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Coronavirus Resource Guide

The Little Rock Regional Chamber is focused on supporting all businesses in Central Arkansas, particularly as they navigate the weeks and months ahead. COVID-19 will continue to have an impact on our region, and your chamber is working with local, state and federal officials to help businesses take advantage of assistance and advice which has been committed at various levels. As we get more information, we will continue to update this page.

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Recent Updates to This Page

Chamber/SBA Webinar Presentation: EIDL Disaster Application Overview (PowerPoint).

The City of Little Rock invites residents to make a donation to the Little Rock Cares COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. This fund provides financial support to two efforts — food relief coordinated by World Central Kitchen and purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals and first responders. Give online >

GoFundMe, Yelp and Intuit QuickBooks have each donated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund. Make your contribution to help more small businesses receive grants. Donate online >

Uplift Arkansas
Arkansans can help Arkansans. We always do. Use this resource to find information on local businesses, restaurants, services, and other vital information as we band together for support in this unprecedented challenge. Search for businesses or submit your own >

Little Rock Regional Chamber Response

The chamber is continuing to monitor the situation and is responding accordingly. As of now, the following events or meetings have been postponed or cancelled:

  • The Little Rock Regional Chamber offices are closed to the public but the main office number remains open during normal business hours
  • Chamber staff is working remotely, with full access to email & phone
  • Summit and Rock Stars leads groups will be meeting via video conference at their regularly scheduled times until further notice
  • All Ambassador-led ribbon cuttings through the month of April will be rescheduled
  • All public chamber events scheduled in April and May have been postponed and are being rescheduled
  • SCORE Office Hours at the Chamber are postponed until further notice. Call 501.324.7379, ext. 302 to schedule a consultation via conference call.

Please check back periodically as we are monitoring and responding based on the information available. As we work remotely, know that your chamber team is still available to you; please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance to you by calling 501.374.2001.

Arkansas Department of Health Guidance for Employers

If any of your employees are being monitored due to their possible exposure to coronavirus disease 2019, also referred to as COVID-19, they will be placed under home self-quarantine by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) for 14 days after leaving an area of concern. The areas of concern include any country with a Level 2 or higher travel advisory. If this occurs, ADH will provide the person with a letter, and they have the option of requesting a letter be provided to you as well. This letter provides additional information regarding the quarantine, including the date the employee can return to work.

During this time, the person is expected to stay home during the entire 14-day period and not leave for any reason, except to seek any needed medical care.

If the employee does not develop symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the end of the self-quarantine period, they will be free to resume normal activities, including school or work. They will also receive a letter stating they have completed the home quarantine period.

Please call the Arkansas Department of Health at 800.803.7847 if you have any questions.

Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Recommended strategies for employers to use now for any infectious disease:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps

See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 by clicking here.

Global case numbers are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation report. For U.S. information, visit CDC’s COVID-19 in the U.S. This following location list is found here.

Here is a link CDC on keeping workplaces, homes, schools or commercial spaces safe - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

Guidance for Employers from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible: Consistent with public health guidance, permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member, and that employees are aware of these policies. Actively encourage sick employees to stay home. Employees should notify their supervisor if they are sick and won’t be coming into the office.

Local decision making: Employers with more than one business location are encouraged to provide local managers with the authority to take appropriate actions based on the conditions in each locality. 

Employee travel: Ensure employees who become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment understand that they should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a health care provider for advice if needed.

Separate sick employees: CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.

Social distancing: Plan to minimize exposure between healthy employees and also between those employees and the public, if public health officials call for social distancing.

Workplace hygiene: Routinely clean all frequently-touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops and doorknobs. Provide disposable wipes so that commonly-used surfaces can be wiped down by employees before each use.

For more information, click: https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/guidance_for_employers_to_plan_and_respond_to_coronavirus.pdf

Coronavirus Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber has created a toolkit to share recommendations for businesses and workers across the country from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We continue to encourage Arkansas businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. The toolkit has shareable graphics based on the CDC's latest guidance for businesses and employees to share on social media, websites and other channels. The toolkit can be found here.
 
Customizable: Coronavirus Flyer
As you know, the business community plays a vital role in maintaining the health of their communities, and now is the time for businesses to demonstrate how they are helping contain the coronavirus while ensuring continuity of operations. This is important to instill a sense of calm and confidence. To help you communicate the measures you are taking to ensure the safety of your community, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a customizable flyer to display in your place of business. You may access it by clicking here using Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download available at this link).

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

UAMS has a website offering free online screening here: https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/

Additionally, they are offering drive-thru triage on their main campus at the corner of Shuffield and Jack Stephens Drive: https://uamshealth.com/location/covid-19-drive-thru-screening/

 

Small Business Counseling

SCORE Mentors of Little Rock
In response to recent developments related to COVID-19,  Little Rock SCORE is temporarily suspending all in-person business advice and counseling sessions until further notice. This includes the Little Rock Regional Chamber SCORE Office Hours. However, small businesses will still be able to access support services utilizing a conference call.  To schedule a mentoring session or receive guidance on resources during this time, please click HERE to request a meeting or call 501.324.7379, ext. 302. If you call after 5 p.m. or during the weekend, please leave a detailed message and you will receive a return call. Should you need additional assistance, please email Brandon Campbell, director of small business and inclusion, at bcampbell@littlerockchamber.com.

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC)
ASBTDC provides one-on-one confidential guidance that can be specifically tailored to your business venture. Primary areas of assistance include planning, financial analysis, market research, loan packaging, online and traditional marketing, growth and expansion, management and profitability. These consulting services are free of charge for Arkansas small businesses. Request an appointment >

GoDaddy's Guide for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
This website has resources, inspiration and connection to other everyday entrepreneurs with creative solutions to keep their business open, even if their doors are closed due to COVID-19. Explore >

 

How You Can Help

Arkansas Community Foundation has established a statewide COVID-19 Relief Fund. Your contribution will be pooled with contributions from other Arkansans to make grants to organizations that are responding to the needs of Arkansans affected by the pandemic. Give online >

The City of Little Rock invites residents to make a donation to the Little Rock Cares COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. This fund provides financial support to two efforts — food relief coordinated by World Central Kitchen and purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care professionals and first responders. Give online >

The City of Little Rock has also set up a drop-off point for surplus “personal protection equipment” (PPE) at the Little Rock Emergency Operation Center at  7000 Murray St.  You can email lrcares@littlerock.gov to contact the emergency response team to determine if the PPE you have is something in need. 

GoFundMe, Yelp and Intuit QuickBooks have each donated $500,000 to the Small Business Relief Fund. Make your contribution to help more small businesses receive grants. Donate online >

Uplift Arkansas
Arkansans can help Arkansans. We always do. Use this resource to find information on local businesses, restaurants, services, and other vital information as we band together for support in this unprecedented challenge. Search for businesses or submit your own >

 

Additional Resources

National Association of Manufacturers: Coronavirus Resources

Better Business Bureau Coronavirus Checklist for Businesses

CDC – What You Need to Know

CDC – What to Do If You are Sick

CDC – Stop the Spread of Germs

U.S. Chamber – Guidance for Employers

U.S. Chamber Calls for Aggressive Action to Ensure Mitigation of Devastating Economic Effects

U.S. Department of Treasury Proposal

Arkansas Economic Development Commission COVID-19 Resources

OSHA - Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division – FLSA and FLMA Guidance here.

U.S. EEOC Guidance here.

Coronavirus in the Workplace: Health, Safety and Insurance Considerations here.

An Employer's Guide: Ten Considerations to Support Your Workforce here.

COVID-19 and Paid Leave: Three Scenarios to Plan For here.

The Workers Compensation Impacts of 2019 Coronavirus here.

Need more information?

If you have questions about how the chamber can help your business or how you can get involved in growing our regional economy, drop us a line.