Business Reopening Updates & Resources

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and tracking what this means for our industry’s reopening.

Free Webinars
Everything You Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program
Understanding How to Apply for PPP and Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

We’re identifying best practices, including how to effectively protect your employees' health and prevent the spread of the virus. On this page you will find the latest news and updates from the Association pertaining to the Coronavirus pandemic. This page will include messages from senior leadership as well as relevant business resources offered by SEMA and through local, state and federal offices. As businesses reopen, visit this page regularly to stay on top of the latest developments.

How Can SEMA Help?

How is COVID-19 affecting your employees and your business? E-mail us with your questions and concerns. Your feedback will help SEMA better understand the impact the Coronavirus is having and how we might be able to help.

Small Business Loans

The Federal Government wants to help companies pay their workers instead of laying them off. Under the newly enacted CARES Act, a Small Business Administration “Paycheck Protection Loan” of up to $10 million can be used to cover payroll, rent and other expenses. The SBA will then forgive that portion of the loan used to cover payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities for a period of eight weeks if a small business retains its employees and payroll levels.

In a separate program, the SBA will issue an emergency Coronavirus disaster loan of up to $150,000 at 3.75% interest to be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. A loan advance of up to $10,000 does not have to be repaid although the forgivable grant has been capped at $1,000 per worker due to demand.

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Paid Sick Leave

New Federal Law Requires Paid Sick and Family Leave for Employees

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Protecting the Economy

SEMA Joins Forces With Industry to Urge Additional Measures to Protect the Economy

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SEMA and our member companies are working to provide you with the tools you will need to move forward with business. We are providing listings of companies producing personal protection equipment for your businesses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

SEMA Show Updates: Review Here.

Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): here

Zack Friedman, Personal Finance editor for explains recent changes to the policy here

How Small Business Owners are Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic here.

“Coronavirus Can Live on Surfaces for Days. But it Can't Travel Through the mail” - here

Coronavirus and Travel in the United States - here

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources - here
Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus - here

Frequently Asked Questions for Bank Customers Affected by Coronavirus Disease 2019 - here
Pandemic Financial Planning - here

“Communicating Through the Coronavirus Crisis” - here

Staying Connected With Customers Through the Coronavirus Outbreak - here

50 Ways Companies Are Giving Back During The Coronavirus Pandemic - here
"How You Can Help During the Coronavirus Outbreak" - here