Covid-19 Industry Resources

Merchants Bonding Company has compiled a list of resources for our agent partners and contractor clients to stay up-to-date during this unprecedented time. As the situation unfolds, it is imperative we all stay current on news and information as it is released. 

 
What's New

How the Paycheck Protection Program Loans Differ in Round 2
January 5, 2021 (Engineering News Record)

SBA Developing PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaire
November 12 (Associated General Contractors of America)
 

PPP Loan Forgiveness Could Result in Big Tax Bills
August 31 (Construction Dive)

Defense! Defense!
Seven Common Principal Defenses
October 14 (Merchants Bonding Company)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Profiting During Business Cycles
October 28 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

Analysis

Predicting the Next Construction Recession
What impact would a construction recession have in 2020? How about 2021?
January 2020 (Construction Analytics – Ed Zarenksi, Construction Analyst)

Architecture Billings Index Points to Major Downturn in Commercial Construction
April 22 (The American Institute of Architects)

COVID-19 Impact Observations on Commercial Surety
April 30 (Merchants Bonding Company)
 

TRIP Releases Rural Roads Report
Report Released Nationally to Show Importance of Rural Roads to America's Economic Recovery
May 12 (National Transportation Research Nonprofit)

State-by-State Coronavirus Construction Status Updates
May 18 (Builder Online)

AGC Survey Tracks Slippage in Construction Demand
May 22 (Aashio Journal)

AGC Survey: Construction Employment Shrinks in 49 States
May 22 (Associated General Contractors of America)

Coronavirus Has Affected Construction the Most in These 10 States
May 27 (Construction Dive)

Pandemic Impact - Construction Outlook
Analysis of a Recession Scenario 2020-2022
June 4 (Construction Analytics – Ed Zarenksi, Construction Analyst)

Business Management  

 How the Paycheck Protection Program Loans Differ in Round 2
January 5, 2021 (Engineering News Record)

SBA Developing PPP Loan Necessity Questionnaire
November 12 (Associated General Contractors of America)

Federal Programs Helpful for Many Businesses
March 31 (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)

Step-by-Step Guidance for Small Business Contractors
April 1 (Surety & Fidelity Association of America)
  

Nonresidential Construction Spending Declines in March as Pandemic Halts Projects
May 1 (Associated General Contractors of America)
 

A.M. Best Responds to IMF's 'Significant Revision' of 2020 Economic Outlook
May 13 (A.M. Best)

New Directive Eases Path for Smaller Paycheck Protection Loans
Treasury-SBA Guideline Applies to PPP Loans Under $2 Million
May 13 (Engineering News-Record)
 

PPP Forgiveness Guidance Issued as Congress Mulls Changes
May 25 (Journal of Accountancy)

US Lifelines Prove Elusive: Payment Protection Program
May 25/June 1 (Engineering News-Record)
 

AGC Victorious in Leading Congressional Passage of PPP Loan Improvements
June 3 (Associated General Contractors of America)

Federal Highway Investment Benefits by State - FY 2018
June 15 (American Road & Transportation Builders Association)
 

Paycheck Protection Program: Flexibility, Updates & Guidance - Part 1
Paycheck Protection Program: Flexibility, Updates & Guidance - Part 2
July (Let’s Get Surety - NASBP Podcast)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Managing Overhead is Critical
March 25 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)
 

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Time is Not on Our Side
April 9 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Pace of Recovery
April 15 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
The Construction Market Bracing for Long-Term Disruption
May 13 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
The Construction Market: Recovery, Timing, Profit
May 20 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
The Ripple Effect of this Economic Disruption
May 27 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)
 

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
The Dynamics and Patterns of a Construction Market Downturn
June 10 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Construction Market Downturn's Impact on Profitability
June 17 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)
 

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Preparing for the Next Construction Market Cycle
July 1 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
The Concept of "Flexible Overhead"
July 8 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Embracing and Implementing "Flexible Overhead"
July 15 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
U.S. Economic and Construction Market Update
July 29 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors

Construction Market Developments
August 26 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Global Perspective
September 9 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant) 
 

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Reader Questions and Answers - Round 6
September 30 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant) 

A Crisis-Era Message to Contractors
Why Partial Recovery Is Not Enough?
October 14 (Let’s Talk Business – Thomas C. Schleifer, Construction Consultant)

Claims

Answers to 5 Common Contractor Questions Related to COVID-19
April 8 (Merchants Bonding Company)

Analyze Your Contracts
Advice from Merchants' Claims Experts
April 22 (Merchants Bonding Company)

Create, Implement and Revise Your Plan as Necessary
Advice from Merchants' Claims Experts
April 22 (Merchants Bonding Company)

Document and Isolate Coronavirus Issues
Advice from Merchants' Claims Experts
April 22 (Merchants Bonding Company)

Taking A Proactive Approach During COVID-19
Advice from Merchants' Claims Experts
April 22 (Merchants Bonding Company)

Industry Links

Associated Builders & Contractors

Associated General Contractors of America

AGC Action Alerts

Construction Analytics
Ed Zarenski, Construction Analyst

Dodge Data & Analytics

Let's Talk Business
Thomas C. Schleifer, PhD, Construction Consultant

National Association of Surety Bond Producers

Let's Get Surety
NASBP Podcast

Surety & Fidelity Association of America