Guide for safely reopening from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce


The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) is holding a series of webinars as part of its Keep Calm and Small Business On effort here

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Governor's Proclamation 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.


We encourage you to print as many copies of this as you need and put them up at each of your facility entrances.


To lessen the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Arkansas, the State Chamber/AIA has developed signage encouraging Arkansans to wear face masks in indoor settings. The signs in English can be accessed here and here. The signs in Spanish can be accessed here and here. Both versions can be printed and affixed to the entrance doors of your company or organization. 

Paycheck Protection Program
Re-Opens to Small Lenders Today Friday, Jan. 15 and to All Lenders on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

Small Lenders with $1 Billion or Less in Assets Will be Able to Submit First Draw PPP and Second Draw PPP Applications starting Friday, January 15, 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First Draw and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST.

The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First Draw and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

Earlier this week, SBA granted dedicated PPP access to Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.

On Friday, January 15, SBA will continue its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and businesses by opening to approximately 5,000 more lenders, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions. SBA will also have dedicated service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal fully re-opens next week.