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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.

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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.