Chamber Members,

All across Utah, families, workers, and business owners are facing extraordinary challenges as a result of COVID-19. And to better understand the financial burdens you all are facing, I’ve held calls and virtual meetings to speak with members of your chamber, as well as with chambers and employers across the state. These calls have also helped me better understand how I can best serve you as the Senate works to deliver relief to those in need.

Utah’s small businesses have been especially hard hit, and while there are several ways to seek federal financial assistance, navigating them can be tough. In addition to the coronavirus resources page on my website, my team has created a “Help for Small Businesses” page designed to help Utah’s small businesses stay updated with resources for assistance. We’ll be regularly updating this webpage with responses to FAQs—frequently asked questions our office is getting from small business owners—as well as federal, state, and local government assistance resources.

On this page, you can find information and direction on how to apply for financial assistance through the SBA—including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. We’ve also compiled links directing you to tax guidance from the IRS, resources from the USDA, employer and worker guidance from the Department of Labor, workplace recommendations from the CDC, and more.

While these SBA programs are now operational, the demand is high and some applicants have experienced difficulty resulting from technical glitches. As the SBA works to resolve these issues, I encourage anyone who needs additional assistance to contact my Salt Lake City office at (801) 524-4380.

Additionally, through the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program is offering loans to provide gap funding for Utah’s small business and nonprofit entities. The next round of applications for these bridge loans will open on April 13. More information can be found here.

It’s clear that while this assistance will help meet some short-term needs, additional funding will be needed to further sustain businesses and the unemployed. As Congress continues discussions about next steps, I want to ensure any further legislation is targeted directly to those who need relief and not used as a vehicle for political pet projects.

Please know how much I appreciate the efforts all of you are making during this unprecedented and difficult time, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our office if we can be of assistance.

Stay safe,