Resources

COVID-19 Resources for NBMDA Members

The circumstances surrounding the coronavirus are continuing to develop each day, and with the rapid-fire nature of the modern media, you may be unsure of the next steps you should take. The health and safety of our members is a priority for NBMDA.

Please use the following resources from our partners to help you understand and prepare:

COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Survey


In collaboration with research partner, Industry Insights, the COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Executive Summary is now available. More than 2,500 respondents from 25 sectors and professions participated in the survey. The information collected is designed to help assess the perceptions, impact and action plans related to COVID-19.

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Government Relations


CARES Act – InfoGraphic

April 1, 2020 10:20 am CT

The CARES Act tasks the Small Business Administration with overseeing the distribution of millions of dollars in loans and grants to help small businesses survive the pandemic. It also provides additional funding for SBA’s Resource Partners to provide advice and training to help small businesses respond to the unprecedented challenges in communities throughout the country.

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NAW Update: Business Tax Relief – March 31, 2020

March 31, 2020 4:30 pm CT

Business Tax Relief under the CARES Act: The IRS has posted useful information on its website about the various tax components of the CARES Act (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus) and the Senate Finance Committee has released a helpful FAQ document specifically on the Employee Retention Tax Credit

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NAW Update: SBA Loans

March 31, 2020 4:27 pm CT

The Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury have just released a joint statement that they “have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.”

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NAW Update: Implementation of the CARES Act

March 30, 2020 1:26 pm CT

Now that the CARES Act has been signed into law, our focus has turned to implementation of the law and, for our purposes, access to the business-focused provisions. There are four sections of the law that are most relevant: (1) the small business loan and grant programs, (2) Economic Stabilization Act (the “sustainability” fund) to provide access to loans to companies with more than 500 employees, (3) the business tax provisions, and (4) the family medical and sick leave mandates.

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NAW Update: Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under FFCRA

March 30, 2020 1:17 pm CT

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

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Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response

March 30, 2020 1:00 pm CT

This updated guidance reaffirms that wholesaler-distributor personnel as essential by continuing to list: “Employees of firms providing services that enable logistics operations, including cooling, storing, packaging, and distributing products for wholesale or retail sale or use.”

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COVID-19 Relief Bill Summary

March 27, 2020 4:50 pm CT

The CARES Act passed late last night by the U.S. Senate creates a $2 trillion relief package that will help shore up the U.S. economy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill builds upon the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed recently and contains a number measures aimed at helping a wide range of sectors, especially smaller businesses and unemployed individuals as well as other measures that are beneficial to the window, door and skylight industry. While it continues to be reviewed, we have compiled a summary of those key provisions based on WDMA’s initial review is provided below. The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, where a vote is likely to take place on Friday and is expected to pass by a large majority.

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U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Additional Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced more guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020.

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National Governors Association’s State/Territorial Resource Pages

As we previously reported, NAW wrote to the National Governors Association and the nation’s governors urging them to help eliminate the current patchwork of guidelines by adopting the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response. However, as more state governors issue new state orders and actions to combat COVID-19 we understand the difficulty of managing the flow of information for companies that operate in multiple states. The National Governors Association has compiled a repository of the most current state actions on COVID-19.

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NAW sends letter to Vice President Pence Encouraging the Use of Established Supply Chains

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The guidance – provided in a Fact Sheet for Employees, a Fact Sheet for Employers and a Questions and Answers document – addresses critical questions, such as how an employer must count the number of their employees to determine coverage; how small businesses can obtain an exemption; how to count hours for part-time employees; and how to calculate the wages employees are entitled to under this law. WHD provides additional information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act at: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic. For more information about the laws enforced by the WHD, call 866-4US-WAGE, or visit: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.

NAW sends letter to Vice President Pence Encouraging the Use of Established Supply Chains

This week, we started hearing reports from some of our members that the Federal Government has begun bypassing established distribution channels in their attempt to secure needed supplies. In response, NAW sent a letter to Vice President Pence, who is leading the White House COVID-19 Task Force, urging his team that during this critical time the Federal Government must rely on the efficiencies of those who best know distribution to expedite and assure delivery of critical product.

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NAW Update: Essential Goods/Services Guidelines

NAW has shared a template letter for you to provide to your drivers and employees that they can use to get to work and conduct work as employees of the critical infrastructure. It is important to note that these critical truck drivers and workers should have a hard copy of this document with them at all times when working. Please be aware that this letter is self-certifying and not an official federal document. You should review any document that you provide to your employees with your own counsel..

NAW Update: Essential Goods/Services Guidelines

NAW has been involved in urging the administration to prepare and announce Federal guidelines defining what are essential goods and services, in order to provide consistency rather than having businesses respond to hundreds of varying state and local guidelines. Yesterday the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published those needed guidelines. Currently included in the guidelines: Workers who support the manufacture and distribution of forest products, including, but not limited to timber, paper and other wood products. Questions on this matter should be sent to CISA.CAT@cisa.dhs.gov.

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CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

The Department of Homeland Security has released guidance to state and local officials on determining “essential critical infrastructure workers.” This will impact who should continue to work and what types of businesses should stay open when governments during the pandemic.

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NAW Critical Updates

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Paid Sick Leave Provisions for Employers

As previously reported, on March 18th the Senate passed the “Families First Corona Virus Response Act” which has been signed into law by President Trump. Within that legislation was a provision which applied to employers with fewer than 500 employees. It provided 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave to full-time employees, and a prorated amount to part-time employees. The provision also included 10 weeks of paid emergency family and medical leave, as well as a refundable payroll tax credit to employers impacted by this legislation. NAW plays a major role in a robust employee benefits coalition of major trade associations. One member of the coalition created a checklist to help employers navigate this complex legislation.

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Human Resources


VIDEO: Critical Federal Resources for Keeping Up with Coronavirus

March 30, 2020 1:38 pm CT

Provided by Affinity HR. 

VIDEO: Things to Consider If Contemplating Layoffs

March 30, 2020 1:37 pm CT

Provided by Affinity HR. 

VIDEO: Time To Work From Home

March 30, 2020 1:36 pm CT

Provided by Affinity HR. 

VIDEO: Families First Coronavirus Response Act & CARES Act – Employer Questions Answered

March 30, 2020 1:31 pm CT

Provided by Affinity HR. 

Cornavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act - Analysis - March 27, 2020

March 30, 2020 11:45 am CT

Provided by Affinity HR. On Friday, March 27, the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The following are provisions most relevant for small- to mid-sized businesses and their affected employees dealing with the workplace disruptions related to COVID-19.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Update

Provided by Affinity HR. One of the requirements of the FFCRA is that employers covered by this Act (those with fewer than 500 employees) post this notice of employee rights under the act. Companies can either post this where they would post federal wage and hour posters, or send to employees via electronic copy.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Provided by Affinity HR. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. It is expected to take effect April 2, 2020. There are many provisions to this bill not covered in this analysis, such as the offering of free testing and food aid as well as adding $1 billion to state unemployment funds. There are also many aspects of this law that require further information and clarity. Our effort here is to provide interpretation of the law’s provisions as they relate to employers as best we know them at this point (March 20, 2020). However, please be aware that there may be some changes until the law is in effect on April 2, 2020.

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Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Webinar – Your Questions Answered

Provided by Affinity HR. These COVID-19 Q&As come to you post Families First Coronavirus Relief Act as a result of the webinar held March 18. Claudia St. John of Affinity HR Group addresses some of the most common HR questions on this topic.

Workplace Response: COVID-19 How to Plan

Provided by Affinity HR. NAFCD/NBMDA partnered with Affinity HR Group to deliver a complimentary webinar to help member firms navigate the many human resource issues that senior executives must address during these unprecedented times. The webinar was a huge success maxing-out at 1000 connections and receiving positive evaluations. Download Affinity HR Group's COVID-19 Workplace Response Plan.

Dos and Don'ts of Telecommuting

Provided by Affinity HR. 

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Monday HR Minute: Coronavirus: Things to Consider

Provided by Affinity HR. There are several factors to consider when dealing with employees who are or whose family members are sick or in quarantine. In addition to any paid time off benefits you may offer, there are several regulatory requirements to consider, with you often having to manage multiple laws at the same time.

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Economic Impact


NBMDA's Q1 Economic Advisor

Provided by ITR Economics.  We are excited to release Volume 1 of our new NBMDA member benefit, NBMDA's Quarterly Economic Advisor, powered by ITR Economics. Each volume of NBMDA's Economic Advisor will provide a macroeconomic outlook, investor update, industry analysis across eight industries, leading indicator snapshot, an employment update and more.

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Webinar Recording: Probable Impact of COVID-19 on ITR Economics’ Outlook

Provided by ITR Economics. Health concerns, a dramatic decline into correction territory for the S&P 500, and declining oil and copper prices have combined to create a high level of uncertainty about what to expect from an economic perspective for the rest of 2020. We are going to bring our objective, numbers-driven approach to bear on these trends.

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What’s the Impact on End Markets?

Provided by Cleveland Research Company. With the COVID-19 headlines evolving across the US economy, we want to share with you the insights our research partner, Cleveland Research, is gathering broadly across end markets. This report highlights real-time updates (from the last 1-5 days) across a large number of consumer, industrial, healthcare, transportation and hospitality end-markets.

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COVID-19 – Reviewing the Economic Impact in China (Slowdown & Recovery) and Its Potential Implications for the U.S. Economy

Provided by Cleveland Research Company.

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Five Ways to Prepare for the Next Rising Trend

Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics .

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Time to Act?

Connor Lokar, ITR Economics .

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Sales & Marketing


Video: Is it time to get some work done again?

March 31, 10:19 am CT

Provided by Jim Pancero

Video: When are you going to start planning for your markets to recover?

March 31, 10:18 am CT

Provided by Jim Pancero

Video: Has your personal energy suffered during these virus-impacted times?

March 31, 10:16 am CT

Provided by Jim Pancero

Video: Growing Sales, With a Drink, During An Epidemic with Alex Goldfayn - Episode 1

March 31, 10:13 am CT

Webinar Recording: Selling Boldly HAPPY Hour Webinar With Alex Goldfayn

March 27, 5:12 pm CT

A 60-minute discussion of your major issues with regards to selling in our current environment. Come together with your fellow salespeople, managers and executives for a dose of selling optimism, positivity and confidence.

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Podcast: How Building Materials Companies Can Navigate Change During the Crisis

March 27, 5:03 pm CT

The Smarter Building Materials Marketing podcast helps industry professionals find better ways to grow leads, sales and outperform the competition. It’s designed to give insight on how to create a results-driven digital marketing strategy for companies of any size.

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Adjusting Your Marketing Strategy During a Crisis

Provided by Marqet Group. Is your company ready to adjust your sales and marketing strategy during this unpredictable time? What are some of the best strategies to bring forward to combat some of the challenges? Do you need advice on how to best keep your business moving in the right direction while adjusting your total spend and your team's efforts? This webinar covers the best strategies your business should implement to minimize the effect of the downturn and set the foundation for growth thereafter. Hosted by Lorenzo Marquez, president of Marqet Group and former NKBA Chairman.

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Selling to Fearful Customers

Provided by Alex Goldfayn, Evangelist Marketing Institute. Many customers have all but shut down. Most are afraid. A great majority are not taking meetings. How do we sell into this situation?

  • How salespeople can frame this situation properly to understand the fear customers are feeling, and how to help them with it
  • Where there is opportunity for sales growth
  • Where to find the optimism, confidence and boldness necessary for succeeding in sales during an epidemic

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7 Things Distributors Can Do Right Now with Digital to Combat the Impact of COVID-19

Provided by Real Results Marketing. The following is The Dean’s List of seven things distributors can do right now using digital tools to help flatten the curve and combat the impact of COVID-19 on their teams and their businesses.

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6 Steps Marketers Need to Take to Protect Business During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Provided by Real Results Marketing. Distributors are facing unprecedented uncertainty due to the impacts of the global COVID19 outbreak. While many safety and janitorial supplies wholesalers are seeing some of their biggest months ever, most distributors aren’t sure what’s coming in the next couple days, much less the next few months.

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Leadership


Leading During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Part 3

April 1, 10:46 am CT

Topics in this series includes:

  • Wholesaler-Distributor Insights COVID-19 Survey: Key Findings
  • COVID-19: What’s Government Doing to (or for) Wholesale Distribution and How are Our Economic Outlook Is Shaping Up
  • How To Create Distinction In the Midst Of Today’s Uncertainty
  • A Strategic Futurist’s View: What Does The Future Need And Expect From You?
  • Let’s Not Waste Any Time: What Will We Learn From This Crisis?
  • A Navy SEAL’s Guide To Leading Through Adversity

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Digital Etiquette 101

April 1, 10:43 am CT

Provided by David NourThese tips are fundamentally about becoming more intentional, coaching others to elevate their digital relationships, demonstrating respect for and gratitude in others, and advancing the collective digital experience.

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Digital Etiquette 101

April 1, 10:43 am CT

Provided by David NourThese tips are fundamentally about becoming more intentional, coaching others to elevate their digital relationships, demonstrating respect for and gratitude in others, and advancing the collective digital experience.

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How Americans Want Business to Behave in Dealing with the Covid-19 Crisis

March 31, 10:06 am CT

A recent survey by the Glover Park Group’s Research and Insights Practice has found that the American public expects companies to change from “business as usual” and will be judging brands based on “who does what is right for the nation, even if that involves taking a hit to their bottom line.” Additionally, the American public is paying close attention to how businesses react to paid leave and worker pay as the country continues to confront this crisis.

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Leading During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Part 1

UnleashWD, a design, innovation and strategy firm with a focus on distributors, has assembled a collection of timely and relevant information from its network of subject matter experts to address leading during the coronavirus pandemic. Topics in this series include:

  • Deploying Agile Strategy in Times of Crises
  • Remote Working Strategies
  • Health and Sanitary Considerations
  • The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis
  • Consider the Human and Relational Capital Issues During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Strategic Considerations During the Coronavirus Crises
  • Leading Through Times of Uncertainty With Distributed Teams and Contingency Plans
  • How to Stress Test Your Business in Times of Crises

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Leading During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Part 2

UnleashWD, a design, innovation and strategy firm with a focus on distributors, has assembled a collection of timely and relevant information from its network of subject matter experts to address leading during the coronavirus pandemic. Topics in this series include:

  • Why you should foster resiliency in times of crises, and how to do it
  • Lessons from another black swan event:  How our Hurricane Katrina research can help you Engage your team, customers, and market
  • How to pivot your marketing message in the early stages of this pandemic crises
  • We are a Jan/San distributor at the epicenter of this pandemic: Here is how I am leading
  • I’m not the company president:  How a frontline manager is helping his team pivot and stay focused
  • I’m the chief people officer of a regional distributor: Let’s talk about the human element of the crisis
  • 5 Principles & mindset for your sales team during this crisis

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Transportation & Freights


CORONAVIRUS – Analyzing the Global Outbreak and Expected Impact on Transportation & Freight

Provided by Cleveland Research Company. Daily new cases are increasing outside of China, with South Korea, Europe, and Japan (along with the slower relative testing & restrictions in the US) the greatest near-term concerns. The spread to over 70 countries is negatively impacting 1H GDP growth outlooks, with responses in some regions likely limited to unconventional monetary policies.

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Transportation & Freight Update

Provided by Cleveland Research Company.

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Construction & Woodworking


U.S. CISA revises essential worker guidance to include cabinets, doors, fixtures – April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020 10:58 am CT

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published revised guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers, which still includes a listing for wood products but with some additional categories.

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6 Ways the Coronavirus Outbreak will Affect Construction

April 1, 2020 10:53 am CT

Experts predict COVID-19 will have long-term ramifications for many aspects of the U.S. construction industry.

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Coronavirus Construction & Building Material Supplier Limits: State-By-State Tracker

April 1, 2020 10:52 am CT

To ensure the safety and prosperity of their communities, governors and other authorities are allowing “essential” businesses to stay open. This dashboard tracks how states with a stay-at-home mandate classify Construction and Building Material Suppliers. Please check back frequently; we will provide additional details and resources as they become available.

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Special COVID-19 Bulletin #2: Impact on Building Product Demand – March 30, 2020

March 31, 2020 10:22 am CT

Provided by Principia Consulting.Principia Consulting is continuing COVID-19 coverage to track and calibrate the impact of the coronavirus on residential construction and building products demand. This update provides interactive views of the rapidly changing data on confirmed cases by state and how it relates to demand for building materials.

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Special COVID-19 Bulletin: Impact on Residential Construction Activity

Provided by Principia Consulting. Principia Consulting has initiated COVID-19 coverage to track and calibrate the impact of the coronavirus on residential construction down to the zip code level. This update provides interactive views of the rapidly changing market for new home construction.

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