Issue 6.12
March 20, 2020
Message from the President
This week we hosted a call for our members with Marci L. Drees, M.D., MS, FACP, DTMH, Infection Prevention Officer and Hospital Epidemiologist at ChristianaCare. Dr. Drees provided the steps the hospital was taking to aid people with coronavirus. In efforts to continually provide first-hand information and updates to our members, we will be hosting more calls like this next week. Please mark your calendar for the following:

Monday, March 23 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Governor John Carney
Topic: Delaware's response to COVID-19

Thursday, March 26 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Damian DeStefano, Director, Delaware Division of Small Business
Topic: Information on applying for Disaster Loan Assistance, H.E.L.P. and more

Dial information will come out on Monday in my president's message.
COVID-19 and your Business
To address concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the State Chamber has created an open line of communication so that we can better understand how your business is being impacted. We are also using this space to help our business and nonprofit members get their most pressing questions answered and ensure that we continue to provide relevant and timely resources as well as up-to-date access to information. 
We are open for business!
During this unprecedented time, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce office is open for business 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with limited staff in the office. However, all other staff are working remotely. Please know we will continue to provide services to our members so please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are in direct contact with the State of Delaware and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and will continue to provide our members with important updates.

In the interest of everyone's health and safety, the State Chamber is cancelling/postponing all of our in-person events through the end of May. We are working to reschedule many of your favorites, including the Spring Legislative Brunch & Manufacturing Conference and Superstars in Education. We look forward to providing our members a full list of new dates soon!

We are also actively communicating information and updates on social media. Be sure to like our pages for the most up-to-date information:
Financial Relief, Unemployment Assistance, and Preparedness & Response Planning
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved Delaware's application for an Economic Injury Declaration, which makes loans available to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.
  • Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance here.
  • Download the Economic Injury Loan Fact sheet.

  • Delaware Department of Labor expands unemployment benefits to workers affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
  • Download the unemployment insurance FAQ sheet

  • Governor Carney signs executive order on child care, which will allow the State and providers flexibility to provide child care options for Delaware families and health care workers due to the coronavirus. Learn more

  • Nonprofits, philanthropies launch coordinated funds in response to statewide coronavirus crisis. Learn more

  • Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides free coronavirus testing, strengthens food assistance, safeguards Medicaid benefits, enhances unemployment aid, and establishes paid leave. Learn more

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, issued Guidance of Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. Download the packet
Coming Together
In a challenging time, there is still good happening around us!

  • Groups banding together to feed kids while school is out - Read, Delaware State News
  • Bank of America commits $100 million in support of communities around the world impacted by coronavirus pandemic - Read, Bank of America
  • Grocers announce early morning hours for seniors at greater risk for coronavirus - Read, Delaware Business Now
  • Guide to Delaware restaurants offering takeout, delivery - Read, Delaware Today
  • Food Bank of Delaware distributes 100,000 pounds of free food - Read, Town Square Delaware
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA is offering temporary employment opportunities - Read, DSCC Member News
  • Sunday Breakfast Mission continues to care for the least, lost, and less fortunate - Read, DSCC Member News
  • Distilleries are making hand sanitizer with their in-house alcohol and giving it out for free to combat coronavirus - Read, WDEL
  • State Chamber participates in the #GiftCardChallenge
  • La Vida Hospitality putting people before finances during crisis - Read, Delaware Business Times
  • Second Chances Farm pivots from stocking restaurants to home delivery - Read, Delaware
Don't forget to get COUNTED
2020 Census

The responses from this year’s decennial Census will impact numerous critical services to the citizens of Delaware. These services include healthcare, roads, infrastructure projects, emergency services, and other matters important to our everyday lives. In order to be prepared for future healthcare crises such as Covid-19, these funds are more important than ever for our State and your community. In mid-March, households will begi n receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: online, phone or mail. It's fast, easy and important! Learn more
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