Recovery Revolving Loan Fund
The City is accepting pre-screening applications for its Recovery Revolving Loan Fund, which can provide loans to local businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses interested in learning more about the loan program and how to apply should fill out the online pre-screening form at www.southbendin.gov/RLF. Businesses with questions about the pre-screening form can email RLFrecovery@southbendin.gov.
Small Business Emergency Assistance Funding
The City is working with community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and local financial institutions to develop resources that will prioritize helping smaller, local businesses, who have not been the main target of other aid packages at the State or Federal level. Learn more here.
Jobs Progress provides up-to-date listings of employers in the greater South Bend region who are hiring. Employers listed are located within roughly 35 miles of South Bend, meet criteria for essential businesses allowed to be open, and are actively hiring. The site will also allow employers to describe the COVID-19-related safety and precautionary measures they are taking. Learn more at jobsprogress.com.
Emergency Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund
One Fair Wage, a campaign to raise the minimum wage, has established a relief fund for Tipped and Service Workers. Click here to find out more.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
The United States Bartenders Guild is providing emergency assistance grants for bartenders who face severe hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and closure of bars and restaurants. Click here to find out more and apply.
Indiana Small Business Development Center
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently accepting applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance. Applications can be submitted at www.SBA.gov/disaster. These loans up to $2 million may be used by small businesses as well as private nonprofits to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. All Indiana counties are eligible for these loans.
A step-by-step guide for how to submit an application can be found here.
Click here for more information on resources from the Indiana Small Business Development Center such as additional funding sources and advising.
New Contracting Opportunities with FEMA
To combat the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing emergency support to assist eligible states with their disaster responses. If interested in supplying products or goods to aid in FEMA’s efforts, the Indiana PTAC offers free counseling and contracting assistance to Indiana small businesses. Click here for more information and visit indianaptac.com/locations to contact your nearest regional office.
Monkeyhouse Marketing is a local Digital Marketing Agency offer FREE help to small business who have been in business for at least 1 year. They are offering training on how to use technology to covert brick and mortar customers into loyal online customers. They are also helping B2B organizations in learning how to align marketing and sales from remote locations using Hubspot CRM. They are giving away $50,000 in e-commerce websites [$5000 x 10 businesses] to businesses that don’t currently have one. They are also offering 4 $25,000 grants to 1 non-profit within Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph County. Learn more on their website or by calling (574) 329-9022.
Adobe – Artist Support
Adobe is offering two months of free access to Creative Cloud apps to existing customers. To activate the two free months, customers can cancel their account with the reason “Too Expensive”, and will receive the offer on the final step.
La Casa de Amistad Bilingual Resources | RECURSOS BILINGUES DE LA CASA DE AMISTAD
La Casa de Amistad will continue to answer phones and return messages to help connect residents, especially Spanish-speaking residents, to local services. La Casa de Amistad can be reached at (574)233-2120.
La Casa de Amistad continuará respondiendo teléfonos y devolviendo mensajes para ayudar a conectar a los residentes, especialmente a los hispanohablantes, con los servicios locales. Se puede contactar La Casa de Amistad al (574) 233-2120.