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


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Frequently Asked Questions

How can the Chamber help my business?

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. 

Learn more about membership

Where can I get tested or get my employees tested?

Here is a list of testing locations in the Greater Memphis region. 

Memphis COVID-19 Testing Facilties

Can you help promote my business?

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. 

Submit a Business to the Open 901 Directory

Do you have a business to promote? Fill out this form to be added to the directory. 

View the Open 901 Business DirectoryFollow the Chamber on social media or look for the hashtag #Open901 to learn about businesses in our directory.

I need access to Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, gloves and disinfected for myself or my employees. Where can I source these items?

The Chamber is maintaining a list of suppliers for PPE items for business.

Local PPE and Sanitation Product Suppliers

If you'd like more information, contact us



Where can I get PPE or cleaning and sanitation products?

Supplies of Personal Protective Equipment and some cleaning and sanitation supplies are limited. The Chamber has compiled the following list of local suppliers for these items.

Local PPE and Sanitation Product Suppliers

I have PPE or other supplies to donate. How can my business do this?

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.

I have legal questions. Who should I talk to?
Here’s a list of Chamber member legal firms.

Learn more.

What are important dates to know related to COVID-19?
  • 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. 


marketing resources

View the Open 901 Business Directory

Submit a Business to the Open 901 Directory

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.

Memphis Restaurants Offering Takeout & Delivery 

Loan and capital resourcES

What loans and programs are available for small businesses impacted by COVID-19?


NOTE: As of January 11, the Payroll Protection Program has re-opened. Apply here.

Important things to know about PPP:
• Due to limited appropriations funding, the application portal for the EIDL–COVID-19 assistance program (EIDL loans and EIDL Advances) is temporarily closed.
• By law, the SBA will not be able to issue new loan approvals once the programs experience a lapse in appropriations.
• SBA and Treasury are asking Congress to appropriate additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program so that SBA can begin to process new loan applications, issue loan numbers, and protect millions more paychecks.
• Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
• SBA is processing EIDL applications as quickly as possible. SBA will provide those whose applications are approved with loans that will cover the business’s short-term working capital needs.
• This is in addition to the EIDL Advance that small businesses and non-profits are eligible to receive as a result of the CARES Act.

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.

Find a PPP Lender

Newly released additional PPP guidance:

For more information and updates, visit SBA.gov/PPP or Treasury.gov/CARES

Paycheck Protection Program Overview

Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet

Paycheck Protection Lender Application

Paycheck Protection Borrower Application

SBA Releases Details on Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Release PPP Guidance on Self-Employment 

For more information and updates, visit SBA.gov/PPP or Treasury.gov/CARES

If you are a lender interested seeking more information on offering the Paycheck Protection Program,
contact Lisa Denson
with the TN Small Business Administration.


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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov 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. 

COVID-19 SBA Disaster Loan Application

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Business Loan Application

Request Free Advising from TSBDC for SBA Loan Application

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

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

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.

Apply for NEED Grant




Hourly workers in the hospitality industry who have been terminated may apply for one-time grants online on the Welcome to Memphis website.

Welcome to Memphis Fund


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. 

Downtown Business Continuity Grant Application


What resources are available for entrepreneurs?


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.

Facebook Small Business Resource Center

COmmunity & Individual Resources


Community Resources >>Educational & Training 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.


Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19

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 for Manufacturing PPE Equipment

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

Personal Protection Equipment Needed - Donate Here

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights • Employer Paid Leave Requirements Q&A

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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. 

State of Tennessee Health Department

Shelby County Health Department | Latest Updates

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

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

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 Small Businesses will Benefit from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Memphis: Get Your Fair Share of Stimulus Funds

The U.S. Department of Labor Releases Guidance on Small Business and Health Care Provider Exceptions to FFCRA

Southern Security’s Timely New Programming

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

COVID-19 Reveals Most Capable Leaders: Root causes on why executives freeze and become indecisive, which also become aggravated by crises like COVID-19

How to Ace a Zoom Interview

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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Greater Memphis CHamber Message

Our offices are closed until further notice, 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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