These 6 resources are offering free help and funds for small businesses

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Small business owners are still scrambling to find and apply for financial aid and figure out how best to survive this pandemic-induced economic downturn.

And, of course, most can't afford help from expensive lawyers, accountants and business consultants.

The following resources and initiatives are designed to help them with all of that...for free. They provide wide-ranging lists of grants and loans from the private and public sectors, and provide small business owners with one-on-one consultations, tools and other support.

1. More than $710 billion in Covid19-related grants and loans is a searchable database for entrepreneurs of cash relief resources across the world, including an extensive list of options in the United States. Currently, it has over 500 listings worth more than $710 billion.

It was created by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

The information is updated daily and is crowdsourced from the school's direct networks, LinkedIn groups and social media, said the Center's faculty director Cathy Clark.

2. Private and public sector aid, with a special focus on minority-owned businesses