Business Resources During a Disaster

We have plenty of resources for our businesses to get you through this tough and unique time. Here in the South, we’re used to preparing for a hurricane, but what do we do to prepare for an unprecedented pandemic? Please read below for updates, resources you may need, and how to give feedback to further assistance.


BREAKING NEWS: Paycheck Protection Program
Information for Small Businesses

SBA and Treasury just put out important guidance and the application form for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program’s forgivable loans. Further information is HERE and also on the Treasury website HERE.
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
·     For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
·     If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
·     If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE

U.S Chamber of Commerce Resources for Small Businesses

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.

Click here to read more about EIDL

Employer Retention Tax Credit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.

Click to read more about the Employee Retention Tax Credit

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls aftward.

The administration has released initial guidelines; they are available at The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued a guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals check eligibility and prepare to file for a loan.

Small businesses and sole proprietors can begin applying on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning on April 10.

Click to download the small business guide and checklist

Update from Governor John Bel Edwards

For around the clock updates, visit
Click to read Proclamation Number JBE 2020-27: Additional Measures for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Summary of Bipartisan Agreement on “CARES” Act

U.S. Chamber Coronavirus Loan Guide to

Help Small Businesses

The U.S. Chamber has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act. The hope is that this guide will prove to be a valuable resource for you as you begin to take the necessary steps towards accessing the fund to keep workers on the payroll during this disruptive period.

In addition to the guide, an interactive map has been compiled to show the aid available on a state-by-state basis. To view the interactive map, please click here.

New Text Alert System Launching in Terrebonne Parish

Text TPCOVID to 888-777 to receive coronavirus alerts, news updates, and public health tips!


Louisiana Economic Development COVID-19 Assistance: Resources for Impacted Businesses

Terrebonne Parish Playground and Playground Equipment are closed to all

Click here to read details about Terrebonne Parish public distribution of food and other items during the COVID-19 event.

Entergy Creates COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to Help Customers in Need

B1Bank: COVID-19 Financial Assistance Available

Steve Scalise: Louisiana Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus Now Eligible for SBA Disaster Loans

Louisiana Workforce Commission website has been updated with some

guidance for employees and employers

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Click here to read how the U.S. Small Business Administration is responding to the coronavirus disaster

Click to read SBA Economic Injury Disaster Load Declaration 

South Central Planning has reported that the State EOC has been activated

at a Level III (Partial Activation).

Check out LABEOC for information and register to receive updated information & sources here

National Business EOC Dashboard is activated!

This dashboard has links to current CDC, FEMA, and other state resources. Click here for access to the dashboard

US Chamber of Commerce offers two resources during this trying time

  • The Disaster Help Desk has been activated to assist businesses affected by COVID-19. Click here for further information.
  • Resilience in a Box is a developed partnership with the UPS Foundation and US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is based on best practices and designed to educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. Click here for more information

LABI Releases Recommendations for Louisiana Businesses

“As you look to pass accurate information to your workers and make important decisions regarding business operations, a good place to start is with the CDC’s recommended business strategies, which include:
• Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
• Separate sick employees
• Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
• Perform routine environmental cleaning
• Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps

For more information, see below or visit the website of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a LABI member company, for a variety of other resources, fact sheets and fliers regarding COVID-19 including:
Planning Ahead for your Business
Business Consideration

LABI wants to know how COVID-19 is affecting your operations

Click here to submit the short survey as they attempt to gather information on the economic challenge facing Louisiana Companies.

Terrebonne Parish Assessor Office Changes

Click here to read operation changes at the Terrebonne Parish Assessor’s Office

Chamber Member Banks: COVID-19 Updates

TEDA Info for Businesses for COVID-19

 Click here for information

Healthcare Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SMLA Offering Online Telemedicine Visits

Terrebonne Parish Schools to begin Feeding program

Terrebonne Parish schools will begin a feeding program for students. This program will be located at the four high schools and will be a “grab and go” process for school-age children from all area schools and will begin when the district has received the necessary food items. No other details are yet available.

Terrebonne Parish Library System Operation Changes

 Terrebonne Parish Public Library System will provide curbside services only until further notice. Computer use, meeting rooms, and all programs for the rest of the month have been canceled.

Local Restaurants Information

 Local Chamber member restaurants have made changes to adapt to the mandated closures due to the COVID-19 precautions. Click here to view the information. Please note this list is continuously being updated and we will try to keep it updated.


Houma Chamber Members Events Canceled or Postponed

First Data, the Chamber’s Affinity Partner, Makes Offers Amid COVID-19

TGMC and Chabert of offer Drive Through Testing for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

BBB Alert: Coronavirus price gouging is up; consumers should report inflated prices!


Click to read Additional Illustrative Examples of Critical Infrastructure Businesses Consistent with Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency Guidance

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. Provides Helpful COVID-19 Resources and Information

Click here for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Information Hub

• A checklist of questions to ask yourself in order to be as prepared as possible
• Handling Employer-Paid Leave in light of COVID-19
• Family First Coronavirus Response Act interaction with FMLA with regard to Qualifying Leave
• How COVID-19 salary reductions can affect benefit elections