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.


ATTENTION: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has issued a Safer at Home Order for the City of Memphis effective at 6pm on March 24, 2020 through midnight April 7, 2020 — directing all residents of Memphis to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. Under this order, Memphis residents may still go to grocery stores and perform other necessary duties. Read more >>

Business Updates 3/26/20

Available Jobs in Memphis


COVID-19 Greater Memphis Business Impact Survey

Small BUSINEss and hospitality resources

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.

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).

Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred. 

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email 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. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loan Application

Declarations are listed here:
You can see which states already have COVID-19 declarations and more about the online application process when it opens for Tennessee firms.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Business Loan Application

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL)

Instructions for Completing the IRS Tax Authorization Form 4506-T

Unemployment Information for Employers

Unemployment Information for Employees

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Information

Epicenter's Resources for Startups and Small Businesses | Entrepreneurs and business owners, express your needs by completing the COVID-19 Business Support Form.

Music Export Memphis COIVD-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Musicians - Donations

Facebook Small Business Resource Center

Tax Payment and Return Responsibilities Information

Office, Retail & Industrial Lease Information

Memphis Travel Hospitality Toolkit

Energy Tips for Food Service Industry

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE: Online Ordering System Resource for Restaurants
SolidCircle is helping clients transition to an online ordering system as their dine-in restaurants have been closed for the foreseeable future. Given the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our local businesses and communities, SolidCircle will be deferring 50% of the setup cost as well as the monthly support and maintenance cost until July 1st, 2020. For more information please call (616) 928-2259 or email


Kat Gordon, owner of Memphis-based Muddy's Bake Shop has shared her company's Safety Plan as an example resource for local small business owners.

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Do you have content relevant to local businesses to help minimize disruption related to COVID-19?   Contact us.



Community 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.


Latest Message from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland
Memphis Restaurants Offering Takeout and Curbside Pickup
List of Closed Area Attractions and Postponed Events
Guide to File for Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Benefits Information
US Individual Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15
Urgent Shortage: Healthy Blood Donors Needed 
Memphis Medical District Collaborative COVID-19 Resources + Support

Personal Protection Equipment Needed - Donate Here

WorkLife Partnership Resource Navigator Service – One-on-One support for your employees when life gets tough.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights • Employer Paid Leave Requirements Q&A

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general links and resources

Nationwide Emergency Declaration – Access to Disaster Relief Fund (latest updates)

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.

State of Tennessee Health Department

Shelby County Health Department

UT Health Sciences Center Coronavirus Disease and Information Page

Telehealth Coverage Information - Medicare + COVID-19 Coverage

Keeping the Workplace Safe

Understand the CDC’s Mitigation Plan

Better Business Bureau tips on COVID-19

Travel Guidance and FAQ for Travelers

Guidance for large gatherings and events

SBA Disaster Assistance Response Program for COVID-19

FEMA NBEOC Dashboard for the Private Sector - Tennessee is currently at Level 3 support

Legal Guidance Re: COVID-19 | Baker Donelson

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Coronavirus Resource Guid

CARES Act: Recovery Check FAQ

Coronavirus Top Tips for International Employers

Helpful Blog Resources

Prepare the Office for Remote Work for Your Business

Virtual Connections in Response to the Current Market Change

Memphis Tourism COVID-19 Information Page

7 Ways to Stay Productive & Enjoy Working from Home during the Coronavirus Pandemic

What constitutes an "Essential Business" qualification?

Confused About the Coronavirus Paid-Leave Mandate? DOL Issued Some Guidance

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.

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Upcoming Events & Webinars

Coronavirus Online Symposium

Monday, April 6, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CST

As part of the university’s ongoing efforts to share vital coronavirus information and resources for our communities, UTHSC is hosting a free Coronavirus Online Symposium on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The online Coronavirus Symposium includes speakers from UTHSC and university partners including Le Bonheur Children’s’ Hospital and the Shelby County Health Department. The free event will cover important topics as it relates to coronavirus and public health.



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A Message from the Greater Memphis Chamber

In an effort to provide resources for our business community, the Greater Memphis Chamber has created a website for Business Guidance on COVID-19.

If you have not done so, please take our COVID-19 Greater Memphis Business Impact Survey.

We will continue to keep the business community up-to-date with information, tools and resources to help minimize the impact of COVID-19-related disruptions.

Our offices are closed until April 1, but our team will continue to work remotely. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Do you have content relevant to local businesses to help minimize disruption related to COVID-19? Contact us.

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