COVID-19 Resources for Business

Below are a list of resources to assist businesses during this challenging time.  For questions, contact Libbey Tucker, Director of Economic Development at 314-356-0344 (Cell) or ltucker@ucitymo.org

The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership has set up a Small Business Resource Hotline at 314-615-1777 to help connect you to needed resources. 

Resources for Restaurants

There are numerous web sites, Facebook pages, and Google sheets dedicated to let your customers know you’re open for delivery and takeout.  Make sure your web site and social media sites are current with your information.

CURBSIDESTL.COM
STL Today Posting Site
Facebook page: How to support STL restaurants through COVID-19
Explore St. Louis Take it Home
Delmar Loop Restaurant Info (interactive map) PDF List with Info (email us for updates)
U City Restaurant List-Non Loop (email us for updates)

RESOURCES FOR ALL BUSINESSES

Facebook Group:  University City Businesses
Facebook Group  #314Together - Post your information into this regional group
St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Resources
St. Louis Business Journal Guide STLBIZHELP
Start an on-line Store with Square

Business Resources in Vietnamese

Gateway Resilience-Fund:  This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Distribution of Funds: The fund will consider covering personal, family, living, or funeral expenses incurred as a result of the outbreak. The Gateway Resilience Fund will make direct grants to eligible applicants or pay their bills. In addition, there are grants available for small businesses in downtown St. Louis. See application for details.

Business/Economic Relief Information and Funding Assistance:  St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Small Business Loan ($5,000, 0% interest, $50 payback first 6 months, $265 month 7-end of the term) https://stlpartnership.com/  Resources are limited, so please respond immediately online if you are interested. 

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent.

Applicants will be able to apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) also has these resources available: 

>To help business owners prepare for the changing circumstances associated with COVID-19, the Missouri SBDC suggests the following steps to take for businesses financially impacted.

>Register as an SBDC-St. Louis client, and get connected to an SBDC Counselor here.  Contact SBDC Business Counselor, Colleen Mulvihill, directly at cmulvihill@stlpartnership.com.

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

>St. Louis County press releases, executive orders and coronavirus related information can be found at stlcorona.com

>Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses.

Gateway Resilience Fund - This fund will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by closures and other circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Google Remote Work – Work, teach, and learn from anywhere

> Coronavirus: Legal and business insights

> MOSourceLink – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Resources & Updates

SBDC Network – COVID-19 Small Business Resources

SCORE – Small Business Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Resources

> Dept of Labor: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Combating the Coronavirus

> Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19