Few things impacted the world of 2020 and 2021 like the outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus at the end of 2019. Discovered in Wuhan, China, it quickly spread around the globe and became a massive disruptor of life and business. When the initial business shutdowns and lockdowns were ordered in March 2020, the US Government jumped in with a series of economic bills, passed via unanimous consent or voice votes, to keep the economy from completely cratering. This COVID-19 help was designed to mitigate some of the early impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic responses.
Many things required quick adaptation by businesses, as well as “first to file” business stimulus funds that required you to get things into the government in the first 1-2 days. Rules were changed, sometimes multiple times in a week. Many of these posts are from that chaotic time period, and a video from Monday might be outdated by Wednesday. We maintain this archive for historical purposes and a reminder of what we were all doing in the early pandemic phase.
These posts are all related to matters stemming from the government’s COVID-19 help, primarily federal responses but city, county, and state governments offered their own COVID-19 Assistance program, sometimes funded by the CARES Act and sometimes with local funds.
The CARES Act was one of the most ambitious sets of government actions, with new programs launched within days. The SBA created administrative rules that often altered the impact of the law, making it difficult to determine what COVID-19 help you qualified for.