Resources for Businesses
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information
- The SBA will be hosting 2 weekly webinars on the disaster loan programs. Click here to register.
- U.S. SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus here. You may contact the SBA's Arkansas office by calling 501-324-7379.
- SBA Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources here.
As of March 20th, SBA has approved Disaster Delcaration #16372 Arkansas Disaster number AR-00109 as a statewide declaration for small business affected by COVID19. Effective date 1/31/2020. Here is the link to apply for an EIDL Loan.
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is offering webinars to train small businesses on filling out the Economic Injury Disaster loans, employee issues and COVID-19 and other relevant topics.
Click here for a full schedule of upcoming webinars.
Click here for a recording of the webinar on applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Click here for the slides of the webinar on applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan
For Arkansas SBTDC assistance with and EIDL loan: 1-800-862-2040, or click here.
For SBA assistance in appyling for an EIDL loan: 1-800-659-2955, or email
The SBA asked that you be patient as the traffic on the web site is unusually heavy at this time.
Other federal resources
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Combating the Coronavirus here.
- U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division – FLSA and FLMA Guidance here.
- U.S. EEOC Guidance here.
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 here.
- U.S. Department of Labor - Coronavirus Resources here.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers 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.
Quick Action Loan Program
- Click here for a summary of the Quick Action Loan Program
- Allocation of $4,000,000 from the Governors Quick Action Closing Fund, and an additional $3,000,000 from the Attorney General's Consumer Education and Enforcement Fund.
- Eligible companies may apply for a loan or loan guaranty of up to $250,000
- The Quick Action Closing Fund allocation will prioritize small to medium-sized companies that are in the supply chain of essential goods and services (Including healthcare, food manufacturing, logistics)
- The allocation from the Attorney General will support small businesses.
- The program includes both loan guaranties and direct lending to businesses
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Up to $12 million in CDBG assistance will be made available for COVID19 relief and recovery. This money will be used to provide grants to eligible local governments with which to provide direct economic assistance in the form of loans to companies impacted by COVID19 and grants to clinics, hospitals and other non-profits who are working hard to provide care in rural Arkansas and to vulnerable populations such as the homeless. Arkansas Economic Development Commission is undertaking necessary regulatory steps required by the Federal government to implement this assistance.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has issued a document to prevent price gouging around the state during the COVID-19 crisis. You may view the document by clicking here. The Attorney General's office also has set up a dedicated COVID-19 resource page here.
For questions about how AEDC can assist your business during this time, contact them by email or phone:
- Email: COVID19.email@example.com
- Phone: 501.682.1121 or toll free 1-800-ARKANSAS
Additional State Resources and Information:
If you have an interest in providing products and services to the state, please contact the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management: SEOC.Resources@adem.arkansas.gov
COVID-19 Health Emergency Services Policies for utilities and communication providers
United Way of Fort Smith Area implements a 2-1-1 call center to assist with:
- free and confidential cirsis and emergency counseling
- disaster assistance
- health care and insurance assistance
- stable housing and utilities payment assistance
- employment services
- veteran services
- childcare and family services
FAQs Prepare Your Home and Children, document from United Way of Fort Smith Area
Western Arkansas Works will assist with:
- filing with unemployment insurance
- finding employment
- assisting employers with a temporary layoff
Resources for Employees
If you become separated from employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may file an unemployment insurance claim through the Arkansas Division of workforce Services (DWS).
Common Questions about unemployment insurance:
How to contact your local office representative:
From the Governor's Office:
If you would like to subscribe to the Governor's YouTube channel to follow his press conferences, click here.