COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

How Architecture Firms Are Responding to COVID-19 – March 24, 2020
Practitioners across the country offer insight on the impact of the novel coronavirus on their staff, operations, and projects.

AL Department of Labor Paid Leave Overview – March 21, 2020

AL Small Business Development Center Provides Info about SBA Loans – March 21, 2020
The recent Federal Emergency Declaration activated the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL). These loans will provide working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. The SBDC is a resource for those who wish to apply for these loans. They offer webinars and other assistance.

CDC Provides Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers – Updated March 21, 2020 Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers should plan to respond in a flexible way to varying levels of disease transmission in the community and be prepared to refine their business response plans as needed.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance in Response to COVID-19 – March 21, 2020
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.

Alabama Department of Labor to Waive Employer Charges for COVID-19 Related Claims – March 20, 2020
The state is urging employers to file claims on employees’ behalf. All charges will be waived against those who file partial unemployment compensation claims on behalf of their employees. These charges will be waived until further notice.

Birmingham Strong Emergency Loan Fund – March 19, 2020
Purpose: To immediately support small businesses affected by COVID-19 who are awaiting state or federal relief funding or a more stable business environment. For-profit businesses with less than 50 employees located within the Birmingham city limits that have been operating for at least one year are eligible to apply.

How COVID-19 Will Impact the Built Environment – March 18, 2020
Architectural Digest

Facebook Grants for Small Businesses – March 17, 2020
The company will be launching a massive grant program to help small businesses. Specifically, Facebook will provide $100 million in “cash and ad credits” to 30,000 businesses in the 30 countries where Facebook operates.

#BHAMSTRONG Movement – March 2020
Coalition of public, private and civic leaders and organizations collaborating to serve as Birmingham’s COVID-19 Information and Resource Center for small businesses and others who are vulnerable during this time.

Alabama Power COVID-19 Response – March 2020
Since Alabama’s COVID-19 state of emergency was declared, Alabama Power has not disconnected any customers for non-payment and there are no plans to do so for those impacted by the pandemic. In addition, they are also suspending late payment fees.

Spire Energy COVID-19 Response – March 2020
Spire has suspended disconnects and late fees until 5/1/2020 for residential and business customers.

US Dept. of Labor: Fair Labor Standards Act & COVID-19 – March 2020

US Dept. of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Employer Paid Leave Requirements) – March 2020

An Architects Guide to Virtual Practice – AIA Trust

AIA Knowledge Communities: Small Firm Exchange (Coronavirus Topic) – March 2020

Navigating the Economy: Architects Weather Ebb and Flow of Projects – May 9, 2009
Firms seek alternatives to projects that are slowed up or on-hold