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Business Resources for Coping with Impact of COVID-19

Various agencies are looking to support business owners during the pandemic.

 Unemployment Restrictions Lifted

Employees whose hours have been reduced or who have laid off due to the outbreak are elgible. The work search requirement for affected workers has been waived for up to four weeks by the Department of Workforce Solutions. Claim for unemployment can be filed at New Mexico Workforce Connection website.

UNM Innovation Online course

UNM's Innovation Academy and STC.UNM are offering a special course to help New Mexico's business at this critical time for our state's economic recovery,  During this time of economic uncertainty, many New Mexico small businesses need to build or increase their online presence to offset a decline in retail in-person traffic, as well as grow businesses beyond New Mexico borders. 

The UNM online course for the community, New Mexico Small Business Recovery: Take and Expand your Business Online, will teach businesses e-commerce techniques including developing storefronts and driving traffic to your store.

The course is being offered for $17 (the cost to run the program, the UNM Innovation Academy and STC.UNM will not profit from this course) and includes a one-year domain name for your storefront.  The 6-week course runs from April 6-May 15. 

To register, please click here, or visit Eventbrite.com and search for: "New Mexico Small Business Recovery".

SBDC Loan Consulting

SBDC has no cost asssitance for businesses impacted by COVID-19 to help apply for SBA Disaster Assistance Loans. Click  here to sign up for consulting. 

CDC Guidance for Business and Employers

Finding interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of COVID-19. Read more here.

CDBG Economic Development Fund

Assistance to small businesses to avoid job losses by providing working capital assistance. Project has to qualify and be in a distressed area. Contact Scott Wright, NM Department of Finance & Administration, 505-827.4974 or

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Foundation and Corporate Grants, Loans, and Support

Facebook Small Business Boost Grants Program

Facebook is offering up to $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more, visit here.

Santa Fe Community Foundation Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund will support the many nonprofit organizations in our communities that will ensure children and seniors receive daily meals no longer provided in schools or senior centers. It will also provide funding for emergency health services, childcare, rent, and utilities. For more information see here.  

Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund

For more information see here.

James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund

For more information see here

Resources for Artist 

Santa Fe COVID-19 Artist Grants ($500-$1000)

CERF+ Emergency Assistance

NYFA Emergency Resources for Artist Database

New Mexico Film Office 

The New Mexico Film Office (NMFO) is encouraging furloughed workers in the film and television industry to apply directly to non-profit relief funds. Download the press release here. More information.

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