The WBA has created this page to identify resources and share information to help businesses.
Wyoming Public Health Orders/Directives
August 27 - Public Health Orders Extended Without Changes
List of orders and declarations issued by the Wyoming Governor’s Office or Wyoming State Health Officer: See all the orders
County Specific: As Wyoming’s state public health orders are eased, some counties may have different guidelines for businesses depending on local health data. . A map with links to each of the county orders is available here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html
COVID-19 Business Relief Programs
Visit wyobizrelief.org to apply.
In May 2020, the Wyoming Legislature created three programs to distribute $325 million in federal CARES Act funding to Wyoming businesses and nonprofits that have experienced hardship related to the COVID-19 crisis. The Wyoming Business Council is distributing these dollars through the COVID-19 Business Relief Program, which has been broken down into three funds:
Interruption Fund: Closed on July 2 and has distributed nearly $100 million to small businesses.
Relief Fund: The Relief Fund is broken down into two categories for entities with up to 100 employees for a reimbursement up to $300,000: $50 million would be available to reimburse revenue losses due to closures required by government health orders and $125 million would be available for incurred COVID-19-related expenses and direct or indirect losses due to government health orders. Eligible nonprofit organizations include 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(12) and 501(c)(19) with at least one paid full-time employee.
Mitigation Fund: The Mitigation Fund would reimburse up to $500,000 for incurred COVID-19 expenses and doesn’t have a limit on employees nor types of nonprofits. This fund has $50 million available.
Farmers and Ranchers in Wyoming Can Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. USDA is accepting applications now through August 28, 2020. Learn more
Small Business Administration - Funding Options
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
Paycheck Protection Program This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program. The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
EIDL Loan Advance Due to a lapse in appropriations, SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.
SBA Express Bridge Loans Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
SBA Debt Relief As part of SBA coronavirus debt relief efforts, the SBA will pay 6 months of principal, interest, and any associated fees that borrowers owe for all current 7(a), 504, and Microloans in regular servicing status as well as new 7(a), 504, and Microloans disbursed prior to September 27, 2020. This relief is not available for Paycheck Protection Program loans or Economic Injury Disaster loans.
Learn more about SBA eligibility of Agricultural Related Businesses
Other SBA loan resources SBA provides a number of loan resources for small businesses to utilize when operating their business. For more information on loans or how to connect with a lender, visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans.
Governor announces availability of Layoff Aversion Grants to Wyoming businesses
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and the Wyoming Workforce Development Council (WWDC) are offering $300,000 in grants to support businesses in order to avert or shorten layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wyoming.
DWS and its 20 Workforce Centers will assist businesses with grant applications to support these important layoff aversion strategies for Wyoming’s economy. The application can be found here.
More information about options available to businesses can be found here.
STATE OF WYOMING WEBPAGE
Governor Mark Gordon announced the launch of a state government webpage that will provide resources and information on the COVID-19 outbreak. The page includes links to resources and information from the Wyoming Department of Health, the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, the Wyoming Department of Education, the University of Wyoming and the state’s community colleges. It also offers information to assist impacted businesses and workers, as well as a link to updates from the CDC. The webpage may be viewed at covid19.wyo.gov.
Holland & Hart has a Re-Opening Checklist for Employers Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Re-opening in a safe, responsible and bottom-line friendly manner is an attainable goal. Though there is no simple solution to a successful workplace re-opening, the following checklist of strategies and return-to-work best practices will help prepare your business as it re-opens amid a pandemic world. Download the checklist
WYOMING LEGISLATURE: COVID-19 STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, AND SMALL BUSINESSES
The Wyoming Legislature has prepared state and federal resource guide for COVID-19. Download the guide
Wyoming Secretary of State - Guidance on Temporary Remote Online Notarization
Due to public health concerns regarding COVID-19 and the declared state of emergency currently in effect, the Secretary of State's Office has issued guidance on the immediate availability of remote online notarization for Wyoming notaries and businesses.
COVID-19 Financial Guide - Annuity.org
In light of the recent pandemic we are facing with COVID-19, we understand many small businesses and organizations have been impacted. We've created a COVID-19 Financial Guide. Please take a look at that and our annuities resource:
WBA member Holland and Hart offers considerations for furloughs, layoffs and reductions in force
The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge challenges for employers. Faced with declining business activity and revenues, many employers will be forced to reduce workforce costs through furloughs, layoffs or reductions in force. While few will question the need for reductions in the current environment, adverse employment decisions always carry risk. This memo is intended to guide Wyoming employers through various legal and practical issues to consider while preparing for staffing reductions. Download Guidance Memo
How to help support your local initiatives with COVID-19
This flyer offers links for financial donations, volunteer opportunities, donations of medical commercial equipment (ventilators), and donations of medical supplies (gloves, N-95s,etc). - (download the document)
COVID-19 is an unprecedented global crisis, challenging governments, economies, health systems, businesses, and individuals as we all grapple with the disruption and uncertainty of this rapidly evolving pandemic. Holland & Hart’s multidisciplinary Task Force developed this Resource Site to offer practical guidelines and proactive solutions to help you protect your business and your workforce.
Hathaway & Kunz create Small Business Pro Bono Initiative
WBA member Hathaway & Kunz has created the Small Business Pro Bono Initiative to provide legal advice to qualifying Wyoming businesses struggling with legal questions that have arisen due to this difficult time—without charge. Learn more athttp://ow.ly/hmRX50zjavf
ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
Covid-19 Response Tips for Small Businesses by the Wyoming Business Council: There are steps Wyoming small business owners can take to protect themselves, their employees, their communities and their businesses as the situation develops.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
WBA members offer resources to parents
Enbridge partners with The Science Zone: Enbridge is helping to support our community investment partners while also serving an important educational need. With families and children quarantined, parents and teachers are looking for content. The Science Zone asked Enbridge to be a part of this project to help kids have access to STEM learning. They are producing daily content titled “Daily Dose of Science."
WBA Member WY Lit: Tips for homeschooling your struggling reader
It can be overwhelming to know where to begin to help a struggling reader. Heather Fleming and Kari Roden have been there and want to help. Read WY Lit Resources for Readers