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I know things are tough right now. But we've all seen throughout history that some of the best business ideas come from the toughest challenges.
What new business opportunities are you starting to see? What new business do you think would thrive in the post-Coronavirus economy?
Has anyone else received the PPP One Step Away email and after clicking the Sign Your Forms link (logging into business account) received the following message?
We are sorry, you do not have access to this page
If you feel you received this message in error and have another username and password, please try again.
Tried multiple workarounds like:
- using my personal account login
- different browsers
- clicking email link, logging in, then clicking email link again
Any suggestions on how to access the forms?
Has anybody received any information from Bank of America on the instructions for applying for PPP loan forgiveness?
We're curious as the 8 week period starts for us, we want to make sure we're falling into the right guidelines for using the funds properly to ensure loan forgiveness, but it's difficult without knowing BoA's specific guidelines or qualifications.
Hi, I've been approved for less than I applied for and accepted hastily. I want to return it before the safe harbor date of May 15, but have no idea how. I've called BofA, they say they will take care of it but nothing happens. When I log back into the BofA online business website it says my loan has been accepted but there are no papers. How did you receive your paperwork? In email? Anyone successful at returning funds?
Thank you, Julie Eckhardt
Went to sign and finalize paperwork for the PPP to be funded, but the promissory note doesn't match the loan amount. They had elevated the incorrect amount and the PNote still has the inccorect amount. I've sent a couple of emails to their help email but I've not received a response. Had a phone conversation and they said they're looking into it and someone will call in 48 hours. Anyone else have this issue? if so, please let me know what solution was reached. I know this money runs out quickly so I'm trying to darn-est to get it corrected quickly.
Hoping my personal experience helps those still in process, like those approved before keep me going and SANE within this unique difficult times. Since detailed info is limited, I've reading these post everyday, and truly help me with my sleep. I never got a loan number assigned or ETRAN number, tonight received an email saying that loan has been approved and will be disburse 1-2 days, business timeline below, Good Luck to all of you Small Business hardworking Americans:
3/30..Informing me that I will be able to apply if you believe that I qualify for relief from Cares Act, but details still been finalized
4/3..submitted PPP application.
4/6..PPP loan application has been received,
4/15..BOA requested additional information,asking to update business information on Business online web banking
4/20...PPP application is complete. We'll send your request for a loan to the Small Business Administration as soon as they begin accepting new applications. End of 1ST ROUND
4/28..PPP application has been submitted to SBA, which began accepting applications again on April 27. 2nd ROUND began
5/3..9.28 pm ET...sign attestation and promissory note. You're one step away from receiving PPP funds. Immediately, I Uploaded ID back and Front on Intralinks following other applicant recommendations, since it could speed the process, I read it was asked as a requirement to other applicants.
5/6..11:48 pm ET, your PPP loan has been approved and funds will deposited 1-2 business days.
When small businesses are approved by the SBA for PPP funding, lenders will issue funds within 10 business days, but after reading other experience it can take 1-2-3 up to 10 days. First round took up to 14 days. I will update this post once I received those funds.
Good Luck to you and never stop believing. Human being relies on you, to feed their families. More importantly STAY SAFE and do not compromise your loves ones,clients and employees well being HEALTH. Thanks to our government for a great job, and take care of its peoples. Even though not perfect, but the intention was unique and special. It will be hard to save everyone, almost impossible. I was about to close the business in the next couple of weeks. Hoping the virus get contained and at least we can get back to semi normal soon, otherwise we will need 20 rounds of PPP loans to stay afloat.
"We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope." — Martin Luther King Jr.
On May 1st I got an email saying Good news – You've been assigned a SBA loan identification number. However, today is May 7 and I haven’t got the email link to sign the promissory note. I emailed the PPP help desk but one one replied back! Anyone knows of this situation and can help point me to the right path to get help? Thanks
I'm posting to see if anyone else has had the same issue.
I uploaded our form 940 for 2019 (Loan Amount_Template_4) onto the Intralinks site as I see many of you have as well. The issue is, our from 940 for 2019 does not reflect our current payroll as our current payroll Jan - April 2020 is about 10 times higher.
When I received my promissory note on May 1, 2020 the calculation is solely based on the 2019 940 and the amount doesn't even cover 2 weeks of payroll at our current state, let alone 2.5 months.
Has anyone else had this issue and if so, have you tried speaking to someone at BofA to get this corrected? I understand you can't apply twice as we now already have a registered E-Tran number with the SBA, I'm worried that if we reject it and try again funds will run out before we have a chance to be considered again.
I appreciate your feedback, as we really don't know what to do at this stage.
Thank you in advance,
On May 1, we received a Promissory Note and Attestation via Intralinks, which we signed and re-uploaded right away. On May 2, we received the "You're one step away from receiving Paycheck Protection Program funds," where we signed into Online Banking to sign Promissory Note and Attestation, which we also completed right away. It is now May 5, and we have still not received funding or any subsequent emails. I tried emailing the new PPP_Help@bofa.com email address that was posted, but have gotten no response. Does anyone have any suggestions at this point?
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With most of the world on stay-at-home orders, it’s no surprise time on social channels has dramatically increased over the last few months.
Social media engagement has increased 61% over normal usage rates and overall Facebook usage has increased 37%, according to Kantar. Increased usage across all messaging platforms has been biggest in the 18-34 age group. WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram have all experienced a 40%+ increase in usage from under-35-year-olds.
At the same, ad costs have tumbled. Socialbakers’ latest report states that ad costs in North America are down by as much as 50%. Plus, according to Statista.com, Facebook costs per click decreased from 11 cents a click in January to 9 cents a click in March 2020.
As a small business owner, now is the time to double down on your social ad campaigns. Yet it’s essential to be smart about how you present your brand and your offerings in any ad initiatives.
Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of your social advertising dollars in the time of Coronavirus.
Who Should Advertise?
There are two primary categories of businesses that are ideal to take full advantage of advertising right now:
- Any product or service that directly enhances people’s wellbeing on all levels, from physical fitness and spiritual offerings to solutions for improving physical and emotional health. This includes fitness instructors giving mini-lessons, chefs and food-delivery services doing demos, as well as businesses offering products and services related to meditation, healthy lifestyle, and organization, for example.
- Any product or service that directly enhances people’s finances on all levels. With so many businesses in flux, people are focused on ways to make money, save money, strategically lower costs, generate revenue, invest money, and/or hire the right people to grow.
For example, my long-time friend and colleague Jeanine Blackwell teaches people how to turn their expertise into online courses. Jeanine and her team are masterful at optimizing ads across social media channels. They start with a video, an image, or gallery of photos. The ad then drives users to register for a free webinar with high-value content. Within the webinar, Jeanine makes an offer and monetizes.
Jeanine’s ads offer her audience of primarily entrepreneurs and experts a solution: a way to turn their expertise into income, which will both help them with their emotional and financial health.
The Hyer App, which connects contract workers with businesses that need to hire help, is another relevant business in current times. (Disclosure: Hyer App is a client of the author.)
It’s ideal for small business owners who need extra staff, but do not want to commit to adding employees and great for workers who need to earn extra money. Their current ads are on point and targeted to the geographic areas with job openings. For instance, their posts lead with:
- “Help Your Community & Earn Money on Your Terms. Download the Hyer App to access Local Jobs.”
- “Your local Meijer stores need help keeping shelves stocked. Download the Hyer App to access immediate, flexible job opportunities. Make Money & Make a Difference. ❤️ ”
A good use of emojis can help catch attention, too, especially for a younger demographic that are so used to communicating in emojis.
Want to get the most bang for your advertising buck? Map out a simple customer journey - or funnel - for the audience you want to reach.
Start with the End in Mind. What do you want to accomplish with your ad? For most businesses the goal is to generate leads that turn into sales. However, one of the biggest mistakes that advertisers make with social media ads is going straight for a sale to a cold audience. People who have never heard of you are much less likely to sign up or make a purchase (unless it’s a low-cost, impulse buy). You need to build up that all-important “know, like, and trust” factor.
You’re likely striving to get new customers to make purchases. But, realize the process may require some extra steps. First:
Build Awareness. Use video content to build awareness with your cold and warm audiences. This initial content can be informative, educational, inspirational and perhaps entertaining. Use storytelling to engage new users and get them excited to learn more about your business.
Video is the most affordable and effective ‘top of funnel’ format. It’s very inexpensive to promote video content to build an audience of video views. Note: a video view is just 3 seconds on Facebook and Instagram.
Use the Video Views objective to grow your reach and views. Next:
Retarget with New Objectives. Once you have introduced video viewers to your company, retarget them with different ads. Use objectives such as i) Traffic to your lead generation/offer page, ii) Lead Generation (a very effective ad unit for getting qualified leads), or iii) Click-to-Messenger to entice and engage people to begin a dialog with you. Then:
Retarget Again. Now that you have a “hot” audience - people who’ve filled out the Lead Ad or landed on your offer page but not yet signed up - you can retarget again with different content.
The sales process will be similar for everyone you want going through your funnel. The speed with which prospects go through your process is really up to them. What you can do is continue to showcase your knowledge, provide value, and show humanity along the way.
Videos & Ads
Video, particularly right now, is an excellent way to introduce your small business to new people. Not only does video on Facebook get the highest reach and engagement, video is the best format for connecting deeper with your audience.
Make good use of Facebook Live video broadcasts as well, to connect more intimately with your audience. By the way, Live streaming video on Instagram is experiencing a massive uptick as well: a 70% growth rate. (And, good news: soon you’ll be able to save your Instagram Live videos to IGTV instead of them disappearing after 24 hours).
You can then amplify the reach of your videos and Facebook Live replays using Facebook Ads Manager.
If your business offers solutions and resources, now is the time for social advertising. Just remember to use compassionate and empathetic messaging. Plus, keep your offers relevant, timely and on brand.
Even for those businesses receiving funding relief from the government, most realize they need to do more to make it through the next few months as consumers come out of lockdown and supply chains try to make up for months of disruption.
One way small businesses can get creative is with cost-saving strategies. Partnering with other small businesses for cost-sharing is one way to save money while the world gets back on its economic feet.
What is Cost-Sharing?
https://www.inc.com/encyclopedia/cost-sharing.htmlCost-sharing is “a process wherein two or more entities work together to secure savings that one alone would be unable to obtain,” according to the Inc.com Encyclopedia. For most small business owners, health insurance is probably the most familiar example of cost-sharing—micro-businesses with one or two employees can better afford health insurance by joining a group plan comprised of many small businesses.
But there are other cost-sharing partnership possibilities to help small business owners save on operational costs. Here are a few ideas:
· Access to technology: With more business owners and employees working from home, you may find other businesses looking for access to your business’s high-speed internet, computers or even your office’s copiers. By offering your business equipment to others in need you may be able to barter other services or charge a small fee to help defer the costs of your Wi-Fi and other utilities.
· Marketing: Finding and sustaining new customers might seem like an unsurmountable feat during these crazy times, but by reaching out to fellow owners in the same boat you may find the process not as difficult. Cost-sharing on flyers, direct marketing brochures, social media campaigns and more could open a new target market lasting well beyond the pandemic period.
· Supplies: Many business owners are struggling to find new suppliers. By cost-sharing you and your partner businesses can save by ordering discounted bulk orders while also discovering new supply chain sources in your local community.
· Distribution: There are several ways to join forces to get your products in the hands of customers. And while the arrangement may only be temporary, once you set up the partnership, you might find it works for you on a more permanent basis. Food businesses, for instance, are finding it cheaper to sign up with delivery services like Postmates, Grubhub, Uber Eats and DoorDash rather than hiring extra delivery help. You can also “cost-share” with customers by making more of your business self-serve and DIY. Salons, for example, can package to-go hair treatments instead of doing the service themselves.
Finding a Cost-Sharing Partner
In times of crisis people often step away from being competitive and embrace the concept of “coopetition”— cooperating with your competitors. It shouldn’t be hard to find other businesses to start a cost-sharing partnership with. Call or email your city’s business development office, post a message on your website or social media platforms or ask your current suppliers for partner recommendations.
The key is to make sure the agreement is clearly defined, meaning the terms are detailed and there is an end date to the agreement. Like any contract, everyone’s obligations and responsibilities should be spelled out and as well as courses of action should the partnership need dissolving. Ask your attorney to look over the agreement in case there are scenarios or events you haven’t covered.
Cost-Sharing and the IRS
It’s a good idea to also have your accountant look over your cost-sharing agreement to see if the IRS would consider the partnership a bartering arrangement.
The bartering the IRS cares about is for the exchange of goods or services in the commercial sector. If you use a bartering exchange, the exchange is required to report the transaction and can guide you through the correct reporting process. If you set up the bartering transaction yourself, you must include the transaction as gross income. You can find more information on the IRS website.
Recommended reading: The Small Business Delivery Options to Tap During Coronavirus Stay at Home Rules
Legendary basketball coach John Wooden not only had some of the greatest players ever (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton to name just two) but he got them to play as a beautiful, harmonic team. Wooden’s UCLA teams won 10 NCAA championships between 1964 and 1975 and from 1971 to 1974, UCLA won 88 consecutive games, still a record in Men’s college basketball.
How does Wooden’s success apply to us now, while we work through a crisis in our small businesses? Let me tell you a few of his secrets; ideas you can use for your own business.
Start with the coach’s famous Pyramid of Success. Here’s my favorite story about this:
On the first day of practice every fall, every UCLA freshman was sat down and taught… how to tie his shoes.
According to Wooden, this was necessary for several reasons – basketball is played on your feet – but most importantly, it taught them the importance of little things, and how they add up.
“Little things make big things happen,” coach preached.
What does this have to do with your business? Everything.
All entrepreneurs want to create a great small business. The question is how. Of course, you need to serve the market with a valuable product or service, but just as importantly, you need to assemble and manage a great team that remembers little things make big things happen.
Here’s a simple two-step process that can help you do just that:
1. Maintain a Great Culture: What made UCLA basketball so special was not only that Coach Wooden was able to attract top talent, but that he got everyone on the team to buy into the system.
Yes, he had some Hall of Fame players, but he had a lot more players who were more mediocre than meteoric. The difference in his teams was that the coach had created a system where even a B recruit could act and look like an A player.
In your world this means that you need to create a special culture; one that rewards your people and allows them to do their best work. One where, when they thrive, the entire organization benefits.
At this moment in time our cultures are likely going to take a hit. Take time to connect with your employees while they’re home and ask about how they’re doing personally. How are their families? If they’re working remotely find ways to support them. If you’re able to still be paying employees who can’t work from home be as transparent as you can about the future of the company and the steps you’re taking to keep them employed.
Additional reading: How to Help Your Employees Focus as They Work from Home
If you create the type of business and business culture where employees are treated well, where they feel appreciated, and where they are rewarded for a job well done, you will have created a small business culture that will reap tremendous rewards. Your people will love being part of it and will work hard to make sure you are a success.
2. Recruit (And Hang Onto!) Great Talent: Over the years, the best small businesses I have come across have a few things in common and one of them is that the owner knows his or her strengths, brings in people who can fill the gaps, and then lets them do just that.
The best small business owners are not micro-managers.
To assemble a special team, you need to employ people who fit and buy into your vision. You need people who are smart, savvy, dedicated, and coachable. People who see the big picture but who also are willing to pitch in on any level when times are tough.
Then you need to coach them. Show them what you expect and bring out the best in them.
This two-step system – recruiting great talent and then giving them an opportunity to shine – is the key to creating a great team, an exceptional team– a team that can work together to keep your business strong through a difficult time.
All of us are experiencing a slow season together. Yours might be different than mine. What matters most is that we take advantage of this time (while taking time for ourselves and those we care for).
Slow Times are Growth Times
Let me start by telling you what most people do incorrectly with space and time. They fill it. Sometimes, they stuff it full of busy work that “needed to get done.” Other times, they look for meetings or calls they’ve been putting off.
When you hit slow times, the best possible use of this time is growth. This must be the measure by which you gauge the worth of actions you might take. Growth can mean rebuilding. It can be learning. It can be preparing for the next busy cycle.
You have the clients or customer base that you have, though they may be on hold for now. Think about how you’ll begin to get new ones. Look for partnerships. Look for new seeds to plant that will turn into rich opportunities later.
Call your best clients and see how you can help. This is slow season work for sure. That means your clients may also need a little boost in getting business. Ask if you can help grow their business in some way. Who turns away helpful people?
Make Your Own Conference
As a keynote speaker with thousands of friends in that industry, I can tell you that there are no shortages of quality content all over YouTube. Beyond just TED, there are more conferences posting material every single day. You could seek out a particular speaker, an industry, or an idea and find mountains of opportunities.
Because it’s your conference, you’re not relegated to live speakers on a stage. You can add documentaries and slideshows and instructional materials. You can learn from other industries and look for crossover points of support. This is a powerful way to fill a slow season day.
Write or Record Something Helpful
Your customers would love helpful guides, to-do materials, and more. When you’ve got some time, it’s a great time to create this kind of material. It’s a wonderful way to equip your customers for even more success.
You can do a step-by-step document, or if you want to get even more bold, you might make a small series of videos or audio recordings. Any of these can help.
Set Some Future Planning Days
Look at what’s coming this year, next year, and then five years out. Don’t just look at your own business. Think about what you’ve been reading and maybe even research more.
For instance, if self-driving cars and ride sharing apps are reducing the number of new cars sold, that also means people will do a lot less “browsing” while driving. They’ll drive from destination to destination with fewer unplanned stops. How will that impact your business?
Never Overload the Slow Days
We often see slow times as an excuse to finish up busy work. The truth is, busy work needs to vanish. Priority or growth. Those are your only categories. And schedule this kind of work into only 40% or so of your calendar over these slow days. Leave room for spontaneous opportunities.
It’s vital that you look at slow days as an opportunity to prepare for success. That’s where it comes. From the planning you do when the fires aren’t raging.
For manufacturers of every size in every industry, it’s no exaggeration to say that the coronavirus crisis has changed everything. Demand for products has been upended, relationships with suppliers and customers are being tested and liquidity issues have multiplied.
Some manufacturers are pivoting to create essential gear to help combat the pandemic, while others are retooling in advance of future needs, and all are trying to keep their workers safe. Abhijit Bhide, managing director, Bank of America Global Banking and Markets, answers questions about this unprecedented upheaval and how businesses can respond now and in the months ahead.
If you were already hosting live events, given the global pandemic and resulting lockdowns, you’re now faced with the new reality that you cannot gather your audience together in person. At least for the foreseeable future.
So, how can you recreate a very similar experience in the online world? With the incredible breadth and depth of technology available today, it’s perfectly feasible to simulate an experience almost as good as in person.
There is no amount of sophisticated technology that will ever take the place of live, in-person meetings. We can look into someone’s eyes, read their body language, get a sense of their ‘vibe.’ The next best thing is video. And, especially live video.
If the idea of doing more videos is scary to you, you’re not alone! Most people really don’t care to be on camera. But it really does just take practice, practice, practice. Now is the time to push through those modest fears and go for it. We’re all in this together.
I’ve been doing video trainings and live streaming for 15 years and I absolutely love it. I feel very connected to my audience. But it wasn’t always that way. I was super shy as a child.
How to Plan
Consider creating a series of online streaming events/webinars. Take the body of work you would’ve been sharing at the live event and chunk down into lessons. If you were having guest speakers at your live event, you can still invite them to be a part of the virtual event.
Start with the end in mind. What do you want to accomplish? Is this a one-off webinar for the public? Or, a private training for your top clients? Will you be on camera? Is it a free or paid session? Answers to these questions and more will determine your set up.
The Tech you Need
Decide on the tech you’ll use. (See my list of resources below.)
If this is new territory for you, aim to keep things super simple at first -- maybe simply doing a Facebook Live with your phone into a private Facebook Group. Or, perhaps you’re familiar with Zoom, which is a great choice.
To go more high tech, use your webcam or a DSLR camera hooked up to your computer and stream via a third party app (details below). I have a whole list of recommended video gear available here.
The Approach for Promotion
Create a registration page on your website. And/or a Facebook Event on your Page.
Or, just drive people to register on a Zoom Webinar. Or, you could use Eventbrite for registrations.
Send out emails to your list to join the webinar/live stream. Publish invitations to register on your social media posts. And, paid media is totally fine now, too. The key element is if your webinar/live stream is relevant and helpful to your audience right now. Depending on the content, it may make sense to wait a month or so if it’s not vital right now.
Be very organized and clearly communicate with your audience -- emotions are running high around the world just now, and the more you can present a nice, clear path forward for your audience to learn from you, the more successful your online event will be.
How to Reach your Community
This will be one of the most important aspects of your webinar or live streaming video. People will be craving connection more than ever during this time of isolation.
Perhaps this is a good time to start a Facebook Group, if you don’t have one already connected to your Page. I particularly enjoy using groups on Facebook to build connection and add extra value. I run separate, private Facebook groups for all participants of my online courses. And, I run a larger group open to the public to provide value and make periodic offers.
Don’t Forget: Follow up
Again, keep that nice flow of communication going. Send out the replay by email. Connect with your audience in the Facebook Group. Encourage peer support. Be sure to answer all questions. Consider doing a follow up to address FAQs. Conduct a post-webinar survey and invite candid feedback. Run a poll in your group and find out what else your audience would like to learn from you.
Resources for Conducting an Online Event
Virtual Meeting Tools
Live Streaming Tools for Facebook (and other Social Platforms)
- InVideo.io— special 50% offer for friends of Mari (Full disclosure: Mari Smith is a paid brand ambassador for InVideo.io)
- Free video templates for all coronavirus communications—by InVideo.io. Specially for schools, hospitals, municipalities and small businesses dealing with Coronavirus
Video Presentations: The Complete Guide For 2020 (+Underused Secrets) — by InVideo.io
- How to Host an Online Event or Webinar That Live Event Attendees Will Love— article by Eventbrite
- Resources for Event Creators— Information, articles, and suggestions for managing your event during unprecedented times by Eventbrite
Going virtual: 20 resources for presenters and speakers — by Speaker Hub
About Mari Smith
Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing and social media. She is a Forbes’ Top Social Media Power Influencer, author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A
Day. Forbes recently described Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” She is a recognized Facebook Partner; Facebook headhunted and hired Mari to lead the Boost Your Business series of live events across the US. Mari is an in-demand speaker, and travels the world to keynote and train at major events.
Her digital marketing agency provides professional speaking, training and consulting services on Facebook and Instagram marketing best practices for Fortune 500 companies, brands, SMBs and direct sales organizations. Mari is also an expert webinar and live video broadcast host, and she serves as Brand Ambassador for numerous leading global companies.
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