Coronavirus, Covid 19, Business Resources

This page is not intended to provide breaking alerts or health updates. Please use these resources for those needs:

Latest Grant Opportunities:

Miami County CARES Funding

  • Free PPE is available for nonprofits and businesses

Regulations regarding face coverings:

  • Miami County: Members of the Miami County Commission have let the Governor's Executive Order regarding face covers stand..
  • City of Paola: The City Council has adopted an ordinance requiring face coverings. It becomes effective July 22. Information on when it applies and related exemptions are available on the city’s website.
  • City of Spring Hill: The city follows Johnson County’s emergency protocols for both sides of the county line. As such, Governor Kelly’s order requiring face coverings is in place. Information on when it applies and related exemptions are available on the city’s website. A sign template is available from the city here.  Johnson County government is offering a series of educational templates for businesses to use. They are available here.
  • City of Osawatomie: The City Council has adopted an ordinance requiring face coverings. Information on when it applies and related exemptions are available on the city’s website.

In summary, operations within the cities of Paola, Spring Hill and Osawatomie currently have local guidance requiring face coverings. Operations within the City of Louisburg or the unincorporated portions of the county fall under the Governor's Order.

The CDC offers free, educational materials and templates on their website.

Testing and Vaccinations:

Testing: Kansas Department of Health and Environment is currently offering free COVID testing. Information on current locations and hours is available here. 

Vaccinations: The Miami County Health Department is gathering information from persons interested in receiving the vaccine. You can sign up via their survey here.

Business Reopening Guidance:

State of Kansas Plan: An overview of the Kansas phasing

State of Kansas Business Industry Guidance: Industry links for best management practices

Safe Return KC Guide: Guidance for workplace and customer safety

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Financial Resources:

AltCap Fast Start Loan: A regional partner, AtlCap has streamlined their process for loans up to $20,000 with a processing time of about 48 hours. The first month payment can be waived.

AltCap COVID Relief Fund: A new $5 million loan pool has been created for loans up to $100,000. Priority will be given to small businesses in retail, food service, arts and entertainment, hospitality, healthcare not directly involved in the COVID-19 response, fitness, personal service and transportation. 

Artist Relief Fund: A national organization, Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19

Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act Overview: The US Chamber of Commerce has created an overview of the legislation

Evergy Assistance Programs: The region’s provider of electrical service is offering grants to nonprofits

Facebook: Cash grants and online marketing credits

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund: National fund offering direct cash grants to impacted restaurant workers 

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance: Applications can now be submitted via the portal

Small Business Administration Guidance on PPP Loan Forgiveness: Information for loan recipients regarding the process for securing forgiveness

US Chamber of Commerce: Targeted for businesses located within the Osawatomie zip code

US Chamber of Commerce: Summary of the Employee Retention Tax Credit Program

US Treasury: Summary of Paycheck Protection Program

US Treasury: Overview of Main Street Lending Fund, $1 million minimum loan fund

Employer/Employee Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance for Businesses: Workplace guidance for employers

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Guidance regarding Covid-19 and non-discrimination laws.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

Kansas Department of Labor: Resources of employers regarding workplace safety, the shared work program and filing for potential unemployment claims. Resources for workers impacted by reduced hours or layoffs

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Unemployment assistance for those who are self-employed, independent contractors, "gig" workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers, employees of religious organizations whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 or those who lack sufficient work history to file a claim or have been disqualified for state benefits but who are impacted directly by COVID-19

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: An index of frequently asked questions and recommendations by industry type

KansasWorks Essential Business Job Post Portal: This is a free listing to post open positions

Income Tax Filing Deadlines:

IRS Tax Relief for Disaster Areas: The Federal deadline for filing taxes and payment has altered

Kansas Tax Filing Deadline: The State deadline for renewals has been altered

Federal Agencies:

USDA: Frequently asked questions and resources regarding COVID-19 and food production, inspections, loans, plant and animal health guidelines and more

State Agencies:

Kansas Attorney General: Report price gouging

Kansas Department of Commerce: Information and resources to assist businesses

Kansas Department of Health and Environment: An index of frequently asked questions and recommendations by industry type

Kansas Driver’s License and Vehicle Registrations: The State deadline for renewals has been extended

Kansas Essential Functions Request Site: A portal providing assistance regarding Essential Business determinations

Regional Operations:

Sixth Judicial District Court: Schedule for court hearings

Small Business Administration: Business emergency plans

Additional Resources:

Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund: Led by the Greater Kansas City Foundation and similar metro agencies, this response fund will be offering grants to nonprofit organizations providing assistance with shelter, food and similar needs

Woman’s Foundation: Webinars and updates regarding efforts to support women-owned businesses.

Crafting a Profit and Loss Statement: This financial report lets you know your company’s profitability. SCORE’s free online course will help you create a P&L.

Personal Financial Statement: This document provides lenders with an overview of your personal assets and liabilities SCORE has a free template for you to download. 

News-Press Now: A print and online marketing grant for businesses

Alcohol Sales from Restaurants: The Governor’s Executive Order