Effective August 4, 2020: Citing the need for stronger action to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Mayor Lumumba has signed the Third Amended Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order which orders bars to close for inside service. All bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs located in the City of Jackson shall close, except to the extent that such establishments ONLY provide take-out, pick up, delivery or drive-through services as allowed by law. Businesses found in violation will be shut down for 24-hours and must submit an Attestation of Compliance with the City of Jackson before reopening. Mayor Lumumba has also issued a Mayoral Curfew Order in the City of Jackson effective August 6th at 12 midnight - 5 am for the next five days. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call our Hotline at 601-586-3067 and fill out the Symptom Collector. If you are in need of mental health support during this time, call our Mental Health Warmline at 601-586-3073. 

COVID-19 Business & Non-Profit Relief Resources

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA has several programs to support businesses and business owners as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Cash register

Resources | For Businesses

  1. Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): The SBA declared a disaster in the state of Mississippi and made Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to small businesses (including sole proprietors & non-profits).This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organizations or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
  2. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): The CARES Act created the Paycheck Protection Program, which is an expansion of the existing SBA 7(a) program. Impacted small businesses may apply for up to $2 million in working capital to pay for fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the COVID-19 disaster. Loan terms (3.75% interest rate for small businesses; 2.75% for nonprofits) may be extended up to 30 years to keep payments affordable. Working through a network of approved lenders, this program forgives loans to employers, independent contractors, and gig workers who maintain their payrolls. Rent, mortgage payments, and some other eligible expenses are also forgivable. Reach out to your lender or an approved SBA 7(a) lender to apply.

Please reach out to your bank or the City of Jackson’s SBDC for assistance with applying.

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses

CARES Act

City of Jackson’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC is providing guidance on the SBA application process. MSBDCEmail mdavis@jacksonms.gov or call (601) 960-1638 to be connected directly with a business counselor:  Register for City of Jackson SBDC Disaster Assistance.

Resources | For Employers & Workers

Resources | For Artists & Organizations

  • Americans for the Arts is providing up-to-date COVID-19 news and resources for the arts and culture field.
  • The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities.
  • ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, is adding updates daily.
  • The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has pulled together resources to help you and your team prepare for and respond to the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Billboard has a state-by-state listing of resources for professional musicians.
  • This COVID-19 & Freelance Artists list contains general resources, advocacy links, and a growing list of funding opportunities.
  • Creative Capital has a comprehensive list for artists working in all disciplines, organizations trying to steady the boat, and anyone working to create the new normal.
  • The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland is offering pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization, between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation has posted a COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Visual Artists listing that breaks opportunities out by regions, as well as nationally.
  • NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) has posted a list of resources, including information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more.

Economic Injury Declaration

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is gathering information on the economic loss to small businesses throughout the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. This information is being collected so that Mississippi may request an Economic Injury Declaration from the Small Business Administration to aid in the economic loss suffered as a result of the COVID-19 event.

Small business owners can access instructions to complete the worksheet showing that their business has suffered economic hardship as a result of the response efforts of the COVID-19 event. After business owners complete these worksheets, they can submit them directly to the MEMA State Coordinating Officer Todd DeMuth at tdemuth@mema.ms.gov, for inclusion into the SBA declaration request.

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