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Coronavirus Resources

The Coronavirus situation continues to evolve and the Overland Park Chamber wants to be a resource for employers in monitoring the outbreak and preparing to implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, please explore these following 7 sections of helpful information and resources:

 

1) Government Resources (including reopening plan)

City of Overland Park

Johnson County

State of Kansas

Federal Government

2) COVID-19 Events

         Upcoming Events 

  • Johnson County Community College is hosting twice a week EdTalks each Tuesday and Friday. These free, virtual, instructor-led courses will educate and entertain on both professional and personal topics.  

        Past Events

  • The Chamber hosted a webinar in which Valerie Jennings, Jennings Social Media and Martech, presented The New Normal - Transforming Your Digital Strategy For Success. To watch a recorded video, click here. To see the slides, click here. (May 13)
  • Fisher Phillips LLP hosted the webinar, Legal and HR Considerations for Employers to Get Back to Business, looking at various issues that may confront employers as workplaces re-open, including phased ramp-up requirements, employee testing, ongoing work from home issues. Webinar replay. (May 7)
  • Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-03) joined the Chamber for a listening session and discussion of policy issues. Video
  • The Kansas Small Business Development Center (SBDC):The Kansas Small Business Development Center is hosting multiple webinars aimed at supporting small businesses. To see past events, visit the SBDC's YouTube page.
    • Conversations with your Banker: Navigating the SBA Loan Process - (April 14)
    • Working on your Business, When You Can't Work in your Business - (April 15)
    • Working on your Business, When You Can't Work in your Business - (April 29)
  • The Chamber hosted an event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in which Jack Howard, Senior Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provided details of the CARES Act and an update on additional federal relief efforts. Webinar replay (April 16)
  • The Chamber and AdamsGabbertUtilizing Microsoft Teams to Optimize Your Remote Workforce. To watch a recorded video, click here. To see the slideshow, click here. (April 9)
  • The Chamber with Dan Stalp, Sandler Training: How to “LEAN IN” to our fears, rather than “LEAN OUT”. (April 8)
  • Network TechnologiesProviding Technical Leadership and Essential Services in a Dynamic Work Environment. Sign up here to view the recording.  (April 8)
  • Foulston SiefkinImplementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act  (April 7) 
  • Foulston SiefkinNew Federal Laws in the Time of COVID-19. To watch a recorded video, click here. To see the slideshow, click here. (April 2)

3) General Guidance & Employer Resources

US Chamber Toolkit of Resources:

Kansas Leadership Center:

 The United Way of Greater Kansas City:

  • United Way 211 connects callers and visitors to more than 8,000 programs run by nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the 23-county United Way 211 service area. During this public health crisis, United Way 211 provides a one-stop resource for community relief – food, financial help, utility assistance, tax services and more. Visit 211kc.org or dial 211

Small Business Development Center:

  • The Kansas SBDC has an FAQ and resource guide to COVID-19 for employers. It includes guidance on topics including human resources, business finances and customer interaction.
  • The Missouri SBDC has a helpful blog post about what you can do now for your business to respond to COVID-19. This includes financial options to manage cash flow and find additional resources to navigate this unprecedented situation. This information is specifically targeted at small businesses, entrepreneurs, and contractors. 

The Enterprise Center in Johnson County:

TechCycle Solutions

  • TechCycle Solutions is here to help small businesses set up device donation drives to help them raise money and pay bills in this tough time. See this flyer to learn more or read their LinkedIn post here.

4) Small Business Resources

5) SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES!

Member Alerts:

March 25, 2020 - Department of Labor issues guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Mar 22, 2020 - Stay at Home Order Issued

March 21, 2020 - SBA Loans announced

March 20, 2020 - Update of Federal, State & Local Actions

March 20, 2020 - Updates for Hospitality Industry

March 16, 2020 - Update on Public Closures

March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

March 9, 2020 - Resources for dealing with COVID-19 Issues in the Workplace

6) Digital Content and Social Media

  • Be sure to follow the Overland Park Chamber on Twitter and Facebook to get updated information about businesses in our community and additional resources.
  • If you work for a Chamber member company and would like to receive e-mail communications from the Chamber, please e-mail daggus@opchamber.org.

7) Chamber Event Updates

  • In accordance with the Stay at Home Order, the Chamber office is closed. Chamber staff is working remotely from home and can be reached by email or phone. For a staff directory, click here.
  • All meetings and room rentals scheduled in the building in the near future have been cancelled.
  • Chamber events are being transitioned to meeting virtually where possible. Please visit the Chamber's Event Calendar to see which events are being held and to register. If you have questions about Chamber events, please email cfritzwatson@opchamber.org.

 

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