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COVID-19 Resources

Business Toolkit

 

Our team put together a starting place of helpful tips and links whether you find yourself without a job or you are a business owner/manager helping employees. Note: If you run a business, be sure to read the COVID-19 Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist here and also found in this Business Toolkit section under Stay Safe. Stay Local. Stay Informed to learn about Economic Disaster Injury Loans and the Payroll Protection Program.

 

Stay Safe. Stay Local. Stay Informed.

The Mobile Area Chamber is hosting a number of conference calls with area experts to address critical topics.

3.30.2020 The Mobile Area Chamber hosted a call with Jennifer Jenkins, APR with JJPR to discuss communicating with your clients in a crisis. Listen to the call here.

3.27.2020​ The Mobile Area Chamber hosted a call with Abe Harper with Harper Technologies to talk about cyber security while working from home. Here the call here.

 


Employment/Unemployment Resources

COVID-19 and unemployment benefits – Alabama department of Labor- Q&A

 

Employer Bulk Filing Information

 

March 18, 2020 – Alabama Department of Labor – Family First Document Addresses Key Provisions for Employers to Help Workers Impacted by COVID-19

 

What happens if you lose your job due to the Coronavirus?

 


Local Resources

City of Mobile COVID-19 Updates

 

Mobile County COVID-19 Updates

 

Baldwin County COVID-19 Updates

 


State Resources

Alabama Department of Public Health

 

Daycare Regulations Amendment

An amendment to the closure of daycare centers for children was passed on March 20 stating that as long as daycare centers can ensure that no more than 12 children are together in one room, they are allowed to be open.

 

Alabama Department of Labor Extends Relief to Small Businesses

Effective immediately, the Alabama Department of Revenue is extending relief to small retail businesses that are unable to timely pay their February, March and April sales tax liabilities.

 

Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network

The Alabama SBDC Network is a statewide, inter-institutional program to enhance economic growth in Alabama by providing management and technical assistance to small businesses.

 


Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA has a number of resources available to assist small business during this time of uncertainty

 

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to Coronavirus

 

SBA Provides Low-Interest Disaster Loans

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber website provides guidance on multiple topics regarding the virus and how businesses are responding.

 

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the Coronavirus.

 


Additional Resources

Facebook for Business

Managing through and building resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Resources to help your small business manage through uncertainty

Here are some tips and recommendations to help you navigate this for your employees and customers.

 

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Six ways to prevent a virus from disrupting your business.

 

Open for Business

Prevent Business Disruption with a Business Continuity Plan

 

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

 

International Franchise Association

 

National Restaurant Association

 

American Hotel & Lodging Association

 

U.S. Travel Association

 

National Retail Federation

 

International Council of Shopping Centers

 

An EOS Company’s Guide to Surviving Coronavirus

Communicating through Crisis: Why and How Businesses Should Stay Connected.

Jennifer Jenkins, APR, president of JJPR presented today during a daily Mobile Chamber conference call. Jennifer also wanted to share a link to the slides she worked off of this morning. You can access them here.

Links to Resources to Help Keep Your Data Safe – Cybersecurity Tips

Source: Abe Harper, president of Harper Technologies, shared the following articles and links as great resources for companies with employees working remote.

 

CV19 Group – https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/03/23/meet-the-volunteer-covid-19-cyber-fighters-helping-healthcare-fight-the-hackers/#25a666326d82

Report Suspected CyberCrime – https://ic3.gov

IT As a Critical Infrastructure Service – Source: https://www.cisa.gov/information-technology-sector)

Working from Home with Humanity – https://www.forbes.com/sites/servicenow/2020/03/19/how-to-keep-the-humanity-in-working-from-home/#7712eddb1f8c

 


Government Shared Tips:

Users defense against Cyber Scams – https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-govt-shares-tips-to-defend-against-coronavirus-cyber-scams/

Keeping Remote Workers VPNs Secure: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-govt-shares-tips-on-securing-vpns-used-by-remote-workers/

BYOD Teleworker Device Guidelines and Considerations: https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/SpecialPublications/NIST.SP.800-46r2.pdf

Avoid Phishing and Social Engineering Attacks – https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-014

Network Infrastructure Device Securing – https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST18-001

Cool Free Resources – https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/microsoft-google-offer-free-remote-work-tools-due-to-coronavirus/

Helpful Twitter Outlets around Cybersecurity – https://twitter.com/CISAgov

https://twitter.com/USCERT_gov

https://twitter.com/cyber

March 18th – The bad guys promise – https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-gangs-to-stop-attacking-health-orgs-during-pandemic/

March 20th – The bad guys’ reality (2 Days Later) – https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/03/23/covid-19-vaccine-test-center-hit-by-cyber-attack-stolen-data-posted-online/#62f1fd5518e5

Increased number of fraudulent emails and attacks with regard to COVID-19: Specifically a phishing scam known as NetWalker which exploits window’s vulnerabilites and infects based on an active malicious script. (Source: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/netwalker-ransomware-infecting-users-via-coronavirus-phishing/

Corona Virus Source: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-coronavirus-ransomware-acts-as-cover-for-kpot-infostealer/

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Contact Information

The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce offices are closed until further notice and staff is working remotely. If you need to communicate with any of our staff, please refer to the Staff Directory to find their contact information.