CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

LOCAL RESOURCES

The City of Columbia and Boone County have issued an order for Reopening Plan – Phase 2, Step 2, effective May 26, 2020. Click here to read the order. Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about this order.

The City of Columbia and Boone County has updated The Road to Reopening: Guidance for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide guidance to businesses, including the May 22 Phase 2 Step 2 Reopening Order.

The City of Columbia and Boone County have issued orders regarding reopening May 4, 2020. Click here for more information. Click here for more information.

REDI offers a weekly “Business to Business” conference line call Mondays at 11 a.m. Board members, investors, Hub clients, company representatives and business owners can call in to share concerns, discuss ideas, offer support to one another, and learn about resources to assist businesses in our community. Call: 712-432-6110, passcode 531865.

The City of Columbia offers current COVID-19/coronavirus information and resource links at https://www.como.gov/coronavirus/ The City of Columbia Contact Center is available at 573-874-2489.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce offers updates and business resources at https://columbiamochamber.com/resources/covid-19-resources/

The Missouri Women’s Business Center offers help and resources at http://mowbc.org/covid-19-resources/

The City of Columbia Housing Programs Division’s Microenterprise Recovery Loan Program is now available. This program provides a fully forgivable loan for qualified local microenterprises with 5 or fewer employees.  Applications will open Wednesday, April 15th. For more information, visit  opens in a new windowhttps://www.como.gov/community-development/neighborhoods/housingprogramsdivision/microenterprise-recovery-loan-program/

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information on local resources as well as information for visitors and Columbia’s tourism partners at https://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/ 

The District provides a list of businesses open, closed and/or offering curbside pickup at https://discoverthedistrict.com/events/event/district-businesses-open-closed-and-curbside-pickup/

The Loop provides a list of Loop business who are providing food delivery, curbside pickup, phone consultations and online shopping at http://theloopcomo.com/list-of-business-providing-delivery-and-other-options/ Additional information is available at http://theloopcomo.com/

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Verizon are providing grants to WMBE businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities. Please list Rural LISC and CMCA as the referral entity (these are our local entities). Learn more and link to an application at https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/verizon-small-business-recovery-fund/

opens in a new windowCoMoHelps ( opens in a new windowhttps://comohelps.org/ ) is a joint effort of Heart of Missouri United Way, City of Columbia, Boone County, and Community Foundation of Central Missouri to coordinate monetary donations and volunteers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Great Circle is here for our community.  If you know of anyone who may be struggling with the uncertainty of this time, please share our GCHelps line at 1-844-424-3577.  Callers will be triaged and immediately connected to an appropriate Great Circle clinician. This service is available to anyone of any age as part of our Community Counseling program.

MISSOURI RESOURCES

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce offers resources at https://mochamber.com/, and its Uniting for Recovery Return to Work Guide at https://mochamber.com/returntowork/

MOSourceLink offers a list of business resources at https://www.mosourcelink.com/l/coronavirus-business-resources, and a page specifically for small business financing during COVID-19 at  opens in a new windowhttp://mosourcelink.com/covid-financing. MOSourceLink offers Resource Network Zoom meetings every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at opens in a new windowhttps://umsystem.zoom.us/j/754940742, Meeting ID: 754 940 742

The Missouri Small Business Development Center offers resources at https://sbdc.missouri.edu/sbdc-covid-19-resources

Missouri State resources for businesses can be found at opens in a new windowded.mo.gov/coronavirus 

The State of Missouri is seeking manufacturers that would like to make personal protective equipment (PPE), or have available PPE to sell. For more information, visit https://ded.mo.gov/howtohelp

opens in a new windowhttps://jobs.mo.gov/ is State of Missouri resource for individuals that may have lost a job, or looking for new employment. Employers that need to fill positions with qualified workers can also use this site to connect with job seekers. All services are available to job seekers and employers at no cost. The best way to access these Missouri Job Center services during this time is online: opens in a new windowhttps://jobs.mo.gov/

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s One Start Team hiring portal for people looking for jobs can be found at opens in a new windowhttps://missourionestart.com/now-hiring/  To include your business’s job postings on this list, email to opens in a new windowshelle.jacobs@ded.mo.gov your company name; location of position; company contact with email address; if individual should apply directly to company website to apply (if yes, provide link if possible); if resume needs to be sent and if email of company contact to send it to; position(s) for which the company is hiring (manufacturing, call center, etc); shifts for which are being hired; full-time, part-time or both.

MOSourceLink offers a list of business resources at https://www.mosourcelink.com/l/coronavirus-business-resources, and a page specifically for small business financing during COVID-19 at  opens in a new windowhttp://mosourcelink.com/covid-financing.

Missouri Enterprises offers information COVID-19 Information for Manufacturers at https://www.missourienterprise.org

The Missouri School Boards Association has published recommendations for re-opening schools, Pandemic Recovery Considerations.

U.S. RESOURCES

Information about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

SBA Disaster Loan process information is available at  opens in a new windowhttps://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/  Small businesses can apply now to get a $10,000 cash advance if they qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  If they do qualify for the EIDL, but then also qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), they then can apply for it and roll the EIDL into the PPP loan.  Businesses can have multiple SBA loans without penalty.  The U.S. Small Business Administration is has made available Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA  makes loans available statewide in Missouri to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Applicants will be able to apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at opens in a new windowhttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Read more at https://www.columbiaredi.com/sba-approves-disaster-declaration-for-missouri/  The Women’s Business Center (573-818-2980) and the Small Business Development Center ( opens in a new windowchristianma@missouri.edu) can help with these applications.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled its opens in a new windowSave Small Business Initiative to address the immediate needs of the small business community, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize support for long-term recovery in the wake of the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Chamber Foundation is supporting the supplemental financial assistance by launching their  opens in a new windowSave Small Business Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will be providing $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities. Applications for the Save Small Business Grant Fund will open Monday, April 20 at 3 p.m. ET.  There are several eligibility requirements which can be found  opens in a new windowhere.  For more information on the Save Small Business Grant Fund including qualifications, the application process and FAQs, please  opens in a new windowclick here.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship offers information and links to resources at https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/guide-to-the-cares-act.  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt offers coronavirus crisis resources at https://www.blunt.senate.gov/coronavirus. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley offers coronavirus crisis resources at https://www.hawley.senate.gov/coronavirus

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) offers an explanation of the Expanded Medical Leave program that was part of the Families First Coronavirus Bill at https://www.nfib.com/content/legal-compliance/coronavirus/coronavirus-paid-sick-leave-and-expanded-family-leave-law-effective-april-1-2020/

The CDC website can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/

 

 

Call the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411, if you are need of immediate help.