Resources for Small Businesses and Individual Contractors – COVID-19

By Allison Martin

Many states have issued shelter-in-place orders, forcing many businesses to close their doors. For those who were deemed essential and continue to operate, they may be dealing with diminishing profit margins as many Americans hunker down to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worried that your business may endure severe financial hardships before social distancing comes to an end? Or maybe you’re at the end of your rope as a small business owner and desperately need relief to stay afloat? 

Below, you will find a comprehensive list of national and state relief funds that were created to assist small businesses and independent contractors negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

National Relief Funds

Corporations, nonprofits, philanthropists and many other entities have stepped up to create national relief funds for small businesses and independent contractors. They understand that millions have been left with little to no income as a result of COVID-19, and want to do their part to help.

A few viable national relief funds to look into: 

A Final Thought on COVID-19 Help

If you’re having trouble finding resources to help you weather the COVID-19 storm, consider applying for unemployment. The CARES Act extended the list of those who qualify to include independent contractors, gig workers and sole proprietors. Check your eligibility on CareerOneStop and refer to this resource to learn more. 

All links and information are current as of date of publish.

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