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COVID-19 Resources

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MJSA is continuing to monitor the fast-breaking developments related to the COVID-19, and we’re committed to to helping you through this uncertain and brutally difficult time.

To help with that, below you’ll find links to coronavirus-related resources and guidance that MJSA is offering free to the industry.

You’ll also find links to national and state resources, as well as initiatives offered by other jewelry industry organizations. All of these links will be updated as new information and resources become available.

Perhaps never before has the motto "Stronger Together" been more accurate. If MJSA can be of help, please e-mail us or call 1-800-444-MJSA (6572).

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MJSA Resources

The links below will take you to the latest MJSA e-alerts about coronavirus-related legislation, MJSA Journal articles with best practices for managing through crises and economic downturns, and upcoming webinars, podcasts, and other informational resources.

 

MJSA Webinar Series:
Navigating COVID-19

From late March through June, MJSA offered a series of free webinars to the industry to help businesses to navigate through the unprecedented, uncertain time of COVID-19. The webinars were be led by MJSA’s designer advocate, Andrea Hill, CEO of the Hill Management Group and a specialist in working with small and medium-sized businesses. Recordings of all sessions can be accessed through the links below.

You Have Insurance and Legal Questions - We Have Guidance
Original Airdate: March 26

Join Andrea Hill as she hosts a conversation with the Jewelers’ Mutual team and Sara Yood with JVC. They will help you understand the current environment, let you know what questions you should be answering, and help you avoid some of the pitfalls you may not be aware of.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Best Online Strategies for Volume Producers
Original Airdate: April 2

How should B2B producers manage their online presence during COVID-19? Until now, the industry’s B2B segment hasn’t been a big user of online services. If you’re trying to catch up, this session will be very useful to you. You’ll receive direct advice, tips, and tools for stepping up your online services.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Best Online Strategies for Studio Producers
Original Airdate: April 9

Studio producers face unique challenges during COVID-19, and need their own set of guidelines for online promotion and selling. Join Andrea Hill as she offers marketing and selling guidance for the designer and studio producer community.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
How Do Global Crises Affect Styles and Material Preferences
Original Airdate: April 16

Design, style, and the materials designers use have been greatly influenced by major world events like WWI, the Great Depression, and WWII. In this session, Andrea Hill interviews design historians about the kinds of shifts we might see in consumer interest and the ways that designers have historically responded to them. Guests include Diana Singer, President, American Society of Jewelry Historians, and Michael Coan and Nancy Ross, both from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Manufacturing Tomorrow: Considerations for Globalization
Original Airdate: April 23

Globalization of manufacturing has been the standard for the jewelry industry for the past 25 years. But after a year of painful tariffs, followed by the implications of a global shutdown, how should we be thinking about globalization in the future? Andrea Hill discussed the changes taking place, and how the industry can adapt to them for a stronger future.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE
DOWNLOAD THE RELATED SLIDE SHOW HERE 

 
Manufacturing Tomorrow: Additive Manufacturing
Original Airdate: April 30

Will heightened consciousness of the risks in remote production lead to an increase in additive manufacturing (AM) at home? What is the current state of technology, and what developments can we expect to see in the near future? Andrea Hill will discuss these issues and more with guests Arjun Aggarwal of Desktop MetalSteve Adler of A3DM, and Veronica Nunes of V Nunes.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Back to Business: Ramping Back Up
Original Airdate: May 7

A global shutdown of this magnitude is unprecedented. How do we start back up? What must we consider commercially, legally, from an employment standpoint? How do we manage cash flow, insurance, and ramping up advertising? Andrea Hill discusses this important topic with Sara Yood, senior counsel with the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and Erich Jacobs, president of the Jewelers Board of Trade.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Back to Business: Process Mapping
Original Airdate: May 21

The COVID-19 crisis affected every aspect of the way we do  business, from supply chains to customer outreach, and many companies are now struggling to forge a new path as they ramp back up. In this session, Andrea Hill will show how you can "map" your business, identifying value gaps to be filled and uncovering any potential legal or economic exposure, to ensure that your return to business starts off strong.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Back to Business: The NEW Retail Forecast
Original Airdate: May 26

The future of retail has been a big discussion for years, driven by changes caused by the way digital selling channels changed commerce and consumer expectations. These changes will likely accelerate after the experience of COVID-19. Andrea Hill will share the latest retail market analysis and discuss the expected impact with a panel of experts: Pam Levine, luxury retail and brand consultant; Melissa Quick, president of Steve Quick Jeweler in Chicago; Dave Kepron, author of Retail (r)Evolution; and Eric Zuckerman, president of Pac Team Group.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Back to Business: Let’s Talk about Money
Original Airdate: May 28

Managing cash flow, finding new revenue streams, accessing credit and balancing investments versus cutbacks... Right now, businesses across the country are facing financial challenges unlike any they’ve seen in years (possibly in lifetimes). Andrea Hill will host a panel of experts—Erich Jacobs, president of the Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT); Joel Peck, CPA, owner of Joel Peck & Associates; and Ann Arnold, chief strategy officer for BIG (Buyers Intelligence Group) and chair of JBT—to discuss the key financial issues that every business, large and small, must address to survive.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Moving Online: Creating Strong Bonds with Customers
Original Airdate: June 4

In the era of COVID-19, it seems that everything and everyone has moved online. But connecting virtually goes beyond just the occasional Zoom meeting or a new website. This session will explore both the psychology of online communication and the technologies expanding our digital reach, enabling you to connect with customers in a way that’s both virtual and personal.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 
Moving Online: Prospecting Digitally for New Customers
Original Airdate: June 11

As jewelry manufacturers and designers do more online business, they must develop new strategies to find sales prospects. Join Andrea Hill as she reviews various digital tools and techniques (lead magnets, social media campaigns, sales funnels, etc.) that can cut through the online clutter and guide potential buyers into becoming customers.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 

Moving Online: Combining Live and Virtual Sales Events
Original Airdate: June 18

How to use the strengths of both physical and digital events to create a powerful experience.
RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

 

Moving Online: Protecting Your Business from Cyberattacks
Original Airdate: June 25

From identity theft to entire systems shutting down from viruses or ransomware, the online world poses many dangers. As more businesses move online, those threats will only grow. Host Andrea Hill will welcome guests John Kennedy of the Jewelers Security AllianceGreg (Dutch) Holland-Merten of HMH Consultants, and Elliot Atlas of Virtual Diamond Boutique to discuss how jewelers can best protect themselves and what resources are available to them.
RECORDING AVAILABLE SOON

 

MJSA Legislative Updates

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Details Addressing Businesses (Updated June 5)
Key components of the $2 trillion bill offering help to businesses dealing with the COVID-19 health and conomic crisis.

Paid Family, Medical, and Sick Leave: Details in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Key points about the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, tax credits for affected companies, and when the acts will expire.

Department of Labor Temporary Rule: Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Provides direction for the administration of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act.

Department of Labor Q & A: Families First Cororonavirus Response Act
Commonly asked questions, answered. 

 

MJSA Articles on Navigating through a Crisis & Best Business Practices

Back to Basics: Management in Tough Times
A primer on the four management pillars especially vital during downturns: Planning, Organizing, Controlling, Leading.

Stress Management: Managing through Times of Crisis
Business owners face several challenges during times of duress. Even if you do not buy into the anxiety of the moment, you still must deal with the apprehension of vendors, customers, and employees. Here’s a five-point guide you can pull out whenever a crisis occurs.

The Fear Factor
Managing workplace fear in a crisis.

Surviving an Economic Downturn
How to plan for surviving a recession and positioning your business for future success.

Money Matters
Managing strategic costs.

Against the Grain
Investing in growth to survive an economic recession

 

Industry Initiatives

Jewelers Security Alliance offers COVID-19 security alert (downloadable PDF)

Jewelers Vigilance Committee adds COVID-19 resources page to its website.

Jewelers of America adds online coronavirus resource guide.

Jewelers Security Alliance offers advice about store security, safe teleworking

Society of North American Goldsmiths offers COVID-19 resources for metalsmiths and studio jewelers

American Gem Society offers coronovirus resources with emphasis on communicating with staff, customers 

Women’s Jewelry Association offers online list of COVID-19 resources.

 

National Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Interim Guidelines: Planning for and Responding to COVID-19

CDC Travel Guidelines

CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Index: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

 

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

NAM’s COVID-19 Resources Page

Survey: Economic and Operational Impacts of COVID-19 to Manufacturers

COVID-19 Policy Action Plan Recommendations

 

The U.S. Small Business Administration

Guidance and Loan Resources for COVID-19

Guidance for Businesses and Employers

SBA Disaster Assistance (Note: The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for COVID-19–related disaster loans.)

 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Combating the Coronavirus: Resources | Response | Impact

 

The U.S. Department of Labor

Guidelines from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration

 

State Resources

Alabama

Alabama Updates on COVID-19

Business Council of Alabama: Coronovirus Business Resources

SBA District Office

Alaska

Alaska Chamber: Business Resources for Coronavirus

SBA District Office

Arizona

Arizona Updates on COVID-19

Arizona Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Resources

SBA District Office

Arkansas

Arkansas Updates on COVID-19

Arkansas Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Resources

SBA District Office

California

COVID-19 Response: Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

California Manufacturers and Technology Association: Coronavirus Compliance

California Updates on COVID-19

California Stay-at-Home Order & Updates

SBA District Office – Los Angeles

SBA District Office – Orange County/Inland Empire

SBA District Office – Fresno

SBA District Office – San Francisco

Colorado

COVID-19 Business Resources for Eagle County & Colorado

Colorado Updates on COVID-19

Colorado Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Updates

SBA District Office

Connecticut

Connecticut Updates on COVID-19

Connecticut Business & Industry Association

SBA District Office

Delaware

COVID-19 Information for Delaware Small Businesses

Delaware Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Florida

Florida Updates on COVID-19

Florida Health Department: What You Need to Know about COVID-19

SBA District Office – North Florida

SBA District Office – South Florida

Georgia

Georgia Updates on COVID-19

Georgia Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19

SBA District Office 

Hawaii

Hawaii Updates on COVID-19

Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

SBA District Office

Idaho

Idaho Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Illinois

Illinois Updates on COVID-19

Illinois Manufacturers Association

SBA District Office

Indiana

Indiana Updates on COVID-19

Indiana Manufacturers Association

SBA District Office

Iowa

Iowa Updates on COVID-19

Iowa Association of Business & Industry

SBA District Office

Kansas

Kansas Updates on COVID-19

Kansas Chamber of Commerce

SBA District Office – Kansas City

SBA District Office – Wichita

Kentucky

Kentucky Updates on COVID-19

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers: COVID-19 Resources

SBA District Office

Louisiana

Louisiana Updates on COVID-19

Louisiana Association of Business & Industry: Coronavirus Resources for Business

SBA District Office

Maine

Maine Updates on COVID-19

Maine Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Resources

SBA District Office

Maryland

Maryland Coronavirus Information for Businesses

Maryland Chamber of Commerce: Business Resources for COVID-19

SBA District Office

Massachusetts

COVID-19 Loan Fund

State of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 Guidances and Resources for Business

Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM): Employers’ Guide to COVID-19

Massachusetts Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Michigan

Michigan Updates on COVID-19

Michigan Manufacturers Association: COVID-19 Resources

SBA District Office

Minnesota

Minnesota Updates on COVID-19

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Toolkit

SBA District Office

Mississippi

Mississippi Updates on COVID-19

Mississippi Manufacturers Association: COVID-19 Information for Employers

SBA District Office

Missouri

Missouri Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Montana

Montana Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Nebraska

Nebraska Updates on COVID-19

Nevada Chamber of Commerce & Industry: Coronavirus Update

SBA District Office

Nevada

Nevada Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

New Jersey

NJ Business & Industry Association: Coronavirus Resource Page

NJ Dept of Labor & Workforce Developemtn: hat Employers & Businesses Should Know

NJ Business Action Center: FAQ for New Jersey Businesses

SBA District Office

New Mexico

Help for Businesses Negatively Impacted by COVID-19

New Mexico Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

New York

Assistance and Guidance for New York City Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

New York City Employee Retention Grant Program

The Business Council of New York State: Managing the Coronavirus

New York State Updates On COVID-19

SBA District Office

North Carolina

North Carolina Updates on COVID-19

COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Employers

North Carolina Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Resource Guide

SBA District Office

North Dakota

North Dakota Updates on COVID-19

Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Resources & Updates

SBA District Office

Ohio

Ohio Updates on COVID-19

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association: COVID-19 Resources Page

SBA District Office – Columbus

SBA District Office – Cleveland

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Updates on COVID-19

State Chamber of Oklahoma: Coronavirus Resources Page

SBA District Office

Oregon

COVID-19 Financial Resources for Businesses

Oregon Business and Industry: Coronaviris Resources

Oregon Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Pennsylvania

Business Resources for Coronavirus

Pennsylvania Updates on COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

SBA District Office – Eastern Pennsylvania

SBA District Office – Philadelphia

SBA District Office – Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

Information for Rhode Island Businesses

Rhode Island Manufacturers Association: COVID-19 Resources

Gift It Forward: Initiative to Help Rhode Island Small Businesses

Rhode Island Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

South Carolina

South Carolina Updates on COVID-19

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Information & Resources Hub

SBA District Office

South Dakota

South Dakota Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Tennessee

Tennessee Updates on COVID-19

Tennesse Chamber of Commerce & Industry: COVID-19 Business Resources

SBA District Office

Texas

Texas Updates on COVID-19

Texas Association of Business: COVID-19 Business Resource Tool Kit

SBA District Office – Dallas/Fort Worth

SBA District Office – Houston

Utah

Assistance for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Utah Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Vermont

COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Businesses

Vermont Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Resources

Vermont Updates on COVID-19

Vermont Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses

SBA District Office

Virginia

Virginia Updates on COVID-19

Virgina Manufacturers Association: COVID-19 Resource Center

SBA District Office

Washington

Association of Washington Business (AWB): COVID-19 Resources for Employers

Washington State Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

West Virginia

West Virginia Manufacturers Association: COVID-19 Information

West Virginia Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce: COVID-19 Business Resource Center

Wisconsin Updates on COVID-19

SBA District Office

Wyoming

Small Business Resources

Wyoming Business Council: COVID-19 Tips for Small Businesses

Wyoming Updates on COVID-19

Wyoming Department of Health: COVID-19 Information

SBA District Office


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