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COVID-19 Updates + Resources

We’re keeping our network partners and all Tennesseans close in our thoughts as we navigate this unprecedented time together across our statewide ecosystem.

Please check back frequently for updates from our statewide network partners, federal and state resources to support small businesses and startups, webinars and other virtual events, and additional information as needed.

  • Tennessee Innovation Crowdsource Platform
    LaunchTN is working in partnership with Tennessee’s COVID-19 Unified Command to engage companies, including entrepreneurs and startups, to rapidly connect solutions, resources, and capabilities to major issues facing our state.
  • Army Applications Laboratory
    The Army is looking for information on innovative medical equipment, therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccines.
  • Business for All Grants + Emergency Grants: Alice 
    Led by Hello Alice, with the support of Verizon, Silicon Valley Bank, Ebay, and small business owners and advocates across America, Business for All provides $10,000 to $50,000 grants, expert mentorship, a strong community, and a comprehensive suite of small business resources.
  • Caring for 615: Helping Small Businesses through COVID-19
    A Nashville family leading a group of entrepreneurs are providing grants of $50,000  to small businesses whose services have been tremendously impacted by COVID-19. 
  • CDL Recovery: Rapid Response Innovation Program
    CDL Recovery will rapidly transform technological innovations into useful products and services that address public health and economic recovery challenges created by the global COVID-19 crisis.
  • Fast Grants: Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science (Fast Grants/Emergent Ventures)
    If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10K to $500K, and decisions are made in under 48 hours. If the grant is approved, you’ll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.
  • Funding Opportunities for COVID-19 Research
    As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, EGC will maintain an updated list of relevant funding opportunities here.
  • LISC Small Business Relief Grants
    Next round of applications opens May 14 for small businesses and enterprises affected, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, and women- and veteran-owned businesses.
  • National Institutes of Health: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Initiative
    The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) is a fast-track technology development program that leverages the National Institutes of Health Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN). RADx will support novel solutions that build the US capacity for SARS-CoV-2 testing up to 100-fold above what is achievable with standard approaches. 
  • Patents 4 Partnerships: US Patent and Trademark Office
    Searchable database of patent and published patent applications from federal agencies, universities, and private industry, voluntarily indicated as “available for licensing” by patent owners. Initial release focuses on technologies related to COVID-19, including personal protective equipment, disinfectants, ventilators, testing equipment, and components thereof.
  • Powderkeg: Community-powered Job Matching Platform
    Get free access to Matches,  and get connected to hundreds of tech companies that are still hiring during the crisis.
  • Project Collaboration: GEON Performance Solutions
    For the next 90 days, GEON will offer its expertise, at no cost, to small- and medium-sized companies that have issues meeting demand; barriers getting virus-related products to market; or have ideas to fight the pandemic but limited resources to implement them.
  • Salesforce Care Small Business Grants: Phase 2 opens April 27
    $10,000 grants to US small businesses to provide capital to help them weather this crisis. Application process opens to US businesses in mid-April 2020 and international small business support will be announced shortly, for a total financial commitment of $5 million.
  • Sorenson Impact Foundation: COVID-19 Coalition
    A coalition of active investors and an aggregated pipeline of innovative companies responding to COVID-19 challenges. 
  • Unite and Fight: COVID-19 Response Team
    In a time of unprecedented change and disruption, the U.S. Air Force has established the Unite and Fight: COVID-19 Response Team initiative to assess and rapidly respond to challenges presented by this pandemic.




CARES Act: Understanding SBA Loan Programs to Determine Eligibility and Best Fit for Your Company (Baker Donelson)

CARES Act + PPP Update: More Help on the Way for Small Businesses (Chambliss Law)

CDC Guidance for Businesses + Employers (CDC)

COVID-19 Hub: CARES Act, Regulatory Relief, Business Operations (PYA)

COVID-19 Resources for Startups (Engine)

Deferral of Employment Tax Deposits and Payments (IRS)

Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (Waller Law)

Inside the CARES Act: COVID-19 Loan Forgiveness Relief: A Section 1106 Primer (National Law Review)

Main Street Lending Program  (Bizwomen)
Info on the Main Street Lending Program, available to businesses with fewer than 10,000 employees and revenue of less than $2.5 billion a year. Loans, ranging in size from $1 million to $25 million, will be available through any FDIC-insured depository institution.

Nonprofits and COVID-19 (National Council of Nonprofits)
The latest information and resources that nonprofits can use to prepare and respond.

Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses: FAQ (US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

Seniors Guide to Staying Healthy (Medicare Advantage)

SBA Recovery Loans Quick Digest (Nashville Entrepreneur Center)

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship)

State-specific resources and restrictions (Baker Donelson)
From stay-at-home orders to state tax filing deadlines, the COVID-19 implications are being addressed differently from state-to-state.

A Practical Guide to Tracking PPP Expenses (XMI)

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