Optimize your business during these challenging times
Situations change, and it's imperative to reacting and respond to keep your business flowing.
We are experienced in the newest technologies and digital platforms to help get your business in front of the right clientele, especially with changes to our world during the Covid-19 crisis. Our team members each have numerous years in hyper-competitive environments where innovative problem solving is crucial and bringing results is paramount.
We want to create a sustainable ecosystem for our food & beverage network. Our community is facing serious trouble if we don’t embrace the times and look for opportunities for swift transformation. We want to bring you the tools you need to weather this storm.
During such uncertain times, we are aware that not all companies are in a state of financial rest.
Select companies in the food & beverage industry will be approved for alternative compensation plans, allowing OMvino to work on a promissory note or other contractual agreements until these select businesses regain their financial foothold.
BevMap is a free platform to list your business for delivery, take-out, and to-go food, wine, cocktails and more. Restaurants, wineries, beverage retailers and more are encouraged to list their place of business and current offerings. There's no cost to sign up, no marketing requirements, no payments requested at all. This is a free resource to help our industry stay stable in a ever complicated climate.
BevMap is in beta stage and is currently collecting submissions, and is to make a full PR appearance in major publications in the extremely near future.
Get your company listed on Bevmap.com for free by filling out a the quick onboarding survey.
Here are some of the most up-to-date and helpful resources we have found for restaurants & small businesses
The governmental Small Business Administration put up a site detailing many resources at: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources. Some of the most important information is listed below.
Paycheck Protection Program - Gives incentives for small businesses to keep workers on their payroll, by forgiving loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan - A loan advance of up to $10,000 to help small businesses. If approved, the loan would not have to be repaid.
Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs are both currently not accepting new applicants due to a lapse in funding. However, we encourage you to continue checking on the availability of these programs as the government is deliberating allocating additional funds to them
Additional options, including SBA Express Bridge Loans and SBA Debt Relief can be found here: Coronavirus Relief Options
Express Loans - allow small businesses who have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. Check with your banking institution to see if they are an approved Express Lender.
Debt Relief - The SBA is automatically paying the principal, interest and fees of current 7(a), 504 and microloans for a period of six months. This also applies to new loans obtained prior to September 27, 2020.
General info on obtaining a variety of SBA loans not necessarily tied to COVID-19 can be found here: SBA Loans
Maintaining a Safe Work Environment
The CDC has put together a site detailing good practices for maintaing a safe and healthy work environment here. Most importantly, you should designate one leader or manager to review and implement these policies, and to communicate them to the team.
Some of the most important guidelines include:
Encouraging employees who feel ill to not come in to work, and establishing non-punitive sick leave policies. Review those policies with your employees.
Explore all possible avenues for working remotely, touching base with other businesses you work with as well.
Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, computers (mouse/keyboard), countertops, handrails. Don’t share equipment, especially things like headsets that touch the face. If sharing is necessary, clean and disinfect before and after each use.
We encourage you and your team to review each and every recommendation listed on the CDC’s page.
The CDC is also encouraging employers to educate their teams on who is most at risk for COVID-19 complications and how the disease is spread, to avoid any stigma or discrimination based on race or country of origin, and to maintain the confidentiality of those who become infected. Read and review their recommendations here:
Mental Health Resources
Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty right now, it is extremely important to not neglect the increased stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19. There are a number of resources and groups that can and should be utilized to better cope and handle these circumstances. A few options available:
Crisis Text Line - Free 24/7 access to a crisis counselor, with specific tips for students, parents, etc.
Mental Health America - A wealth of information about maintaining access to medications, coping with mental illness and substance abuse during the pandemic, and managing stress and anxiety.
Sanvello - An app offering a variety of coping and peer support tools, currently offering all content for free.
Hello Alice - An incredible site with daily updates on financial aid options, government policy updates and many other business resources.
Female Entrepreneurs - There are a number of foundations specifically aimed at helping female entrepreneurs navigate the pandemic. Forbes has compiled a good list here. Notably, the Tory Burch Foundation has become a hub of resources for finding assistance