As we navigate local changes we know that our members and business community are seeking answers for their own plans. It is our commitment to get you the best information we have in a timely manner to assist in your questions. Below please find 3 trustful business resources:
From the United States Chamber of Commerce:
From the U.S. Small Business Administration:
SBA Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration will be offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
For program questions or assistance in completing the application online, businesses can contact the SBA Customer Service Center directly at 1-800-659-2955 or create an online appointment by following the link to the Small Business Development Center.
Unemployment Resources: Employers
Below are several links and videos from Missouri Department of Labor to help employers make informed decisions during this difficult period:
SHARED WORK PROGRAM - a layoff aversion program.
FILING A MASS CLAIM - expedite filing multiple claims for your employees.
Unemployment Resources: Employees
Below is a video on unemployment basics.
Job Center Resources
All Job Centers are currently closed to in-person services. Customers are directed to call 1-888-728-JOBS (5627) or go online to jobs.mo.gov to access resources until further notice.
Missouri Job Centers are offering reemployment services to those laid off due to COVID-19. Those services include:
Assistance with job searching as well as resume and interview preparation.
Job Centers also offer training to those that qualify.
Support for unemployment insurance claimants will continue to be provided by telephone or online. Job Centers are prioritizing services to meet the increased unemployment requests.
Business Check List:
EMPLOYEE HEALTH GUIDELINES - Train employees in regards to good hygiene safeguards, ensure they are following these guidelines.
PUBLIC SPACES CLEANING GUIDELINES - Show your staff the proper cleaning regimen for public spaces.
DOCUMENTING ECONOMIC INJURY - Keep up with journals on your business during this time. Be sure to document/ log all economic injury to your business, including: lost business, changes in staffing needs, effects of government-recommended business practice; anything you are doing different due to COVID-19.