As small businesses begin to reopen it’s hard knowing where to turn your focus. We turned to financial expert, President & CEO of Basic Business Concepts, Inc. Marilyn Landis for her recommendations.

First, focus on your business and having a strong financial underpinning. Make a financial projection to take into consideration things like covering your overhead costs, new costs to account for PPE, and cost of raw material and labor.

After you’ve calculated costs and outlined your financial projections, begin to focus on local guidance and safety regulations. Below we’ve outlined helpful resources for communicating to customers, keeping employees safe and reopening tips.

Reopening guidelines for small businesses during COVID-19.

Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business
A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic including guidelines in safety and communication from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Resuming Business Toolkit
A toolkit designed to assist employers in determining when to reopen and how to reintegrating employees safely, including a restart readiness checklist and worker protection tool from the CDC.

Prepare your Small Business and Employees
Steps to preparing your business and employees, including 10 tips to protect employees’ health.

Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
Inactivity in the building could lead to microbial hazards such as mold or Legionella. Here, find tips to minimize risk before your business reopens.

General Business FAQ
Answers to questions we might not think of until the problem presents itself, such as “If employees have been exposed but not showing symptoms, should I allow them to work?”

Restaurants and Bars Decision Tool
A tool to assist businesses in the foodservice industry, such as restaurants and bars, in making (re)opening decisions.

Path Forward, Webinar Series
A webinar series designed to help businesses find the answers needed to execute a responsible reopening strategy.

Reopening Business, Digital Resources Center
State-by-state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools to help employers and employees return to work safely.

4 Steps to Reopening Your Business Safely
Here’s what your business needs to know about safely resuming operations, including creating an employee wellness plan and communication plan.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide
The US Chamber’s complete coronavirus coverage, updated daily with new resources to assist you and your business.

Back to Work
Everything you need in one place, including how to get started, preparing the office, and preparing the people, with downloads and links to relevant external resources.

Recovery Readiness: A How-to Guide for Reopening your Workplace
A webinar that walks through the “safe six” for reopening your workplace.

Communication guidelines for reopening during COVID-19.

5 Top Tech Tools for Customer Communication During the Coronavirus
Popular tech tools that aid in communication with customers in the wake of COVID-19.

6 Ways Social Media Can Help You Connect With Your Customers During a Crisis
How to use social media to connect with customers during a crisis from a social media expert.

How to Effectively Communicate Your Reopening Plans to Customers
Steps to creating effective communications for your customers.

Responding to COVID-19
Articles covering specific communication focus areas including internal employee, social media, and general stakeholder communication.

Guidelines for employee safety for reopening during COVID-19.

Guidance for Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus
A guide for employer resiliency in advance of employees getting sick and when employees get sick.

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting
Links to resources to help employers keep workspaces clean, including when someone is sick.

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Find recommendations and advice as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace, including what to do to protect workers who are at low, medium, and high risk of exposure.

COVID-19 Guidance on Social Distancing at Work
Recommendations for social (physical) distancing at work.

OSHA State Plans
An interactive map with state-by-state OSHA-approved workplace safety and health programs.

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