Our downtown is the heart of everything that we do, and as COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact in our community, we want to ensure that we are here for YOU! We will be posting and updating small business resources on this page as they become available. Amidst this uncertainty, one thing is clear – your business plays a significance in the future of our downtown and we are here to help in anyway we can.
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Small Business Resources:
- Crowdfund a 0% interest loan through Kiva – potential matching funds are available through LMSA & LISC
- Facebook Small Business Grant – cash grants and ad credits
- JPMorgan pledged $50 million global philanthropic commitment to support communities and people hit hardest by this public health crisis, including $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses.
- The James Beard Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
- Kabbage – an online hub to help boost sales for U.S small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including a system through which businesses can sell gift cards to consumers for use at a later date.
- Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign on the Local Crowd
- Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to put together a coronavirus relief fund that will provide grants and low-interest rate loans.
- Quickbooks Small Business Relief with Go Fund Me
- MainVest, a crowdfunding platform, announced its new Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120 day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by the shutdown.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce summary/infographic to determine your eligibility for loans. Which can be used to cover employer payroll/benefits for businesses or equivalent compensation if you’re a sole proprietor or contractor.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Toolkit and Loan Program
- Small Business Administration economic injury disaster Loan
- Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program – SBA will forgive loan if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
- Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
- Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Layoff Aversion Grants – DWS and its 20 Workforce Centers will assist businesses with grant applications up to $5,000
- Verizon & LISC Small Business Recovery Fund
Protecting the Community
- Center for Disease Control – The most recent news about COVID-19 and the CDC’s recommendations.
- Cyber Wyoming – Information on security, avoiding fraud and scams.
- Sheridan County CORONAVIRUS Preparedness – Twice daily updates from Sheridan County’s COVID-19 response.
- State of Wyoming’s COVID-19 – Up to date coronavirus inforamation.
- Wyoming Department of Health – The Wyoming Department of Health is closely monitoring the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak situation and sharing recommendations.
- Wyoming Business Council – COVID-19 Response Tips
Checklist to support local
👉 Buy A Gift Card: Purchase a gift card or certificate now and cash in on it later! This helps small businesses keep money flowing through the next 1-2 months and gives consumers a great reason to be local when it’s finally time to gather collectively again.
👉 Shop Online: Many local businesses have e-commerce via websites that you can access at any time of the day. Order from your favorite restaurants and retailers online – have food delivered to your office or items shipped to your home. Many local businesses also have the option to pick up at the door.
👉 Shop Over the Phone: Can’t find what you’re looking for online? Never fear! Our downtown small business owners are happy to process orders over the phone.
👉 Leave A Review: Can’t drop the cash now but still want to make sure your favorite local businesses are feeling the love? Leave a review online and make sure others know just how much our small businesses mean to our community.
👉 Promote Social Media: Like, comment, and share posts from local small businesses. Help them increase their social media engagement so the next time they promote an event or new menu item or special sale, more folks can see it!
👉 Subscribe: Be the first to know about special tickets on sale, new events, in-store specials, and news from your favorite local businesses by subscribing to their e-newsletter. Help them grow their following by sharing it with your friends and colleagues.
When you shop and dine local, you invest local. One of the best tried and true ways to support the growth of Sheridan is to support the growth of small, local businesses. Think downtown first!