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. Use the links below to navigate lists of programs and resources that we have compiled, and we will continue to update these pages as additional resources become available.

An update from Mike Preston, Arkansas Secretary of Commerce (5/8/20)

In the news

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  • Governor Hutchinson announces improvements to the Unemployment Benefits System
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  • Special Enrollment Periods for Marketplace Health Insurance Plans
April 6, 2020
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
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Inspiring Arkansas Businesses #ARBizStrong

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.

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. 

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