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SAFER AT HOME

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has announced a "Safer at Home" order going into effect at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, and effective for two weeks. Please see full executive order and essential jobs list here

In Downtown, we are asking for all businesses to remove, or otherwise make unavailable, any public outdoor furniture  for the duration of this order. We appreciate your support. 

CARES ACT

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act 
On Friday, March 27, the United States Congress passed and President Trump signed an unprecedented $2 trillion economic stimulus package to benefit the U.S. economy. The bipartisan agreement comes after several days of intense negotiations and provides emergency financial assistance for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The legislation includes a plan to send $1,200 checks to many Americans, unemployment insurance for those who lose their jobs in the crisis, a $500 billion Treasury fund to shore up industries damaged by coronavirus and $349 billion in small business loans.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (courtesy Butler Snow)

OVERVIEW  (courtesy NPR)

DOWNTOWN FORGIVABLE LOAN

The Downtown Business Continuity - Forgivable Loan Program (Program) is designed to assist eligible businesses that are in serious jeopardy of permanent closure due solely to the recent COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic impacts.

The Program will provide direct financial assistance to existing, locally-owned, eligible businesses, with a preference for ground-floor businesses operating continuously within the Central Business Improvement District (CBID map). See application for full details and requirements. Forgivable loan amounts up to $20,000.

Loan applications will be accepted until funding is depleted.

View program details here. 

WELCOME TO MEMPHIS GRANT

Hourly workers in the hospitality industry who have been terminated may apply for one-time grants online on the Welcome to Memphis website.

DOWNTOWN MEDICAL DISTRICT - MMDC Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund

In response to the economic hardships experienced by small businesses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, MMDC is launching the Small Business Emergency Assistance Fund in an effort to retain jobs and stabilize Medical District businesses.

Businesses can request up to $15,000 in grant funding through this fund program. There are limited dollars for these funds; awards will be based on order of application received, application responses, demonstration of need and available dollars.

Approval is at the sole discretion of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Learn more here

FREE FINANCIAL RESILIENCE WORKSHOPS for NONPROFITS

Network for Good is launching a FREE Financial Resilience Training Series for nonprofit organizations nationwide, delivered virtually via webinar technology over a two week period. 

During four virtual workshops facilitated by certified Professional Fundraising Coaches, you will: 

  • Build a financial resilience plan
  • Craft right-sized crisis fundraising strategies
  • Create messaging and storytelling assets to raise emergency funds from individual donors. 

Learn more and register here

HOW TO HELP THOSE IN NEED

You can still Order Take-Out from your local restaurants - learn more pick-up/take-out & delivery options and what we are doing to help here. See a full list of OPEN Downtown Dining Options here

Give to the Mid-South COVID-19 Relief Fund hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Give to Music Export Memphis' COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. As a music city, it's time to throw our arms (figuratively) around the Memphis musicians that add so much to this river town's culture. 

Give to COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund

SURVEY - GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER

Greater Memphis COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Help us capture critical information about the impact of the current public health crisis on businesses in the Greater Memphis region. It is important to understand how the public health crisis is impacting local businesses. The findings of this survey will be used to guide policy and program decisions to help minimize the impact of closures and business disruption due to COVID-19.  This survey will take two minutes to complete and will be re-run weekly to capture the most accurate picture of the local economy and the needs of area businesses. Take the UPDATED survey.

HEALTHY COMMUNITY PROTOCOLS

The Downtown Memphis Commission is working with our constituents to aid in business continuity and to help ensure the health of our community by engaging in CDC best practices such as frequent hand-washing, social distancing when out and adhering to the "Safer at Home" guidelines

Downtown Memphis Commission has postponed all of our self-produced and sponsored events scheduled during the next eight weeks, including:
Food Truck Thursday
Our Yoga Downtown 

We are postponing these events in an effort to protect our community and will return them to full activation as soon as the situation allows. In the absence of regular dining out options, we suggest supporting our local restaurants by ordering take-out from any of our Downtown restaurants - quick link to Downtown Dining

KNOWLEDGE CENTER - Find Resources for Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is the still the first and best place to find up-to-date information on COVID-19. 

Direct links within the CDC site:
Business & Employers
Schools & Childcare
Travel
Community & Faith-Based Organization
Community Events

WORKING FROM HOME? HERE IS A PRIMER: TELECOMMUTING 101

(from our friends at Tamburrino)

  • Create a dedicated work space.  This does not need to be a "real" office in your home.  It can be any corner, nook, small table, etc.  Ensure you have adequate lighting.  A table lamp or floor lamp will do.  Keep some water nearby for quick refreshment as you work through your day.  Make sure that you have a sturdy, yet comfortable chair.  Electrical outlets are clearly essential!  Be near one.
  • Keep to a schedule, especially if you find yourself as a "sandwich parent" - trying to balance you work schedule and having your little ones nearby all day long.  Patrick's daughter is distance learning for the foreseeable future as her school has shut down for a few weeks.  Take a look at the image to the top right area of this article.  She created a schedule and sticks to it, which allows the adults to get their work done as well.  If she can do it, anybody can.
  • TAKE BREAKS.
  • Stay in touch.  See the article below about telecommunications from home.
  • Thank your IT support folks!  They're working harder than ever to accommodate your support requests!

COMMUNICATION RESOURCES

The CDC offers free resources, including video, fact sheets & posters. 

Find all here.