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    COVID-19 Resources to Help Salons and Spas

    While the road forward remains unclear, more resources emerge every day to empower salon owners and independent stylists in this time of crisis. In an effort to provide actionable support to our community, we've gathered a list here.

    For salon owners & independent stylists

    The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses affected by COVID-19. Review if your area is eligible.

    Mutual aid groups have sprung up in communities globally as people come together to donate money and attention to people in their local areas. Check out the list to ask for support or make a donation in your area.

    Facebook will be donating $100M in cash grants and ad credits to businesses affected by the coronavirus. Sign up for updates to be among the first on the list.

    If your salon falls under the “wellness services” umbrella, you could qualify for a grant from Reclamation Ventures. These grants are intended to support underestimated groups — those typically left out of the wellness conversation — in this trying period.

    The IRS allows anyone to defer tax payments due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For business owners expecting a bill in April, this could offer some relief. The IRS also provides free file software and an online tool to track your refund.

    The PBA is providing $500 to licensed beauty professionals (this includes estheticians, nail technicians, massage therapists, and barbers) who are unable to work due to COVID-19.

    For employees

    Employees who have been laid off or had their hours reduced as a result of the COVID-19 are eligible for unemployment benefits. Review this federal site for information on how to apply.

    For those that need it, welfare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are available at the state level. Recipients may qualify for help with food, housing, childcare, and more.

    Under COBRA, employer-provided health plans offer continuation coverage. You may also be eligible for affordable health insurance through resources like Covered California.

    Review federal disability programs, available from the Social Security Administration, and investigate resources at the state level.