If you're a small business owner or entrepreneur, stop doom-scrolling! The Navigation Center team is here to help you figure out local and federal resources for your team and your company. Reach out to us by phone, email, or web chat to get help from a team of local experts - business owners, economic development organizations, lenders, and more. You don't have to navigate this crisis on your own - we're all in this together!

‪(812) 727-0673‬

Please call between 9am - 4pm Mon-Fri. Any voicemails will be forwarded to email and responded to as soon as possible.

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Reopen with confidence: Schedule a Tiger Team of 2-3 local experts to help you run through your reopening plan questions. The team can help with a lot of different topics, such as rearranging your retail space, HR policies, bookkeeping, PPE recommendations for your staff and customers, safe space design, and more! Please fill out a short request form to get a Tiger Team scheduled. Check out the other great COVID-related resources, including the Bloomington Back to Business webinar series, from the Greater Bloomington Area Chamber of Commerce team!

The City of Bloomington's Rapid Response Fund loan program is closed. If you previously applied or received funding, click here to view your record. If you are a borrower, email jane.kupersmith@bloomington.in.gov with questions.

The State of Indiana earmarked $30 million for Hoosier businesses who have not accessed PPP or EIDL funds. Application closes on September 30, 2020.

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT. Applications must be received by August 8, 2020.

SBA loan to cover small business operating expenses after a declared disaster. Apply here.

You are able to apply for both PPP and EIDL funds, as long as they do not cover the same expenses (i.e. no double-dipping on your payroll to receive both SBA-backed loans.) Check out this Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act for more details.

Fundraising, Finances, & Capital

For information about grants, loans, projections, tax changes/incentives, lenders, visit this page.


Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Courtesy of Barnes & Thornburg, find a summary of the key tax provisions of the CARES Act.

Personnel & Talent

Laying off workers, unemployment resources, hiring, how to know which one is appropriate and when, local resources

Marketing & Sales

Events (like Collide and others), accelerators?, adapting to doing business during COVID (supporting remote workers, adapting methods, etc)

Community Resources

Laying off workers, unemployment resources, hiring, how to know which one is appropriate and when, local resources

Pay it Forward

Opportunities to Help

Interested in more ways to give back to the local community? Click here.