BRAC is regularly updating this page with relevant resources and information for businesses.  

Business Impact Survey

BRAC has released a business survey to help evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses and the regional economy. 

Upcoming Business Webinars

To view recordings of past webinars, visit BRAC’s Vimeo page.

Paycheck Protection Program and Families First Coronavirus Response Act sponsored by ECS

DAY: Thursday, April 9
TIME: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Rent Relief and Acts of God sponsored by ECS

DAY: Monday, April 13
TIME: 11 a.m. – Noon

Q&A with Congressman Garret Graves sponsored by ECS

DAY: Tuesday, April 14
TIME: 10 – 11 a.m.

Business Resources

Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program

The Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program offers loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loans require no payments for 180 days at interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent. The total loan pool is $50 million. FAQs, a list of participating banks, and additional information is available on LED’s website.

Lenders interested in participating should contact LED by calling Business Development Manager Kelly Raney at 225.342.0411 or by emailing her at LEDSmallbizloans@la.gov.

CARES Act Information

The CARES Act passed on March 27. Congress put together this overview for small business owners. The provisions include the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Recovery Loan advances, and small business debt relief for existing SBA loans. Detailed information on each, including FAQs, is available in the overview link above, and in the drop down menus below. America’s SBDC has created a spreadsheet that compares all of the currently available SBA programs; access the document here.

Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans are forgivable, which helps workers remain employed, and helps affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker after the crisis. The program application period opened on April 3. Borrowers are urged to apply immediately and for the full loan amount of $10 million, as only one loan per borrower will be allowed. For a quick guide on the differences between the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

  • The final application for borrowers may be found here.
  • Program overview information may be found here.
  • A non-exhaustive list of SBA-approved lenders in the Capital Region may be found in the dropdown below.

Economic Injury Disaster Recovery Loan Grants (Advances)

Details on this program begin on page 7 of this  this overview from Congress. These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). To access the advance, you first apply for an EIDL and then request the advance. The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. Businesses may also roll the advance into a forgivable PPP loan (although that $10K will be deducted from the forgivable portion). Businesses may take both an EIDL and a PPP, but if they do they cannot use the two for the same purpose.

      • Eligibility: businesses with 500 employees or fewer, sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives and employee-owned businesses, tribal small businesses. Small businesses and agricultural coops that meet the size standard are eligible, as are most private non-profits of any size. Eligible businesses must have been in operation since January 31, 2020, when the public health crisis was announced.

Working Capital Loans (Economic Injury Disaster Loans)

Details on this program begin on page 7 of this  this overview from Congress. Louisiana businesses are eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million, with interest rates of 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profits, and terms of up to 30 years. The loans provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome temporary loss of revenue. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the situation around COVID-19. The loans are available to business with fewer than 500 employees. These loans are not forgivable. The application is available through the Small Business Administration. For detailed program information including loan eligibility, criteria, terms, and a step-by-step guide on how to apply, click here.

  • Eligibility: businesses with 500 employees or fewer, sole proprietorships, independent contractors, cooperatives and employee-owned businesses, tribal small businesses. Small businesses and agricultural coops that meet the size standard are eligible, as are most private non-profits of any size.

For a quick guide on the differences between the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here.

Small Business Debt Relief for Existing SBA loans

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will defer all loan payments, including principal, interest and fees for six months. Eligible loans include SBA 7(a) (unless made under the PPP), 504, and microloans.

SBA-Approved Lenders in the Capital Region

Banks and Credit Unions in the Capital Region
Loans made under the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (part of the CARES Act) are made by banks, Credit Unions, and other private lenders. This list includes BRAC investor lenders and is not exhaustive. Contact your preferred lender directly.

The SBA is adding lenders daily here: https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find 

Anthem Bank & Trust
Multiple Locations

Bank of St. Francisville
(225) 635-6397

B1 Bank
Multiple Locations

Campus Federal Credit Union
Multiple Locations

Capital One
Multiple Locations

Chase Bank
Multiple Locations

Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
Multiple Locations

Cottonport Bank
6500 Corporate Blvd.
225-231-6606

EFCU  (partnered with Kabbage)
Multiple Locations

Guaranty Bank & Trust Co.
Multiple Locations

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
Multiple Locations

HomeBank
Multiple Locations

IberiaBank
Multiple Locations

Investar Bank
Multiple Locations

LA Capitol FCU
Multiple Locations

LiftFund
(888) 215-2373

Neighbors FCU
Multiple Locations

Pelican State CU
Multiple Locations

Peoples Bank & Trust of Pointe Coupe
Multiple Locations

Plaquemine Bank & Trust
(225) 687-6388

Red River Bank
Current RRB Clients will Receive Priority
Multiple Locations

Regions Bank
Multiple Locations

Resource Bank
(225) 636-2422

State Bank & Trust Company
Multiple Locations

Whitney Bank
Multiple Locations

Hotline for Louisiana Businesses

Louisiana Economic Development has launched a hotline for Louisiana businesses. Companies can call (833) 457-0531 between 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. or email LEDbiz@la.gov with their questions related to the impact of COVID-19.

CISA's Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure

On March 22, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a Stay-at-Home order for the state of Louisiana, limiting those that will go to work every day to Louisiana citizens in “essential industries” only, as defined by CISA. CISA’s guidance on identifying critical infrastructure can be found here, or via this downloadable guide. BRAC also issued this guidance to help regional businesses determine whether they qualify as “essential” for this order. If you closed because of the Governor’s Stay At Home order, but aren’t sure if your business qualifies as essential, call the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to ask at (833) 457-0531 or via email at LEDbiz@la.gov. There are many businesses allowed to remain open, but must do so following safety protocols.

Tax Filing Extensions

Both the federal and state governments have extended the filing deadline for taxes to July 15.  Click here for more information on federal deadlines, and here for state information. The state has also extended sales tax filing to May 20.

Unemployment Insurance

The Louisiana Workforce Commission has unemployment insurance information for both employers and employees available at laworks.net.

Click here COVID-19 FAQ’s for an FAQ sheet for employers.

If a worker quits in the absence of the COVID-19 criteria, employers should immediately inform the Louisiana Workforce Commission via its Form 77 – Separation Notice.

PPE Donations

Our region is experiencing a shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) needed by front-line healthcare workers in their COVID-19 response. Of particular need are germicidal wipes, hand sanitizer, surgical masks, procedure masks, N95 masks, gowns and protective drapes, goggles, and latex and non-latex gloves of all sizes. Regional leaders are looking for business assistance in the following ways:

  1. Businesses with the above-mentioned items available to donate may do so Monday through Friday, 9 – 11 a.m., at 9455 Plank Road. Contact 225-763-4240 or PPEdonations@brhealthdistrict.com for further instruction. This is an initiative organized by the Baton Rouge Health District, and is currently primarily intended for business to business donations. Please make sure to only include clean, boxed, sealed, and unused containers.
  2. Manufacturers who are interested and able to transition their production to one of the needed items are encouraged to do so. Contact Donnie Miller at donnie@brac.org for guidance.
  3. Businesses or makers with technical abilities to innovate needed items through 3D printing should contact Stephen Loy with the Louisiana Tech Park at stephen@latechpark.com.

COVID-19 Government Contracting

The State Procurement website maintains a regularly updated list of open and closed bids. To register as a vendor with the State of Louisiana, click here. During the registration process, you will be able to select all of the commodities that your company is able to provide. The State of Louisiana will be issuing Request for Quotes (RFQs) through the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network (LaPAC), the on-line electronic bid posting and notification system, for the supplies/services currently needed. LaPAC will automatically send an e-mail notification to all of the vendors registered for that specific commodity. You will then be able to submit your pricing and availability electronically.

The Louisiana Procurement and Technical Assistance Center is available to assist businesses with government contracting. Businesses interested in competing for disaster response and recovery contracts should review this flier for steps to ensure that they are procurement ready. Businesses with existing government contracts seeking an equitable adjustment due to COVID-19 should take the following steps:

  • Communicate with your contracting officer (CO), by email for record-keeping, as soon as you think your situation has changed from when your initial contract was negotiated or bid on.
  • Partner with your CO to get authority to deliver late and try to negotiate a revised delivery schedule, extension, and/or revised costs. This may occur with subcontractor disruptions necessitating different subs or sourcing.
  • If you don’t get a response from your CO, email the agency small business representatives for help in getting your CO’s attention.
  • Keep good records including dates of conversations and names of people you spoke or emailed with.

The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act (EFMLEA)

EFMLEA expands the existing federal medical leave program. Currently, the program provides for 12 weeks of job-protected leave without pay. The new legislation requires companies under 500 employees to provide 12 weeks of leave with the first 2 weeks unpaid, and the final 10 weeks paid at two-thirds of their regular pay for both part-time and full-time employees in the event an employee needs to care for a child because daycare or school is closed. 

Each employee is limited to $200/day to a $10,000 maximum. Employers will receive a tax credit on their portion of Social Security taxes capped at $200/day per employee and $10,000 overall per quarter. Importantly, he Secretary of Labor has the authority to exclude employers with fewer than 50 employees under certain circumstances. 

Click here to view the Families First Coronavirus Response Act fact sheet for more information.

The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)

EPSLA applies to only companies with under 500 employees. This new mandate requires companies to pay full wages to employees for up to 2 weeks because of Coronavirus-related leave. The EPSLA applies to both full-time and part-time workers only if the employee is unable to work or telework when: 

  1. The employee is subject to a federal, state, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19. Generally, payments are capped at $511 per day and $5,110 per employee. 
  2. The employee has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19. Generally, payments are capped at $511 per day and $5,110 per employee. 
  3. The employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and needs to seek a medical diagnosis. Generally, payments are capped at $511 per day and $5,110 per employee. 
  4. The employee is caring for an individual who is subject to an order similar to those set forth in 1 and 2 above. Generally, payments are capped at $200 per day and $2,000 per employee. 
  5. The employee is caring for a son or daughter because school is closed, and the usual child care provider is unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions. Generally, payments are capped at $200 per day and $2,000 per employee. 
  6. The employee experiences a substantially similar condition as specified by the government. Generally, payments are capped at $200 per day and $2,000 per employee. 

Like with the EFMLEA, employers will be eligible for tax credits on their Social Security taxes cap at $511/day for the first three types of events and 200/day for the last 3 types of events. 

Click here to view the Families First Coronavirus Response Act fact sheet for more information.

Unemployment Insurance

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” not only increases the available weekly benefit – which in Louisiana is usually capped at about $250 – with a $600 federal supplement, it also broadens eligibility for unemployment benefits dramatically, lengthens the available benefit term, and waives both standard waiting periods and requirements to seek work.

Under CARES, the definition of eligible individuals has been extended beyond hourly and salaried employees to also include the self-employed, gig workers, and those with limited work history. Benefits are also available for those unable to work after contracting COVID-19, or those caring for a family member who contracted COVID-19.

For additional details on unemployment insurance, click here.

Eligible workers can apply for unemployment insurance through the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) at laworks.net.

Quick videos on unemployment insurance can be found from the LWC here, and from BRAC here.

Capital Area United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund

Capital Area United Way has established a COVID-19 Community Relief Fund to aid the residents and organizations of its 10-parish region. The fund will be used to assist in the recovery from the pandemic’s impact to the local area. The dollars raised will be used to support its 2-1-1 and Crisis Call operations, funding for COVID-19 expenses as well as the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population who have been greatly impacted by business closures during this time.

Keep BR Shopping initiative for Retail

This free online business directory allows retailers greater visibility amid the crisis and provides shoppers access to interact with retailers in ways that follow health and safety protocols. Interested retailers can add their business to the site through the form on the home page.

Keep BR Serving initiative for Restaurants

This area-wide gift card campaign directs 30% of gift card purchases to service staff at participating restaurants. The Keep BR Serving sitehas a list of participating restaurants, and a registration form for restaurants interested in participating.

Louisiana 211

The Capital Area United Way’s 211 public resource directory houses employment, food, health, housing, re-entry, and transportation information, searchable by location. Residents may call 211 or text your zipcode to 898-211 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for resource assistance. 

Supporting Local Restaurants

While local restaurants are no longer able to serve dine-in guests, take-out and delivery options are still available. 225 Magazine put together a comprehensive list of restaurants providing those options. A “Tip it Forward” campaign has been launched to support the men and women of the service industry, LABI launched a #giftcardchallenge to encourage employers to sponsor gift cards for employees to local restaurants, and a Keep BR Serving initiative has been launched to encourage gift card purchases, with 20% of proceeds going back to service staff.

Employees First Program

Employers with employee(s) impacted by COVID-19 can set up a grant through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s (BRAF) Employees First program to provide financial assistance to those employees and receive beneficial tax deductions while doing so. 

BRAF Emergency Relief Fund

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has established an emergency relief fund to help people in Louisiana who are affected by the current public health emergency. Businesses and individuals in a position to donate are encouraged to do so. 

Indicator Dashboard

As part of BRAC’s business recovery priorities, we will be producing and distributing a weekly economic indicator dashboard to examine and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy. The indicator dashboard takes into account fuel sales, oil prices, hotel occupancy rates, enplanements, employment, and more, to illustrate the economy’s current state, and keep businesses informed on when it begins to steady and rebound.

BR Works

The shifting jobs landscape caused by COVID-19 has resulted in quick workforce changes. Some companies are forced to turn to layoffs and furloughs, while other industry sectors are increasing hiring to meet growing demand. BR Works was established to help laid off community members find new opportunities.

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500 Surgical Gowns to be Delivered through Local Joint Initiative

Baton Rouge, La. (April 9, 2020) – In response to the regional shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) needed by front-line healthcare workers in their COVID-19 response, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is connecting regional manufacturers, businesses and nonprofits with the resources, equipment, and volunteers to locally source, produce, and deliver in-demand items.

BRAC’s April 8 COVID-19 Brief: Unemployment insurance benefits are coming

Key changes have been made to unemployment insurance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the federal and state levels. The CARES Act includes a $600 weekly federal supplement – in addition to Louisiana’s weekly allocation of up to $250 – that is expected to reach states beginning this week.

CARES Act Introduces Major Changes to Unemployment Insurance

The significant $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment insurance benefits should reach states beginning the week of April 6, according to Fox Business. This and other key changes to unemployment insurance have been made in response to the unprecedented economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BRAC’s April 7 COVID-19 Brief: BRAC’s Weekly Economic Indicator Dashboard

As part of BRAC’s business recovery priorities, we will be producing and distributing a weekly economic indicator dashboard to examine and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy.

BRAC’s April 6 COVID-19 Brief: The Latest on the Paycheck Protection Program

Last week the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), officially began accepting applications from small businesses and sole proprietorships. The roll-out from the feds was rocky, with last-minute adjustments to guidance that left local lenders working around the clock to prepare.

Small Business Administration Issues Interim Final Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program

Baton Rouge, La. (April 3, 2020) – The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application period opened today, just hours after the Small Business Administration released Interim Final Guidance for the Program, providing critical guidance to lenders and borrowers. Among the guidance was a change in the anticipated interest rate for PPP loans. Previous interim guidance set the loans at a fixed 0.5%; the interim final guidance sets the interest rate at 1%.

5 Actions to Take if You Are Applying for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan

Check out a few actions to take if you’re planning to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan.

BRAC’s April 3 COVID-19 Brief: Details on the Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program

On Wednesday the state announced the Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Small Business Loan Comparisons

BRAC and one of our partners in supporting small businesses, NexusLA, developed a side-by-side comparison that is (hopefully!) helpful in equating the pros and cons of each small business loan option.

BRAC’s April 2 COVID-19 Brief: Prepare your application for the Paycheck Protection Program

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury issued guidance and a template application for businesses interested in assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27.

Gov. Edwards: State-Led Program To Offer COVID-19 Small Business Help

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To help Main Street and rural businesses sustain operations, the loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent.

Treasury Issues Guidance, Application on Paycheck Protection Program

Baton Rouge, La. (April 1, 2020) – Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Treasury issued guidance and the application for businesses interested in assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. BRAC encourages businesses to fill out the application now, in preparation for submission to an SBA-approved lender starting April 3.

BRAC April 1 COVID-19 Brief: Join us at 9 a.m. for a Q&A with Sen. Bill Cassidy

Today at 9 a.m., we are hosting a webinar with Senator Bill Cassidy and Louisiana’s District Director of the SBA Mike Ricks for a Q&A session on the new federal recovery legislation, the CARES Act.

BRAC Releases COVID-19 Indicator Dashboard for Capital Region

Baton Rouge, La. (March 31, 2020) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released a COVID-19 dashboard that examines and assesses the impact of the novel corona virus on the regional economy. The

BRAC March 31 COVID-19 Brief: Indicator Dashboard for the Capital Region

As part of BRAC’s business recovery priorities, we will be producing and distributing a weekly economic indicator dashboard to examine and assess the impact of COVID-19 on the regional economy.

BRAC’s March 30 COVID-19 Brief: 5 Tips for Small Business Owners

Check out these tips for small business owners navigating COVID-19.

BRAC’s March 27 COVID-19 Brief: Here’s what’s in the CARES Act for Small Businesses

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has passed. The historic stimulus package includes important provisions for small businesses.

Small Business Provisions in the CARES Act

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on March 27. The historic stimulus package includes important provisions for small businesses, outlined in this post.

LED Opens COVID-19 Help Desk for Louisiana Businesses

BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

BRAC’s March 26 COVID-19 Brief: How businesses can assist PPE shortage

Our region is experiencing a shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) needed by front-line healthcare workers in their COVID-19 response.

BRAC Pivots to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced it has formally paused its 2020 strategic goals and retooled its priorities to support the regional business community through the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery period.

BRAC’s March 25 COVID-19 Brief: Workforce Shifts: Needed and Displaced Workers

The shifting jobs landscape caused by COVID-19 has resulted in quick workforce changes. While some companies are forced to turn to layoffs and furloughs, some other industry sectors are needing to quickly ramp up hiring to meet increased demand.

ICYMI: Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 Major Disaster Declaration Request Approved by President Trump

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a statewide Major Disaster Declaration in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana was approved by President Donald Trump last night. The declaration allows the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health emergency.

BRAC’s March 24 COVID-19 Brief: Ask Congress to pass the CARES Act

Small businesses are bearing the brunt of the Coronavirus’ effect on the economy. The Senate finally looks to be in a position to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) either later today or tomorrow, providing much-needed relief for businesses across the U.S.

Ask Congress to Pass the CARES Act

Small businesses are bearing the brunt of the Coronavirus’ effect on the economy. The Senate finally looks to be in a position to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) either later today or tomorrow, providing much-needed relief for businesses across the U.S.

BRAC’s March 23 COVID-19 Brief: What is an “Essential Industry?”

Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a Stay-at-Home order for the state of Louisiana, limiting those that will go to work every day to Louisiana citizens in “essential industries” only. But what exactly is an essential industry?

Louisiana Opens Child Care Assistance Program To Critical Personnel Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

BATON ROUGE, La. — In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) today opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to support essential critical infrastructure personnel. By simply completing an application PDF (will open in new tab), these families can access subsidized care for children age 12 and under at licensed childcare centers participating in the program, or through registered and certified family childcare and in-home providers.

Mayor Broome’s Statement on Fatalities Attributed to COVID-19 in East Baton Rouge Parish

Baton Rouge, LA – March 23, 2020 – I am deeply saddened to learn of the first fatalities attributed to COVID-19 in East Baton Rouge Parish today. On behalf of our community, I share our love and condolences with the patients’ family and friends.

LDR extends state income tax deadline due to coronavirus public health emergency

BATON ROUGE – Due to the public health emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) is extending the deadline for state income taxes to July 15, 2020. The extension applies to Louisiana individual, corporation, fiduciary and partnership income tax returns and payments.

BRAC’s March 22 COVID-19 Brief: Business Guidance for Stay-at-Home Order

Today Governor John Bel Edwards announced a stay-at-home quarantine for the state of Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order to Further Fight the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, as the number of confirmed cases have topped 800 and spread to more than half of our parishes.

Mayor-President signs Executive Order temporarily waiving sign ordinance as a show of support for small businesses

Today, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending the parish’s sign ordinance for 120 days, providing businesses an opportunity to advertise adjustments to their services on signs in the public right-of-way.

BRAC Releases Analysis of Updates to Federal and Local Resources for Businesses

Baton Rouge, La. (March 19, 2020) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today released the following analysis of new federal legislation and updates to existing federal and local resources for businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Louisiana Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Louisiana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. John Bel Edwards on March 16, 2020.

Tax Return Extensions and Other Matters Related to COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a statewide public health emergency as a result of the imminent threat posed to Louisiana citizens by the outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus known commonly as COVID-19. The Department of Revenue continues to actively monitor this ongoing situation in concert with the Governor’s Office.

Federal Support in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Businesses across Louisiana are being impacted by the Coronavirus, and those for which business must be transacted face-to-face are the hardest hit. Service and other key members of our state’s workforce and their employers are looking for relief from the economic gut-punch the Coronavirus is delivering.

BRAC Releases Business Survey for COVID-19

Baton Rouge, La. (March 13, 2020) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced it has opened a survey designed to gather the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses and the regional economy. The survey, and recommendations and resources for businesses, is available at brac.org/recovery.