We’ve got you.
Hi, Friends. 👋🏼
We know you’ve been inundated with emails and links to resources to help us navigate our new reality. Throughout the last several weeks, small business owners and founders have been coming up with creative ways of managing and running their businesses. It’s what entrepreneurs do. We want to support you in doing that.
So, we put together the list of tools and resources to help the people running small businesses below. We’re keeping our creative caps on to develop new ways to support and connect you. If you have an idea for ways we can help, please share it with us here. In the meantime, take a look at the resources below and check back regularly for updates.
P.S. For a full list of governmental and economic development resources, check out REDI Cincinnati’s website here. For other employer and small business resources, check out these websites from the NKY Chamber and Cincinnati Regional Chamber.
3/20/20 UPDATE: Ohio and nine counties in Northern KY have been approved for SBA Disaster Assistance Funding. Go here for more info.
Blue North Resources
- Virtual Office Hours: We’re hosting Virtual Office Hours for those who want to discuss new business ideas, new business models, and ways to implement technology into their businesses. (For the time being, please use the Mentor Bank linked below for all other questions so that we can connect you to the advice you need more quickly. ) We’re providing evening and weekend office hours times for those who are unable to meet during typical work hours through Sunday, May 3rd.
- Virtual Wayfinding Meetings: Schedule a virtual 30-minute Wayfinding Session to connect to other business support programs and resources in the community.
- Mentor Bank: We’ve launched the Mentor Bank to connect small businesses and startups with 30-minute calls with our network of subject matter experts to answer specific questions.
- Remote Work + Virtual Event Toolkit: Download 30+ remote work and virtual event tools and tips,
- Virtual Workshops + Events: We’re hosting virtual workshops and events at least through May 3rd. We’ll be sharing them on our social channels, newsletter, and here.
- Here’s a database with virtual workshops and events being held for entrepreneurs throughout Kentucky. We’re updating it with our fellow entrepreneurship hubs throughout the state. Bookmark the link and check back for updates.
- Kentucky Small Business Development Center business coaches are available to meet via Zoom video conference or phone to develop a plan of action for your business. Download a copy of their checklist for Managing in Times of Financial Difficulty.
- Here’s a checklist and guide for Coronavirus Emergency Loans for small businesses put together by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
- Gener8tor put together a couple of great step-by-step guides on applying for SBA disaster loans.
- Taft Law has created this toolkit with legal resources.
- Check out Cintrifuse’s page of resources for startups.
- The Kentucky Career Center’s Rapid Response list has resources for employees, employers, and those filing for unemployment in Kentucky.
- Horizon Fund announced its NKY coronavirus relief fund.
- Here is a list of resources put together by the NKY Chamber for Northern Kentucky businesses and residents.
- Alice has a resource hub with links to funding and support for small business owners adapting to the impacts of coronavirus.
- Founder Gym has also compiled answers from industry experts on what can be done for businesses impacted during this time.
- Gusto’s blog dives into loan and relief sources at the federal and state levels, as well as private sector support.
- Looking for capital? The #COVID19CapitalRelief Dashboard is a good first step.
- The University of Cincinnati College of Law’s ECDC is providing free critical legal assistance for local small businesses and non-profits. You can apply today.
- Neuroflow is providing mental health resources to deal with the stressors during this uncertain time.
- Funding portal WeFunder provides small businesses with the opportunity to raise money from their fans.
- What is the best course for your business to take once the storm clears? Channelchek can help you decide.