Please see the information below for assistance with unemployment claims, small business grants, and stimulus packages to help lessen the losses related to the Coronavirus:

(Updated May 6, 2020) Coty Professional Beauty is offering $200,000 in grants to licensed hairdressers, manicurists, and educators affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The program, which was launched through the Hairdressers at Heart COVID-19 crisis relief program, will award 200 individuals with checks for $1,000. Applications can be submitted here.

(Updated April 29, 2020) Congresswoman Terri Sewell will be hosting a Zoom meeting tomorrow, April 30, at 6pm CDT, for barber and beauty/cosmetology professionals. She will have finance industry professionals that will provide information to beauty professionals on accessing federal, state, and local funding during this time. Details for accessing the meeting using the Zoom app are in the graphic below:

(Updated April 16, 2020) – ADOL has begun distributing the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefits that were established with the passing of the federal CARES Act on March 27, 2020. The additional $600 weekly benefit is available in addition to the state-determined unemployment benefit amount, even if the state-determined amount is $0.00. If you are unemployed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, you are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits with the State of Alabama even if you are self-employed or a contract worker, so that you may receive benefits under Federal programs administered by the State. ABOCB has been advised that if you are not eligible for state benefits, you may receive a letter from the Dept. of Labor advising that your state benefits are $0.00. You will then receive a second letter with a form to return to the Department to confirm your federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) eligibility. When filling out the PUA form, if you are self-employed and a business license is not applicable, put “N/A” in that space.

To read more about these programs, click here.

To file for an unemployment claim with the Alabama Department of Labor:

https://labor.alabama.gov/unemployment.aspx

For additional assistance with applying for unemployment assistance, see the Federal site for assistance:

https://usa.gov/unemployment

AIDT provides resources and training to workers displaced by COVID-19

April 10, 2020 – Alabama’s Industrial and Development Training department has launched a new Facebook page to connect those workers who have been dislocated by COVID-19 with companies that are HIRING NOW.

Governor Ivey urges Alabama Small Business Owners To Prepare Now by Applying for Federal Financial Relief

April 1, 2020 – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday urges Alabama Small Business Owners to respond to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic by taking steps to ensure their business will withstand the troubling economy.
See the Governor’s full press release here.

Facebook announces Coronavirus small business grants: Click here for more information

The City of Birmingham, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, and the Birmingham Business Resource Center have created the Birmingham Strong Fund to help stabilize employment, stimulate economic vitality and offset losses related to the Coronavirus: Click here for more information.

Small Business Assistance

Governor Kay Ivey announces small business loans for qualified businesses for those negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
See if your business qualifies for EIDL assistance.

Small Business Administration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Professional Beauty Association’s COVID-19 Relief Fund

For information on donating to or applying for relief from the Professional Beauty Association’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, benefiting licensed beauty professionals experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 outbreak:
PBA COVID-19 Relief Fund

Additional Information Regarding COVID-19

For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest updates at
Alabama Governor’s Office Press Releases: https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/category/press-releases/

Alabama Department of Public Health: http://alabamapublichealth.gov/

Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov

As information continues to develop regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), ABOCB will provide additional information through our website as it becomes available to us.