Bento Loves Small Businesses

We are in this together.

Small businesses around the country have been heavily disrupted by COVID-19, and Team Bento is doing what we can to help. Our commitment to empower SMBs continues, now more than ever. On this page you will find:

  • Resources—updated often—to help your business stay productive, stay sane, and weather through the storm
  • Stories from small businesses like yours that are dealing with this crisis
  • Ways to use Bento to help you manage expenses of a remote workforce

Finally, we invite you to buy online from your fellow small businesses as much as you can; every little bit helps. We are in this together.

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Helpful Resources

The COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application is now open on SBA’s website.

How to Get Your Business Loan Application Approved

This is a comprehensive guide from Business.com and includes FAQs and a few tips from our CEO Farhan Ahmad.

Making the CARES Act Work for You

The CARES Act established stimulus programs to help many different sectors of the US economy, including $350 million for small businesses.

Applying for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Get started now. Apply to receive $10,000 from the government’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program.

Advice for Small Businesses Right Now

The increase in remote work and the slowdown from social distancing has caught a lot of businesses unaware. If you’re unsure what do, we have some ideas.

Construction Business and Supply Shortages

Bento CEO Farhan Ahmad addresses what construction executives can do to weather through price increases, project delays and supply shortages due to COVID-19.

Construction Business Crisis Management

Speaking with Construction Business Owner, our CEO Farhan Ahmad shares practical advice on what to do and expect in this crisis.

Managing a Remote Workforce

New ways of working require new types of management. If you’re currently using Bento, we have some tips from our own experiences and those of our customers.

Bento Cards for Remote Workforce

Our customer success specialist Tyler Watt shares easy ways to manage Bento cards for remote working.

Ways To Support Small Businesses

If you’re able to work and bring in revenue right now, here are some ways that you can support your community.

Small Businesses Support Small Businesses

ACG of Americas, a Bento customer, has operated with international teams since founding. Naturally, we got great tips on remote workforce management from Juan Carlos Sánchez Pignalosa, the company’s CEO and co-founder.

ACG of Americas provides network security services for companies with remote operations—a much needed expertise right now. They’d be happy to help if your company needs help making remote work safe and secure!

www.acgofamericas.com

Customer Spotlight

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How are you coping with COVID-19?

Has your business found a great way to work remotely? Do you have any useful tips or encouraging words for fellow business owners? Email us at info@bentoforbusiness.com.

Buy from your fellow small businesses.

Are you currently able to sell online and/or provide remote services? Why not let the world know! Email us at info@bentoforbusiness.com with your business logo and website URL, and we’ll list your business here.

Please stay tuned—we are collecting more stories right now!

Ways to Use Bento for Remote Workforce

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Use Virtual Cards

You can create Bento virtual cards for your employees to use online right away—perfect for work-from-home teams that still need to buy on the company’s behalf or get lunch delivered.

Bento virtual cards come with the same powerful card controls available on your physical cards, and all purchases can be tracked and reported in real time on Bento.

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Send Paperless Payments

Using cash or checks is not only inconvenient, but can be dangerous for public health right now.

Need to pay someone? Use Bento Pay™ to send them a digital payment via email! The payee can securely retrieve the payment based on their preference, and they don’t even need to be a Bento user.

Bento Pay™ is available in every Bento account. Learn more here.

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Stay on Top of Spending

Again, there’s no need to deal with paper right now. Have your employees upload their receipts and notes via the Bento app for you to view from home.

Cash might be tight right now. We recommend that you use Bento’s easy transaction filters to discover any larger overhead or recurring subscriptions that you can put on hold for the time being.