Welcome to the Greater Memphis COVID-19 Business Resource Center.
The Greater Memphis Chamber is committed to providing Business Guidance on COVID-19 for our business community.
We will continue to share up-to-date information, tools and resources to help minimize the impact of COVID-19-related disruptions.
The Greater Memphis Chamber Business Resource Center is sponsored by
Frequently Asked Questions
The Greater Memphis Chamber is an independent, non-profit organization completely funded by businesses in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Our purpose is to advocate for business in the region.
During the COVID-19 public health crisis, our team is providing information and resources to area businesses including the Open 901 Business Directory, free webinars, expert advice, advocacy and more.
Yes! The Chamber's Open 901 Business Directory is a free resource for showcasing businesses that remain open with modified hours or new service offerings during the COVID-19 crisis.
Do you have a business to promote? Fill out this form to be added to the directory.
The Chamber is maintaining a list of suppliers for PPE items for business.
If you'd like more information, contact us.
The Memphis Medical Society is accepting and distributing donations of PPE to local healthcare professionals. If you have readily available supplies such as masks, gloves or protective eyewear, please fill out this form.
- The City of Memphis is under a Shelter in Place Order until May 5.
- Personal taxes are now due June 15
- The filing deadlines for Franchise and Excise Tax and Hall Income Tax returns originally due April 15, 2020, have been extended to July 15, 2020.
- Tennessee schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
- For the latest updates on Reopening Memphis and Shelby County, click here.
SMALL BUSINESS & HOSPITALITY RESOURCES
OPEN 901 BUSINESS DIRECTORY - If you have adjusted the services you provide (i.e. offering take out, discounts, etc.) and would like us to share these changes with fellow Chamber members, click here to join in on our #Open901 campaign.
Loan and capital resourcES
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
NOTE: As of January 11, the Payroll Protection Program has re-opened. Apply here.
The Paycheck Protection Act provides federally-guaranteed loans up to a maximum amount of $10 million to eligible businesses, which can be partially forgivable, to encourage businesses to retain employees through the COVID-19 crisis by assisting in the payment of certain operational costs. View THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION ACT FAQ here.
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.Newly released additional PPP guidance:
- SBA Guidance on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran and Women-Owned Business Concerns (Released 1/6/2021)
- Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program as Amended by Economic Aid Act (Released 1/6/2021)
- Interim Final Rule on Second Draw Loans (Released 1/6/2021)
SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESPONSE PROGRAM
SBA Disaster Assistance Response Program for COVID-19 NOW OPEN
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Tennessee small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Declarations are listed here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
You can see which states already have COVID-19 declarations and more about the online application process when it opens for Tennessee firms.
EDGE Neighborhood Emergency Economic Development Grant
The EDGE Neighborhood Emergency Economic Development (NEED) Grant was created to provide relief to neighborhood-serving businesses in our city's most distressed areas. Grants of up to $10,000 will be made to businesses located in New Markets Tax Credit Eligible Census Tracks throughout the City of Memphis that have experienced at least a 25% loss in revenue as a result of COVID-19.
There is a requirement to sign up with TSBDC for free business counseling services here: https://www.tsbdc.org/swtcc/
If applicants have any questions, leave a message on the Grant line at 901-341-2100.
WELCOME TO MEMPHIS COVID-19 RELIEF FUND FOR HOSPITALITY & RESTAURANT WORKERS
Hourly workers in the hospitality industry who have been terminated may apply for one-time grants online on the Welcome to Memphis website.
DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS BUSINESS CONTINUITY GRANT PROGRAM
The Downtown Business Continuity Grant opened Monday, January 25, 2021 and is available for businesses within the CBID (See map). The grant is designed to help promote business stability and offer an additional lifeline to our small business community as they await second round PPP or other funding, or until the global immunization protocol develops and businesses are allowed to return to more normal business practices.
In addition to Epicenter's existing network of business-support resources, they have a team of Experts-in-Residence — both generalists and subject-matter experts — who are available for 30-minute, one-on-one sessions to address any emergency/COVID-19-related needs for entrepreneurs.
To get connected to the most appropriate resource for your business by filling out the form below.
The form should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
Epicenter's Resources for Startups and Small Businesses | Entrepreneurs and business owners, express your needs by completing the COVID-19 Business Support Form.
Employment/unemployment resourcESUnemployment Information for Employers
WorkLife Partnership Resource Navigator Service – One-on-One support for your employees when life gets tough.
COmmunity & Individual Resources
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
Hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis Foundation, the Mid-South COVID-19 Regional Response Fund will provide flexible funding to organizations working with community members who have been impacted by novel Coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in our region of West Tennessee, eastern Arkansas, and northern Mississippi. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
Emergency cash assistance applications are being accepted online for qualifying families that lost a job as a result of the pandemic state of emergency. Read more >>
TN Creators Respond is a program created by the Tennessee Chamber to help connect the dots between manufacturers and companies with the capability of producing, warehousing and or distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) or components of PPE that are needed in hospital systems and medical centers across our state. Read more >>
Latest Message from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland
List of Closed Area Attractions and Postponed Events
Guide to File for Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Benefits Information
Baptist Grief Counseling for People Who've Lost Someone to COVID-19
Urgent Shortage: Healthy Blood Donors Needed
Memphis Medical District Collaborative COVID-19 Resources + Support
General Links & Resources
Healthcare links and resources
The Center for Disease Control Website is the most up to date resource for information and guidance related to COVID-19.
- What to Expect If You Were Possibly Exposed for COVID-19
- What to Expect After Being Tested for COVID-19
- What to Expect After Being Diagnosed with COVID-19
- Personal Protective Equipment Conservation Guidance
Helpful Blog Resources
Recognize the Colossal Brand-Building Opportunity in Front of You: Tips for long-term brand-building and customer loyalty during a crisis
Hyper-Personalized Video Triggers Law of Reciprocity: How & why to move to video sales in this suddenly different economy
Just Follow the Footprints: How B2B and B2C companies can begin geofencing in the COVID economy
Swim Against the Current; Cash In on Competitor Hesitation: Best practices for marketing during a downturn
Forward-Thinking Business Pivots for Battling Coronavirus: A round-up of COVID pivots certain businesses made (some local), and what can be learned from them
9 Strategies for Survival of the Retail Apocalypse: Evolutions for the post-pandemic retail industry
How to handle a potential COVID-19 case IN THE OFFICE
According to the Shelby County Health Department, most people who contract COVID-19 would experience flu-like symptoms or feel as if they have an extreme cold. A list of symptoms is available here.
If an employee feels ill and is showing respiratory symptoms, the individual should call ahead and let their doctor know in advance of the visit or appointment that the individual is experiencing potential symptoms of a COVID-19 investor so the healthcare provider can properly prepare for the potential patient’s arrival. More guidance can be found here.
UPCOMING EVENTS & WEBINARS
Greater Memphis CHamber Message
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