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.
Governor Edwards temporarily reinstates the statewide mask mandate as COVID Cases and hospitalizations threaten hospitals’ abilities to serve communities during the fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic
Mask Mandate in place until at least September 1, 2021. Masks are required indoors for everyone ages 5+
Starting Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, charities, faith-based organizations and small businesses can apply for grants to support COVID-19 response and relief efforts in Louisiana through the Louisiana Nonprofit and Small Business Assistance Program. Eligible nonprofits include churches and other faith-based organizations, public charities, and groups with federal tax-exempt status, such as 501(c)(3) organizations. Click here for details.
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.
a free online platform for regional businesses that provide high-demand products and services for the coronavirus outbreak and post-pandemic recovery.
Guidance from the Louisiana Fire Marshall on reopening and operating your business safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use the industry safety guidelines on this website to keep your employees and your customers safe.
MaskUpJefferson Flyer for Businesses
Flyer that Jefferson Parish businesses can put on their doors to enforce mask-wearing
Available in English and Spanish
JEDCO commissioned a study to determine the impact of COVID-19 on the Jefferson Parish business community. Read the report here.
The $900 billion stimulus bill was extended help to businesses and their employees through the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill provides $600 stimulus checks, enhanced federal unemployment benefits, and money for small businesses, schools and child care, as well as for vaccine distribution.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Overview of First Draw PPP Loans
First Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.
Second Draw PPP Loans Overview
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general loan terms as their First Draw PPP Loan. Second Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay for mortgage interest, rent, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalismduring 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration is extended to December 31, 2021. Economic Injury Disaster loans are offered at affordable terms, with a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% interest rate for nonprofit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. Loan applications will be accepted through December 2021, pending availability of funds.
Employee Retention Credit
This credit was designed to help businesses keep employees on their payroll. Can be used with the PPP, but not for the same payroll.
Shuttered Venue Operator’s Grant
The new SVO grant, a $15 billion grant program tailored to assist eligible, arts and entertainment applicants. Learn more. Join GNO Inc. for an informational webinar on this topic on March 31st at 10:00 am. Register here.
ADDITIONAL LOANS AND FUNDING SOURCES
Federal Main Street Lending Program Overview
Now open for non-profit businesses
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.
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.
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.
Our partners at Visit Jefferson Parish are committed to advocating for the safety and well-being of our community and visitors to our destination. They are inviting Jefferson Parish hotels, attractions, restaurants, retailers, and all businesses throughout Jefferson Parish to join us in taking the Clean & Safe Jefferson Parish Pledge. The pledge provides a unified message that health and safety standards and protections against the spread of COVID-19 are top priority and it is your commitment to helping stop the spread of COVID-19.
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
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
Louisiana Economic Development – Coronavirus Response
Hotline (Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.): 833-457-0531
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
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!