As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and our communities make hard decisions related to social distancing and quarantine, the Chamber recognizes that our small business and non-profit members are going to be hit the hardest. Throughout this public health crisis, the Chamber will work hard to provide valuable information and resources to help our members stay personally and financially healthy.
Although we are not meeting in person our Chamber Board and the Executive Director are continuing our meetings remotely, and will continue to do what we do best: act as a connector for our community. We will use technology to hold meetings through video and audio conferencing while conducting business through phone call and emails. We also plan to link you to online training focused specifically on helping our small business and non-profit member family navigate this difficult time.
If you find additional resources that you think the Chamber should share with our members, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Small Business & Non-profit Employers
Federal, state, and local governments are beginning to open grants, funds, and programs to help small business and non-profit employers meet financial obligations and prepare for the possibility of extended down-times.
Grants & Funds
- US Small Business Administration - several types of low-interest loans are available from the SBA, including Economic Injury Disaster Loans. You might be asked to fill out a simple, one-page Economic Injury Worksheet
- For the latest information from the CDC, please visit the CDC COVID-19 Webpage.
Preparing your Business and Protecting Your Employees
NEW3/18/19!! Business Disruption Response: What's Next
(Source: Missouri SBDC)
This document includes steps business owners should take to help prepare to prepare for obtaining financial assitance.
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (Source: CDC)
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and includes recommended strategies for sick employees, environmental cleaning, travel and general communications. The CDC has indicated that it will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.
This page provides information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Current Federal guidance for businesses and employers, information about loans and accessing capitol, and other SBA resources.
Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations (Source: CDC)
This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of your business. It is aimed at limiting the survival of novel coronavirus in key environments.
Coronavirus: Preparing your business for impact (Source: Lockton)
Here is an article from the experts at our corporate partner Lockton about how to address property or business interuptions, employee rights and benefits, and employee health and welfare.
Tools for employers on COVID-19 from OSHA and our team (Source: Husch and Blackwell)
All of us are being inundated by rapidly changing news and tons of advice about COVID-19. For those whose job it is to keep workplaces safe and healthy, here are key resources from an Mid-America LGBT Chamber Member to cut through the clutter.
Remote Work Policy Template (Source: Overland Park Chamber of Commerce)
Are you planning on having your employees work from home or need one or more to work from home due to possible exposure? This is a handy and easy template.
Financial Assistance Available for Impacted Businesses
Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Financial Forms for You or Your Small Business - (Source: Kansas City Federal Reserve)
Take the first steps in preparing for a disaster by completing your personal or small business financial form. Check out the disaster preparedness and recovery financial forms, checklists and resources on this page.
SBA Loan Information for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
(Source: U.S. Small Business Administration)
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
AltCap: Alternative Capital for Community Impact (Source: AltCap)
If your Kansas City small business is experiencing difficulties during this time due to the loss of customers and income, supply chain disruption, or other issues, please reach out to AltCap’s business development team to discuss options for accessing capital and how AltCap can support you. As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), AltCap is on the frontlines of disaster recovery efforts helping communities weather the effects of natural disasters, recessions and other significant economic events. AltCap is in communication with the U.S. Small Business Administration and local and state government officials to help ensure any available federal relief funds are mobilized locally to support small businesses during this challenging time.
Funding Your Kansas City Business (Source: KC Source Link) This guide walks you through the types of funding available for your KC startup or small business. Read through it and then give us a call at 816-235-6500 if you have specific questions or want to know what funding resources are right for you
MEMBER BANKS AND SAVINGS AND LOANS:
If you are a member bank, savings and loan, other financial institution, or non-profit with disater resources available for our small business members please let us know and we will gladly post those opportunities. Please contact email@example.com with your information.
Risk Management and Legal Issues
5 key questions your organization needs to answer concerning risk management around a pandemic
Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in U.S. Casualty Claim (Source: AON)
The Coronavirus – D&O, EPL, and Wage & Hour Insurance (Source: AON)
Bookmark this one. The Kansas City legal firm Polsinelli has launched its COVID Response Team and the new COVID-19: What Your Business Needs to Know blog. Polsinelli’s cross-disciplinary COVID-19 attorney team draws on the expertise of more than 15 practice groups and provides practical guidance and counsel on the full array of industries and legal complexities.
Current topics include:
Communication with Your Customers
- Communicate your office hours and have they have changed
- Let your customers know the precautions you’re taking
- Let your customers know the precautions you expect them to take
- Market your business changes (curbside delivery, online courses, special appointments)
Update Your “Google My Business” (Source: Google)
Let your customers/clients know your business hours, make sure your phone number is correct and post a bit about your business and how you’re helping folks navigate the outbreak. And if you aren’t fully repped online, now is the definitely the time.
(Source: CDC and Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce)
Created by Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, this poster is an example of how you can communicate with your customers. Feel free to adapt it and use it forward.
Customizable Workplace Flyer (Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Open this file in the latest version of Chrome or Edge browser, or Adobe software, to customize.
Shareable Social Graphics (Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Use these shareable social graphics to help your business and community keep families, schools and businesses safe, and keep them informed on what to do if they get sick.
Industry Specific Topics
Mid-America LGBT Chamber Meetings & Events
The Chamber recently released a statement in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, Click Here to Read the Statement. The Chamber has decided to cancel or reschedule all upcoming events and suspend in-person board and committee meetings until further notice.
Rescheduled / Canceled Events
- Canceled: March 12th B2B Network Event at Jax
- Canceled: March 19th Coffee Connections at Trilogie
- Canceled: March Kay Barnes Leadership Meeting
- Canceled: March Metzler Mentor Program Meeting
- Tentatively Rescheduled to June 24th: Transgender Day of Visibility
We Want to Hear What You Are Doing!
The Chamber is asking member businesses what changes they are implementing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to connect with our small businesses members and share how they are continuing to serve KC Metro citizens.
We will list your comments on the website and share some on social media. If you would like your business to be added to this list, please fill out this form.
Here is an example to get it started:
A Great Restaurant
4931 W 6th St.
What we’re doing: We switched today to a carry out only will be switching to a carry out only menu available from 11am – 8pm daily. Thank you for the continued support and please check out our menu at www.theirlink.com. Any tips we receive at this time will be divided among the staff we have had to put on hold to help lighten their load.
Their Facebook Page
We Want to Advertise Your Specials
We want to help our members advertise their specials to the community. We will post them on the chamber page and push them across our social media. There is no additional cost for this service. The health of your business is our first priority. Members can add their "Hot Deals" by logging into their account and clicking on Hot Deals. You will see an add button on the page, or you can send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Dates the Offer is Valid
- Contact Phone
- Email Address
- Website Address
- Images You Wish to Add