Some of us in Indiana may be considering the Stay at Home order an extended vacation, but for small business owners this can be a very difficult time with few or no ways to reach customers to sell goods and services. If you own a small business, check out some of these tips and resources for small businesses during this crisis that we hope can help.

Greenfield Chamber & Indy Chamber Online Hub

Your Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce is sharing resources daily on their social. Additionally, the Indy Chamber has launched the Rapid Response Hub to answer frequently asked questions for small business owners and entrepreneurs who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides up-to-date mandates from the government, as well as assistance answering specific business questions from the IU Kelley School of Business.

National Grants and Program Credits has provided a long and comprehensive list of grants and credits that small businesses can take advantage of, in addition to online classes, resources and other tools. It even includes free trials and virtual classes on meditation and wellness to help relieve stress. All listings on this article are available at no cost to business owners.

Disaster Loan Program

Small businesses throughout the country are now eligible to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Intended as economic support for temporary revenue loss, this is a low-interest option with capital loans of up to $2 million. Indiana Emergency Response Program gener8tor has also created a step-by-step guide and video for how to apply.

Communicate with your Audience

Social media isn’t just for memes about toilet paper and sanitizing products right now. Be sure to use your social media platforms and your website to communicate with both regular clients and potential new customers about how your business is currently operating and how they can support you. Think about joining the Stellar Communities Regional Effort as well. Currently there is an online map and list for local businesses offering carryout, delivery, and online shopping options

Encourage Customer Support

Most consumers are ready and willing to help their local business owners however they can, so don’t hesitate to ask. A few ideas for how you can ask your customers to support small right now include:

  • buying gift cards
  • shopping early for the summer and back to school seasons
  • lobbying for local, state and national government support
  • marketing from personal social media accounts
  • leaving positive reviews on Google, Yelp, etc.

Get Creative

Is there a creative way that you can conduct business right now? Maybe you’re not used to shipping products or offering a drive-up service, but now is the time to learn. Think about ways that you can provide services that families need right now, like activities to do with children and curbside meal kits. Coming up with unique products and touch-free methods of operation will both help you stay in business and serve your local community in this time of crisis.