COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Employees
The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is committed to helping businesses and employees combat the effects of COVID-19.
- Visit arunemployment.com for the latest information on unemployment insurance claims and fraud.
- Visit ArkansasReady.com to find up-to-date resources for businesses, employees, and customers.
- Visit the Arkansas Department of Health website for the latest health updates and best practices.
- Tune in to Governor Asa Hutchinson's press briefings.
- Click here for more information on the Business Interruption Grant Program for the Arkansas Service and Hospitality Industries.
- Click here for more about the Southern Opportunity and Resiliency (SOAR) Fund program.
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Arkansas Inc Podcast: Hear how two Arkansas companies are using innovative approaches to serving customers and keeping employees on the payroll during the pandemic.
Intimidator Group, Batesville: Responded to the pandemic with creative operations and sales tactics.
KT Produce, Lowell: Pivoted to sell fresh produce directly to consumers.
Women's Foundation of Arkansas, Little Rock: Providing six $5,000 grants to women-owned small businesses in Arkansas.
Movista, Bentonville: Filling the need for workforce health monitoring.
TY Garments, Little Rock: Dedicated to making and donating PPE to those who need it most.
Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, Statewide: Developed interactive tool designed to give insight into Arkansas hospitals’ bed capacity.
Hytrol, Jonesboro: Company takes care of employees, suppliers, and community.
Colson Group, Jonesboro: Medical equipment casters manufacturer rises to meet demand.
Ellis Fin Works & Machine, Benton: Company creates brass alloy Safe Touch Key to avoid touching doors, elevator buttons, and more.
Lexicon Fabricators and Constructors, Little Rock: Employees pivot to produce a new aluminum bracket for face shields.
Americo Vinyl & Fabric, West Memphis: Employees shift gears to produce cotton face masks and isolation gowns for local hospitals.
Pine Bluff Arsenal, Pine Bluff: Produced face masks to protect military personnel, Civilian employees, contractors, and all other individuals on DoD property.
Triumph Group, Hot Springs: Aerospace/Defense company will manufacture medical face masks.
Young Investment Company, Jonesboro: Property owner forgiving rent payment from restaurant tenants in April.
Pernod Ricard, Ft. Smith: Distillery producing hand sanitizer.
Rock Town Distillery, Little Rock: Distillery producing hand sanitizer.
Arkansas Community Foundation, Statewide: Created the COVID-19 Relief Fund to direct resources to Arkansas nonprofits disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and its economic fallout.
George's Inc, Springdale: Company will temporarily raise hourly pay for 7,300 employees as an "appreciation bonus" for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tyson, Springdale: Committing $13 million to support critical needs in local communities in the company’s operations footprint.
JB Hunt / Walmart, NWA: Both companies scheduled one-time bonuses for employees on the front lines of the outbreak.