnoinc.org/pivot or contact GNO, Inc. SVP Business Development, Grady Fitzpatrick, at gfitzpatrick@gnoinc.org.

About Greater New Orleans, Inc.
GNO, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for Southeast Louisiana.  The GNO, Inc. Mission is to create a Greater New Orleans with a thriving economy, and an excellent quality of life, for everyone. The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family.

More information can be found at www.gnoinc.org.

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Mental Health Resources

April 2- Coronavirus outbreak prompts Louisiana mental health agencies to offer free phone counseling

Confidential telephone counseling for people facing mental health challenges during the coronavirus pandemic is available from several local sources, including the Louisiana Department of Health, the University of Holy Cross and the New Orleans Grief Center.

The Louisiana Department of Health has created a “Keep Calm Through COVID” hotline, (866) 310-7977, providing free, confidential counseling 24/7.

Read More Here

 

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Additional Resources

The State launches a new website for COVID-19

State of Louisiana Coronavirus Updates

 

VISIT WEBSITE

 

Zoho Introduces Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program (ESAP)

Our small business customers have always stood by us and we want to do our part to stand by them. ESAP gives our severely impacted small business customers access to Zoho software they currently use, free for three months. All Zoho customers with 25 employees or fewer who have been severely impacted by the coronavirus-related downturn may apply. We will grant waivers based on the severity of disruption, industry, and other factors.

 

LEARN MORE HERE

 

America’s Banks Are Here to Help: The Industry Responds to the Coronavirus

LED Opens COVID-19 Help Desk For Louisiana Businesses

Email, hotline support from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; more resources at opportunitylouisiana.com/covid19

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at LEDbiz@la.gov or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.

For Louisiana businesses seeking federal financial assistance, they are encouraged first to contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at SBA.gov/Disaster to apply for COVID-19 disaster aid. The SBA Customer Service Center may be reached at (800) 659-2955, with an additional TTY line for the hearing-impaired at (800) 877-8339.

“Louisiana has experienced the fastest rate of increase for confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, and it is imperative that everyone in our state take part in the efforts to slow the spread of this disease,” Gov. Edwards said. “Businesses are making tremendous sacrifices to slow the spread, and resources are available to help businesses navigate this crisis. If your business has questions, please make use of the resources that Louisiana Economic Development has made available to you.”

“This LED help desk is the latest of our efforts to serve Louisiana businesses and to help them sustain operations through the challenges presented by COVID-19,” Secretary Pierson said. “At our website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — you’ll find many additional resources for COVID-19 business assistance. We encourage you to use them, and we thank our many partners across Louisiana for their dedicated support of our efforts.”

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Edwards issued proclamations meant to slow the spread of the disease. The health and safety of Louisiana residents is the utmost priority for the administration.

LED is working with all levels of government and the private sector to support Louisiana businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the LED website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — businesses may find workplace guidance from the Governor’s Stay At Home Order and other proclamations; COVID-19 public health recommendations; sources of COVID-19 financial aid; regional resources across the state; and links to information from business and industry trade associations.

About LED
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana, and promotes business opportunity for employers of all sizes. In 2019, LED attracted more than 80 new economic development projects representing 12,300 new jobs, 15,500 retained jobs and over $8.4 billion in new capital investment. LED’s Small Business Services team assisted more than 9,500 Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs in 2019. For more information, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com.

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