US Small Business Coronavirus Support Update

March 19, 2020

Federal, state, and local governments in the US continue to develop responses to the ongoing coronavirus threat, many of which are meant to help US small businesses and their employees.

Federal Support

Here are several important federal government resources that have recently been announced:

Additionally, Congress has just signed legislation into law that includes:

  • Increased funding for food and nutrition assistance programs.
  • $1 billion in funds for states to increase unemployment insurance.
  • Reimbursable paid leave and family leave benefits for employees at companies with less than 500 employees.

State Support

States are also stepping up to the plate to help residents and local businesses deal with the negative financial impacts of the coronavirus. Below are resources available to residents in the 5 states with the most Main Street members (we will soon be expanding this list to include more states):


  • California Office of Small Business Advocate - small business centers are providing support remotely to help CA small businesses access capital for disaster relief funding.
  • California State Treasurer’s Office - CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma has developed a resource list for small business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes resources from the federal, state, and local governments, nonprofits, and the private sector. 



New York:


Additionally, here are two very good resources for residents and business owners in any US state:

The eBay Government Relations team will continue to monitor developments at the federal, state and local level and provide regular updates about small business policies and assistance that may be made available.