Financial Resources

  • Forbes created a small business relief tracker of government agencies and private companies that are offering small business owners support (Click Here).

  • Retail Industry Leaders Association: COVID-19 Resources for Retailers (Click Here).

  • For Additional Resources, check out this list of banks who are offering relief to those affected by COVID-19 (Click Here).

Marketing Resources

  • Chamber of Commerce: Leverage your local Chamber, they may have advertising abilities, local contacts and resources to help support you and your business during this time.

    Delivery of Product: Some stores have offered Buy Online, Curbside Pick-Up services or delivery of product after payment was taken online or over the phone. This may be the time to test a delivery system.

    Digital Advertising: Communication with your consumer base and neighbors will prove extremely important during the coming weeks. Utilize social media (Facebook, Instagram), web and local advertisers (some are supporting local businesses for free).

  • Grants: Keep an eye on grant programs from large corporations such as Facebook, GoFundMe, Yelp and more.

    • GoFundMe partnered with Yelp to allow independent businesses to start fundraisers and accept donations through Yelp's pages. The Yelp Foundation and GoFundMe also both pledged to donate up to $1 million to the Small Business Relief Fund.
  • Grass Roots: If you have a great relationship with a business in the same complex or across town, trade marketing support. Make a Facebook post promoting their business in exchange for them doing the same for you. This tactic can open your business up to a new audience and give your business more credibility in the market.

    Promote Gift Card Sales: If you do not have an existing electronic gift card system, begin one with providers such as Square, Clover, Shopify, Shopkeeper. Learn more about how to get started on a gift card system, (Click Here).

Restaurant Resources

  • Third-Party Delivery Services: Many third-party delivery services are currently waiving their fees for restaurants. Including your business on multiple food delivery apps can help serve as a marketing vehicle within your community. Visit:

  • Rally for Restaurants is a marketing tool to help companies get their restaurant in the public eye and encourage gift card purchases (Click Here).

  • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation Relief Fund can help workers apply for direct assistance through Southern Smoke and utilize RWCF resources (Click Here).