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COVID-19 Updates

Check here for local business updates, business resources, and how you can help.

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Business Resources

 

Resources to Help Your Business Prepare for Reopening

Guides

 

CDC Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information and updates on how to prevent community spread. Below is specific guidance for community organizations, businesses, and event planners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Updated guidelines and recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Businesses

Community Organizations

Community Events

 

SBA Resources

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a toolkit offering guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus. They also offer the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program that provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

toolkit

loan program

emergency preparedness

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is working to inform and equip businesses with the most important and up-to-date information to prevent the spread of the virus and prepare businesses for the near and long-term impact.

business resources

 

U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies.

employment resources

 

Assistance from banks and credit card companies: Capital One, Citi, and Wells Fargo have all issued statements indicating that they are willing to work with customers that experience financial difficulties. Citi issued a statement that for 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived. Citi is also waiving the fees on early CD withdrawals. Wells Fargo donated $6.25 million in aid to help the public relief effort. The bank also encouraged customers that are experiencing financial hardship to contact customer service for assistance.

 


Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce

The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce has developed some great links including a Take Out Blitz, a Now Hiring Portal, a Help Wanted page, and a link to Disaster Loan Assistance from the SBA. Check in and use this great resource.



Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services:
A good resource to track COVID-19 cases and provides a good FAQ’s sheet

Department of Economic Development: 
Good resources for community development and small business development 

Forbes: 
Buy gift cards and merchandise. Restaurants collect gift card revenue as soon as the card is purchased, then mark it as redeemed once the user applies it to a bill.
If you are in a position to buy a gift card and sit on it for a while, you will be helping your local favorite get through a tough time.
Likewise, merchandise can be big profits for restaurants. They make money on t-shirts, cookbooks, mugs, water bottles, and the like. They’re walking advertisements, too, and they show that you’re lending your favorite place a hand

WhizBang:
Retail training in pdf and video form

Email from a small business on their plan to keep serving customers

Recommendations for large gatherings

If cancelling non-profit events, things to consider

KCSourceLink Coronavirus Business Resources and Update

  • We at KCSourceLink created this portal of business resources—and business resources specific to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak—to help you stay informed, safe and sane. 
  • Use this portal to check on updates on small business assistance, remote business workshops, tips for communicating to your team and your customers, and applying for funding.
  • Need business help right now? We’re here for you!
  • Our hotline is—and will continue to be—open for your business. You can still talk to real people and get relevant resources to help your business in general and throughout the outbreak of the coronavirus. 
  • Give us a call at 816-235-6500 or tell us what you need at www.kcsourcelink.com/myplan and our Network Navigators will help you get to the right resources to start, plan, grow and fund your business. Our services are free.

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