In order to assist you with your business and workforce needs during the COVID-19 response we’ve created this resource page. We will update the resources on this page as new information becomes available. Please check back periodically for updates.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information
Resources for the acquisition of personal protective equipment for businesses and organizations to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Indiana PPE Directory – The Indiana PPE Directory features Indiana companies that manufacture and distribute a variety of PPE items available for purchase. The directory replaces the Small Business PPE Marketplace originally created by the state to provide small businesses with PPE supplies.
Information regarding programs and funding assistance to help employers being impacted by COVID-19.
- Small Business Restart Grant Program – Governor Eric Holcomb announced a significant expansion that will add $60 million to the program, tripling the total allocation. Small businesses that meet eligibility requirements can apply for reimbursement of qualified business expenses incurred at their Indiana operations between March 1st, 2020 and May 1st, 2021. Qualified expenses include payroll, which may be reimbursed up to 100%, and non-payroll expenses such as insurance premiums, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, lease agreements, food delivery, software service payments and safety investments which may be reimbursed up to 80%. Reimbursements may be awarded up to $10,000 for each month, but may not exceed $50,000 over a 12-month period. Businesses that have already received Small Business Restart Grants, but have not reached the maximum reimbursements may re-apply and submit new expenses (that have not already been reimbursed through the program) for reimbursement. Visit backontrack.in.gov or StayINBiz.org for program details and to apply. Deadline to apply is December 31st, 2021.
- Indiana Hospitality and Entertainment Grant – This grant program is available for Hoosier hotels, entertainment venues, and promotors for reimbursement of qualified expenses incurred at their Indiana operations related to the global pandemic between March 1, 2020 and December 31st, 2021. $30 million in federal funding is available to accelerate the speed of recovery for these businesses that have been significantly impacted over the last year and largely excluded from other government assistance programs. Businesses who qualify can apply for reimbursement of qualified expenses including payroll, which can be reimbursed up to 100%, and non-payroll expenses such as insurance premiums, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, lease payments, and safety investments, which can be reimbursed up to 80%. Reimbursements may be awarded up to $100,000 for each month but may not exceed $1 million total for reach eligible business. Eligible businesses may apply until December 31st, 2021, but are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as grants will be issued in the order they are received until funding is exhausted. The application, along with additional details and instruction, is available at backontrack.in.gov.
- Employee Retention Tax Credit – The IRS urges employers to take advantage of the newly-extended employee retention credit, designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll. Eligible employers can claim a refundable tax credit against the employer share of Social Security tax equal to 70% of the qualified wages they pay to employees after December 31st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021. Check with your accountant or financial advisor to determine if you are qualified for this program. Click here for more information.
- Manufacturing Readiness Grant Program – This grant program is now accepting applications for up to $200,000 in matching grants for companies committed to increasing their competitiveness by integrating smart technologies and processes in order to improve capacity, capability, speed and quality. Funding may also be utilized for health care manufacturing technology, providing financial assistance to manufacturers supporting COVID-19 response efforts. This grant program is being offered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Conexus Indiana.
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funding Application – Apply for SBA funding for assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- SBA 7(a), 504 and Microloans – The SBA works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses.
- SBA Debt Relief – The SBA can provide financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- SBA Express Bridge Loans – Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
- SBA Resource Partner Network – The SBA works with a number of local partners to counsel, mentor, and train small businesses.
- Tax Relief Information from the Internal Revenue Service – Get information on COVID-19 tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.
- Information on the SBA Economic Disaster Loan Funding Assistance – Indiana has been designated to receive funding for these disaster assistance loans. The loans provide support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.
- Instructions on Applying for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funding – Information on how to fill out the applications for this disaster loan program. (Please know the SBA website for submitting the loan application is experiencing a high rate of user volume. Some have lost their information as they attempted to enter it online. It is being recommended that you print out the application and fill it out by hand first, then enter the information into the online application.)
If you have any questions about small business assistance programs currently available, please contact Wayne County’s Indiana Small Business Development Center Advisor, Peggy Cenova at 765-282-9950 or email@example.com.
COVID-19 Guidelines for Employers
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines – Up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 including vaccination, guidance, scientific updates, and U.S. response.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces – Guidelines put into place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information and resources for employees who are being impacted by COVID-19.
- How to Guide Displaced Workers to File for Unemployment – Guidance on how to file for unemployment benefits if a position has been impacted by COVID-19.
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements – U.S. Department of Labor’s new paid leave requirements for certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Guide to COVID-19 and the American Workplace – Fact sheets, questions and answers, updated posters, and other relevant information for workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay up-to-date on information from Governor Eric Holcomb, state legislature, and state departments as the response to COVID-19 evolves.
- State News Releases – Information regarding scheduled news conferences as well as the information provided in news conferences and additional information as the pandemic situation evolves.
- Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 Webpage – Information and updates from the state health department regarding COVID-19 along with a map of the state with data including the number of identified cases and deaths from COVID-19.
Richmond – Wayne County Information
Stay up-to-date on local information from the City of Richmond and Wayne County Government in response to COVID-19.
- Richmond – Wayne County Joint News Conference – Local officials discuss raising Wayne County to orange due to increasing cases of COVID-19 with additional commentary from representatives of local businesses.
- City of Richmond COVID-19 Resources – Local and state information for residents on resources available to assist with challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resource guides and additional information regarding the COVID-19 response.