COVID-19 Business Resources

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Commitment to ReVive Vermillion

The ‘Commitment to ReVive Vermillion’ initiative is a commitment from Vermillion Area businesses to practice key social distancing measures to keep our community safe during these current times.

The Commitment covers three key areas:

  • Distancing
  • Transparency
  • Covered & Cleaned

Participating businesses will sign onto the commitment and display the Commitment poster in their store window or entry way.

Members of the community will be able to provide feedback through a short survey or by emailing the VCDC.

View Commitment poster

Small Business Administration Updates

There is a wealth of information on many different financial packages that have recently become available. The spreadsheet linked below includes updated information from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
View SBA spreadsheet

Ways and Means Committee Resources

The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee has information on all Congressional COVID-19 packages, FAQs and updates on Congressional actions.
Find information here

Managing and Motivating a Team During Coronavirus

Experts discuss strategies and tools to create a positive and productive work environment — even if you can’t see your team every day.

Empathy, transparency and flexibility are critical to caring for your employees and keeping them engaged during the coronavirus pandemic.

Experts unpacked these three pillars of a successful company culture — both during a crisis and in the long term.

1. Make employee health priority No. 1 with policies, protocols, and one-on-one working input
2. Create a fun, empathetic and efficient work-from-home culture that serves employee needs and business goals
3. Embed flexibility into company culture
4. Have hard conversations with transparency, empathy and humility
5. Adopt best practices gleaned from the crisis

Read More Here

USDA Unveils Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

Download the Rural Resource Guide here

Paycheck Protection Program

The purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program is to help employers keep their employees on the payroll. The loans offered under the Paycheck Protection Program are forgivable – which means that a business may not have to repay some (or possibly all) of the loan. The SBA created a webpage dedicated to providing information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Here you will find program details, frequently asked questions and the program loan application.

Visit SBA's Paycheck Protection Program Website

Rural Energy Savings Program

The Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP) helps rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to qualified consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Eligible applicants under the RESP include current and former RUS borrowers, subsidiaries of current or former RUS borrowers, and entities that provide retail electric service needs in rural areas.
Apply for the Rural Energy Savings Program

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.
View Families First Coronavirus Response Act Q&A