COVID-19 Resource Page
The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce is working to ensure our members and community are receiving the most current and reliable information regarding COVID-19.
We have created a resources page to offer guidance for businesses and help you monitor the situation. Below you will find a series of links to information specific to business and industry in response to the virus. We encourage you to check these links often, as well as all other information being continuously by our partners.
Your Chamber Team is dedicated to our mission now more than ever before! And, as always, your Prattville Chamber is Open for Business--working for you! The well-being of our community and businesses is a top priority for us and we are here to help our members, partners, businesses and community to navigate through this difficult and challenging time.
We want to remind you that our local businesses remain open and ready to serve you, and encourage each of you to find creative ways to support our amazing local businesses during this crisis—they need us now more than ever before! When you support of our local businesses, you are helping your friends and neighbors while helping to keep our economy health and our community strong.
We know that this too shall pass and we will be better individuals and businesses and a stronger community because of it.
Business Resources & Tips
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
December 22, 2020- As part of an end-of-year pandemic relief package, Congress has passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and created a “Second Draw” PPP for small businesses who have exhausted their initial loan. Other changes impact eligibility for initial PPP loans, the loan forgiveness process, and the tax treatment of PPP loans.
Congress has also made changes to other programs – including Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL Program), the Employee Retention Tax Credit, a Venue Grant program, and SBA loan programs –that will benefit small businesses. Click the link below to see everything small business owners need to know now!
Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the New Pandemic Relief Package – Changes to PPP and More---(CLICK HERE)
- Guidance for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
- Workplace tips and resources for employers to combat the virus
- Corporate aid tracker for details on how businesses are helping nationwide
- Survey on business impact results from the American Chamber of Commerce in China
- Backgrounder on Health Coverage Options provides an overview of the health coverage alternatives available to workers and their families who have lost coverage as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic- whether because of job loss, hour reductions or lay-offs.
- Backgrounder on Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act provides an overview on how the CARES Act has impacted unemployment insurance options available for workers who suffer job losses or reduced hours as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic--including how to find out if you're eligible and how to access coverage.
- Resilience in a Box toolkit created in partnership with UPS
City of Prattville
The City of Prattville is in pro-active ready mode, and we are working closely with Prattville Baptist Hospital officials, the Autauga County Commission, Elmore County Commission, EMA, the Autauga and Elmore County Board of Education Superintendents, and neighboring city and county elected officials. As we focus on the health and well-being of all citizens and employees, we are limiting access to City offices and encouraging you to call 334-595-0100 or visit prattvilleal.gov for updates. If you have any further questions, please reach out to the Mayor's Office, (334) 595-0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alabama Department of Public Health
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who is closely monitoring this rapidly evolving outbreak caused by the new coronavirus in China.
Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus 2019
The CDC will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
Alabama Department of Labor Resourceshttps://www.labor.alabama.gov/
ADOL Announces Support for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 for Unemployment Benefits*
ADOL: AL to Waive Employer Charges for COVID-19 Related Claims
Coronavirus and Unemployment BenefitsFrequently Asked Questions
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Alabama Department of Revenue
December 11, 2020- Governor Ivey signs Emergency Proclamation to address tax and economic development issues delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic: https://lnkd.in/drC7ap4
March 13, 2020-- Governor Ivey declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, thereby allowing the Alabama Department of Revenue more flexibility in working with impacted taxpayers.
For taxpayers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the due date for filing state income tax, FIET and BPT returns and making state income tax, FIET and BPT payments due on or before April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020, is postponed to July 15, 2020. For small businesses, restaurants, and other food service businesses unable to pay their state sales taxes due to the impact of COVID-19, late payment penalties will be waived for taxes reported on returns filed for the February, March and April 2020 reporting periods. Similar relief is provided for state lodgings taxes due for these same periods. For more information about these businesses relief programs visit:
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division
This site provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Guidance for federal employees and outlines Federal Employees' Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act This technical assistance document provides information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and pandemic planning in the workplace.
May 15, 2020 NEW: The SBA released a Loan Forgiveness Application designed to educate borrowers on how to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. Additional guidance- for both borrowers and lenders- is still expected from the agency. The application includes a worksheet that details how to calculate the amount of the loan that can be forgiven and provides a summary of costs eligible for forgiveness. The SBA also provided a list of documents borrowers have to submit with their forgiveness applications.
Click Here for More Information
Our partners at the SBDC have prepared on On-Demand Webinar providing a high-level overview of the PPP Forgiveness Application, but does not include a line by line walk through. To view the webinar, click the link below:
Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses. Our partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have prepared a step by step guide to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process. Download the guide by clicking the link below:
Click Here to Download Guide
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Below are the updated resources that the U.S. Chamber has developed to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).
4/1:- Updated Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist (Paycheck Protection Program) US Chamber (Excellent Resources)
Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some--or possibly any--of the loan.
4/1- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Guide
Congress The CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration's long -standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL), which includes $10,000 grants for eligible applicants. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
How can I access an EMERGENCY $10,000 GRANT?
• Eligible applicants for an EIDL can receive a $10,000 emergency grant within three days of application (through Dec. 31)
• There is no obligation to repay the grant. To receive the $10,000 emergency grant, it is not necessary to have an approved EIDL loan. However, if you are able to secure a PPP loan, the $10,000 grant will be subtracted from the forgiveness amount
NOTE: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act prohibits borrowers from taking out two loans for the same purpose. For more information
CLICK HERE for more information.
Click Here to apply online
4/1- Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide
The CARES Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus.
CLICK HERE for more information
Updated: Small Business Emergency Loan Guide
The U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Small Business Emergency Loan Guide, first issued last week, outlines the steps small businesses need to take to access much-needed Payroll Protection Program (PPP) funds. The guide now includes important information including key dates as the government moves forward toward implementation. Recently, the Treasury Department issued more details on this paycheck protection program (PPP) and a loan application available for download.
Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to can apply for loans.
Click Here for a List of Current SBA 7(a) Lender Partners in the State of Alabama
The following Chamber Members have notified us that are participating in the program:
As an SBA Preferred Lender, Synovus is participating in Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection Program if there are different use of proceeds for each loan. Click Here for more information.
As an SBA Preferred Lender, Trustmark will provide small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. Click Here for more information.
Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans as soon as they are approved and enrolled in the program.
The guide is available at: uschamber.com/sbloans
A Spanish language version of the guide is at: uschamber.com/sbloansESP
Small Business Administration:
Click Here to access the Active List of Lenders