TechHelp, as part of the National Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is crafting a prudent response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation that protects our clients, our team members, and our families. We will post a daily update with information that Idaho manufacturers may find useful. If you have any questions or need design, prototyping, manufacturing or food processing help, click the button below and we will respond promptly.
- April 2 – How to obtain an SBA Coronavirus PPP Loan and have it forgiven. It’s the best funding option to keep employees on the payroll and small businesses open.
Note from former Idaho SBDC Consultant, Dr. Cameron Wold, who now runs a small business in Arizona.
“Corporations are going to be processed first for the PPP Loans. The application is going to be online through your bank’s web portal. Check with your bank in a day or two. SBA hopes to have all banks ready to deal with Sole Proprietorships by April 10. If SBA/banks are ready, then all small businesses would fill out the form online with their bank and submit. We have no idea how long before the money would land in an applicant’s account.”
- April 2 – A Small Business Guide to Obtaining Financial Assistance Under the Coronavirus Stimulus Package.
- April 2 – Intermountain 3D of Garden City, ID prints reusable face masks for health care workers.
- April 2 – IRS News – Webinars, Coronavirus Tax Relief, Filing & Payment Deadlines and more.
- March 31 – COVID – 19 Related Food Production & Safety – Given the critical importance of our food production system, TechHelp’s Food Manufacturing Team will continue to meet the needs of Idaho’s food processors. If you have any questions or need an FSPCQ, SQF or other food safety certifications, please contact Catherine Cantley or Janna Hamlett and we will see what we can do to help.
Contact Catherine at 208-426-2181 or email@example.com.
Contact Janna at 208-731-9363 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vital Information Related to the Food Sector
Critical Workforce – Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Food Northwest Recommendations for Food Manufacturers– Emergency Prevention Measures for Physical (Social) Distancing in Food Manufacturing Facilities as Related to COVID-19
Protocols for if/when employees test positive in food industry
FDA Food Safety and Coronavirus disease 2019NC State comprehensive facts YouTube video
- March 30 – Food Safety Guidelines For Plants with Positive Covid -19 Tests – Food production facilities are part of our nation’s “critical infrastructure” and must remain operational to feed the country. This document recommends a consistent approach in how a company can continue operations in the event an individual has tested positive.
- March 30 – America Makes – In collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), America Makes is helping to ensure the additive manufacturing industry can effectively and safely meet the needs of America’s health care workers on the front lines of the Coronavirus crisis. Today, America Makes launched the next phase of the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.
- March 26 – How to Help – FEMA – Everyone has a role to play in the whole community fight against COVID-19. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or a member of the general public.
- March 25 – Idaho Governor Issued a Stay at Home Order – Idaho Gov. Brad Little is ordering Idahoans to stay home as he ramps up efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus. The order will last for 21 days.
List of Essential Business Functions
Link to Governor’s Stay-Home Proclamation
Link to Stay-Home Informational Poster