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.
The chamber is offering this resource guide to help businesses prepare to reopen successfully. This guide, produced with the help of some of our advertising agency members, is aimed at helping our members know what messaging and marketing tactics to use as they reopen, how to adapt to the new normal, win customers back and ultimately grow their business.
- Understanding the CARES Act
UCA Center for Community and Economic Development
Tuesday, May 19, 1 p.m.
This free webinar co-hosted by the UCA Center for Community and Economic Development and Retail Strategies will review the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and what it means for our community. Learn more and register
- How to Market Your Business in Uncertain Times
Better Business Bureau
Thursday, May 21, 1 p.m.
Whether you are slowly opening your business or still unable to, learn about seven things your business can do now to ensure long-term success. Learn more and register >
Recent Updates to This Page
- There is an urgent need for blood products in our area. The Arkansas Blood Institute has established a number of new policies to ensure donor safety. Please visit their website to find a donor center close to you and make an appointment today. arkbi.org/donor-centers/
- Chamber member Arkansas Cloth Masks, in partnership with TY Garments USA, offers 100% cotton, triple-layer masks. Learn more and purchase >
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 months of April and May 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.
Health and Safety
Arkansas Department of Health Guidance for Employers
If any of your employees are being monitored due to their possible exposure to 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. 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. Learn more >
The Arkansas Department of Health has amended the guidelines for restaurants to include rules for bars located within the restaurant, as well as directives for live music, pool tables and arcade games. The full guidelines for restaurants can be found here.
Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC has issued new recommendations to the public and encouraged the wearing of cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This recommendation is considered a voluntary public health measure, and the CDC offers a primer on simple face cloths here. Chamber member Arkansas Cloth Masks, in partnership with TY Garments USA, offers 100% cotton, triple-layer masks. Learn more and purchase >
See the CDC guidelines for businesses and workplaces for more information.
Guidance for Employers from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 >
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 >
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.