G Suite Enterprise for Education Savings

(Updated to reflect extension of the offer through September 30, 2020) With the need for remote learning and hybrid on-site and remote classes, most schools using G Suite for Education rely on the Google Meets.  In September, Google is ending free access to enhanced Google Meets, including larger meeting sizes, recording, and live streaming. If […]

The Opening Dilemma

Without a consistent national strategy and leadership, decisions on how to open are economy are left to state and local leaders.  While very few states have me the limited criteria published by the CDC, states are proceeding and are in various phases of re-opening. At the same time, we have failed to contain COVID-19 at […]

PPP Changes Ease Loan Forgiveness

(Updated  June 24, 2020) UPDATE:  The deadline to apply for a PPP loan is June 30, 2020.  As of June 20th, approximately $100 Billion remains in the program and available for loans. The modified forgiveness terms makes it much easier to ensure your loan is forgiven. In an effort to address limitations of the Payroll […]

SBA Re-Opens Disaster Loan and Grant Program

(Published 6/17/2020) The Small Business Administration (sba.gov) announced earlier this week that small businesses can again apply for relief via the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.  This includes applications for fee, up to 10,000 advances, regardless of the loan’s approval. The interest rate is fixed at 3.75 percent and terms run from 2 to […]

Resources for Opening Safely

(Published 5/21/20) As part of our commitment to collate and share COVID-19 response and recovery information , we have compiled resource list to help you safely and appropriately open your physical locations. General Guidance Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC) Worker Safety and Accommodations COVID-19: Control and Prevention (OSHA)  What You Should Know About COVID-19 […]

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application and Guidance

(Published 5/18/20) The Small Business Administration published the Loan Forgiveness Application and instructions for Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans. Like the original PPP loan and program information, the guidance provided in the instructions is not fully defined or clear. Here is some guidance collated from multiple sources including Forbes, AICPA, and several accounting firms. Application The application […]

Where to Look for IT Savings

Almost all of our businesses are feeling the impact of COVID-19.  Revenues and cash flows are down and some costs are rising. We are all looking to cut expenses. Information technology and services can be a good place to find savings. Most businesses can find savings in their IT services. Here are some places to […]

Be Careful with your COVID-19 Cuts

Almost all of our businesses are feeling the impact of COVID-19.  Revenues and cash flows are down and some costs are rising.  We are all looking for ways to cut expenses. Information technology and services can be a good place to find savings. As you look to reduce costs, be careful about what services you […]

SBA Clarifies “Good-Faith” Certification for PPP Loans

(Published 5/13/20) The US Small Business Administration, today, published and update to the PPP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to clarify confusion regarding loan audits and the “Good Faith” certification of need signed as part of the loan application process and form. The SBA added Question 46 as, “How will SBA review borrowers’ required good-faith certification […]

Phishing Attacks Spike Amid COVID-19 Crisis

It should be no surprise to you that we are seeing a surge in phishing and other cyber attacks, as criminals look to take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis. A sample of recent news reports illustrates the scope of the problem. In April, the FBI issued a warning about COVID-19 stimulus package scams (CNET). In […]

Detailed Guidance from CDC on Re-Opening Businesses

(Published 5/8/20) As reported by the Associated Press, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prepared a report providing specific guidance for re-opening for different types of businesses and organizations. The report, “Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework“, was due to be released on May 1st, but was blocked […]

5 Ideas for Successful Remote Shopping and Customer Pickup Services

As more areas of the country move into Phase 1 of re-opening the economy, you may be able to offer remote shopping and curbside (no contact) pickup.  While you may already have a way to hold items for pickup by customers, moving completely to the “take out” model of business requires you to make changes […]

CARES ACT II – Emergency Funds for SMBs

(Updated 5/7/20) 5/7 Update: The EIDL program loans are now limited to $150,000 as the demand is dramatically outpacing funding.  The SBA is processing previously received applications in the order received. new applications are only accepted for certain US agricultural businesses, per the 5/5/20 update.  See news reports from CNBC.com and the Washington Post. 5/5 […]

Prepare Your Business for the Next Normal

(Updated 5/4/20) With some states and local jurisdictions beginning to loosen or remove stay-at-home and essential business orders and advisories, many small businesses will begin to adjust for the next phase of response and recovery.  For some, this will be a re-opening; for others it will be another shift in how we conduct our business […]

Coronavirus and the American with Disabilities Act

(Published 5/4/20) The US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has published guidance on the applicability and limits of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. While the ADA and Rehabilitation Act rules continue to apply, the do not interfere with, or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the […]

IRS Employee Retention Credit

If you did not receive a Small Business Interruption Loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $10,000 per employee paid in 2019 using the Employee Retention Credit. As noted on the IRS web site, The Employee Retention Credit is a refundable tax credit against certain […]

Solve Your COVID-19 Phone Issues

As we are reaching out to customers and others in our network, we are seeing about 15% of business with serious phone problems.  The most common issue is that the person answering the business’ phone is unable to forward a call to other employers, nor can they provide a direct number without sharing a private […]

Federal Reserve Opens Main Street Lending Program with $600 Billion

(Published 4/25/20 – New links to program information) On April 9, 2020, the Federal Reserve System quietly announced the opening of the Main Street Lending Program.  Through this program, the “Fed” is providing $600 Billion in loans to small and mid-market businesses. Loans are available to companies with up to 10,000 employees and annual revenues […]

US Chamber Launches Save Small Business Fund

(Updated 4/22/20) 4/22/20: The Save Mall Business Fund application process is closed as all available funds have been committed. —- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a fund to provide assistance to small businesses in the form of $5,000 grants. The Save Small Business Fund — in collaboration with Vistaprint and with support from Merck, […]

Ensure Your Team is Working from Home Safely

(Published 4/21/20) The rush to get your employees setup and working from home is over; now is the time to take a step back and make sure your team is working effectively and that you are protecting your data and that of your customers. Here is a simple checklist: Give Employees Business Software If you […]