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PPP Deadline Approaching for COVID-19 Loan Relief; SBA Launches Online Loan Matching Tool
June 22, 2020
With the June 30 deadline fast approaching for small businesses to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched a new online tool to match businesses and non-profits with lenders in the program.

Reminder: Vermont’s Aug. 31 Chemical Reporting Deadline
June 9, 2020
Vermont’s next reporting deadline for children’s products containing any of the state’s 86 chemicals of concern to children (CHCC) is August 31, 2020.

Toy Association Remains Committed to Legislative & Regulatory Action Through Pandemic
June 2, 2020
The Toy Association has remained engaged with legislative and regulatory activities at the state, federal, and international levels, while also assisting members with COVID-19-related business issues over the past three months.

Toy Association Releases 2019 Annual Report
May 12, 2020
The Toy Association’s 2019 Annual Report, “A World of Possibilities,” is now available online.

New COVID-19 Webinar Recording: Reopening Businesses & New Funding Options
April 27, 2020
A recording of the April 24 webinar providing early guidance on what companies may be required to do to ready their businesses for reopening is now available to Toy Association members.

Administration Defers Payment of Certain Duties for Struggling Businesses
April 21, 2020
President Trump signed an executive order on Sunday to defer the collection of some duties for 90 days to help businesses experiencing a “significant financial hardship” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The postponement could benefit certain Toy Association members who import non-toy products subject to duties; however, the extension does not apply to Section 301 tariffs.

April 24 COVID-19 Webinar: Pathways to Reopen Business & New Relief Bill
April 21, 2020
The U.S. Senate just passed a nearly $500 billion bill that will help to replenish the now-depleted Paycheck Protection Program. The bill is expected to be passed by the House in the coming days. The Toy Association will provide an overview of the new economic relief package during “COVID-19: Pathways to Reopening Business,” the next in a series of COVID-19 member resource webinars, taking place Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m. (Eastern).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches Save Small Business Fund
April 17, 2020
The Toy Association is alerting members to the launch of the Save Small Business Fund, a new grant-making initiative launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Vistaprint.

Toy Association Creates COVID-19 Toolkits for Businesses
April 16, 2020
The Toy Association has rolled out new toolkits to help companies respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Reminder: April 15 COVID-19 Member Call on Employment Issues
April 14, 2020
The Toy Association’s April 15 COVID-19 member call will provide an update on economic stimulus funding options and guidance on employment-related issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is free and exclusive to Toy Association members.

Toymakers Remain Committed to Aiding Workers on Frontlines of COVID-19 Crisis
April 14, 2020
Toy companies continue to assist hospitals and essential personnel in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation and distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and through donations of both profits and toys to those on the frontlines.

April 15 Member Call to Address Employment Issues Under COVID-19 Stimulus Bills
April 10, 2020
The Toy Association will provide an update on economic stimulus funding options and guidance on employment-related issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic during the next member call on Wednesday, April 15.

COVID-19 Impact: Mexico Shuts Down Nonessential Businesses
April 3, 2020
On Tuesday, April 1, Mexico issued a new decree forcing all non-essential businesses to close until April 30. The decree impacts all toy manufacturing operations in the country.

CEOs: Urge Your Governor or Mayor to Prioritize Toy Businesses as they Restart the Economy
March 31, 2020
Toy company CEOs are encouraged to send a grassroots letter to their governor or mayor, encouraging them to prioritize toy companies as they look to reopen businesses and restart the economy.

Special COVID-19 Call Series for Members to Begin April 2
March 31, 2020
The Toy Association will host a series of special calls for members to provide updates and guidance on the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus relief bill (the CARES Act) and discuss how it could assist toy businesses. The first call will take place on Thursday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern). All calls are free to Toy Association members.