W&D Coronavirus Resource Center

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing challenges for businesses across the U.S. We have compiled a list of resources to help business owners, management and individuals navigate this unprecedented situation.

This list will be updated regularly as the situation evolves and new relief initiatives are announced. Last Updated April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Table of Contents

Employee Retention Tax Credit

Paycheck Protection Program

Revised PPP Application Forms
Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Forms
PPP News

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

COVID-19 Webinars 



The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021)

President Biden has signed into law the 628-page  The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA), which includes $1.9 trillion in funding for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments.  This is the latest legislation aimed at providing economic and other relief from the COVID-19 pandemic that has haunted the country for the last year.

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA 2021) – “Economic Aid Act”

The nearly 5,600-page Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which is now law, expands and extends several critical provisions of the CARES Act enacted in the spring of 2020 to deal with the emerging financial and health care crisis. It also includes welcomed additions, clarifications, and changes to the PPP. 

Executive Orders

What’s in the Recent Executive Orders?  8.11.2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

FFCRA was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and responds to the growing health and economic crises with provisions for paid sick leave, free testing, expanded unemployment benefits and more.  

Financial Resources and Loan Assistance

We have compiled a comprehensive, summarized list of COVID-19 emergency business loan assistance and disaster relief assistance at the Federal, State and City level.  VIEW HERE.

Loan & Disaster Relief Programs

Lay-offs and Business Continuity Planning

State Level Assistance

Since each state’s plan to assist businesses varies, the best thing business owners can do is check with their local governor’s office for the latest on state specific assistance, resources and updates. You can also check in with local small business organizations and agencies. Here is a list of state- and local-level small business resources to consult:

Tax Resources

Resources for Employers


Responding to Coronavirus

Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Midwest State Health Resources


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Is your business eligible for the employee retention tax credit?

UPDATED March 15, 2021 to reflect additional guidance and the ARPA Act of 2021 Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, the employee retention credit, a provision of the CARES Act, is available through December 31, 2021 to eligible employers who retained employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is meant to help businesses offset the financial … Read More »

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Updated 4-6-2021 The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”), signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, includes within Section 5003 a $28.6 billion appropriation to establish a Restaurant Revitalization Fund (the “RRF”) to provide tax-free federal grants to food and beverage businesses hard hit by the pandemic. These grants may be applied to eligible … Read More »

Shuttered Venue Operator Grant Program’s Opening Delayed

Updated 4.8.2021 On April 8, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration was scheduled to start accepting applications to the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program but had to shut-down due to systems issues. Since the program is first-come first-serve, the SBA stated that it would announce reopening of the application portal in advance to ensure … Read More »

PPP Application Deadline Extended

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the President signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021, H.R. 1799 which moves the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline from March 31 to May 31.  This provides an additional 60 days for businesses to apply for 1st and 2nd draw PPP loans and provides an additional 30 days for … Read More »

The American Rescue Plan Act: What’s in it for you?

President Biden has signed into law the 628-page  The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA), which includes $1.9 trillion in funding for individuals, businesses, and state and local governments.  This is the latest legislation aimed at providing economic and other relief from the COVID-19 pandemic that has haunted the country for the last year. The … Read More »