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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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01 Jul
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Senate Extends PPP Application Deadline to August 8; House Must Approve Extension

For the extension to go into effect, the U.S. House of Representatives would need to pass the legislation and send it to President Trump for his signature. 

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23 Jun
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SBA Rolls Out PPP Lender Match as June 30 Deadline Nears

The goal of the Lender Match tool is to connect small businesses that have yet to apply for or receive a PPP loan with eligible PPP lenders that cater to underserved and disadvantaged communities.

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17 Jun
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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Information

ABA has continued to update this article with new information about the Paycheck Protection Program. For specific questions about PPP loan forgiveness, booksellers should reach out to their lender, accountant, and/or local SBA office or SBA-resource partner. 

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27 May

Join ABA’s Upcoming Marketing, Technology Meetups

The June 4 Marketing Meetup will look at customer retention, while the June 11 Technology Meetup will feature a bookseller who has created a chatbot to take e-commerce orders.

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27 May

FedEx Launches #SupportSmall Grants Program

Through the program, 200 grantees will receive a $5,000 check as well as a $500 credit for FedEx Office print and business services to help support their small business.

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