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27 May
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ABA Board Member Chris Morrow Speaks at House Small Business Committee Forum about Business Interruption Coverage

“My claims for both stores were rejected, citing language in the policies. There were virus exclusions and the need for physical harm to the buildings,” said Morrow, who filed claims with two different insurers as a result of COVID-19.

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27 May

Paycheck Protection Program: Quick Update on Payroll Costs, New MBAs Fight COVID Initiative

As long as an employee’s total compensation is less than $100,000 annually, bonuses and hazard pay are eligible for loan forgiveness because they are considered a supplement to salary or wages.

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20 May

Additional Loan and Grant Options Available for Small Businesses

Here is an overview of additional loan and grant opportunities beyond the Economic Injury Disaster Loans/Grants and the Paycheck Protection Program loans.

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19 May

June 4 Marketing Meetup to Look at Customer Retention

Jordan Brannon and Cass Cross of Coalition Technologies will return to discuss how to maximize the value of each new visitor to your site through social media marketing, retargeting, paid advertising, and more. 

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12 May

Join a Technology Meetup on Tools for New Ways of Business

The May 14 Technology Meetup will look at services and tools that are helping booksellers manage new ways of doing business.

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06 May

#SaveIndieBookstores Campaign Ends at $1,239,595

“This message of support from book lovers and from every sector of the book industry clearly demonstrates how deeply people value independent bookstores and the roles they hold in their communities,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French.

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06 May

Join ABA Meetups on Retaining New Customers, Tools for New Ways of Business

The May 7 Marketing Meetup will help booksellers come up with strategies for retaining new customers as online sales increase; the May 14 Technology Meetup will look at services and tools that are helping booksellers manage new ways of doing business.

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06 May

Bookstores, Authors, Musicians Band Together for “Bookstock” Fundraiser Concert

Driftless Books and Music has announced plans for a two-day virtual book and music festival called Bookstock 2020, which uses the tagline “Peace, Indie Bookstores, and Music.”

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29 Apr

Talk to Great American About Business Interruption Insurance

Booksellers with questions about their policy and the current pandemic can contact Great American’s claims department to discuss potential business interruption coverage.

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29 Apr
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April 30 Marketing Meetup on Virtual Events to Feature Publisher Panelists

Publisher panelists will share what online platforms they are using and the types of events being held, tips and best practices, whether to ticket or offer free events, and how they work with bookstores and the platforms they are using.

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29 Apr

#SaveIndieBookstores Fund Hits $956,414

Booksellers are asked to share the donation link now on social media, in their newsletters, or wherever they are reaching customers.

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29 Apr
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Stephen King and John Grisham to Help #SaveIndieBookstores

On April 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET, the authors will come together in a virtual conversation about their new books and encourage donations to Binc.

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29 Apr
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ABA Joins National Retail Federation in Calling for Pandemic Risk Insurance Program

The act would “mandate that businesses who could demonstrate significant business interruption and sharp decline in present and future revenue would be insured, through a pre-funded risk pool, in the case of a pandemic or epidemic.” 

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23 Apr

Three Leaders in Publishing Celebrate World Book Day 2020 by Urging Readers to Help Save America’s Bookstores

AAP President and CEO Maria Pallante, Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger, and ABA CEO Allison Hill are asking readers to help America’s bookstores survive the COVID-19 crisis.

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