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.
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.
**Expires June 30!**
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.
THE PRESIDENT’S CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA
15 Days to Slow the Spread - President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.
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.
MAY 21, 2020
During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced a plan to rapidly increase COVID-19 testing volume to 7,500 tests per day in Missouri.
MAY 20, 2020
During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a new COVID-19 dashboard containing Missouri-specific data from across the state.
A $40 million emergency funding package initially approved by Missouri lawmakers last month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic ballooned to roughly $6.2 billion on Wednesday, April 8.
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.
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.
- 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 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
March 24, 2020: The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services updated their testing screening criteria which reflect the CDC's latest recommendations Learn about the criteria here
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.
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. This Order will take effect on June 29, and will remain in effect until at least July 12.
Beginning Monday, June 29, 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. Exceptions to this requirement are:
Minors, though Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance recommends that all individuals over the age of two wear masks.
People who have disabilities that:
Prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off face coverings.
Prevent them from communicating while wearing face coverings.
People who have respiratory conditions or breathing trouble.
People who have been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings.
People who are seated in a restaurant, tavern, or bar and are engaged in consuming food or drink while adequately distanced from other tables.
Read the full order and FAQ here: Updated Reopening Plan
CARES ACT FUNDING FOR PLATTE COUNTY
The Platte County CARES “Survive & Thrive” Small Business Grant Program is now accepting applications. This goal of this program is to provide assistance to small businesses in Platte County due to COVID-19.
Click here to apply!
CARES ACT FUNDING FOR KCMO IN CLAY COUNTY
KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas announced the plan for initial CARES Act distribution in the Kansas City portion of Clay County. Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. will receive $1 million to provide emergency rental, utility and nutrition assistance. Anyone who would like to apply for that assistance can call NNI at 816-454-2000.
The Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City (EDCKD) will receive $1.5 million to provide small business grants. Businesses with 75 or fewer employees can apply for grants up to $50,000 to aid in recovery. Anyone interested in that assistance can call 311.
The Platte County Health Department is discussing moving into the next reopening phase of emergency order which begins on June 1.
The Clay County Public Health Center voted to move into the next phase of their emergency reopening order that will expire on June 30.
KC SOURCE LINK
Explore various topics providing Kansas City entrepreneurs and business owners with resources to navigate their businesses through the outbreak.
NOW HIRING: ASSISTING KC LOCALS IN FINDING WORK DURING QUARANTINE
Team KC & Kansas City Area Development Council are compiling a list of current job opportunities available throughout the region. Please check out the link as it's updated daily! http://teamkc.thinkkc.com/talent-recruitment/portfolio/kc-career-network/kccn-special-edition
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!
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
Suspension of disconnects and late fees
Suspension of shut-offs
Suspension of shut-offs and late fees
Suspension of shut-offs
Suspension of shut-offs
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