Responses to the Coronavirus Challenge

Upcoming Webinars

State Approaches to Increasing Production of PPEs

Tentative: Friday, April 10 (4:00-5:00 EDT) offered by the SEDE network. Register: coming soon.

States are wrestling with how to coordinate state assets supporting increased production of PPE, a critical component in the response to the Coronavirus pandemic. States are exploring appropriate roles that state agencies and officials can play, considering options for how to: engage the right partners to link demand with potential supply, tie together the suppliers of raw materials and component parts, and provide financial and technical assistance for companies willing to pivot. This webinar will highlight efforts in multiple states that have taken different approaches. It will provide examples and ideas that merit broader consideration.

Initiatives by Topic Area

Designations of Essential Businesses

National Governors Association matrix of state determinations (includes AZ, CA, CT, DE, HI, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, NV, NM, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, VI, VA, WA, WV, and WI)

Using NGA and MultiState Associates sources, NIST MEP has developed a state-by-state spreadsheet (CoronaStateIndustryStatus 3-31-20) detailing what kinds of businesses are open/essential right now, thinking about supply chains and where there might be disruptions or opportunities.

California-Governor’s Guidance

Maine-Essential Services Designations

Maryland-Governor’s Guidance on Determining Essential Businesses (Guidance COVID19-04, COVID19-05, and COVID19-06)

Minnesota-Critical Sector Worker Exemptions

Nevada Guide for Essential Businesses

New Jersey-Form to Determine Essential Status

New York-Guidance for Determining Whether a Business is Essential

Vermont-Guidance by Sector

Useful information on State Actions to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 from KFF (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation); scroll down to see which states have implemented on non-essential business closures.

Manufacturing and Distribution of PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment)

This site, a comprehensive, searchable PPE-Info Database, serves as a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The site is provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

This open source site on Google Docs includes links to manufacturing specifications for PPE, medical supplies, devices, and FAQs.

MIT cautions on using 3D printing to make masks.

In Italy, manufacturers have used a 3D-printed part to convert a scuba mask to a working ventilator mask.  This link provides design drawing files and other information on that solution.

NPR Morning Edition story-“Parable of the Piston”-making component parts for ventilators.

Arkansas-Supply Chain Checklist

California-Survey of manufacturers regarding how they can help re: PPEs

Colorado-Survey of manufacturers that can make PPEs;

Colorado-Survey to collect information on capabilities surrounding the checklist of manufacturing needs published by the White House;

Colorado-Corporate Volunteer Signup for Colorado Innovation Response Team

Georgia-Form for manufacturers able to supply critical medical equipment

Kentucky-Hand Sanitizer Request Form

Maryland-Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund

Massachusetts-Covid-19 Procurement Form

Minnesota-Stories of businesses “doing good”

Mississippi-List of needs PPE

Montana-How Manufacturers Can Help with Critical Supplies

New Hampshire-List of PPE Supplies Needed and Required Specifications

New York-Manufacturing Grants program $400,000 available to produce N95 masks and manufacture ventilators.

New York-stories about manufacturers doing their part

North Carolina-Form to collect information on manufacturing capabilities for PPEs

Ohio-Manufacturing Alliance to Fight Covid-19; Repurposing and Retooling to Make PPE

Ohio-PPE database (scroll down)

Washington-Seeking to Fill PPE Shortages

Job Matching

Arizona-matching workers to immediate job openings

Kentucky-Who’s Hiring in Kentucky Report and Form for Companies that are Hiring and Who’s Hiring Website

New Jersey-Jobs and Hiring Portal and On Demand Hiring Intake Form

Access to Finance

Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Covid-19 Resource Center

Arkansas Quick Action Loan Program

California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank Finance Programs offer a Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program and a Jump Start Loan Program. The California Capital Access Program CalCAP is a loan loss reserve program which may provide up to 100% coverage on losses as a result of certain loan defaults.

Colorado-Relief Fund

Connecticut-Recovery Bridge Loan Program

Delaware-Hopsitality Emergency Loan Program

Florida-Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan and Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund

Illinois-Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

Iowa-Small Business Relief Fund and Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

Kansas-Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund

Maine-Coronavirus Relief Loan Programs

Maryland-Emergency Relief Funds for Businesses

Michigan-Small Business Relief Program

Minnesota-Small Business Emergency Loans

Mississippi-Loan programs available

New Jersey-Financial Support Survey; Economic Response Package and NJEDA Small Business Emergency Assistance Programs powerpoint; Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard

New Mexico-Business Loan Guarantee Program

North Carolina-Rapid Recovery Lending Program

North Dakota-Financial Resources

Utah-Utah Leads Together Small Business Bridge Loan program

Wisconsin-Small Business 20/20 Program

Economic Impact of Covid-19
Stimulus Package/CARES Act

Small Business Guide to the CARES Act prepared by Public Private Strategies

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act-Small Business Administration

Initiatives by State

Many state economic development executives are expressing interest in knowing what colleagues in other states have done in response to the Coronavirus threat – in terms of policy, educating stakeholders and partners, collecting or providing information, etc. This page provides links to resources that we have become aware of, and will evolve as more information comes in. Please email us at if you have content from your state that you’d be willing to share with others.


Landing site


Coronavirus response bill and press


Resources for Businesses and Employers


Small Business Landing Page

District of Columbia

Resources for Businesses


Business Assistance Resources


Landing page for business resources


Emergency Resources for Business and Small Business Assistance


Resources for Impacted Businesses


Landing page for business resources and guidance


Information and Resources for Businesses and Employers

New Mexico

Information For Employers

New York
North Carolina

The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover.


Resources for Business


Resources for Business

Puerto Rico

Help for Businesses (in Spanish)

Rhode Island

COVID-19 home page

COVID-19 Tech Support — access to a free 45-minute tech support session for small businesses and sole proprietors via zoom or conference call.

South Carolina

Small Business Covid-19 Business Resource Center

South Dakota

Small Business Resources


Resources for Employers


Utah’s plan for a health and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic


Resources for Businesses



MultiState provides a reference to updates and information issued by state and key local agencies and policymakers that is updated daily. 

Specs for Needed PPEs/Medical Supplies

This site, a comprehensive, searchable PPE-Info Database, serves as a compendium of Federal regulations and consensus standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The site is provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

This open source site on Google Docs includes links to manufacturing specifications for PPE, medical supplies, devices, and FAQs.

BIO (Biotechnology Innovation Organization)

BIO Coronavirus Hub will connect those companies that have relevant supplies, capacities, and resources to share, with those companies, researchers, or healthcare providers that need them. The portal connects in real time through customized announcements and is searchable by keywords. Connections for medical supplies will be facilitated in partnership with Healthcare Ready to ensure an organized and optimized allocation of items in need.

Council of Development Finance Organizations (CDFA)

The CDFA COVID-19 Resource Center is a collection of financing programs and resources to address disaster relief and recovery.


Coronavirus Response: A Roadmap to Reopening

Small Business Administration
Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness

CREC did a program evaluation for the Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).  Check out the list of best practices with links identified along the left side of this page. The final evaluation report, including Executive Summary, is available here.

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Centers

How MEP Can Help Mitigate Impacts on Manufacturers

To contact your MEP Center, click here.