By James Pruitt, Senior Staff Writer

Various local resources supplement private and public nationwide programs. Like their counterparts, these programs may come from the government, nonprofits, and private corporations. Many states have go-to websites that collect available information about resources available to small businesses during the pandemic. Additionally, the SBA offers special programs designated states where gaps in service continue.

We hope this article will provide a valuable guide for you.




Alaska Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Resource Center:  https://


Arizona Together:


Resources for Arkansas include the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center ( and the Arkansas Quick Action Loan Program (


California provides various websites to guide business owners through the pandemic. These sites tend to be city-based. Among them are the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workplace Development (, Sacramento COVID Relief (, and Los Angeles offers This site provides information on microloans.


Colorado offers one useful resource for the entire state: The other is specific to the Denver area: Both include useful information about coronavirus.


Connecticut provides one site that provides COVID-19 information for the entire state ( COVID-19 information figures prominently on this general government site.  Inquiries about further resources can be sent to


Delaware has a government site that can help ( In addition, the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) has been set up to help businesses within that industry. Useful websites are and


The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program sometimes lends between $50,000 to $100,000. Loans are interest free for one year. Afterward, interest rates rise to 12%. See for more information.


Invest Atlanta has created the Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF). Their website is

Hawaii and Idaho

Business owners in Hawaii are referred to the Small Business Administration ( The SBA offers businesses in designated states and programs special loans to those affected by the virus.


A local resource for Chicago is the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Fund. See for more information.


The Indiana Small Business Development Center should provide COVID-19 guidance. (


The Iowa Small Business Development Center ( is a good resource.

Kansas is a great local resource for the Topeka area of Kansas. Go Topeka recently announced up to $2 million for business workers in Topeka and Shawnee County.


The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a great resource. provides extensive referrals for COVID-19 relief as well as other small business concerns.


The go-to website for Louisiana small business owners is LED (Louisiana Economic Development) at

Maine provides extensive information on both federal and state resources for small businesses during the pandemic.


The Maryland Department of Commerce ( has been emphasizing COVID resources on its website.


Massachusetts businesses can find useful information at, another state government site emphasizes coronavirus relief.


The state government has provided its own grants and loans to small businesses affected by COVID-19. See for more information.


The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce provides updates about COVID-19 resources. See

Mississippi and Missouri

Refer to for relevant programs. The SBA offers businesses in designated states and programs special loans to those affected by the virus.


The state government programs for are on


The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry has a “Coronavirus Toolkit for Businesses & Industry):


Nevada is another state where the SBA is the best resource. The SBA offers businesses in designated states and programs special loans to those affected by the virus.

New Hampshire

Small business owners can find help at the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs,, The Small Business Development Center of New Hampshire ( also provides resources tailored to New Hampshire.

New Jersey

New Jersey offers a special waiver to stay open in case of any lockdown situations. A waiver can be submitted to the team.

New Mexico

New Mexico is another state where small business owners are referred to the Small Business Administration ( The SBA offers businesses in designated states and programs special loans to those affected by the virus.

New York

The New York City Small Business Continuity Fund provides loans for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

New York offers various programs. The New York City Employee Retention Grant Program offers grants that cover 40% of payroll expenses for up to two months for select businesses. Their website is

The New York Small Business Development Centers offer counseling, training, and research. (

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers are a great resource for smaller New York communities. (

Community Development Financial Institutions throughout New York can provide various resources. (

North Carolina

The go-to resource in North Carolina is the North Carolina Business Relief Resource Guild at

North Dakota

The Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce has created this page as a go-to page for small businesses: The North Dakota Development Fund also provides loans as needed. (


Refer to for relevant programs. The SBA offers businesses in designated states and programs special loans to those affected by the virus.


The Oklahoma Department of commerce has a go-to page for small business owners affected by the pandemic. This page is


Various local resources in Oregon address coronavirus concerns. These include the Beaverton Emergency Business Assistance Program (, the website for Hillsboro, Oregon (, and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, which provides information to Portland-area residence at


Several government and private resources in Pennsylvania offer coronavirus relief. The Wolf Administration has announced another round of state funding. See for details.

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s Small Business First Fund offers a list of resources for Pennsylvania resources during the pandemic, according to

Comcast seeks to offer to make Xfinity Wifi free to needy customers. See for details.

PECO, a power company, has provided resources for customers during the crisis. See for details.

Other resources include the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, at, and the Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund at

Rhode Island

Business owners in Rhode Island are referred to the Small Business Administration ( The SBA offers businesses in designated states and programs special loans to those affected by the virus.

South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Commerce provides relevant information. See

South Dakota

The government site for coronavirus relief in South Dakota is


The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development is the go-to resource for coronavirus relief. See for details.


The Texas Economic Development Department provides information on coronavirus relief for small government. See


the Salt Lake City Emergency Loan Program offers zero interest loans to small businesses. See for details.


The Virginia government resource for coronavirus relief for small business is the Agency of Commerce and Community Development COVID-19 Resource Center. See


The Virginia Chamber of Commerce provides diverse coronavirus resources. See for details.

A nonprofit group, the Virginia 30 Day Fund, is another resource for companies in Virginia. The goal of this organization is to save as many Virginia jobs as possible pending federal relief. Their website is


The Seattle Office of Economic Development Grants Program offers grants to businesses affected by the pandemic who make 80% or less of the area’s median, five or fewer employees, and have a physical location. The same office will provide help with utilities as well. Their address is

Also, the Washington Small Business Development Center provides a “Business Resiliency Toolkit” that provides resources for Washington area small businesses during the pandemic. See

Amazon is one private business that will provide aid to small businesses. They are creating a $5 million Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants as needed to Seattle small businesses. See

Washington D. C.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation provides a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. See

Also see for resources courtesy of the Washington DC Economic Partnership.

West Virginia

The go-to website for small business resources in West Virginia is This website is run by the local branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).


In Wisconsin, the Small Business 20/20 program provides grants to community development financial institutions, which in tern will award grants up to $20,000 to existing loan clients. Their web site is

See their website for this and other programs related to COVID-19.


The go-to resource in Wyoming is the Wyoming SBDC. Their website is “Check for COVID-19 Resources and Strategic Advising.”


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