With the current concerns about the Corona virus, we are doing our best to provide you with the latest and greatest resources and information. We’ll be updating this page as the situation evolves and as we continue to find new and helpful information to share. Want to receive updates by email? Sign up here.

LATEST UPDATES

  • Navigating Covid-19 Relief and SBA Loans: Clear and concise overview for startups, backed by VC’s  –   Here (source:IndieVC)
  • Small Business Relief Programs overview here (source: Forbes)
  • Stay updated with Andy Slavitt (Former Medicare, Medicaid & ACA head for Pres. Obama)
  • Comprehensive overview of Corona in the US and FAQs (daily updated at 3pm ET) by Ars Technica
  • US Chamber – Coronavirus Small Business Guide https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus
  • New York City | COVID-19 Services & Resources: NYC has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance (including employment resources, health & medical assistance, emotional support, financial assistance and more).  Here

STAY IN THE KNOW

  • Only trust information from official sources. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the primary resource in the USA for up-to-date information on all diseases and biological threats. CDC information is available at About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
  • Sign up for the CDC newsletter with updates and additional resources 
  • Consult the World Health Organization (WHO) for international updates at Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Johns Hopkins (website) experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19. Here’s a dashboard that tracks the outbreak by them.
  • SF/Bay Area: Text COVID19SF to the shortcode: 888-777 | NYC: Text COVID to the shortcode: 692-692
  • NYTimes providing special, open access to coronavirus coverage

TRAVEL

  • To get the latest and most reliable information about travel advisories for the US and other countries, check the State Department official channels as well as any the feeds of your consulate/embassy.
  • If possible, register as a citizen living/residing/visiting abroad with your respective consulate or on the webpages of your respective ministry of foreign affairs.
  • Until further notice, the Embassy and Consulate Generals have restricted their opening hours and will handle emergencies only. All contacts here.
  • Belgian Consulate – NYC NewYork@diplobel.fed.be | T: +1 212 586 51 10 (business hours 9am-12pm) | T: +1 917 597 34 10 Emergency number outside opening hours (Belgian nationals only)
  • Embassy – Washington T: +1 202 352 64 28 (Only for Belgian citizens in an emergency situation) | For all visa questions: Washington.Visa@diplobel.fed.be | Non-visa questions: Washington@diplobel.fed.be
  • Please note: “EU citizens are entitled to seek help from the embassy or consulate of any other EU Member State if they find themselves in a situation where they need assistance outside the EU, with no embassy or consulate from their own Member State effectively in position to help them.”
  • Travel advice from major airlines 

WORKING FROM HOME (WFH) RESOURCES

  • Make sure you stick to a routine, enforce boundaries, block out distractions and set times for meals so you can be effective and productive even while working from your home. A full guide from the NYTimes is available here.
  • More here: Remote work survival guide, Emergency remote work for start-ups
  • Call local restaurants to see if they offer delivery options and/or take-out alternatives. Delivery services like GrubHubSeamlessDoorDash and Postmatesare great ways to get food on-demand but you may want to say in the “Special Instructions” section to leave food outside of your building/house/door and have clean hands when you retrieve your order. Many providers are waiving fees for delivery and some platforms are delaying collecting fees from restaurants during this time.
  • Set time aside for your mental health whether that means exercise, talking to friends/family, cooking or whatever will assuage any anxiety or feelings of unwellness concerning the outbreak and the consequences associated with it. The CDC has published content on healthy ways to manage these feelings which can be found here. MorningBrew’s guide to living best “quarantined life” here
  • To maximize online connectivity amongst teams like Slack, Google Hangouts, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams, many of who are offering extra features for free during the outbreak

MEMBER DISCOUNTS – REMOTE WORK

  • Awingu enables organizations to get secure remote access from any device – also unmanaged or ‘Bring Your Own Devices’ –  to company IT resources such as office desktops, applications and VDIs. Belcham members get 35% discount on Awingu list-price (on orders before April 30th). Start a trial for free: www.awingu.com/try Background on typical homeworking cases here. Contact: arnaud@awingu.com
  • Boomset is offering a discount on their virtual and in-person event solutions. Ask about theBelCham discount. Contact: kerem@boomset.com
  • Connective is offering 25% to all BelCham members on their e-signature solution. Contact: charly.deighton@connective.eu
  • Butterfly – Offering free employment engagement software for frontline workforce for 90 days & support to all companies, https://www.butterfly.ai, Contact: remote@butterfly.ai
  • Sonder Giving 40% off all 14+ day bookings in any of their professionally cleaned and serviced apartments around the world. More here.

INSURANCE & MEDICAL POINTERS

  • Major medical insurance plan providers in the USA have committed to waiving copays and treatment costs in relation to the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus.
  • To be sure, call your primary health care provider to make sure that in addition to the treatment costs, that the test for the coronavirus is also covered.
  • If you do indeed start experiencing symptoms, feel ill, or think you need medical attention, call your primary health care provider or doctor right away.
  • The CDC has published full guidelines for a plan of action if you are feeling sick. Read them here.
  • NYC is ensuring medical access for COVID-19 regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. If you need a provider, NYC Health and Hospitals provides care to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, insurance status or ability to pay. Call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) or 311. Here

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT – US – FEDERAL

  • FEMA: Businesses can apply for FEMA distaster assistance while awaiting a disaster declaration by the US government to release the funds. Here
  • United States Small Business Administration: ‘Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Small Businesses and Nonprofits’
    Check if the county of your business location is included in the list of current declared disaster areas. Here
  • United States Small Business Administration: ‘Disaster Loan Program’
    Low interest disaster loans for homeowners and small business owners. Here
  • Center for Disease Control & Protection (CDCP)
    Interim guidance for businesses and employers. Here
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Payment deadline is extended to July 15 2020 | Filing deadline for tax returns also extended to July 15 2020
  • US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Here

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT – US – PRIVATE

  • Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Offering $100M in cash grants and ad credit. Sign up to receive more info once the application procedure becomes available. Here
  • Forbes – List of banks offering relief to customers affected by covid-19. Here
  • Citibank : Fee waivers for Retail Bank Small Business Customers. Here
  • JP Morgan/Chase: The firm will promptly deploy $8 million, including $5 million in the U.S. and $3 million in international markets to support vulnerable and underserved small businesses. Here
  • Resources for businesses by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Here
  • Bank of America: Loan & mortgage relief Here
  • Wells Fargo: Fee waivers, mortgage relief Here
  • Yelp Relief for restaurants & bars impacted by the coronavirus Here
  • Sempra  Energy Foundation – Covid-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund: Grants ranging from $500 to $50,000 to small to medium-sized non-profit organizations serving people and families significantly affected by COVID-19 Here
  • Google COVID-19: $800+ million to support small businesses and crisis response Here
  • EY  Tax covid-19 Response & Stimulus Tracker, incl. the US (p.133) Here
  • Verizon – Small Business Recovery Fund Here
  • Norrsken Foundation (SE)  – Action Against Corona Initiative for startups, projects, or initiatives with solutions for challenges related to COVID-19 (connect with organizations working on solutions, apply for funding, access talent) Here

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT – US – STATE

 

  • New York City | COVID-19 Services & Resources: NYC has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance (including employment resources, health & medical assistance, emotional support, financial assistance and more).  Here
  • New York State Department of Health has established a website and telephone number (1-888-364-3065) that provide the latest, most comprehensive information about the State’s response to the virus.
  • New York State – Comprehensive Paid Sick Leave, Job Protection & Pay Here
  • NY State on PAUSE, effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22 2020  Here
  • NY State Executive Order, 19 March 2020 Here Including: the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. 
  • California Department of Tax and Fee Administration – Extension for Filing Returns & Payments Here
  • California Franchise Tax Board – Extension to file 2019 CA tax returns Here
  • California Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) – They can help with applying for relief, guiding you through available resources, cash flow concerns, supply chain interruptions, workforce capacity, insurance coverage and more – at no cost. Here
  • New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) – If you are a New York State-based business, they can help guide you through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan process. Here
  • Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan More Here
  • Michigan Small Business Relief Program More here

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT – US – LOCAL

    • NYC Employee Retention Grant Program: Grant for small businesses with fewer than 5 employees to cover 40% of payroll costs for two months to help retain employees. Here
    • NYC Small Business Continuity Fund: Businesses with fewer than 100 employees who have seen sales decreases of 25% or more will be eligible for zero interest loans of up to $75,000 to help mitigate losses in profit. Here
    • SF Office of Economic & Workforce Development – Covid-19 Small Business Resiliency Fund: The program allows impacted small business (1-5 employees)  owners to access up to $10,000 for employee salaries and rent. [Update: APPLICATIONS TEMPORARILY ON HOLD] Here                     
    • Sacramento – City Economic Relief Fund: A $1 million economic relief fund for businesses affected by COVID-19 with zero-percent interest loans of up to $25,000 per business. Here
    • Los Angeles City – Small Business Emergency Microloan Program: Provides financing needed to strengthen small business enterprises in this time of acute need that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Here
    • City of San Diego – Small Business Relief Fund Here
    • City of Portland – Small Business Relief Fund Here
    • Chicago – Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund Here
    • Denver – Emergency Relief Program Here
    • Philadelphia – covid-19 Small Business Relief Fund Here
    • Salt Lake City – Emergency Loan Program Here
    • Seattle – Business Stabilization Fund Here

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT – BELGIUM