During this difficult time, AHEPA strives to be a resource for its members and the community, many of whom are small business owners.
The Paycheck Protection Program, established under the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provides $349 billion for small business loans to cover qualified payroll costs, rent, utilities, and interest on mortgage and other debt obligations over the eight-week period after the loan is made.
Per the U.S. Treasury Department, “small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.”
The U.S. Small Business Administration will be accepting applications starting April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can begin applying April 10.
Application and more info available here:
- Payroll Protection Program Application Form
- Payroll Protection Program Fact Sheet for Borrowers
- U.S. Treasury Department Guidance
- Small Business Administration Guidance
We will ensure our mission is fulfilled
Despite the global pandemic, we will strive to meet all facets of our mission.
- The National Educational Foundation scholarship application deadline is extended to April 30. See our detailed notice on adjusted scholarship application requirements.
- While staying at home, please take the time to fulfill your civic duty and complete the 2020 U.S. Census. It is important for the community to be counted! The Census can be completed online. Also, beware of Census fraud.
- Again, while staying home, take a moment to contact your U.S. senators and urge them to call on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring legislation that sanctions Turkey to the Senate floor for a vote. View our latest action alert.
- We encourage you to seek philanthropic or charitable giving opportunities to help the most vulnerable in our society–but please do it safely and within the guidelines provided by government and public health officials.
We are also connecting with our regions and districts around the world to gain an understanding of the challenges communities and individuals are facing so we can serve them in the most effective manner possible.
We are sharing resources
We have created a COVID-19 resource page that is being updated frequently with information, including any new guidance issued by the U.S. government. The resource page shares:
- links to federal agencies that are providing relief,
- public service announcements,
- resources that track the spread of the virus, and
- announcements from various sectors of industry that you may find helpful.
We will share best practices of our chapters around the world and what they are doing in the face of this crisis.
Please be sure to stay connected (see below) to receive updates.
Here’s how to stay connected
|Email us. Your message will be returned promptly.
Call. All voicemails are forwarded direct to staff emails and can be listened to moments after receipt.
Connect. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You will find these platforms are tools where members are sharing resources and tips on how to navigate these times.
Let us all continue to support each other. It is more important than ever to draw upon the tenets of our mission to guide us, to remain vigilant, and to be compassionate, kind and understanding toward our members, family, friends and neighbors.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay strong.
George G. Horiates