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NEW 3/26! Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19): This guidance is for firms that manufacture alcohol (i.e. ethanol or ethyl alcohol) for use as the active pharmeceutical ingredient (API) in alcohol-based hand sanitizers for consumer use and for use as health care personnel hand rubs for the duration of the public health emergency.  

Temporary Policy For Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency COVID-19: Guidance For Industry: This guidance addresses Agency current thinking on requirements for the manufacture of certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers

FDA Main Coronavirus Update Page: This page gives the current Agency information and guidance about COVID-19 related FDA matters.

Please check here for the latest information about certificate processing, government closures, and anticipated delays.

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources: This page includes information about SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Guidance for Businesses and Employers, SBA Products & Resources, Government Contracting, & Local Assistance. The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. 

NEW 3/26: Tips for applying for SBA Disaster Relief Loans: 
Try to access the portal outside of 7 AM - 7 PM ET. Earlier in the day may be better than late at night.  
Certain browsers appear to work better than others.  SBA recommended Firefox on a conference call.
Applications ask for complete tax returns.  If your document is large, please extract the important pages and include a note that complete return documents are available upon request.  This should help the system accept the submission more easily.
SBA recommends online applications, even though the online portal may be overloaded and slow.  
The most common rejection reason is incomplete applications.  To ensure the fastest approval, make sure your application is complete.

Click here to locate your local SBA District Office contact information.

NEW 3/26! Locke Lord QuickStudy: Saving Our Small Businesses: Congress Reaches Agreement on New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans to Small Businesses


Locke Lord: Info Sheet on SBA Disaster Relief Loans 

IRS: Treasurey, IRS, and Labor announce tax credits for small/mid-size businesses

Locke Lord COVID-19 Resource Center: This page contains an extensive legal FAQ and dozens of detailed articles specific to legal matters related to COVID-19.

Force Majeur for both Contracts/Suppliers, Cancellation of Trade Shows: Conference Call Recording presented by U.S. Department of Commerce with Robinson & Cole LLP partners Jeff White and Taylor Shay.  They will discuss some of the basics surrounding "force majeur" clauses and how companies can plan for and react to the current health emergency.  Click here to access the presentation and click here to access the conference call recording.  (Added 3/30)


Epic Insurance Brokers and Consultants, the parent company to CIS (Cosmetic Insurance Services), has created a resource page dedicated to COVID-19 related matters: click here to access this valuable information source.

EPIC: FAQ about Worker's Compensation Insurance Coverage

EPIC Risk Advisory Bulletin

CDC: U.S. Center of Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC: Disinfecting Your Facility if Someone is Sick

CDC: Business Sector Call for COVID-19 (Recording)

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

New Yorker: Article - How to Practice Social Distancing

Consumer Product Testing Company: Clinical Testing Facility Safety Measures - Here are the areas we are addressing
  • Actively identifying possible risk scenarios, and developing mitigation plans
  • Implementing intensified cleaning and sanitation protocols throughout our building
  • The availability of hand sanitizer throughout the facility and requiring use by the subject population before testing.
  • Training provided to our employees on increased vigilance for wearing of Personal Protective Equipment, good personal hygiene and handwashing procedures
  • Increased enforcement of employees staying home due to illness
  • Restricting employee travel and monitoring visits
  • Enabling employees who can work remotely, the opportunity to do so with our secured and vetted IT systems. 
  • Using our video conferencing capabilities for client and staff meetings
  • Restricting access to our facility for non-essential visits
  • We are working on adding additional capabilities to our eCPT client access system to allow interactive remote audits.
  • Anyone that has visited any of the regions deemed Warning Level 3 on the CDC website in the past 60 days will not be permitted into the facility.
  • Anyone exhibiting a body temperature exceeding 100.4 F will not be permitted into the facility.
  • Due to supply constraints, we are producing our own hand sanitizer for staff and subject population use

The Senate is now considering an additional economic stimulus package, PBA is working to have our FICA TAX TIP CREDIT included. Please see the links below to participate in encouraging our U.S. Senate to include this credit which will provide relief for salon owners.
Campaign Take Action Link
Facebook Campaign link
Instagram Campaign Link
LinkedIn Campaign 

United Way 2-1-1: Resources for the individual seeking assistance with food, electric/heating/phone bills, rent/funding – dial 2-1-1 and speak to a United Way specialist that will connect the person to local resources in their state. (*NEW*: Text your zip code to 898-211)
Website – United Way 2-1-1 http://www.211.org/

Economic Impact Payments: Families First Coronavirus Response ActBoth the Senate and House have passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Please note the following regarding self-employed individuals-
Do gig economy and other self-employed workers receive the credit?
Yes. The legislation ensures that self-employed and gig economy workers receive the credit, even though they do not technically receive leave benefits under the paid sick and family leave mandates. It provides a refundable income tax credit in an amount of what self-employed workers would have received if they had been an employee receiving paid leave benefits pursuant to the mandates. For a given day that a self-employed worker could not work, they can claim a “rough justice” tax credit in the amount of their average daily self-employment income for the year. Individuals can reduce their estimated quarterly tax payments in anticipation of this credit.


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ICMAD is pleased to announce a series of online events to support members and their businesses through out this crisis. 
  • 03/24/2020 | Small Business Administation: COVID-19 Disaster Loans Conference Call
  • 03/24/2020 | ICMAD: COVID-19 Finance and Loans Online Event: click here to access the presentation; click here to access the webinar recording
  • 03/26/2020 | ICMAD COVID-19 Clinical & Consumer Testing Impacts: click here to access the presentation; click here to view the webinar recording
  • 03/31/2020 | Small Business Administration: Working with Federal and State Policymakers – How to continue advocacy and communication during the COVID-19 crisis

Reference material related to management of COVID-19 business impact can be found here. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.

If you have material you would like to see posted here, please reach out!
Meredith Petillo, Director of Regulatory and Technical Services: mpetillo@icmad.org