This page contains links to resources on business resilience and disaster recovery. As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the U.S. Chamber Foundation stands ready to help communities navigate the significant challenges they are facing in a time of great uncertainty. Like any major natural disaster, the coronavirus will have a significant impact on workers, businesses, and the economy.
The leadership of the business community has never been more important than in times of crisis. Businesses are on the front lines of containing the pandemic and has an essential role to play in maintaining the confidence needed to help contain the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations and a degree of normalcy to American lives.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has been tracking the contributions from businesses of all sizes and sectors that are helping combat the coronavirus. From small business relief and medical supplies, to education resources and food insecurity, take a look at how companies are responding on our live blog and check back daily for updates.
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Policy & Economic Impact
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Business for Good
The business community is mobilizing its expertise and resources to assist with the relief and containment efforts. Our coronavirus (COVID-19) Corporate Aid Tracker lists those businesses that have publicly announced or submitted to us their commitment to supporting their workforce and the greater community impacted through this pandemic.
Don't see your company listed? Use the button below to submit information for your company.
If you have questions regarding the tracker, we're here for you. Email us directly.
The COVID-19 situation is a testament to the ingenuity and dedication of the private sector in helping address the toughest challenges we face in society. Business leaders across industries are stepping up to support their workers, customers, and local communities.
Explore the different ways companies are responding:
Supporting Your Employees
The U.S. Chamber Foundation partnered with America’s Charities to offer an Employee Assistance Fund (EAF) program to provide management services for employers looking to support their employees during times of hardship.
An EAF program, also known as an Employee Relief Fund or an Employee Crisis Fund, is a program to help employees cope with unexpected events that place undue financial stress on them and their families, such as the coronavirus, helping them recover more quickly. This demonstrates a company's care for employees and commitment to their well-being, and provides co-workers an opportunity to help their colleagues.
Learn more about how your business can get involved.
Guides For Business
Financial Assistance for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is compiling a list of programs providing financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. For nonprofit assistance, see Candid’s list of funds for coronavirus relief.
Please note: This list is not comprehensive and is intended as an informational resource only. If you oversee a fund granting money to small businesses not on this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your program added.
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
- Kiva US Small Business Loans
- Opportunity Fund COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
- The Main Street Initiative by Mainvest
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
- Verizon and LISC Small Business Recovery Fund
- WaFd Bank Small Business Lifeline
STATE SPECIFIC PROGRAMS:
Additional Resources for Small Business
- CO— is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time. Visit the website.
- Federal Small Business Stimulus Aid Programs
- Emergency Loans for Small Business: Guide and Checklist
- Childcare provider wondering if you should close your business? See the Child Care Aware flowchart.
- Developed in partnership with The UPS Foundation, the Resilience in a Box toolkit offers preparedness resources for small businesses.
- Forbes outlines free online tools and resources for business. See the list.
National NGOs Providing Immediate Relief in Communities Globally:
- American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and supporting public health agencies to help communities prepare. More on American Red Cross.
- Americares shares its emergency response update as it relates to product support for health workers, training and technical assistance, and maintaining continuity of operations. Read the latest update.
- Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S., is responding to the coronavirus outbreak in local communities and working to support people facing hunger. More on Feeding America.
- Good360 is mobilizing its resources to respond to the needs of communities, as well as sharing CDC prevention tactics and additional resources. More about Good360.
- Healthcare Ready is collaborating with public health and private sectors to address areas such as supply chain operations, concerns with the U.S. health system, global response efforts, and humanitarian assistance. More about Healthcare Ready.
- International Medical Corps is sharing a regular situation report on the latest COVID-19 updates and how its responding. Read the latest report.
- Mercy Corps is helping vulnerable communities on the front lines of crisis. More about Mercy Corps.
- NetHope has identified needs and best practices from organizations around the globe about this rapidly changing event. Here's what they learned.
- Project Hope, a global health and humanitarian relief organization, tracks the global response and shares the latest situation overview in its COVID-19 Situation Report. Read the latest report.
- Save the Children is working with health teams on the ground to roll out COVID-19 prevention messages, and provide parents, caregivers, and teachers with tools that support children and families during this time. More about Save the Children.
- UNICEF shares how it's working with partners to help protect children and halt the pandemic. More about UNICEF's response.
- United Way Worldwide is working to support communities affected by COVID-19, including a Community Response and Recovery Fund that will help the most vulnerable populations receive critical financial and social service support during this global crisis. More about United Way.
All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. Though many businesses have shifted to remote work, we know that not all businesses are able to do that. Download these guides created based on information provided by the CDC to learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees
Workplace health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Stay informed about public health recommendations related to the coronavirus and other health threats by visiting the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus
The following guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including the coronavirus, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations for community outbreaks of the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Customizable Workplace Flyer (Please open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize)
Businesses play a vital role in maintaining the calm and confidence needed to help contain the coronavirus outbreak. Show your community how you are working to protect them with this customizable flyer.
People recognize the impact this pandemic has on the education system, and organizations are gathering resources to support teachers, learners, and parents.
School Closures & Policy Changes
- The Hunt Institute's real-time tracker for childcare, K-12, and postsecondary education
- EdWeek K-12 school closures tracker
- Entangled Solutions postsecondary school closures tracker + students affected
- EdScoop postsecondary school closures tracker
- Child Care Aware's state-based childcare and early education tracker
- ExcelinEd's state-based K-12 tracker on school closures, USDA waiver, statewide assessment, school accountability
- Alliance for Early Success tracker on early education-related policy actions by state
- Yale School of Medicine tracker of childcare demand for households with at least one working parent in the medical profession
Resources for Childcare & K-12
- Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) has pulled together a collection of resources for education leaders that they are updating daily. More about PIE.
- Zoom, an online meetings and webinar platform, is offering free access to their platform for educators to stay in touch with their students and conduct online learning. More about Zoom.
- Newsela is offering free access to their platforms to teachers and full school districts, which takes complex subjects and breaks them down to make them digestible. More about Newsela.
- Child Care Aware is providing resources for childcare providers, parents, and policymakers. More from Child Care Aware.
- Learning Heroes is providing content, tools, and other resources for parents and families, educators, and organizations. More from Learning Heroes.
- K12 is offering a list of K-12 learning programs, distance learning tools, and career path resources. More from K12.
- Forbes outlines free online tools and resources for educators. See the list.
- The Hope Center has a guide to support college students through the pandemic. See the guide.
- CareerSafeonline is offering free learning modules for interviewing skills to schools who have current licenses with the organization. Learn more.
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Understanding Stimulus Packages
Thursday, March 26: U.S. Chamber Foundation education and workforce leadership partnered with U.S. Chamber employment and small business policy leadership to discuss the implications of recently passed COVID-19 stimulus legislation on the workplace, small business, early childhood education, and K-12 education. We received detailed questions prior to and throughout the webinar and are working on getting answers to each question. We will provide those as they are available.
View the PPT Deck or watch the recording of the webinar.
Tuesday, March 10: Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D., the White House coronavirus response coordinator, joined U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark at the Foundation’s .NEXT[Medicine] forum in Miami, Fla. to provide a timely update and discuss ways for business to manage the coronavirus outbreak.
Understanding the Coronavirus
Monday, January 27: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted a webinar on Monday, January 27 in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and featured Dr. Nancy Messonnier who leads CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. On the webinar, participants learned more about the impact of this outbreak on the private sector and how companies should consider their response.
Mental Health Resources
The National Council for Behavorial Health has compiled a list of resources to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health. See below or click here for more information.