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Surviving Coronavirus

The spread of coronavirus has had small business owners wondering what, if anything, they can do to maintain their businesses. While no one could have predicted how this pandemic would play out, there are many smart and practical things we can all do to set a stronger course for the road ahead, especially as we begin to reopen.

We are working to help small businesses, their employees, and their customers stay safe as we work toward recovery. To find the right tools to use, the right questions to ask, and the resources you need – including the 3C Fund Finder tool, visit 3C’s partner resource centers and check back on this page for tips and advice. We are in this together.

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Small Business Resilience

Member Highlight: Peninsula Party Rentals

As Feliciano Zavala writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, he is amazed that his Palo Alto-based party rental business is going so strong nearly a year after COVID-19 almost knocked it out. Following a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and loan and a revised focus on smaller events, Peninsula Party Rentals is finally getting back to…

Coronavirus Resources

Digital Safety Net Helps Small Businesses Survive During COVID-19

Washington, D.C. (September 10, 2020): The Connected Commerce Council (3C) today released a report detailing the existence and importance of the small business “Digital Safety Net.” The report confirms that small businesses using more digital tools, technologies, and online marketplaces are doing better during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who embrace digital tools early and integrate…

September 10, 2020

Making It Easier to Shop and Sell on Facebook Apps

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shift to online shopping has rapidly accelerated, with an estimated 85% of people worldwide now shopping online. Facebook wants to make shopping easier for people and empower anyone…

August 26, 2020

Don’t call it a closure: Jenstar Movement Studio owner pivots to online classes to weather coronavirus

Jenstar Movement Studio, 368 Main Ave., in De Pere, the business Berres founded in 2013, announced this month the physical studio space will close Sept. 30. After that, Berres will continue to offer virtual…

August 26, 2020

Online management tools can help small businesses reach potential customers

Extension continues its online town hall and webinar series this week to assist small-business owners. Wednesday’s town hall will focus on first impressions in the business world, and tips…

August 26, 2020

As shoppers stay away, small stores seek refuge online

For small retailers across the country, the coronavirus outbreak has turned an already challenging business environment into never-ending uncertainty. Amy Witt might have 20 customers on a good day in her Dallas women’s clothing store, and then…

August 24, 2020

30% of Entrepreneurs Willing to Take More Risks Right Now

Almost a third of (30%) of entrepreneurs are now willing to take more risks. 44% are not intending to return to a conventional “nine to five” job. These were the findings of newly released data by Printify, a print on demand drop shipping company…

August 24, 2020

Small-Business Owners: Don’t Forget Special Pandemic Tax Breaks

If you’re a small-business owner, don’t overlook tax breaks that could help this year—whether your business is on the ropes or is booming. The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of small businesses like restaurants and shops  struggling to survive. Nearly…

August 24, 2020

Bee Cave businesses innovate, shift business model amid coronavirus pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation in the spring, Tony Curtis-Wellings, co-owner Faraday’s Kitchen Store in Bee Cave, said he had to figure out how to shift his products and services to an online platform…

August 24, 2020

Ladies Who Launch announces grant program: Where women business owners can turn for Covid-19 financial help

The coronavirus pandemic has small-business owners scrambling for financial survival and looking for resources to help them chart a path forward. While the federal government has rolled…

August 20, 2020

Irving small business owners can seek up to $50,000 in forgivable loans

Small business owners in Irving struggling from the fallout of COVID-19 will soon be able to apply for financial relief up to $50,000. The money is available through the city of Irving’s Emergency Business Assistance Program…

August 20, 2020

With PPP On Pause, Where Can Small Businesses Get Loans?

Since the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) stopped taking applications on Aug. 8, small businesses struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are left with few options for additional…

August 17, 2020

A small boutique survived the coronavirus pandemic by live streaming fashion shows on Facebook

When the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to shut their doors, many owners were left scrambling to keep their enterprises afloat. Virginia Sharp, owner of Daemarii’s Unique Boutique in Macon…

August 17, 2020

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