If you and your business need help staying informed and safe (and sane), we have some helpful resources to point you towards:
MOSourceLink has created a portal to resources specific to the COVID-19 outbreak HERE. You can find information here on any updates on small business assistance, announcements and tips for applying for disaster relief funding, workforce and HR concerns and more. MOSourceLink also has a hotline for help -- 866-870-6500. If you are a small business, MOSourceLink has resources to support you --- they are putting together an Shop Local Online directory for businesses doing online sales or providing gift certificates, and they can also connect you with other resources for assistance.
If you want to connect with other business owners, MOSourceLink is hosting virtual meetings every week, Thursdays at 10:30 am, through the end of April. Connect with the weekly Zoom meeting here:
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Meeting ID: 544 608 421
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is "working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Small business owners in many states are now eligible to apply." To apply, visit this PAGE.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) also has Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 HERE. This guide, which is being updated as developments occur, may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 in non-healthcare settings.