This page is designed to help employers and workforce in Ozark and Dale County respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Information is changing often, and updates will be made on this site daily. We will provide the most up-to-date information available, but we ask readers to rely on official sources first and foremost and we will repost much of that information on this webpage.
Our national, state, and local public health agencies are confident that the best strategy to protect our population from further spread of the virus is social distancing—avoid large gatherings and maintain a physical distance of approximately 6 feet from others when possible.
Alabama Will Waive Employer Charges For COVID-19 Related Claims When Employers File Unemployment Claims Employees
Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington has temporarily ordered that relief be offered to employers whose employees must file unemployment compensation claims for weeks filed due to COVID-19 related issues. All charges will be waived against those employers who file partial unemployment compensation claims on behalf of their employees. These charges will be waived until further notice. ADOL is encouraging all employers who can file on their employees’ behalf to do so.
Alabama Department of Revenue Extends Relief to Small Businesses
Effective immediately, the Department of Revenue is extending relief to small retail businesses that are unable to timely pay their February, March, and April sales tax liabilities.
Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
US Chamber of Commerce
The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
Small Business Development Center
SBA Loan Program For Up To $2 Million For Qualifying Businesses And Non-Profits
Governor Kay Ivey announced today that small businesses across Alabama negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for assistance under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The program will help qualified businesses and non-profit organizations recover from economic losses tied to the abrupt downturn triggered by the COVID-19 disease.
Learn more at SBA Disaster Loans for COVID-19.
View webinar detailing strategies to navigate the cash flow crunch and providing information on SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The Small Business Development Centers across the state will help businesses apply for the SBA Disaster Loan. Betsy Baker is the SBDC local contact. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand the following weeks will be difficult for many of our local businesses and employees. We encourage citizens to continue to support local businesses. Below are a few constructive ways to support local and small businesses at this time.
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: National Restaurant Association