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June 12, 2020: The Complete Guide to Reopening Your Workplace

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June 12, 2020

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You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers

Continuing where we left off last week: It goes without saying that reopening your physical workplace is a complex affair. You’ve got to think through employee and customer safety, understand federal and local requirements, and implement best practices. Discover how to do all of that and more in our most recent webinar. It’s a super valuable resource with tactical suggestions for:

  • How to create a staggered handwashing schedule 
  • Where to find EPA’s full list of products that kill SARS-CoV-2
  • How to reduce physical touch points across your workplace
  • How to modify an office space 
  • How to set up a temperature-check station
  • How to deal with anxious employees
  • How to deal with a COVID-19 diagnosis

Watch the full replay here. Share this resource with another business owner by simply forwarding this email!

Financial relief for your employees

Millions of people across America are still unemployed and hurting. Here’s a handy list of financial relief resources in two of the country’s biggest states:

Our top relief options for the week: 

  • Lowe’s – LISC partnership
    • Lowe’s opened applications for the first wave of its $25 million in minority small business grants. Grants will be made in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500, $10,000 and $20,000.
    • More information
  • Paypal Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses
    • PayPal created a $10 million fund for empowerment grants to Black-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19 or civil unrest. These grants will provide direct support to business owners to cover expenses related to stabilizing and reopening their businesses. The fund will be managed in partnership with Association for Enterprise Opportunity
    • More information
  • Pennsylvania $225M Small Business Grant Program  
    • Pennsylvania has unveiled a $225M program for small businesses, including $100M for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the business closure order, have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19, and in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.
    • More information

On our radar

Want more small business news and resources? Check out past editions in our archive.

Updated: October 26, 2021

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