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COVID-19 Information and Resources for Small Businesses

In an abundance of caution, WESST has decided to suspend in-office meetings and trainings through the end of April. While we prefer to work with you in person and onsite, we care about you and want to play a role in keeping everyone safe. Know that this will only be temporary. For trainings scheduled to begin AFTER April, 2020, we will provide details as soon as possible.  

Business will continue as usual just over the telephone, video conference and email. You will receive the same service that you are used to, without interruption. You will continue to have our wonderful team of consultants at your service throughout this time. All of our contact information will remain the same. To support our clients, WESST will be suspending client consulting and training fees to existing clients through the end of May.  For a list of our online scheduled training click HERE.

At WESST, we are dedicated to supporting small businesses across New Mexico. As our community responds to the global COVID-19 public health emergency, we aim to share as many resources and tools as possible for New Mexico businesses to respond to developments.

This page will be updated frequently as new resources come to our attention.

Resources To Stay Up To Date

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of public health emergency in New Mexico as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19). In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, the negative impact to the economy has caused many individuals and families to suffer severe financial difficulties. The state and private companies have taken measures to mitigate financial hardship and the state is diligently working to identify additional sources of relief and to advocate for a full measure of federal support.

What you need to know about the virus

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19. The resources in this section provide information about the virus and guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond.

Information and resources about Coronavirus from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

This document prepared by OSHA contains recommendations for preparing the workplace for COVID-19, including steps all employers can take to reduce workers’ risk of exposure.

The interim guidance outlined by the CDC may help prevent workplace exposure to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The CDC provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19.

Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‑19).  Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) están vigilando de cerca un brote de enfermedad respiratoria causada por un nuevo coronavirus que se identificó por primera vez en Wuhan, en la provincia de Hubei, en China. Esta es una situación emergente que está cambiando rápidamente y los CDC continuarán brindando información actualizada a medida que esté disponible. Los CDC trabajan a toda hora para proteger la salud de las personas. Es función de los CDC preocuparse y actuar rápidamente cada vez que haya un problema potencial para la salud pública.

Financial Assistance

At the State and Federal levels, programs are being built and adjusted to financially support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.

  • The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act, which has clickable links to key provisions and programs that were passed and signed into law Friday, Mar. 27th. This is a key guiding document that ALL small businesses under 500 employees should familiarize themselves with, as soon as possible. Click here to access the key provisions and get started.
  • U.S. Chamber CARES Act Presentation
  • The State of New Mexico is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs in order to make capital more available to business owners whose operations are severely impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency.  To learn more about the COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program and the LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans click HERE>>
  • Micro-Business Relief Program

The City will provide relief for small businesses across Albuquerque that are seeing a reduction in revenue because of COVID-19. The City is offering small businesses with fewer than 5 employees a grant of up to $5,000 to support day-to-day operating expenses only of the business, such as payroll or losses due to destabilizing events.

Small Business Administration Resources

Apply here. If you need assistance with filling out the application, you can work with the NM Small Business Development Centers.

Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Resources shared here include information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Guidance for Businesses and Employers, SBA Products and Resources, Government Contracting, and Local Assistance.

City of Albuquerque Resources

The Small Business Office (SBO) is a division of the City of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department. It is the central point of entry for Albuquerque entrepreneurs and businesses providing timely, relevant, actionable information and assistance.

This guide provides tips and resources for businesses and organizations navigating through the Coronavirus. They also include a list of small business ecosystem partners at the end – an incredible list of community providers here to support you.

Additional resources:

This webinar covers financial support, unemployment, health information, and more from the state of New Mexico.  View slides from the presentation

The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

This website has resources, inspiration and connection to other everyday entrepreneurs with creative solutions to keep their business open, even if their doors are closed due to COVID-19.

Meow Wolf has pulled together a list of available resources for artists around the country who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated daily, with real-world funding, resources, and support for small business owners adapting to the impacts of coronavirus.