COVID-19 Response Hub

We are in unprecedented times for our local businesses. From the tornadoes that disrupted so many lives a few weeks ago, to the global health crisis threatening our nation and community - there is not a single Nashville business that isn't confronted with immense challenge. We are committed to helping the Nashville business community weather this storm. The Chamber is working from home but we are still available by phone and online. Please do not hesitate to reach out. If you have adjusted the services you provide (i.e. offering take out, discounts, etc.) and would like us to share these changes with fellow Chamber members, see below to join in on our #BeAGoodNeighbor campaign.

Chamber Info

Business Reopening Guide - The Chamber has compiled resources for businesses owners in Nashville-Davidson County and in outlying counties to understand when they should reopen and best practices on how to reopen safely.

Webinar featuring disaster recovery experts and small business resource providers - The Nashville Chamber and partner organizations co-hosted a "Managing Your Business Through COVID-19" discussing resources and tactics for local businesses to navigate this economic downturn.

PowerPoint Presentation from COVID-19 Webinar – March 27, 2020

Economic Impact Analysis: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Research Center - The Research Center of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has created models to forecast the economic impact to the State of Tennessee and the joint Nashville and Clarksville MSAs as result of COVID-19. Our team produced three models projecting the impact of unemployment based on different restart dates; May 1, May 15 and June 1. Download our Economic Impact Analysis.

Supporting Local Business

#BeAGoodNeighbor to help small businesses - The Nashville Chamber wants to encourage the Nashville community to continue to support small businesses and hospitality industry, as they have been hit hard during these uncertain times.

Business Reopening Guide - The Chamber has compiled resources for businesses owners in Nashville-Davidson County and in outlying counties to understand when they should reopen and best practices on how to reopen safely.

Workplace Health

Comprehensive Coronavirus Information - Full resource page provided by the CDC

COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention - An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

United Way COVID-19 Response Fund - The COVID-19 Response Fund was established to quickly and effectively address both the health and economic challenges of this virus. Chaired by former Senator Dr. Bill Frist, the Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations, getting dollars to where they are needed most. For more information or to make a donation, please click here.

Coronavirus Resource Page - A resource page by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, including links to Resilience in a Box and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Quick Guides.

COVID19 VUMC Testing Sites

Business Financial Support

Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance - Governor Bill Lee submitted a request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance to the U.S. Small Business Association. Tennessee small businesses and nonprofits that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for up to $2 million in disaster loan assistance. Click here to download the paper application to see what information is needed before applying online.

Launch TN partnership with Tennessee's COVID-19 Unified Command - Does your company have a solution or resource that can help fight COVID-19? The private sector serves an important role in partnership with public officials to address the challenges presented by COVID-19. As businesses develop proposals to address these challenges and to provide solutions, Launch TN will serve as the first stage for review and evaluation to make recommendations to state officials on which proposals and strategies will maximize Tennessee's efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. Launch TN has partnered with Governor Lee's COVID-19 Unified Command to fast-track solutions to major issues facing our state. Have a resource, capability, or solution to share? Click here to learn more and submit your proposal.

Tennessee extends franchise and excise deadline - The filing deadline for franchise and excise taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.

SBA Fact Sheet – COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Nashville COVID-19 Response Fund

Pathway Lending Tornado and COVID-19 Assistance

AT&T, Comcast, Spectrum / Charter Communications and Tennessee Broadband Association temporarily offering free internet service, waiving disconnect and late fees, providing access to wi-fi hot spots and other measures to help people at home access the services they need. Click here to learn more.

Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are abiding by the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers and will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Legal and Business Operations

Nashville Bar Association Legal Resources

The Nashville Bar Association along with Tennessee Area Legal Services (TALS) will be offering free legal tele-clinics for small businesses who are under financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (and as a result of the tornado). The legal clinics will offer free legal assistance to anyone with questions about their legal financial rights. Individuals, small business owners, and partnerships are the target audience with the goal being to help people avoid bankruptcy in these turbulent financial times. The clinic schedule will be announced on the NBA’s website, www.nashvillebar.org. In addition, the Nashville Bar Association provides a Lawyer Referral and Information Service, which will put you in touch with a pre-screened lawyer with whom you may initially consult by telephone for a $40 fee instead of the lawyer’s normal hourly fee. You can reach the Lawyer Referral and Information Service by phone at (615) 242-6546 or submit your lawyer referral request online.

Updates to Metro Nashville's operations regarding their operations, as well as updated restrictions for local businesses.

President Trump outlined new guidelines for states to begin returning citizens to work and for reopening the economy. Governors will review the guidelines and make decisions based on their unique situations.

Business Reopening Guide - The Chamber has compiled resources for businesses owners in Nashville-Davidson County and in outlying counties to understand when they should reopen and best practices on how to reopen safely.

Employee Support and Hiring Options

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act - The CARES Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. The Federal Government has just issued much anticipated guidance regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. For the latest overview, guidance for potential borrowers, and to view the application for this program, click here.

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development unemployment resources for employers and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. Questions? Click here to view a PDF that covers frequently asked questions about Tennessee unemployment processes.

Tennessee Department of Human Services Emergency Pandemic TANF - Emergency cash assistance program for those impacted by COVID-19. Emergency Pandemic TANF will utilize existing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds. TDHS encourages Tennesseans in need to apply online when the application becomes available in order to encourage social distancing.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - The Federal CARES Act provides additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to Tennesseans impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.

Tennessee Talent Exchange powered by Jobs4TN is a new initiative to help Tennessee residents find work in the grocery, retail and logistics industries. To apply for jobs through the Tennessee Talent Exchange, please visit www.jobs4tn.gov.

10% OSHA Training Discount available to any individual or employer that is a member of the Nashville Chamber that may be interested in completing OSHA courses via the new virtual format.

Education

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary - This federal act was passed and signed into law last week. The bill addresses paid sick leave, paid family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, funding for food security programs, and free diagnostic testing. Click here for a deeper dive into the legislation.

MNPS offering free student meals - along with food boxes provided by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at sites identified throughout Davidson County. MNPS is offering free breakfast and lunch to children in Nashville at locations throughout Davidson County.

MNPS Free At-Home Learning Resources - This site will provide resources for students of all ages with general education content. Great way to keep students engaged and on a schedule while school is out.

Learning and Enrichment Resources for PreK-12 - Resources you can download and print for students in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. The resources include English language arts/literacy, math, science, social studies, and arts activities.

Nashville State Free Online Courses - 100s of free online courses offer by Nashville State Community College.


Nonprofit and Community

Crisis Support Learning Series from the Center for Nonprofit Management - aimed at equipping nonprofit leaders to succeed difficult times.

United Way of Greater Nashville COVID-19 Response Fund - aimed to quickly and effectively address both the health and economic challenges.

Are you an individual that needs help with navigating the COVID-19 pandemic? United Way of Greater Nashville has resources available to help you navigate some of life's most difficult challenges.

Hands on Nashville's programs connect volunteers directly through service. Click here to alert them to a disaster-relief volunteer need in your community.

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Government Assistance

Federal Stimulus Package

Please see the resources below for information about small business loans available through the Small Business Administration as well as the loans available through the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Part of this federal stimulus package dedicates $349 billion for Paycheck Protection Program loans to provide much needed funds to small businesses to keep employees on the payroll and to get through this epidemic. Please view these resources as an overview only, and always consult with tax professionals to review all of your options and to determine the best options for you and your business.

For an overview comparing the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program loans, click here.

For up-to-date FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program Loans, click here.

For the text of the CARES Act, click here.

For a section-by-section summary of the CARES Act, click here.

To see which banks in Tennessee are approved lenders through the SBA, click here.

Deadline extended for REAL IDs - The federal government has extended the REAL IDs deadline to October 1, 2021. Please note, DMV locations will stay closed until May 18, 2020.

President Trump outlined new guidelines for states to begin returning citizens to work and for reopening the economy. Governors will review the guidelines and make decisions based on their unique situations.

Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Order - To further combat the spread of COVID-19, The Metro Public Health Department has issued a Safer at Home Order - directing all residents of Davidson County to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs. For more information, please visit www.asafenashville.org.

Governor Bill Lee signs Executive Order issued safer at home guidelines that are in effect until April 30, 2020. This is not a mandated shelter in place order, but instead urges Tennesseans who are in non-essential roles to remain at home. The order restricts businesses that cannot safely operate during COVID-19 including businesses like barber shops, salons, recreational and entertainment outfits.

Metro Nashville Announces Partnership with Psych Hub to Provide Public Mental Health Resources - This partnership is in response to the mental health toll of social-distancing. Former U.S. Representative and Founder of Psych Hub Patrick J. Kennedy participated in the Mayor's 4/14 press update to announce the Psych Hub partnership. The goal of the partnership to provide tool kits for public officials, health care systems, and families alike.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper, Memphis Mayor John Strickland, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke have partnered to create a task force focused on reopening Tennessee's economy. The task force will examine when businesses are safe to reopen, how businesses can be smoothly phased into a reopening strategy, and best practices for businesses to safely serve their customers while also protecting their staff. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Rob McCabe has been named as one of Nashville's representatives on the task force.

The Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force convened on Monday (4/20) to finalize reopening plans - With an early May targeted timeline for reopening, the four phase plan is dictated by the following metrics: transmission rate, 14-day trend line, public health, testing, PPE and Hospital capacities.Phase one will begin once the 14-day trend shows the virus' repression.

Mayor Cooper Releases Nashville's Economic Reopening Plan - The following metrics to dictate the timing of the plan: Transmission Rate; 14-Day trend of new cases: the number of days it takes for active cases to double; Public Health Capacity: contact tracing resources; Testing Capacity; PPE Supply and Hospital Capacity. Positive improvement or stability in these metrics for 14 days will trigger the next phase; if something negative occurs, the phase will be slowed down.

Business Reopening Guide - The Chamber has compiled resources for businesses owners in Nashville-Davidson County and in outlying counties to understand when they should reopen and best practices on how to reopen safely.

Office of Mayor John Cooper Releases Dashboard Detailing Reopening Metrics' Statusnone

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