There is a great quote I like about the nature of charity.
It says, “Helping one person might not change the world, but it might change the world for one person.”
In these trying times, as much as we would like to ease the struggle of so many who are hurting, there are just too many people who are in need of assistance right now. Luckily, there are some great resources out there that could mean the world to a few vendors.
Take a look at the list below and try to get assistance where you can.
Good luck and please share this information with others who you think might benefit from it!
FINANCIAL SUPPORT (LOANS & GRANTS)
When life takes an unexpected turn, The Meetings Industry Fund is there with an immediate lifeline. We provide confidential financial assistance to those individuals in crisis who are directly involved in the planning, execution, delivery and support of meetings.
SBA PPP loans provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 to help them keep employees on their payrolls. OnDeck is an approved SBA lender for PPP loans and is participating along with other banks and financial institutions.
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
SBA Express Bridge Loan
Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
Facebook Small Business Grants
Facebook is up to 30,000 small businesses with 2 – 50 employees loans worth up to $100 million dollars.
COVID – 19 Ancillary Costs
The HealthWell Foundation just announced a COVID-19 Fund that provides up to $250 in assistance with ancillary costs associated with COVID-19. Grants awarded through the fund will provide reimbursement assistance to at risk or quarantined individuals for delivered food, medication, telehealth copays and transportation costs associated with COVID-19.
SBA Debt Relief
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hello Alice’s Covid-19 Business Resource Center
Hello Alice is offering $10,000 grants being distributed immediately to small business owners impacted by coronavirus
Live Nation Covid-19 Global Relief Fund For Live Music Crews
Live Nation, the world’s live entertainment company, in collaboration with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, a non-profit organization,has pledged an initial $5 million dollars and will match an additional $5 million pledged by artists, fans, and employees to support live music crews who have lost work during the Coronavirus.
SCORE Mentoring for Small Businesses
SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education.
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE provides support to entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources. Mentors are available to participate in remote mentoring sessions via phone, email, and video.
National Small Business Town Hall Series
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will team up for a sixth virtual National Small Business Town Hall to help small business owners alike navigate the programs that are available to them.
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – Local Chapter Support For Small Businesses
The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. They have local chapters around the nation providing support for women entrepreneurs.
A great non-profit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs is on the pulse of posting information about workshops and resources needed during Covid-19.
*You can also check with your local small business development organization for more workshops.*
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has made the effort to compile a comprehensive guide to managing anxiety and/or depression during these times.
The American Psychiatric Association offers helpful tips on how to control and manage your time during Covid-19.
The ever-important World Health Organization has provided a 6-page document outlining factors and elements to look for while experiencing this pandemic.
A national non-profit, Mental Health America, has created a self-screening test for individuals to take to determine where they stand on the mental health spectrum.
PHYSICAL HEALTH AND FITNESS
Stream thousands of live or on-demand workouts from top studios around the world. Try everything from yoga to strength training to HIIT and more.
GymCube membership unlocks the resources you need to lose fat, tone up, increase fitness, gain strength and lead a healthier, happier lifestyle. Burn calories at home with online exercise classes like HIIT, Abs, Combat, Dance (similar to Zumba), Indoor Spin Cycling, Yoga and Pilates.
Get access to unlimited yoga, fitness, and meditation classes for only $20 a month, featuring the likes of Dylan Werner, Sri Dharma Mittra, and Melini Jesudason.
I hope you find something useful on this list. Remember, we are all in this together. Please share any additional resources you think our community can benefit from.