The last couple of weeks have been hard. The news seems to be change constantly and it’s been difficult to keep track of what’s real, what is happening and how we can stay up to date with information that pertains to the industry and the small business community. Here you will find a list of links, resources and even fundraisers that have been set-up to help people in our community. You can also check out this video about the Colombian Floriculture Industry and how this community needs it more than ever.  If you have any other information that you think could be valuable, send it our way.

*Please note: this situation is fluid and changes in information and resources will be taking place, we will update this with the most current information as it becomes available.

Coronavirus Financial Help for Small Businesses:

If your business has been hurt by COVID-19, you may be able to get a loan through the Small Business Administration.

See how SBA & PPP loans are being distributed: https://www.covidloantracker.com

Coronavirus: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act: Click here

The CARES Act and the Self-Employed: A Primer by The National Law Review: https://bit.ly/nlrcaresact

PPP Information Sheet: https://bit.ly/GFpppinfosheet

Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application: https://bit.ly/GFPPPApp

SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help small businesses recover from declared disasters: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

Save Small Business- An Initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation: https://savesmallbusiness.com

Facebook: $100 million program to help small businesses. Applications are expected to roll out in a few weeks: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grants

Business Resource Hub that includes free information for small businesses on how to deal with impacts from COVID-19, best practices, and a self-assessment tool that you can download: https://www.facebook.com/business

Other Tips:

  • Contact your insurance company and ask about your business interruption coverage in order to know if there is a possibility of coverage due to COVID-19
  • Contact your banker and inquire about a business line of credit (in some cases, these may provide better terms than the current loan and grant programs.)

Industry Resources:

SAF

SAF (the Society of American Florists) has a page dedicated to COVID-19 updates. You can check it out here https://safnow.org/covid-19-updates/

They have also created a state resource page so you can get up-to-date information on how your state is handling this situation and what information you need to know in regards to your business. Click here to be redirected to that page. https://safnow.org/covid-19-updates/state-resources/

If you haven’t already, sign up for their webinars to get more information on how to handle the crisis. You can also check out any of the previous ones if you missed them. https://safnow.org/events-education/webinars/#032320

Another resource that we found extremely helpful on the SAF page is their chat pop-up. If you go to their homepage, it will automatically pop-up and you can chat with an employee and they can redirect you to a page or a specific resource you are looking for. https://safnow.org

PMA

The Produce Marketing Association has a created a landing page for all things COVID-19 pertaining to the floral industry. You can visit it here: https://www.pma.com/content/articles/2020/03/coronavirus-resources-for-floral

If you are a member, make sure to register for their virtual town hall meetings that will be taking place in the coming days.

You can also connect with other industry members by joining their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/focusonfloral/

They also have a LinkedIn group page you can join: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8741811/

MayeshMayesh has a great blog that includes industry resources and other news: https://blog.mayesh.com

Covid19 Impact on floral industry (highly recommend) : https://bit.ly/MayeshCovid19impact

Tune in to their Mondays with Mayesh for updates and important industry conversations:  bit.ly/MondayswithMayesh

Other industry resources:

Team Flower is a floral educational platform https://www.teamflower.org

Follow them on Instagram for updates: https://www.instagram.com/teamflower/?hl=en

You can also check out some interesting podcast episodes here: https://education.teamflower.org/learn?category=Podcast

Curate is a software for florists: bit.ly/CurateFloristSoftware

Follow them on Instagram for industry updates: https://www.instagram.com/curate/

Rewatch an interesting webinar about the State of the Floral Industry Amidst COVID: bit.ly/CurateWebinar

Industry Fundraisers and Emergency Relief Programs

We’ve been searching and have not found many relief programs or fundraisers. We were able to find these three funds, if you know of any others please let us know.

The Rosie Program—Under New MGMT started a fund to help their staff members and freelance designers. You can follow Under NEW MGMT here for updates and floral inspo: https://www.instagram.com/undernewmgmt/?hl=en

Donate to the Rosie Program here: bit.ly/RosieProgram

NYC Floral Freelancer Relief Fund: bit.ly/NYFreelancerFund

NY Market Employee Fund:The New York City Flower Market is a historic flower district, and the funds that are collected will be distributed to employees of the flower market: bit.ly/NYCFlowerMarketFund

And of course, don't forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn as we keep you updated!

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