CHAMBER NEWS: April 13, 2020
Small Business Financial Relief Options

Make sure you are aware of all temporary financial relief programs offered by the Small Business Administration by the CARES Act.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
Provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program. Learn more

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
Provides up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties. Learn more

SBA Express Bridge Loans
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. Learn more

SBA Debt Relief
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
Economic Impact Payments to Start This Week

In a press release issued April 10, the Internal Revenue Service reported that Economic Impact Payments will be distributed automatically to most people starting this week.

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will receive the payments automatically. Automatic payments will also go in the near future to people receiving Social Security retirement, survivors, disability or survivor benefits and Railroad Retirement benefits.

The IRS also launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for those who don't normally file a tax return.
FDA Share Best Practices for Food Service Providers

Restaurants providing takeout and delivery services want to ensure employee health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers best practices to safeguard workers and consumers. It includes key considerations for how foods offered at retail can be safely handled and delivered to the public, as well as best practices for employee health, cleaning and sanitizing, and personal protective equipment. Learn more
Daily Webinars for Small Business Loan Information

Click here to learn about daily webinars to learn how to file for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.
Virtual Chamber Events
Wednesday, April 15
3 PM to 4 PM via Zoom

LIMITED to 20 participants

This members-only benefit provides a fast, effective networking opportunity while maintaining social distancing. Participants will give 1-to-2 minute sales pitches about what distinguishes their business/ service from others in their field or just inform other members about their organization and what a good referral for them would be.
You must have access to a webcam to participate.
Thursday, April 16
4 PM to 5:30 PM via Zoom

LIMITED to 50 participants

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for our first Virtual Business After Hours. It will be a trivia night with a variety of general interest questions.

You must have access to a webcam to participate.

Rescheduled Chamber Events
We choose to be optimistic and have rescheduled these events based on current information.
Business & Community EXPO
Only Five Booths Left!

Thursday, June 4
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Leadercast St. Tammany 2020
Great Speakers

Wednesday, July 22
8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Advertise your business to other members HERE
or with a separate CHAMBER member Eblast email
We are changing with the current business environment. During this time, we are now offering members the opportunity to use this promotional space ($125) in our daily Chamber News and/or send a standalone Eblast email ($250) to our Chamber list Monday through Friday. Our current open and click-through rates are up 5-10% over our normally better-than average rates. Click here to reserve.
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