COVID19 Updates

In accordance with Louisiana’s phased back to business plan, the JEDCO offices have reopened and are operating with limited staff in place. At this time, we are not accepting walk-ins. In-person meetings must be made by appointment only and scheduled in advance. JEDCO requires all employees and guests to wear a mask and submit to a temperature check upon arrival at the facility. Employees and guests must check-in at the Business Innovation Center (across the courtyard from the JEDCO offices) before entering the JEDCO building. The JEDCO offices are open from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

The JEDCO team continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19. We stand at-the-ready to support our business community. This page will serve as a resource and a guide for Jefferson Parish businesses. It will be updated regularly with new information.


Jefferson Back to Business Plan

Jefferson Parish COVID-19 Resource Suppliers
Businesses providing PPEs, sneeze guards, cloth masks, medical supplies, sanitizer or other important tools to help businesses protect their employees and their customers.

COVID-19 Resource Supplier Survey
Want to be listed as a supplier for COVID-19 sanitation and safety resources for businesses? Let us know by filling out the above survey.

GNOpivot Marketplace
a free online platform for regional businesses that provide high-demand products and services for the coronavirus outbreak and post-pandemic recovery.

Open Safely
Guidance from the Louisiana Fire Marshall

MaskUpJefferson Flyer for Businesses
Flyer that Jefferson Parish businesses can put on their doors to enforce mask-wearing
Available in English and Spanish



Standardized Employee Screening Questionaire

Small Business Loans + Funds

Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program
Will provide grants of up to $15,000 to businesses that had fewer than 50 employees on March 1, 2020, were domiciled in Louisiana as of March 1, 2020, and suffered interruption of businesses caused by forced or voluntary closures, or restricted operations due to social distancing measures, decreased customer demand, cleaning or disinfection expenses, and providing personal protective equipment. Businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Loan are not initially eligible. Call Center: 1-888-795-4947.


The deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program is Saturday, August 8, at 11:59 p.m.

Paycheck Protection Program Details and Application

SBA Lenders in Jefferson Parish

COVID-19 Loan Program Comparison

Goldman Sachs funds PPP in New Orleans

PPP Forgiveness Guide


JEDCO’s Guide to the CARES Act: A Summary


SBA Lenders in Jefferson Parish

GNO, Inc. CARES Act Binder (PPP+)

Employee Retention Tax Credit

US Chamber of Commerce Guide to the CARES Act Small Business Loans

Avoid CARES Act Scams & Fraudulent Activity – Office of the Inspector General

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses ~ Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loan


Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program

Federal Main Street Lending Program Overview
Now open for non-profit businesses

Main Street Lending Program Presentation by the Federal Reserve

Save Small Business Fund

Salesforce Care Small Business Grants

United Way of Southeast Louisiana Hospital Cares Pandemic Response Fund

The Red Backpack Fund for Female Entrepreneurs


Unemployment Support for Employers & Workers Impacted by COVID-19

Unemployment FAQ Sheet – created by GNO, Inc.

Business Resources + Information

GNOpivot is an initiative to help regional companies pivot their standard operations in order to make products or provide services in demand for the fight against Coronavirus. If successful, GNOpivot will both help Louisiana “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections, but will also help sustain the Greater New Orleans economy.

Daily COVID-19 Updates
Sign up for daily updates on the pandemic from our partners at Greater New Orleans, Inc.

WorkNOLA Job Openings during COVID-19 Event

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:Employer Expanded Family and Medical Leave Requirements

COVID-19 Tax Relief

Louisiana Department of Education Child Care Assistance Program

Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Mentor Request

Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategic Advisor Application
Greater New Orleans’s businesses are being forced to quickly adapt with a reduced team and many do not have the resources available to assist them through these times. To address this reality, the Lepage Center is appointing 10 highly qualified Tulane students to serve as strategic advisors who will provide immediate support to businesses in New Orleans for up to 10-week period.

Guidance for Seafood Processors & Dealers

Spend Local JP

When you shop local, you’re doing more than investing in homegrown brands that you love. You’re investing in Jefferson Parish. Where your spend your dollars does make a difference. Especially now. For every dollar spent on local business, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community, funding schools, infrastructure and essential government services. Local businesses are the backbone of the Jefferson Parish economy. For years, our businesses have supported JP. Now, those same companies need our help. Let’s Shop Local. Eat Local. Spend Local. Stay Local. Support Local.

Learn more here.




GNO, Inc. Webinar Database
Our partners at Greater New Orleans, Inc. have developed a database of  webinar recordings that will be valuable and informative to our businesses at this time.

Prosper Jefferson Webinars
Hosted in partnership with the Jefferson Chamber, the Prosper Jefferson webinars will help our local businesses navigate the new normal. Recorded webinars are available on our Prosper Jefferson web page.

CARES Act Webinar
Recording of webinar hosted on 3/30 by JEDCO & Adams and Reese

Paycheck Protection Program-HCCL
Hosted by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana – featuring comments from JEDCO Economic Development Finance Manager Jennifer Lapeyrouse

Small Business Assistance – Entergy
Video recording of webinar hosted on 4/9 by Entergy –  featuring community leaders and experts who provided insight and information on small business assistance

COVID-19 New Policies New Reality Presentation, Tools & Resources
Webinar hosted by the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resources Management

Economic & Government Partner Resources

Jefferson Parish
Jefferson Parish Government
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce – Coronavirus Resources
Jefferson Transit 
Jefferson Parish Schools 
Jefferson Visitors & Convention Bureau 

Louisiana Economic Development – Coronavirus Response
Hotline (Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.): 833-457-0531

Greater New Orleans, Inc. – Coronavirus Resources

Louisiana Small Business Development Center – Greater New Orleans Region
SBA District Office – 504-589-6685

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry – Coronavirus Resources 
New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce
Urban League of Louisiana
US Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response
US Chamber of Commerce Corporate Aid Tracker

Atmos Energy
Blue Cross Blue Shield LouisianaCox Cable
Postlethwaite & Netterville COVID-19 Resource Center 


  • Gov. John Bel Edwards announced plans to move Louisiana into Phase Three on Friday, September 11, 2020. Additional details about Phase Three will look like are coming soon.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an extension of his order keeping Louisiana in Phase Two and extending his statewide mask mandate, the closure of bars to on-premises consumption and the limitation on gatherings of more than 50 people until at least Friday, September 11, 2020.  Read more here.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered a statewide mask mandate, closing of on-premises consumption at bars and  50-person cap on indoor social gatherings as of Monday, July 13. See mandate here.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the “Stay at Home” order will be lifted on May 15th. The state will move to Phase 1 on May 15th, which will last 21 days.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the “Stay at Home” order to May 15th.
  • The federal government provided an additional $320 billion in funds for the Paycheck Protection Program. The Small Business Administration began to accept applications again on Monday, April 27th.
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the creation of Resilient Louisiana, a state commission charged with examining Louisiana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making recommendations for more resilient business-related activities and commerce in the coming months.
  • Businesses can begin applying for the Paycheck Protection Program on Friday, April 3, 2020.
  • Congress passed the CARES Act on Friday, March 27th. The $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package will provide support in a variety of ways: forgivable loans to small businesses that maintain payroll; expanded unemployment benefits; adjusted taxdeadlines and provisions; direct payments to individuals and families; economic support for distressed industries; and significant financial support for hospitals and medical institutions, State governments, and Federal agencies.
  • President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Louisiana on March 24. Read more here.
  • From now through March 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) invites you to share your ideas on how they can help employers and employees understand their responsibilities and rights, respectively, under the expanded family and medical leave and paid sick leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Submit ideas here.
  • Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide “Stay-at-Home” order, which will go into effect Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Read the full statement here, which includes clarification on essential businesses that are allowed to stay open.
  • After much deliberation, JEDCO has chosen to postpone the 2020 JEDCO Challenge powered by Greater Lakeside Corporation indefinitely for the safety and well-being of our community and our team. We hope to host the event at a later date this year.
  • JEDCO will maintain normal office hours at this time. However, for the safety and health of our community, the JEDCO offices will not be open to the public until further notice. Instead, we encourage you to reach out to our staff via phone or email. We look forward to continued support of our business community.
  • The health and safety of our community is paramount during this uncertain time. As such, JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce together decided to postpone the upcoming Prosper Jefferson seminar in March with plans to reschedule later in the year. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Best Practices and Tips for the Workplace

My Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19. Now What?
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Workplace Tips for Employees
Guidelines for Employers: Planning & Responding to COVID-19
OSHA: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Business Pandemic Planning Checklist
Business Resiliency Planning
Corporate Aid Tracker
Maritime Industry Resources 
Developing a Telework Security Policy


Contact JEDCO at 504-875-3908 if you have additional questions. Our team stands at the ready to support you!