Gibson CountyResources. Support. Guidance.
To Help You Thrive, Not Just Survive, During These Challenging Times
It’s a challenging, difficult time for our Gibson County small business community.
- Princeton Small Business Grant Recovery Program
- Oakland City Small Business Grant Recovery Program
- Gibson County Visitors & Tourism Relief Fund
- United Way Greater Evansville Relief Fund
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide & Checklist
- SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Walkthroughs
- SBA Coronavirus Relief Funding
- Excelerate Funding Finder
- Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES ACT Relief
- Cleaning Guide for Businesses
- Guidance for Face Coverings in Public
- CDC Guidance for Businesses
- General Info from the CDC
- Guidance For Employers – How to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
- Workplace/Home/School Tips to combat the virus
- US Department of Labor Guidlines
- OSHA Guide on Covid-19 preparedness
Protect Public Health
- Curbside pickup.
- Limit the number of customers inside.
- Clean and sterilize.
- Adjust store hours.
- Offer cashless transactions.
- Store-in-store sales.
- Use your storefront windows to sell.
- Sidewalk Takeover.
Develop New Distribution Channels
Many, if not most, of the nation’s small businesses are closing in-store or in-office activities for a few weeks or months during the pandemic. But many small businesses are finding new ways to reach their customers and keep sales coming in. (Smith)
- Online Classes
- Offer Sales by webcam.
- Product demonstrations.
- Merchandise Previews
- Tours of the shop.
- Communicate with Suppliers.
- Free shipping.
- Personal shopping.
- Make local deliveries.
- Launch an online storefront.
- Shop Local Campaigns.
- Add groceries.
Drive Cash Flow
- Add a New Product or Service
- Gift Cards
- Reward Your Customers for Their Ongoing Support
- Physical to Virtual Progamming
- Virtual Tip Jars
Long Term Planning
- Scenario Planning
- Capital Investments
- Plan your Marketing Spend.
- Kremer, Isaac. Metuchen Downtown Alliance, April 7, 2020.
- Main Street America, March 26, 2020.
- Smith, Kennedy. “COVID-19 Pandemic: What Small Businesses Can Do,” Institute for Local Self Reliance, March 19, 2020.
- Smith, Kennedy. Illinois Main Street Keynote, March 20, 2020.
We know you’re scared this COVID-19 crisis could destroy you and your business. You’re scared you may have to lay off employees. You wonder if you’ll get through this or if you’ll have to close your business.
All of us here at the Gibson County Chamber are making a FULL OUT effort to help you THRIVE, not just survive, during these crazy times- which is what this page is dedicated to.
Here, you’ll find various resources, experts, and other practical advice to help you PRESERVE your business and minimize the losses occurring.
Check back here EVERY DAY, as new resources are constantly added.
Now more than ever, it’s critical for you as an entrepreneur to ACT. Don’t stay stuck in fear. Don’t operate from a place of scarcity.
Your Chamber is here to help and support you in any way we can.
Reach out to us at (812) 385-2134.
Industry Best Practices
- State of Indiana Manufacturing Guidelines
- Toyota Manufacturing Safe Work Playbook
- Manufacturers Release Policy Action Plan in Response to COVID-19
- Indiana Manufacturers Association
- PU Extension Resource Page
- PU Extension Community Discussion
- New Contracting Opportunities with FEMA
- OSHA Guide on Covid-19 preparedness
- Indiana Restuarant Guidelines
- National Restaurant Association COVID19 Reopening Guidance
- Disinfecting & Reopening Checklist for Restaurants
- The New Normal for Restaurants
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
- Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
- National Restaurant Association
- How to Win at Delivery, Take-Out & Home Meal Replacement
- Restaurant Owner Resources
- Indiana Retail Guidelines
- Kroger’s Blueprint
- What Grocery & Food Retail Workers Need to Know
- Shopping for Food During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Information for Consumers
- Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services
- OSHA Guidelines for Retail Workers
- CO Retail Guidelines
Beauty Salons & Barber Shops
- Opening Guidlelines from Modern Salon
- Reboot Kit: How to Reopen Your Salon, Spa, or Wellness Business
- CO Personal Services
Schools & Childcare
- CDC guidelines for Schools & Childcare
- Tips for Teachers & Childcare Providers
- Childe Care Finder
- FSSA Child Care guidance
- Child Care Facilities Guidelines
Close Contact Work Areas
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This year of COVID-19 is anything but business as usual and is truly uncharted territory for you, as well as your employees and your customers. Reopening must be balanced with careful planning and diligent follow through to help protect those that depend on you for employment and those that rely on your goods and services.
It’s a new era and this is a new Chamber, re-focused and re-dedicated to meet the challenges of our time. We’re excited about what’s happening in Gibson County. We think you will be, too.