• Business Resources

    Financial Assistance Programs

    Employers Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Information and Application here.

    The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program provides an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in work force.It allows an employer to divide available work or hours of work among a specific group(s) of employees in lieu of a layoff, and it allows the employees to receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours.To qualify for benefits under the Shared Work (SW) Program, employees must be regularly employed by an employer whose plan to stabilize the work force has been approved by the Director of the Division of Workforce Services or his duly authorized representative.

    The Federal Reserve Main Street Lending Program Guide from the US Chamber of Commerce

    View the details here. As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act,the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. While the program’s start date has yet to be announced, here’s what you need to know to check eligibility and get ready to apply.

    Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Vendors

    Martin Industrial Supplies- Searcy has masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants1-800-343-4421 www.martinindustrial.com

    Cintas Corporation-Searcy has secured a very large inventory of disposable face covers/masks that are now available for purchase. We have the inventory available now for purchase and for future reoccurring purchases to ensure you can take care of your employees, visitors and vendors. Kevin Russell Service ManagerSearcy Cintas Corporation office 501-207-5532

    RiverCity Print and Imaging- North Little Rock is manufacturing Office essentials for reopening businesses and PPE for healthcare professionals across the country. Including Sneeze Guards, Social Distancing Floor Decals, and Protective Face Shields. 501-227-5000.

    PPE Vendor Listing for Your Business Operations from the AEDC The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has provided a list of companies that have self-identified as providers of PPE. Neither AEDC nor ADEM nor Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce are recommending any of these as preferred vendors. They have simply submitted this info and it has been compiled and is being shared for your convenience. AEDC will update this list as they become aware of new vendors. Download the PPE List

    Business Requirements

    Governor Requires All Arkansas Businesses to Post Sign At Facility Entrances

    As part of Governor Hutchinson’s recent State of Arkansas Executive Department Proclamation EO – 20 – 13 (3) f, all Arkansas businesses are required to: Post a sign at the entrance of the facility informing all employees, customers, and congregants that they should: avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into one's elbow; not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact. The State Chamber/AIA is pleased to provide a copy of the notice for Arkansas businesses and organizations here.

    Important Links

     -Arkansas Businesses Reopening Dates with Directive links here

     -Governor's Directive for Restaurant Dining Rooms Re-opening here

     -Governor's Directive for Gyms Re-opening here

     -Governor's Directive for Barber Shops/Salons here

     -Governor's Directive for Dentists here

     -Governor's Directive for Recreational Pools here

     -COVID-19 Guidance for Employers here

     -"Return To Work Safely" Guide for Businesses here

     -Arkansas Ready for Business website here


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