Coronavirus

Greater New Orleans, Inc. is monitoring and acting on the regional impact of the coronavirus.

As the coronavirus evolves, GNO, Inc. is focusing on business continuity.  We want to ensure that we make it through the coming weeks safeguarding economic, as well as physical, health.

With this in mind, this page is designed to provide useful resources and information to businesses and individuals in our region.

Our President and CEO has written a message about Coronavirus and plans the organization has for recovery. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

Business Assistance Resources

  • SBA’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief Lending
    Updates:

      • Effective March 19, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that small businesses in all 64 Louisiana parishes will have access to federal Small Business Administration disaster aid in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
      • To get started immediately, visit SBA.gov/Disaster
      • To get started immediately, visit Program Guidance from the SBA
      • The SBA has outlined the application, with a breakdown of the full process. (Read here)

GNO, Inc. and partners strongly advocated for the “Payroll Protection Program,” which is included in the CARES Act. The program has two important features:

  • The loans are made directly by private, local banks and CDFIs, which will enhance speed
  • The loans, if used on payroll and other operating expenses, are forgivable

You can see a draft summary of the Payroll Protection Program here.

Employment Updates

Higher Education Resources

GNOpivot is an initiative to help regional companies move to “war-footing,” wherein they pivot their standard operations in order to make products or provide services in demand for the fight against the Coronavirus. If successful, GNOpivot will both help Louisiana “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections, and will also help sustain the Greater New Orleans economy.

  • GNOpivot Resource Database
    An interactive list of companies who have shifted their products or services in response to the coronavirus
  • GNOpivot Intake Form
    Companies interested in helping out can share their information with GNO, Inc.

Health Updates

Community Information

Best Practices & Tips for the Workplace