COVID-19 Resources for Golden Triangle Businesses

The BID is here to help the members of the Golden Triangle community. If you have any questions about any of the programs, resources, or information listed below, please contact us.

BID ASSISTANCE & PRIVATE SUPPORT

  • The Golden Triangle BID is hosting a series of webinars related to COVID-19. Past topics include Coming Together Again: Planning to Return to the Workplace and Coronavirus: Business Continuity and HR Best Practices. Watch recordings of our webinars here.
  • Restaurants in the Golden Triangle requesting converting street parking to temporary curbside pick-up/delivery zones should please contact us.
  • The Golden Triangle BID is also actively promoting neighborhood businesses and the special deals, online orders, or gift cards they are selling, through the BID’s social media, local news contacts, and website. Contact us to share your information.
  • LISC is offering grants to businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19. For more information about the next round of grants, click here.
  • The Greater Washington Community Foundation is also offering rounds of grants for non-profits addressing the basic needs of DC-area residents through its Emergency Response Fund. View RFP requirements and updates here.
  • There are also lists of immediate cash relief funds for employees in various industries, such as:
  • FREE SIGNS. We are providing free custom signs (design and printing) for retailers and restaurants to hang in their doors and windows. Click here to see a draft of the sign. These signs can help communicate that while many businesses are partially closed, they are OPEN for online sales and ordering and requiring customers to observe safety measures. This is a unified neighborhood-wide effort for area businesses to accomplish the following:
    • Help with the cost/logistics of getting nice, clear, professional signs in people’s windows
    • Unify efforts with a poster campaign that shows that the neighborhood is still open for business and we are all #GoldenTriangleDCStrong.
    • We are working with a graphic designer and a local printer to create the signs and covering all associated costs. The signs carry the same branding and a brief tagline/info about the program in addition to your business hours, phone number/website, or other info. If you’d like to participate or see examples, please contact us.
  • Google is offering a webinar on the topic of managing your business remotely in times of uncertainty, along with a virtual learning kit containing a list of takeaways from the webinar, tips for small businesses from their national partners, and a handout on Google My Business. View a recording of the webinar here and download the virtual learning kit here.

DC LEGISLATION & PROGRAMS

  • The DC Mayor’s Resource Page lists the latest Mayor’s Orders including restrictions on business operations.  A phased reopening of DC is expected to begin soon, possibly starting on May 29, for some businesses.
  • In addition, masks and gloves are now required for employees of food sellers, hotels, taxis, and Uber or Lyft, and masks are required for their customers; employers must procure all masks and gloves and instruct employees on safe use. Full information is available here.
  • Applicants for DC’s Small Business Recovery Microgrant Program should have received notification about grant awards by DMPED or notices that they need to provide additional documentation. You can also visit this site for more info: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/dc-small-business-recovery-grants
  • To apply for unemployment assistance, go to www.does.dcnetworks.org (try to apply during off-peak hours, late in the evening or early in the morning).

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

  • The federal Small Business Administration halted applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) . Applicants who already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be notified on a rolling basis. (For more info, check the SBA website.)
  • Applications are being accepted for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program here is a checklist of documents required for the EIDL application and a list of lenders that were previously accepting PPP applications from non-customers before funds ran out.
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act) by the Federal Government guarantees employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid childcare leave for COVID-19 related reasons. Employers will receive reimbursement through credits offsetting payroll taxes. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible to be exempted in cases where the viability of the business is threatened. Visit the below link for full details: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/whd/whd20200324

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