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13 Jan
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A Breakdown of the New COVID-19 Relief Package

On December 27, 2020, a new COVID-19 relief package was signed into law. The package extends and expands many of the same programs established by the CARES Act.

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23 Dec

Binc’s Pam French Named Publishers Weekly Notable Person for 2020

“I see this recognition as an honor that belongs to all of you who have embraced Binc’s mission and made Binc your foundation,” French said. 

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22 Dec
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What Booksellers Need to Know About the $900 Billion Relief Bill

On Sunday, December 20, Congress struck a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill. Here are some of the main takeaways for booksellers.

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08 Dec
Choose Indies, Support Binc, Love Books

Binc Announces New Match, Stretch Goals for Year-End Fundraising Campaign

Supported by a group of authors, Binc is launching a new matching campaign and a stretch goal of an additional $20,000, for a new total campaign goal of $80,000 by December 31.

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23 Nov
Choose Indies, Support Binc, Love Books

Ingram Content Group Urging Support for Booksellers through Binc’s Year-end Fundraising Campaign

In the first 10 months of 2020, Binc helped more than 600 bookseller/comics retailer families, distributing more than $700,000. Comparatively, in the first 10 months of 2019, 88 grants were given totaling approximately $200,000.

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10 Nov

Binc Announces Online Holiday Gift Guide

Featuring an assortment of gifts, the guide includes items that give back to Binc and therefore support booksellers in need.

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27 Oct

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

Here, ABA has collected a number of tips for self-care during our day-to-day lives as well as sources for virtual therapy, mental health hotlines, and calming apps.

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26 Oct

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “Escaping in the Nick of Time”

The 11th volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter features a bookseller fleeing from a rapidly advancing wildfire.

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20 Oct
Coronavirus Resources for Booksellers

Revisit ABA’s COVID-19 Toolkit for Independent Booksellers

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to have a significant impact on small businesses, booksellers should revisit ABA’s archive of information for steps to take now and resources for reopening.

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14 Oct
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New (Simpler) Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application Released

PPP borrowers of $50,000 or less are now exempt from any reductions in forgiveness due to reductions in full-time-equivalent employees and reductions in employee salary or wages.

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23 Sep

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “A Bookstore Blooms in Uncertain Times”

The tenth volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured two bookstore owners working hard to keep their sales booming during a COVID-related shutdown.

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14 Sep

Binc Offers Help for Booksellers Affected by Wildfires

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation may be able to help owners or employees with personal household expenses related to the wildfires in the western United States. 

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08 Sep

CDC Announces Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions

The CDC’s order does not waive payment obligations or prohibit fees, penalties, or interest for failure to pay. In other words, rent is not cancelled or forgiven. It also does not provide funds for rent relief.

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04 Aug

Paycheck Protection Program Nears August 8 Deadline

The PPP loan can be forgiven in full if a business spends the funds on eligible expenses and meets employee retention requirements, like maintaining salary and hours and rehiring workers.

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