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Guide to Business Resources in Response to COVID-19

04/21/2020 | Business, COVID-19

Individual Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks)

Stimulus checks are being direct deposited or mailed to households in the United States.

General Information about stimulus checks can be found on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at economic impact payments. You can submit direct deposit information online to the IRS and check the status of your stimulus check at get my payment.

US News & World Report has published an article about the steps to take to get your economic stimulus check as soon as possible.

The Washington Post compiled an article that has answers to common questions and problems pertaining to the direct depositing and mailing of stimulus checks to households.

General Information for Businesses from Organizations in Indianapolis

Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC)
The ISBDC provides information including:

  • Funds for small businesses
  • ISBDC Counselling for entrepreneurs
  • A video from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University on how business owners should respond to COVID-19
  • Information on Indiana’s stay-at-home order
  • Taxes

Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provides information and guidance on the funding available for small businesses. NOTE: Some stimulus programs for businesses are discontinued at the moment due to lack of funds.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Find out about their services such as mentoring, funding for businesses during COVID-19, and guides on getting your business through the crisis.

COVID-19 Open for Business Directory
Residents can use the following map to explore the different businesses that are "Open for Business" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indiana Coronavirus Information Home
This website provides extensive information on the coronavirus impact in Indiana and helpful resources.

Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce provides education and financial services to entrepreneurs through three teams: Business Ownership Initiative, the Central Indiana Women's Business Center, and the Hispanic Business Council.

  • BOI (Business Ownership Initiative) BOI aims to help Central Indiana residents start and grow businesses. To do so, BOI offers free one-on-one business coaching, access to financing, business workshops, and online business courses.
  • CIWBC (Central Indiana Women’s Business Center) WBCs help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to over 150,000 women entrepreneurs each year.

  • Hispanic Business Council The Indy Chamber’s Hispanic Business Council works to grow the Hispanic business community one connection at a time. Through its Conexión event series or its Mentor-Protégé program, the Hispanic Business Council represents an important demographic of the Indianapolis region.

Indy Black Chamber of Commerce
The Indy Black Chamber of Commerce provides mentoring, seminars, and network functions with opportunities for business development, growth, and success.

Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub
It's difficult to predict the economic impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus, but current precautionary restrictions will disproportionately affect small business. Here is information on available resources and answers to frequently asked questions.

OMWBD (Office of Minority & Women Business Development)
Serving businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, and people with ADA disabilities. The agency helps you access contract opportunities from the city, county, municipal, and privately funded projects in Central Indiana.

PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)
PTAC provides procurement technical assistance to help you sell your products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling services and workshops at no cost. The core of the procurement assistance program is counseling and education.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program
[Payroll Protection Program Resumes April 27, 2020]

SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
A network of centers that provide counseling and training to help small business owners start, grow and expand their business.

VBOC (Veteran’s Business Outreach Center)
Designed to provide entrepreneurial development services and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Indiana Unemployment Resources and Assistance Programs

Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development
Helpful resources on filing for unemployment

Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
Apply for SNAP, Cash Assistance, Health Coverage, or check the status of your case

Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
Coronavirus Eviction & Foreclosure Resource Guide

WorkOne Indy: COVID-19 Resources
EmployIndy is making an effort to provide job search resources and employer resources for Indianapolis residents and businesses affected by COVID-19.

State and Federal Tax Relief for Businesses

Indiana Department of Revenue: Press Release Regarding Tax Relief for Businesses and Individuals

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Coronavirus Federal Tax Relief

News from the media company Thomson Reuters that outlines tax relief for businesses and individuals in all 50 states

Webinars or Online Training for Businesses

Indiana Chamber of Commerce schedule for upcoming webinars

The Indianapolis Recorder’s Facebook and Twitter pages have links to their news articles and information on when weekly webinars are taking place in partnership with New America Indianapolis; webinars focus on COVID-19 and the black community

The Indy Black Chamber of Commerce website, Facebook and Twitter pages contain information about their organization and upcoming online meetings pertaining to business relief and COVID-19

New America Indianapolis & the Indianapolis Recorder’s community conversations focus on how black business owners can survive the COVID-19 crisis

SCORE schedule for upcoming webinars

IUPUI Workshops and Programs
Their directory provides information regarding upcoming online courses and workshops offered by multiple departments of IUPUI.

Upcoming Online Trainings for Businesses

Title: Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty
Date: (W) May 6, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sponsor: Grow with Google
Description: Discover tools, tips and resources to help you manage your business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, and how to host virtual meetings and events. We’ll also share the latest resources from Google and other partners to help support small businesses. Register

Library Databases

The library’s business databases can be used to research competitors, potential consumers, and to research topics like payroll taxes during the coronavirus shutdowns. Examples of business databases for competitor and consumer research include ReferenceUSA and Mergent Intellect. A database that can be used to research a topic like payroll taxes is Gale Business Entrepreneurship. You can find more detailed information about business databases on the IndyPL Blog at Business Databases.

Help is just a phone call away

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Counseling Center at CTS (Christian Theological Seminary)
Call 317-924-5205

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Member of the United Way of Central Indiana
People needing tax assistance can access the webpage to find their nearest location.

Additional resources can be accessed based on individual need. For more information on the library's business resources, contact the library at 317-275-4184, text 317-333-6877, or through Ask-a-Librarian.