Coronavirus Resources

The Delaware MEP has collected a list of resources to support your organization during the Coronavirus outbreak. Based on questions we have received from you and lessons learned through our MEP National Network and trusted resources partners, the following reference materials have been assembled in our cheat sheet format to get you to the right answers efficiently.

Please continue to share not only your challenges but your wins by contacting the DEMEP team, so we can help share with others looking for answers.

Financial Support

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan
    The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

    SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

    You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

    Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

    • Please be advised that SBA host daily webinars to answer questions relative to these programs from Monday through Friday at 3:00 pm. This informational call is available to all. To join, please dial 1 (202) 765-1264, Access Code 827299626#. You may also get the latest information regarding SBA’s Programs and Services by joining our mailing list at
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Fund
    Supplemental Financial Assistance: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is launching the Save Small Business Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will provide $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities. The Foundation is launching the grant fund in partnership with Vistaprint and with support from Merck, S&P Global Foundation, and Travelers.
    For more information on the Save Small Business Grant Fund, please click here.


  • Pandemic Preparedness and Response Plan Example
    A look at one company approach to addressing the Pandemic. This link will take you to an interactive guide developed by the Lear Corporation to help guide their organization and they have decided to share it as a reference for others.

Government Declarations

(referenced activities are of high significance to businesses, please pay attention to state and federal resources and news outlets for all activities having impact on businesses)

State of Delaware

Non-Essential Businesses to Close
Governor John Carney on Sunday, March 22, 2020 issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering Delawareans to stay at home whenever possible and closing all non-essential businesses in Delaware to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

…Requires Businesses to Strictly Comply with Social Distancing
Governor John Carney on Wednesday signed the ninth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, further limiting public gatherings and ordering essential businesses to take specific steps to enforce social distancing and fight the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19).

U.S. Government
…most relevant to employers are its temporary guarantees of Emergency Paid Family Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave … The Act makes clear that the “paid” components of both provisions will ultimately be funded by the federal government. Although employers will be initially fronting this money to workers who claim these benefits, ALL expenses will be fully reimbursed by the federal government in the form of a refundable tax credit that counts against the employer’s quarterly payroll tax

Supply Chain

If you have critical medical supplies or the ability to manufacturer urgently needed supplies, please let the DEMEP know so we can help you communicate to the correct buyers and decision makers.

  • Cotton swabs with long wooden sticks
  • Endotracheal tubes (assorted sizes)
  • Falcon tubes
  • Gloves (all sizes)
  • Lightweight protective suits
  • N95 masks
  • Over-the-shoe booties
  • PAPRs
  • Rapid PCR test kits
  • Ventilators, specifically Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) ventilators
  • Vital sign monitors
  • Viral transport media

National Survey

To assist with manufacturing capacity, fill out this survey which will feed directly to a national database coordinated by the MEP National Network and will be shared directly with our Nationals Leaders.

State of Delaware Survey

Governor John Carney issued a community call-to-action on Thursday, urging all Delaware citizens, businesses and nonprofits to offer their assistance in Delaware’s fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The State of Delaware launched an online tool at to connect Delawareans offering materials and supplies with organizations, medical providers and others in need of assistance.

Click here if you are a citizen, business or nonprofit with materials and supplies to support Delaware’s response.

Supply Chain Tools

Supplier Scouting

If your supply chain is being disrupted due to COVID-19, and you would like help in finding alternate sources please contact the DEMEP team.