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State opens help desk for businesses impacted by COVID-19

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Mar 27, 2020

A help desk is now open to support Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

The hotline was announced on Friday by Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson.

According to a release, the hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Those with COVID-19 business questions can call (833) 457-0531 or email LED at LEDbiz@la.gov.

Businesses seeking federal assistance can contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at SBA.gov/Disaster to apply for COVID-19 disaster aid. The SBA Customer Service Center can also be reached at (800) 659-2955, with an additional TTY line for the hearing-impaired at (800) 877-8339.

"Louisiana has experienced the fastest rate of increase for confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, and it is imperative that everyone in our state take part in the efforts to slow the spread of this disease," Gov. Edwards said in a release. "Businesses are making tremendous sacrifices to slow the spread, and resources are available to help businesses navigate this crisis. If your business has questions, please make use of the resources that Louisiana Economic Development has made available to you."

Additional business resources can be found at opportunitylouisiana.com/covid19