Get Down Memphis

GUIDELINES: BACK TO BUSINESS

On April 27, 2020, the City of Memphis, Shelby County Government, and the six suburban municipalities announced a plan to get Shelby County residents safely back-to-business. 

 

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. Please see full executive order and essential jobs list here

The Mayor's order has been extended until at least May 5th.

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. 

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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.

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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.

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING any additional applications. 

For Forgivable Loan Updates click here. 

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WELCOME TO MEMPHIS GRANT

Hourly workers in the hospitality industry who have been terminated may apply for one-time grants online 

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CITY OF MEMPHIS MICRO-LOAN PROGRAMS

Mayor Jim Strickland announced Monday the creation of two City of Memphis micro-loan programs intended to assist Memphis businesses experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with an assistance grant program being developed by the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis & Shelby County (EDGE), the suite of programming is intended to serve as wide of a range of businesses as possible with assistance for working capital such as rent, payroll, and vendor payments. 

Click here for a comparison chart.

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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

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SAVE SMALL BUSINESS - An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy. Employing nearly half the American workforce, companies like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home.

Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as possible. All Downtown Memphis zip-codes are included!

LEARN MORE HERE.
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SURVEY - DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS AND GREATER MEMPHIS CHAMBER

Downtown Memphis - Business Operations Survey
DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS: 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.

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Greater Memphis COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

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 Chamber survey.

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EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Southwest Tennessee Community College is offering educational opportunities to help individuals who have either lost a job, are looking to change careers or may see this time as an opportune time to upskill!

Microsoft Excel:
From beginner to advanced, Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions offers a variety of online courses for Microsoft Excel. Learn to create high-quality reports that equate to more productivity in all areas! Learn more!

Certified Project Manager:
Gain an edge between good and great project management! Our online project management courses help you gain the skills you need to successfully manage and deliver projects. Learn what you need to remain adaptable during unpredictable times. Learn more!

IT Certifications:
IT certifications are in demand and offer job security! Whether you are currently working in the IT industry and looking to upskill or would like to enter the field, we have a course to suit your needs. Learn more!

Marketing Your Business on the Internet

Establish an internet presence and build an online brand identity. Learn how search engine optimization (SEO) works and how to track your web analytics. Utilize online advertising, email marketing and social media (including blogs) to drive business to your website.VIEW COURSE

Fundamentals of Supervision & Management

Master the basics of business, whether you have recently been promoted or would like to become more effective. Learn how to make a successful transition from employee to manager and acquire tools to help you best manage your time.VIEW COURSE

Creating Web Pages

Create your own website using HTML. Learn fundamentals about web design and then build content, structure and layout. Understand critical information about securing the best possible location in search engine listings, and gain powerful no-cost or low-cost web marketing strategies and more.VIEW COURSE

Creating WordPress Website

Build a WordPress site, learn how to design pages, add engaging content and customize your site's look and feel. By course completion, you will be able to maintain a secure site that achieves high search engine rankings.VIEW COURSE

Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring

Money isn't everything! Learn to use the same marketing tricks that the big companies employ without making a big dent in your wallet.  

Utilize videos, spreadsheets and hands-on activities to build on your skills. VIEW COURSE

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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 

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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

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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:

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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.