Latest COVID-19 Update April 3, 2020


Here's a recap of the week's developments plus the latest resources to help you manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your business:
Applying for a SBA Loan
If you will be applying for a loan through the Small Business Administration, GLGA recommends that you don't wait to wait start the application process. There are two financial aid programs aimed at small businesses in our industry. The first is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which just became available. Second, is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL) , which has been available since Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin were declared disaster areas.   Read more from our April 2 program announcement.

Cash Flow Resource Downloads and Recorded Webinar
GLGA member company LB Carlson recently presented "Financial Management in a Downturn: Print & COVID-19." During the webinar, the presenters discussed a cash flow tool that they developed to help companies in the industry forecast their needed cash flow for the coming weeks. Click here for download links from our April 1 announcement.
New HR Posters Reminder 
As of April 1, the Department of Labor requires posters to be hung in workplaces and notices to be delivered to employees about the new laws related to the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Links to these posters can be found on PIA's dedicated Families First Coronavirus Response Act Resource Page .
GLGA Impact Survey 
GLGA is surveying our region's businesses to quantify the essential work and business activity of the printing industry in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. An invitation was sent yesterday to company presidents, CEOs, general managers, controllers, CFOs, and other key business administrators. Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey. 

If your company has not yet taken the survey, we encourage you to do so by next week. This survey is confidential and only aggregate totals will be made public. If you did not receive an invitation, please contact Joe Lyman for the survey link. We will publish the results as soon as possible.
PIA Releases New Economic Flash Report 
Printing Industries of America's Center for Print Economics and Management just released its newest Flash Report, " Updated Economic and Print Outlook: Profiling the Recession and Recovery."

In this Flash , we provide answers as best we can in these historic and uncertain economic times. GLGA members can download a free copy by clicking here . (If you need a user name and log-in to the PIA website, contact PIA Member Central .)
Illinois Extends Stay at Home Order Through April 30 
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the extension on Wednesday, April 1. Click here to read Executive Order 2020-18.
Indiana Will Extend Stay at Home Order Through April 20
Indiana Governor Holcomb announced today that he will sign a two-week extension on Monday, April 6. Read more .
Wisconsin Safer at Home Order In Place Through April 24
Click here to read Executive Order 12, issued on March 24, 2020
GLGA COVID-19 Resources
GLGA's website has an expanded COVID-19 Resource section , with pages and links to informational sites, FAQs, educational articles, webinars and helpful downloads. We update it daily; so, please check back for the latest additions.

Popular recent links:
MRA COVID-19 Resources
Looking for additional HR resources? GLGA membership benefits include a partnership with MRA . Their resource library includes guides, policies and sample letters that you can download to customize for your company. And, be sure to use the MRA Hotline for your HR questions - expert help that is free to you as a part of your GLGA membership benefits.
PIA, SGIA and NAPCO Media Launch COVID-19 Resource Channel 
Printing Industries of America and the PIA affiliates joined forces with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association a nd NAPCO Media to launch the COVID-19 Resource Channel . This powerful resource site features daily updates by key industry experts on legislative, state, economic, HR and safety topics.

Popular recent link:
What Printers Need to Know About Families First Act, Paycheck Protection Program, Other HR Strategies - recorded interview with Adriane Harrison, PIA Vice President for Human Relations
And Now, for Some GOOD NEWS
The last few weeks have been unsettling and challenging times. Yet, we are hearing of companies that are stepping up to meet the crisis in amazing, generous, creative and innovative ways. We'd love to share the GOOD NEWS of what your company is doing to respond to the pandemic. Send your links, tidbits, videos and photos to Sharon Flick , and we'll publish them in future editions of Currents and Graphics Journal. Here's the first one we saw on LinkedIn; we're looking forward to hearing about your GOOD NEWS , too:

Platinum Converting Offers New Face Shields
Platinum Converting, Itasca, IL, was among the first GLGA members to re-purpose their facilities to manufacture medical products. "We re-purposed some of our production facilities and are currently manufacturing and supplying Face Shields for healthcare professionals and first responders that are working so hard on all of our behalves. Face Shields are shipping out of our facility daily to hospital networks."  Read more .
The Great Lakes Graphics Association is the trade association dedicated to representing the graphic arts industry throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin through education, promotion, and public affairs. GLGA is headquartered in Pewaukee, WI, with state directors based in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, and is an affiliate of the Printing Industries of America.

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Main Number
(262) 522-2210

Bill Gibson
Illinois Director
(312) 704-5000

Sharon Flick
Communications Director
(262) 201-4730

Joe Lyman
(262) 522-2212

Brent Eckhart
Indiana Director
(317) 733-8512

Debra Warner
Membership Development Manager
(262) 439-8992