St. John Properties remains committed to placing our clients’ needs first, and will continue supporting our clients while providing uninterrupted service during this challenging time.
In preparation of your business returning, or continuing, to work, we’ve provided best practices for your space. You’re also encouraged to review the business assistance programs that have been introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
| Resources for Reoccupying your Space
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has compiled guidance for reoccupying your space after a prolonged shut down or reduced operation.
| Business Resources
Updated as of August 2021
SBA Announces Paycheck Protection Program Direct Forgiveness Portal
the SBA announced that it will launch a new application portal, allowing borrowers to apply for forgiveness directly with the agency instead of having to go through their lender. More than 600 banks have agreed to allow access to the portal for more than 2.17 million borrowers. Starting today on August 4th, the SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal is currently operating under an invite-only pilot period. The platform is scheduled to publicly launch in the near future. Register For the Portal and Apply for PPP Forgiveness.
I. Paycheck Protection Program – AVAILABLE NOW
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits, in addition to rent, mortgage interest, utilities, worker protection costs related to COVID-19, uninsured property damage costs caused by looting or vandalism during 2020, and certain supplier costs and expenses for operations.
Entities that have previously applied for and received PPP funds may be eligible for a second draw.
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.
II. U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance – AVAILABLE NOW
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) offer assistance for each affected small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing, and may be used to pay rents, fixed debts, payroll, healthcare benefits, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
FOR ALL APPLICATIONS, EXCLUDING NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED.
- The application (SBA Form 5), completed and signed
- Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T), completed and signed by each applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member; and, for any owner who has greater than 50 percent ownership in an affiliate business. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, business parents, subsidiaries, and/or other businesses with common ownership or management
- Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; an explanation if not available
- Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) completed, signed, and dated by the applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, and each general partner or managing member
- Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202 may be used)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Economic Injury Disaster Loans
SBA Express Bridge Loans – Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for this program.
SBA Debt Relief – As part of SBA’s debt relief efforts, the SBA will automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of current 7(a), 504, and microloans for a period of six months. The SBA will also automatically pay the principal, interest, and fees of new 7(a), 504, and microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020. (Not eligible for Paycheck Protection program loans.)
Restaurant Revitalization Fund – The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.
Financial Resources by State/Region
- Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade
- Jefferson County Public Health
- Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
- Denver Economic Development and Opportunity
- City of Westminster
- City of Golden
- The State of Maryland has compiled a list of Best Practices for Businesses, Best Practices for Manufacturing, Best Practices for Retail, and Best Practices for Personal Services.
- Maryland Business Resources by County
- Find the Right COVID-19 Support Resources for Your Maryland Business – There are numerous local and national programs for businesses in need of emergency support, but understanding which options are relevant for your organization can be a challenge. The Maryland Business Relief Wizard is a tool that helps connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.
- Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response
- Anne Arundel County Restaurant and Food Service Recovery – Restaurants and food service businesses can apply for a grant of up to $10,000. The grant is specifically targeted to food trucks, catering businesses, bed and breakfast establishments and dine-in, non-drive-through restaurants.
- Baltimore County Loan Programs – The COVID-19 Relief Loan Program provides access to capital for Baltimore County businesses that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
- BGE Energizing Small Business Grants – BGE is pledging $15 million to assist Maryland’s small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery. Eligible businesses located in BGE’s service area can apply for a $20,000 BGE Energizing Small Business Grant. There will be three rounds of grant applications and awards. Visit BGE’s website for more information, eligibility requirements and to apply.
- Howard County Economic Development Authority’s Catalyst Fund is a locally managed source of capital used to finance start-ups and expanding businesses statewide whose projects will create permanent jobs and leverage private sector investment.
- Project Restore’s Rental Assistance Grant – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is administering $25 million to provide financial support to Maryland’s new or expanding businesses to help incentivize commercial investment in vacant retail and commercial properties. Application will be accepted starting September 8, 2021 and the maximum grant amount is $30,000 for one year.
- PA COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance – The Department of Community and Economic Development will distribute the funding to the Pennsylvania CDFI Network, which will then administer the funding in the form of: Grants to cover operating expenses for the duration of the shutdown and the transition period to re-opening, Grants to cover technical assistance, including training and guidance, for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses, Debt payment relief for CDFI Pennsylvania borrowers, Loan loss reserves for CDFIs.
- PA Department of Community and Economic Development
- Utah Small Business Assistance
- Utah Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development
- Utah Coronavirus Resources for Employers and Businesses
- Pleasant Grove – Lindon Chamber of Commerce
| Frequently Asked Questions
Are the St. John Properties offices open?
St. John Properties remains open for business. Our Property Managers and Leasing Agents are available to address your concerns, and our in-house Maintenance team will continue to provide uninterrupted service.
Maintenance Requests for Baltimore area clients:
To file a maintenance request, visit the Client Services page and click “File My Maintenance Request,” call 410.788.0400, or email email@example.com. For after-hours maintenance requests call 410.375.9665.
Maintenance Requests for clients in all other regions:
How is St. John Properties communicating with their tenants?
Our Property Managers are updating our tenants as new information becomes available. If you have a question, please contact your Property Manager.
Can rent payments be made electronically?
Payments sent by mail will continue to be processed normally. If you are interested in setting up electronic rent payments, please contact us.
How is St. John Properties working to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in my building?
In full service buildings we have increased efforts to conduct disinfectant maintenance. As such, we disinfect common touch areas such as elevator call plates and buttons, elevator interiors, stairwell railings, door handles, restrooms, and other common areas. We are installing community hand sanitizer dispensers in our common lobbies.
How can I help prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
Consistent with the CDC’s recommendations, we are advising tenants to consider the following preventative measures:
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public, including during travel. Masks slow the spread of COVID-19 because they help keep people who are infected from spreading respiratory droplets to others when they cough, sneeze, or talk.
- Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from another person and congregating with no more than 10 people at a time.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a fixed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately after use, and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.
- Sick employees should stay home until symptom/fever-free for 24 hours. If employees become ill while at work, they should go home immediately.
Where can I find out more information about the coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website contains a vast amount of information about the virus as well as resources for the community and businesses.
| Coronavirus Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC’s “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” webpage
This webpage contains information about the virus, steps to prevent illness, and statistics about where cases have been located.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO’s “Q&A on coronavirus (COVID-19)” webpage
This webpage addresses frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19.
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center
This webpage is home to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, an interactive, up-to-date map of confirmed cases.