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 business recovery. Past topics include Coming Together Again: Planning to Return to the Workplace, Digital Marketing, and Retail Trends & Strategies. Watch recordings of all our webinars here.
  • Restaurants in the Golden Triangle wishing to convert street parking to outdoor seating or temporary curbside pick-up/delivery zones should please contact us.
  • The Golden Triangle BID continues to actively promote 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, particularly entrepreneurs of color and women- and veteran-owned businesses. To apply for the current or upcoming 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 & DECALS. We are providing free custom signs (design and printing) for retailers and restaurants to hang in their doors and windows, as well as free social distancing sidewalk decals. Click here to see a draft of the window sign and here to see a photo of the social distancing decals. These signs and decals can help communicate that many businesses are OPEN for online sales and ordering and that customers are expected 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 ground-floor windows with the same branding, in addition to your business hours, phone number/website, or other info
    • Unify efforts with a poster campaign that shows that the neighborhood is still open for business and we are all #GoldenTriangleDCStrong.
    • Designate pick-up areas and aid with line management outside so that patrons maintain a safe distance. 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.
  • Start Small Think Big is providing a highly coordinated, free emergency response to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations survive the economic impact of COVID-19. This collaborative will provide remote legal and financial clinics and one-on-one sessions on the COVID-19 stimulus package and similar programs as well as COVID-19 related legal issues. For more information on how to receive assistance, click here.

DC LEGISLATION & PROGRAMS

  • For all updates about DC’s phased reopening, including the latest Mayor’s Orders and business requirements, visit coronavirus.dc.gov.
  • For updates on WMATA’s COVID-19 response and recovery plan, visit www.wmata.com/service/covid19/
  • Applicants for DC’s Small Business Recovery Microgrant Program should have received email notification about grant awards or notices that they need to provide additional documentation, either from DMPED or a CDFI (community development financial institution). 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.

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

  • The federal Small Business Administration is once again accepting applications for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) though they are no longer issuing loan advances. 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 still being accepted for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program until August 8th; more info here.
  • For information about guaranteed paid sick leave, expanded paid childcare leave, and exemptions for small businesses, visit the Department of Labor website.

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