Coronavirus (COVID-19) News & Resources

We encourage Northland businesses and residents to monitor the situation and be diligent in protecting themselves. The Chamber has compiled resources, local, state, and national, for its business members and the general public. This website will be updated daily as more resources and information becomes available. 

Our goal is to minimize the impact on our community by looking to experts for guidance related to COVID-19.

Disclaimer: Please remember the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce is not a health official or government official. Our goal is to share information that is accurate and unbiased in a timely manner. Please seek additional information from the linked sources provided. If you are sick, or feel sick, please contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions.

National Resources

EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT FOR COVID-19 IMPACTED EMPLOYEES

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security) created a new employee retention tax credit for employees who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

The U.S. Chamber created a small business guide with everything you need to know about how to apply for relief under the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security), including eligibility, requirements and application guidelines.

The U.S. Department of Treasury also created a quick one sheet fact guide with information on when and where to apply for the PPP Loan. If you would like to view a sample application as a borrower or a lender and would like more information in general, please visit this website.

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus - The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering all U.S. 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).


Applicants are encouraged to apply online for a disaster loan. If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, please call SBA at 1‐800‐659‐2955 for assistance.

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Combating the Coronavirus - The U.S. Chamber is working closely with the White House, U.S. government agencies, and foreign government officials 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.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you Need to Know - This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Coronavirus Resources - The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) - The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements.

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

Tax Payment Deadline Extension - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY

Resources, Updates, and What You Should Know - The Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the coronavirus. In February, Secretary Mnuchin was appointed to the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, where he meets daily with the Vice President and our nation’s top health officials.

State Resources

MISSOURI SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM 

Missouri businesses can seek assistance from the Small Business Association Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The SBA will offer targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans for Missouri small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 disruptions.

​Businesses can receive up to $2 million in assistance to use toward fixed debt payments, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid due to the impact of COVID-19. The interest rate for small businesses is 3.75% and 2.75% for non-profits.

Apply: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Click here for updates on the ongoing employment impacts from COVID-19. The Department also has a brief Frequently Asked Questions section that attempts to clarify and address the most common issues.

Unemployed Workers:

- Missouri has a basic instructional video to aid workers as they file for unemployment in the state of Missouri: Filing for Unemployment Basics tutorial video will outline the steps you will need to take during this process.

Visit the “UInteract” website to file for unemployment. You will need to create an account and you will need the following information:

  • The name and address of each employer you worked with during the past 18 months.

  • Check stubs showing year-to-date earnings from each employer you worked with during the past 18 months.

  • If you have military employment, a DD-214 Member 4 form if you were separated from the U.S. Military within the past 18 months.

MISSOURI GOVERNOR MIKE PARSON

Latest Updates from the Governor of Missouri

MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

COVID-19 Business Resources - This page serves to be central hub for Missouri business owners to view current temporary restrictions, available resources to help curb the COVID-19 impact on your business and pending legislation addressing COVID-19 and aiming to provide additional relief to businesses.

Local Resources

KCMO MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS UPDATES GUIDELINES TO EMERGENCY ORDER

Mayor Lucas extended his Emergency Order with an updated set of guidelines as Kansas City, Missouri continues to move forward with its responsible re-opening plan. The updated order will take effect at 12:01 AM on Friday, November 20 and will remain in effect until at least 12:01 a.m. on January 16, 2021, unless modified or rescinded. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change, based on guidance from public health officials and other medical experts.

Beginning Friday, November 20, all Kansas Citians must wear a face covering or mask while indoors in an area of public accommodation. These spaces include, but are not limited to, grocery and retail stores, special events, and public transit. 

What are the new requirements being implemented by this order?

There are several new requirements in the latest order. All of these are based on strong recommendations by local, state, and federal health officials.

  • All indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people maximum.

  • Restaurants, taverns, and all other venues, including wedding and other event spaces, shall close at 10:00 PM and shall limit the number of occupants indoors to no more than 50 percent of building occupancy.

  • Indoor and outdoor patrons at these facilities must be seated, and also masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Indoor and outdoor parties are limited to a maximum of 10 people and parties shall be spaced with no less than six feet of distance between themselves and individuals from any other parties. Operators must report any COVID cases among staff or patrons to the Department of Health.

  • Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces with more than one person per room, and outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • Patrons of gyms, fitness, and recreational centers, including city, school, and other publicly-owned and managed facilities, must wear masks, and are limited to no more than 50 percent capacity.

Read the full order and FAQ here: Updated Reopening Plan

CARES ACT FUNDING FOR KCMO IN CLAY COUNTY

The Clay County Kansas City Missouri CARES Act Grant Fund will provide funding to help small businesses in Clay County located within the city limits of Kansas City Missouri, to provide operational expenses during this unprecedented period of economic stress due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. 12 companies will receive a $30,000 unrestricted grant.

 

Application Process:

  • Clay County CARES Act KCMO Grant Fund Applications are located at EDCKC.COM (COVID- 19 Relief – Clay County CARES ACT Grant Application page)

  • Paper Applications are available at EDCKC, 300 Wyandotte, KCMO, and 4th Floor Kiosk (at EDCKC office front door). These can be returned via the same location or scanned and emailed to GrantsKC@edckc.com

  • For program information call 816-303-9149, or email GrantsKC@edckc.com 

  • 12 applications will be approved for funding by the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City will accept applications until 11:59pm on 11/30/2020. Winners will be notified on 12/4/2020.

PLATTE COUNTY UPDATES THEIR EMERGENCY ORDER TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 23

The Platte County Health Department has updated their emergency order which begins at midnight on November 23 and will continue until further notice. 

Click here for the full order and specific guideline restrictions.

CLAY COUNTY UPDATES THEIR EMERGENCY ORDER TO BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 23

The Clay County Public Health Center has updated their emergency order which begins at midnight on November 23 and will continue until further notice.  

Click here for the full order

KC SOURCE LINK

Explore various topics providing Kansas City entrepreneurs and business owners with resources to navigate their businesses through the outbreak. 

CURBSIDE KC

Northland and Kansas City metro restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries need our support more than ever during the Coronavirus outbreak. Many businesses are now curbside, takeout and/or delivery through the next several weeks. To help you know who is offering these services, Curbside KC created this master list of all options.

 

Please review this database to support our local businesses!

UTILITY ASSISTANCE

  • Evergy Missouri Metro

    • Temporarily suspending payment related disconnection activities for all customers, no late payment fees that might accrue for service provided on and after March 1, 2020 for residential and small business customers, residential and small business customers who had been disconnected prior to March 13 may re-establish service by paying one-twelfth of their account balance, and extended payment options. These changes will be in place through at least May 1

  • Spire Missouri

    • Suspension of disconnects and late fees

  • Kansas City Water

    • Suspension of shut-offs

  • Gladstone Municipal Water

    • Suspension of shut-offs and late fees

  • Liberty Municipal Water

    • Suspension of shut-offs

  • North Kansas City Water

    • Suspension of shut-offs

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

TeamLogic IT of Kansas City has readily available assistance for business owners who are enabling their employees to work remotely and needing access to their company network, servers, emails, business phones, etc. They created a special hotline, available M-F 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. via phone or email, to provide answers to technology-related questions around:

 

  • Enabling employees to work from home

  • Tips for managing a remote work force

  • How to manage security for a remote work force

  • Or any technology-related questions they have or issues they are struggling with while they strive to keep their businesses operational.

 

The company is not charging owners to consult with them nor to answer their questions. 

816-301-6884 Option 1

KansasCityNorthMO@TeamLogicIT.com

Mission Statement
The mission of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the business community, economic growth and quality of life in the Northland. 
Vision

The Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce will serve to:

  • Enhance business opportunities and services for members

  • Provide a strong and unified voice for the Northland

  • Promote high quality growth and development

  • Lead the development of activities and partnerships among business, government and education

 

Contact

634 NW Englewood Road

Kansas City, MO 64118

816-455-9911
816-455-9933

northland@northlandchamber.com

 

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