Re-Opens, Google Pushes National, Facebook Takes on Amazon

Re-opening Update for Nebraska and Iowa Iowa takes the lead with a new public health proclamation opening bars starting tomorrow, expanding seating at both bars and restaurants to groups of 10, casinos, amusement parks, race tracks and music venues to open on June 1 as long as social distancing measures are maintained. Nebraska is moving to an expanded… Read more about Re-Opens, Google Pushes National, Facebook Takes on Amazon

The Return of EIDL and New PPP guidance, Google Reviews Are Back (Dated), New Social Tools

The Return of EIDL and New PPP guidance On April 24 the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced they were no longer accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) until previous applications had been processed. As of yesterday, without any other communication since the program was first opened on April 16, there are reports that early… Read more about The Return of EIDL and New PPP guidance, Google Reviews Are Back (Dated), New Social Tools

Google Reviews Returning, How the Apple-Google Contact Tracing Collaboration Works

The Return of Google Reviews (Backdated) In order to adjust to working from home and to focus on the needs of critical health businesses, the Google My Business team had to temporarily suspend three key GMB functions in late March, including: • Business information edits • Newly created listings, claims and verifications • Reviews, Q&A, user photos… Read more about Google Reviews Returning, How the Apple-Google Contact Tracing Collaboration Works

Readers’ Choice Extended, Saluting Latinos, Soft Opens and PPP Calculator

Reader’s Choice Final Voting Extended Through May 31 Due to the crush of the pandemic disrupting every business, including The Reader’s ability to reach its audience and to focus on anything but COVID-19 coverage, we are extending final voting for Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O! and we will be pushing back the Readers’ Choice… Read more about Readers’ Choice Extended, Saluting Latinos, Soft Opens and PPP Calculator

Free Opportunities for Local Business During the Pandemic

SBA EIDL and PPP Updates, Omaha Media Stepping Up to Help Hopefully most small and mid-sized businesses got their Payroll Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications in last week to the Small Business Administration. The PPP program required working with an approved SBA lender. We’re starting to hear that some businesses… Read more about Free Opportunities for Local Business During the Pandemic

Apply for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Payroll Protection Program Today

Last week, we covered the emerging details from the CARES Act that expanded on the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan program with the Payroll Protection Program — which essentially turned parts of a loan into a grant, aka FREE MONEY, to help cover payroll, rent and utilities, if you retained staff . ALL THESE PROGRAMS… Read more about Apply for the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Payroll Protection Program Today

$10k Quick Grant from the SBA and other features of the CARES Act

Important information for small business survival during the COVID-19 pandemic Things are moving fast and it can be confusing for business. Anyone that tried to initially apply for a SBA Disaster Loan endured an online system crashing, only to be replaced by a file upload feature for PDF documents without any quick response or follow-up.… Read more about $10k Quick Grant from the SBA and other features of the CARES Act