Resources for Small Businesses

A Message from Chairman Jakes

Owning a small business is never easy, but it’s even more challenging now, with so many owners unable to meet overhead or pay salaries. But help is out there. If you’re a small business owner struggling with loss of income due to COVID-19, below are links to resources for information on the assistance available to help get you through this difficult time. The recently passed stimulus bill offers considerable help to small business owners, including interest-free loans. For more information, please watch my video with attorney Bakari Sellers and CEO Kenneth Kelly, where we discuss the economic impact of COVID-19 and what the government relief package means for American households and small businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s site with COVID-19 relief options and additional resources available to small businesses.

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State of Texas

Resources available for businesses in the State of Texas.

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Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Dallas (B.U.I.L.D.)

Broadening Urban Investment to Leverage Dallas (B.U.I.L.D.) helps you find the resources you need to grow your startup, small business or nonprofit venture.

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Website Planet

WebsitePlanet offers free printable posters and signs for COVID-19 for small businesses & organizations.

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Stand for Small

Find offers, tools, and expert insights from over 100 companies dedicated to the success of small businesses. Because when small businesses thrive, our communities do too.

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National Association for the Self-Employed

The National Association for the Self-Employed COVID-19 page to help the roughly 24 million sole proprietorships navigate the Paycheck Protection Program and other resources.

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National Governor’s Association

The National Governor’s Association has links to every governors’ website where you can find more detailed local relief information available in your state.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s website with resources on business resilience and disaster recovery.

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U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship’s Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.

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Tax Foundation

The Tax Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Package FAQs, which detail how the new law impacts families and businesses.

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National Federation of Independent Business

The National Federation of Independent Business’s up-to-date resources page, which includes webinars, legislative monitoring, and additional resources for small businesses

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National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease outbreak

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Intuit Aid Assist

Intuit Aid Assist is a free service to help U.S.-based businesses, self-employed, contractors, freelancers, and gig workers understand different business relief programs. The website includes a loan eligibility assessment to see if you may qualify for federal funding.

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Go Fund Me

The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Honeycomb Credit

To help deliver the working capital that small businesses need, Honeycomb is offering 45-day payment free periods, 6-month interest-only periods and reducing thei posting, success, and investor fees.

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Kabbage

Through Kabbage Payment, any business can sign up to sell gift certificates online, and anyone can purchase them to support participating small businesses. Once registered, businesses can send a custom link to their customers.

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Opportunity Fund

Providing microloans to underserved small businesses, particularly those owned by low- and moderate-income immigrants, people of color, and women.

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Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund

The Open for Business Fund provides support for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and other nonprofit organizations that serve diverse small businesses, with a focus on Black, African American, Latino, Asian American, American Indian, and Alaska Native entrepreneurs.

Through this program, we are engaging CDFIs and nonprofits to help businesses manage the economic effects of COVID-19 by providing needed capital, technical assistance, and long-term recovery and resiliency support. For a list of grant recipients, please refer to the Resources for Entrepreneurs section below.

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Amber Grant

Awarded once per month, the Amber Grant gives $2,000 funding to a female entrepreneur. Each year, one of twelve monthly grant recipients gets an additional $25,000 in funding.

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Kiva

Kiva is a non-profit that expands access to capital for entrepreneurs around the world. More than 2.5 million people have raised over $1 billion on Kiva.

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