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Online Business Seminars and Webinars

DEMA is providing direct access to resources for the industry to help deal with the business issues that are arising from the government intervention due to COVID-19.  As we locate additional seminars and other business resources, the list will be updated.



Times Vary: Small Business Administration Webinar Events

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27. The package is generally administered by the Small Business Administration, and some offices of the SBA are beginning to conduct webinars that can be accessed at no cost.  In addition, SBA Offices are a wealth of information about running your business.  The list of events found on changes each day.


Get Updates: SBA Information

As new processes and procedures connected to the CARES Act are implemented, the Small Business Administration will update their website with additional details.  You can receive information about these updates in your email by providing your contact information below.


Weekly Releases: Retail Adventures Podcast & Webinars

DEMA Show speakers Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender have decided to expand their Retail Adventures Blog by adding complimentary weekly Retail Adventures webinars and a weekly Retail Adventures podcast. 


[WEBINAR] CARES Act: Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants with Tom Ingram, DEMA

Need Help Navigating the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants?

Join DEMA’s President & CEO, Tom Ingram to learn about the Economic Injury Grant and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) from the Small Business Administration. Topics will include what’s needed to apply, businesses that are eligible for EIDL and entities not eligible, business criteria for EIDL approval, collateral requirements and more. This on-demand webinar will provide an overview of the program and application process in less than 20 minutes!

Let DEMA help you navigate these small business options available through the federal CARES Act!

[WEBINAR] CARES Act Briefing: The Paycheck Protection Program with Tom Ingram, DEMA

Need help navigating the CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program? Join DEMA’s President & CEO, Tom Ingram, for a look at the NEW Paycheck Protection Program from the U.S. Small Business Administration, designed for small U.S.-based dive businesses, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and many non-profit organizations. 

Learn which U.S. businesses are eligible (almost all U.S. small businesses); how and where to apply; how the loan can be forgiven; and how it can help your dive business meet payroll, rent, utilities, and more during this COVID-19 outbreak. This on-demand webinar will provide an overview of the program in less than 30 minutes! Let DEMA help you navigate this crucial program! 


[WEBINAR] 911 for You and Your Small Business with Tom Shay, Profits Plus

Join Tom Shay of Profits Plus for this 60-minute on-demand webinar targeted for small businesses. Tom will provide ideas, strategies and thoughts to help retailers and other small organizations during these difficult times. 

Shay, a recurring DEMA-Show speaker, is a small business management expert who created Profits Plus based upon his years of experience in a family-owned business. Tom is a fourth-generation business owner. He is also an author of thirteen books, a college text book, a columnist for over 70 trade magazines, business coach and small business keynote speaker. Tom has provided this webinar to DEMA members and the diving industry at no cost.


Local SBA Office

SBA offices can be found near many communities, and local assistance can be useful anytime, but especially now. 


Small Business Guide to the CARES Act

DEMA has obtained a Small Business Guide to the CARES Act from the Senate Small Business Committee offices and has linked it here. This is a great description of what is currently available within the CARES Act for all businesses. 


Additional CARES Act Information

Here are some additional resources regarding the CARES Act that might be helpful.  You can access these on demand.
From the Senate Small Business Committee: Small Business Explainer
From the Senate Small Business Committee: Section by Section breakdown of CARES

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