What We’re Doing to Help Local Businesses During the Pandemic
Our goal is to make sure your business has the resources you need to weather this storm. If you’re looking for some specific things you can do right now to protect your business, check out our blog post on The 7 Action Items to Stay Afloat During the Pandemic. Below we’re sharing some resources available to you including SBA loans, APC loans & resources, as well as marketing resources from Butler Branding.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
One option available for small businesses is EIDL. Small businesses, agricultural cooperatives, aquaculture businesses, and most private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. These are long-term, low-interest loans with retainment terms up to 30 years. For more information on these loans, watch the replay of our webinar with SBA, or learn more on the SBA website.
This disaster relief program extends through December 2020. There is no limit on the number of businesses SBA can assist, so you have time to decide if you need this assistance. Payments on these loans are also deferred for 12 months to give businesses immediate working capital and breathing room before repayment. There is no cost to apply, and approval does not require you to accept the loan.
Access Plus Capital Loan Options
Access Plus Capital encourages everyone to apply for SBA loans if they are eligible. We know the eligibility and documentation required for the SBA loans can sometimes be a challenge for some business owners. If you are in a situation where you don’t have all the documentation to apply for the SBA disaster relief loans, Access Plus Capital has some options that don’t require as much documentation:
Nanoloans ($5,000 to $20,000)
- Requires 3 months of Bank Statements and 1 year of tax return
- Credit: 550+
Microloans ($20,000 to $50,000)
- Requires 1 year of tax return
- Credit: 600+
All of our products can be applied for online here. Besides our loan products, we are also hosting a weekly Pandemic Webinar Series providing you with resources to maintain business continuity. Keep an eye on our social media and email updates to learn more.
Marketing During the Pandemic
Butler Branding has made their Marketing Strategy workbook available for free here. This workbook will help you identify and prioritize your target audience, create a compelling offer, select marketing platforms, and create an inbound, outbound, & networking strategy for each platform. This is a great resource you can use to work on your business during the pandemic.
Butler Branding is also offering Free Studio Time & Production for select businesses. If churches, non-profits, etc. are trying to communicate to their audiences, and these communications will reduce public gatherings, Fresno County considers relaying this message to be an essential service. This service is available for these circumstances:
- Announcements for businesses providing critical services
- Businesses who have had to change the delivery of products or services
- Businesses and organizations offering relief of programs for those in our community
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Now it is more important than ever to communicate with your email list. If you aren’t sure how to start email marketing, Butler Branding can get you set-up on their recommended platform, upload your email list, and strategize your campaigns. You can email email@example.com with the subject: “Set Up My Email Marketing” to get started for free.
To see all marketing resources available through Butler Branding, visit the COVID HELP page on their website.