The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adjust to a new normal that is reshaping the way we live our lives. From online learning to virtual meet-ups to remote working to creating at-home experiences that keep us all connected, the world is experiencing change that will last beyond the pandemic.
For many working mothers, work/life balance has taken on a new meaning. Those lines are blurred more now than they have ever been before. We are teaching our kids, working and socializing from home. CEOMOM Magazine has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to help you with everything from teaching your kids using online platforms to applying for emergency funds to business building. We will update this list often so check back for more resources. You may also share your resources to add to the growing list.
Remember, we are all in this together.
Working from Home
Free Financial Counseling & Coaching – AFCPE® certified financial counselors and coaches are available nationwide to offer you virtual financial counseling and coaching sessions for free. Yellow Ribbon Network and Wells Fargo have partnered to help you address your immediate money needs, develop a viable financial plan including a savings and debt elimination plan.
Free Online Business Courses
Moz Academy – Free Search Engine Optimization (SEO) training. With online activity increasing significantly due to COVID-19, now is the perfect time to enhance your SEO efforts to give your website more visibility.
Skillshare Premium is giving away two free months access to thousands of courses on business, design and more. You will have to enter your credit card information, but you can cancel anytime.
Pluralsight – For the month of April, Pluralsight is giving you access to all of its courses for free. Develop and refine your tech skills with their library of 7,000+ courses.
Free Business Resources
Rawpixel is providing free coronavirus design resources.
Calendly is offering free Zoom and GoToMeeting integrations for remote workers. This is usually a Premium service. The free integrations will be available until June.
Small Business Virtual Events
Webinar Wednesday: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 hosted by U.S. Small Business Administration
It’s My Business Webinar Series hosted by The Study USA. This 12-part webinar series is every Wednesday and aims to answer your small business questions.
WEDallas Mompreneur Virtual Event – Join The DEC Network and Capital One on May 15 from 3 to 5pm CT for their Mompreneur virtual event! They will discuss being a mother and business owner during COVID-19.
Hubspot Presents: Empowering Equity and Leading with Inclusion – Join Hubspot for a webinar panel discussion celebrating International Women’s Day. We’ll discuss empowering equity, closing the wage gap and more. May 19, 2020, 4 to 5:15pm ET. Register now.
Small Business Financing
$50 Million In Small Business Loans for Texas in Partnership – The Office of the Texas Governor | Greg Abbott has partnered with Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, as well as other community development institutions, to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Application is temporarily closed. Click here if you’re interested in the program.
SMBs Survival Guide: Best 8 Financial Tools to Combat COVID-19 – Finimpact has provided a comprehensive list of finance options for small businesses.
COVID-19 Loan and Grant Tracker – Track the progress of your small business loan.
IRS Economic Impact Payment – Get all of the information you need regarding the stimulus payments.
AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant – Texas Woman’s University is offering $10,000 grants to small businesses that are suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19.
Differential Ventures COVID-19 Grant Program – is awarding grants to early-stage start-ups in the fields of data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning that are able to use their technology in the fight against COVID-19. Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
Facebook Small Business Grant – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open for select cities and will open for all eligible cities on April 22, 2020.
The Red Backpack Fund established by GlobalGiving – This grant is backed by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation and will award 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to U.S. female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to support the long-term recovery of those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal will open for applications on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund – The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is partnering with Verizon to meet the urgent financial needs of small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses can be awarded up to $10,000. Apply by April 28, 11:59PM EST.
Staying Safe & Healthy
At Home Workouts
Peloton App – Try the Peloton App free for 90 days.
Orangetheory – Orangetheory is offering daily at-home 30 minute workout routines. Check out their current library of videos.
Where to Buy Affordable Face Masks & Coverings
Kathy Fielder Boutique – Starting at $8 plus shipping. Sold in packs of 5, 10, 25, 50
Custom Ink – Starting at $30 for a pack of 12.
Newegg – Disposable face masks starting at $39 for a 40-pack.
Bubby Lewis – These designer cloth masks range from $10 to $15 each.
Rapid Med Supplies – Disposable surgical masks ($9.95) and KN95 FDA approved protective masks ($25.99)
Coronavirus Facts & Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Get updates on symptoms, ways to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick, statistics and more.
World Health Organization – The World Health Organization (WHO) will provide updates on the COVID-19 global outbreak and response efforts.
Parenting During a Pandemic
Free Online Educational Resources for Kids
Mavs Learning Assist – Dallas Mavericks NBA team has created the Mavs Learning Assist program, a compilation of community programs and online resources and lessons to help parents navigate their new role as educator.
NASA Science at Home – This online program is designed for parents, educators and students of all ages. NASA offers online activities, outdoor activities, hands-on activities and opportunities to interact with scientists. Activities are available for grades K-12.
Education.com – They have a free account and are now offering free access to some of their Premium resources.
OxfordOWL eBook Library – This extensive provides books for all ages and reading levels, including picture books. There are audio stories to keep younger kids occupied and engaged.
Audible Stories – For as long as schools are closed, Audible is offering free access to an incredible collection of titles and stories for kids. Listen on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
Rosetta Stone for Students is offering free access to their language programs for three months. Parents with kids K-12 are eligible to sign-up.
Babbel is giving away three months of language lessons for students K-12 and college students. No purchase necessary.
Indoor Physical Activities – We highly recommend getting kids outside during the quarantine, but these videos are great indoor alternatives.
Our Picks for Virtual Activities for Kids
San Diego Zoo – Click on the animal cam of your choice to see the animals in action at the San Diego Zoo. San Diego Zoo also has a list of online activities including stories, games and arts and crafts projects that kids can do at home.
Georgia Aquarium – Click on the sea animal of your choice to see them in their aquatic habitat. The Georgia Aquarium also has other virtual activities the whole family will enjoy such as Mindfulness with Georgia Aquarium which includes downloadable coloring books, ocean inspiring playlists and puzzles.
National Constitution Center – Kids can enjoy this virtual tour of the National Constitution Center while learning about the document that helped form America. The National Constitution Center also has several interactive activities for kids of all ages on its website.
Online Coloring Book – There are several resources for downloadable coloring books. This website allows kids to color the coloring book online. They can also print the pages to color offline as well.
Plano Symphony Virtual Broadcasts – The Plano Symphony Orchestra will broadcast several of their previously performed concerts. This virtual concert series will run through May 9, 2020.
Making a Difference
Children’s Hunger Fund is launching their annual Summer of Hope campaign. With your help, they can meet a need that’s greater than ever this year. Many children in the US are facing food insecurity. Click Summer of Hope to see how you can give.