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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

 

 

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  

 

The new guidance includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law.  In addition, the WHD released a questions and answers document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

 

As a reminder, the WHD published its first round of FFCRA implementation guidance on March 24th:

 

Fact Sheet for Employees

Fact Sheet for Employers

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ABC is committed to providing you with the latest information on how to address the legal, safety and economic impacts of COVID-19.

 

Did You Pause Business Development Due to COVID-19? Here's How to Restart.

Date: Monday, May 18

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Chad Prinkey, Neuberger & Co.

Moderator: Katy Driver, ABC National

 

Many contractors have stopped reaching out to prospective clients since the start of COVID-19 business interruptions, using the crisis as a reason NOT to contact them. Should your business development efforts stop? This session will reframe your mindset and provide practical techniques to help develop new opportunities in an ethical way you can be proud of and continue to use long after the pandemic subsides. By shifting your approach from talking to listening and finding ways to solve problems and fulfill needs, you can add value to the market while driving new business to your company.

 

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Maximizing Your SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness and Preparing for the Future Audit

Date: Wednesday, May 20

Time: 1 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Tony Stagliano and James McDonald, CBIZ MHM LLC

Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National

 

You scored a piece of the more than $650 billion in the SBA Paycheck Protection Program funding. Now you have eight weeks to use the funds appropriately to meet the criteria for loan forgiveness or face repayment of the loan. Learn the steps you need to know to maximize your loan forgiveness, plus hear the latest guidance issued by SBA.

 

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COVID-19, Construction and Regional Economic Recovery: Where Are We and Where Are We Headed?

Date: Wednesday, May 20

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Bernard M. Markstein, Markstein Advisors

 

The fallout from the spread of COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the economy and construction. Join ABC in a webinar with Dr. Bernard Markstein, president and chief economist for Markstein Advisors, to examine what the near-term and longer-term outlook is for the economy and construction. How soon will the economy begin to get back on its feet? When will the economy and construction return to pre-COVID-19 health? What will recovery look like in different regions of the country? Dr. Markstein will answer these and other questions. His discussion will include the outlook for various sectors of construction such as lodging, office, retail, education and health care.

 

Register today.

 

FranklinCovey Webinar Series – Bringing Practical Principles to the Pandemic

Session 1: An Overview of the 7 Habits — Being Proactive in a Time of Crisis

 

Date: Tuesday, May 19

Time: 1 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Rich Litt, FranklinCovey Inc.

Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National

 

This session kicks off with a primer on the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and then focuses on being an effective vs. efficient leader and the paradigm shifts that are necessary during times of crisis. This is the first of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.

 

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Session 2: Utilizing “Beginning With the End in Mind” and “Putting First Things First” Habits to Focus Your Organization on Reopening

 

Date: Tuesday, May 19

Time: 4 p.m. EDT

 

What are you doing today to ensure your organization and your team’s health post-crisis? This session focuses on Habits 2 and 3 and the tools needed to set priorities during and after the pandemic, as well as guidance to help you determine what your leadership legacy will be. This is the second of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.

 

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Session 3: Using a “Win-Win” and Synergistic Approach to Deliver Projects Safely in a Pandemic Environment

 

Date: Thursday, May 21

Time: 1 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Rich Litt, FranklinCovey Inc.

Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National

 

Resolving conflict on projects with multiple stakeholders can go down one of two ways — “my way” or the “collaborative” path. This session focuses on win-win thinking, an abundance mentality vs. a scarcity mentality, and opportunities to utilize the third alternative model to better collaborate and create value for all parties. This is the third of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.

 

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Session 4: Creating Focus in a Crisis

 

Date: Thursday, May 21

Time: 4 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Rich Litt, FranklinCovey Inc.

Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National



Applying the principles of “The 4 Disciplines of Execution,” this session focuses on strategies to engage your team to win when hope is lost, to drive results in uncertain times and to clarify goals make them achievable. This is the last of a four-part webinar series that will offer real-world application of FranklinCovey principals that can effectively be incorporated into your leadership, company culture and business practices.

 

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Coaching Through a Crisis: Solving Employee Issues in Real Time

Date: Tuesday, May 26

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speaker: Dr. Mike Comer, The Hayes Group International

Moderator: Mike Bellaman, ABC National

 

How can leaders best coach, encourage and communicate during these difficult times, especially as workers may be distracted, concerned and anxious due to the COVID-19 outbreak? In this webinar, Dr. Mike Comer will lead a panel of construction executives in a real-time brainstorming session to help leaders navigate through difficult times, coach their employees in unprecedented circumstances and keep the focus on business execution and strategy. The webinar will include a Q&A, so bring your business and employee-related issues to discuss.

 

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COVID-19 Best Practices From Chapter Safety Professionals

Date: Wednesday, May 27

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Speakers: Kevin Keith, ABC Keystone Chapter; Don Moen, ABC Wisconsin; Scott McKinnon, ABC Utah

Moderator: Greg Sizemore, ABC National

 

What safety services/resources are your members requesting most during the pandemic? What best practices are you seeing from your members during this crisis? What return-to-work best practice protocols are you seeing? Learn what our panelists—who have a combined total of 90+ years of safety experience—are seeing in the field and how you can help members keep workers safe and healthy.

 

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These ABC webinars are part of ABC’s free COVID-19 webinar series, brought to you by ABC’s strategic partners CNA, The Contractors Plan , JLG, Southwire, Tradesmen International , United Rentals and Viewpoint! The strategic partners are here to assist ABC in supporting you and your organization during this challenging time.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR STRATEGIC PARTNERS

 

 

 

 

Federal Loan for Businesses

Newly Available SBA Disaster Loan Assistance 

 

Small businesses and nonprofits needing assistance are encouraged to apply for disaster loan assistance from the Small Business Administration. The program offers low-interest loans up to $2 million to help companies overcome temporary loss of income. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and more. 

Learn more and apply online .

 

 

Two State Programs to Know About

COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program and 

LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans

 

The New Mexico Economic Development Department launched the following programs to help eligible companies in New Mexico that are struggling to deal with negative impacts from COVID-19:

  • COVID-19 Business Loan Assistance Program. NMEDD can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000. Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for things such as working capital, inventory and payroll.
  • LEDA Zero-Percent Interest Loans. The company must be a qualifying entity (a manufacturer or non-retail service business with more than 50% of revenue coming from outside the state). This program is limited to land, building and infrastructure. 

For more information about NMEDD, visit the website .

 

Guide for Businesses

City of Albuquerque Offers Tips, Resources

 

The City of Albuquerque's Economic Development Department has created a guide to help businesses in Albuquerque navigate changes and challenges related to COVID-19. The guide offers tips about financial assistance, payment relief, unemployment information, marketing and communications, support for artists and more.

Read the guide.

 

Coronavirus Tax Relief

IRS Defers Tax Payments Until July 15

 

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it has issued guidance allowing all individuals and non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax payments (due April 15, 2020) until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. In addition, the IRS has established a special section and offers several online resources to help taxpayers.

Click here to access the website

 

New Coronavirus Relief Laws Require Paid Employee Leave

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress enacted a bill providing various forms of relief, including two separate laws mandating that employers give employees paid leave for specified purposes related to COVID-19. The legislation was signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The two leave laws are the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act,” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” The leave mandates take effect no later than 15 days after passage (April 2, 2020) and sunset on Dec. 31, 2020. Below is an HR Compliance Bulletin with details of the bill. Employers should familiarize themselves with the new leave requirements to ensure compliance. We will continue to send updates as they become available.

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Businesses with employees who may need to apply for unemployment should look at:

This 4 min video explaining the process.

Here is a 1-page fact sheet with all of the details people will need.

It is strongly encouraged to apply online. 

 

 

 

Industry In Action: COVID-19 Resources
 

Industry is contributing to the COVID-19 effort in a BIG way. Below is a list of what some of our members are doing. 

PNM is temporarily suspending disconnections for non-payment due to Covid-19.

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Comcast is offering free WiFi hotspots, unlimited data, and is waiving late fees during Covid-19.
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AT&T is suspending broadband data caps and overage fees for home internet customers. Learn more

The Boeing Company donated respiratory masks and other medical supplies (such as gowns, gloves and full-face respirators) to nonprofit and government partners in Wuhan and Zhoushan.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t require prior authorization and won’t apply member co-pays or deductibles for testing to diagnose COVID-19 when medically necessary and consistent with Centers for Disease Control guidance. This applies to all members they insure.

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The Wells Fargo Foundation announced up to $6.25 million in donations to support domestic and global response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to aid public health relief efforts. The philanthropic funding includes $1 million for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Relief Fund and $250,000 to the International Medical Corps for their work in more than 30 countries. The company will also donate up to $5 million at the local level to help address community-specific needs in the coming months. Learn more

GlaxoSmithKline is supplying their vaccine adjuvant technology to scientists and organisations working on candidate vaccines. 

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Western Sky Community Care is providing its call service center phones and staff to help the Department of Health and answer questions and deliver information on over 2,500 phone calls. Western Sky is following government directives to waive prior authorizations and cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and services. They are successfully leveraging telehealth, website, and social media to communicate and deliver medical, behavioral, and social services to its members and community at large. Finally, they are actively working on service solutions to meet the food needs of children and tribes of New Mexico.
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New Mexico Gas Company is temporarily discontinuing disconnects, waiving late fees related to bill payments, automatically renewing medical certificates set to expire during this time, and authorizing Customer Service Representatives to waive reconnection fees. 
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