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
- Reopening Johnson County Plan
- Johnson County Health and Environment
- Johnson County COVID-19 hotline available from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - (913) 715-2819.
- Johnson County Parks and Recreation department guidance
State of Kansas
- Kansas COVID-19 Response and Recovery
- Executive Orders from Governor Laura Kelly
Statewide Re-open Plan
- Reopen Kansas Framework - Phases at a Glance (updated May 14)
- Kansas Department of Commerce
- Due to overwhelming response, initial funds available through the the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund were allocated. However, the State will continue to collect information from hospitality businesses on losses due to COVID-19 . For more information: click here.
- Coronavirus Assistance Resources
- SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loan application
- COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
- Rapid Response for Laid-Off Workers - If your company is facing a permanent layoff of workers, contact Shelly Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kansas Department of Labor COVID-19 Response Resources
- Displaced workers can file for Unemployment Insurance at getkansasbenefits.gov. They can also call 800-292-6333. The call center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so filing online is best when possible.
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kansas Secretary of State
- To file business forms with the Secretary of State's office, visit this page. (Added April 16)
- U.S. Senator Jerry Moran - Coronavirus Information & Resources
- U.S. Senator Pat Roberts - Coronavirus Page
- U.S. Congresswoman Sharice Davids - Coronavirus Resource Center
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus homepage (CDC)
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers (CDC)
- COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention (OSHA)
- Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for COVID-19 (Updated May 19)
- Revised Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19 (Updated May 19)
- SBA guidance on calculating the forgiveness of PPP loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application, which informs borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The document helps small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight-week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans. To view the application and instructions, click here. (updated May 18)
- U.S. Department of Labor Guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (updated March 27)
- Fact Sheet for Employees
- Fact Sheet for Employers
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- The Department of Labor has designed a poster in response to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act for all covered employers to hang and distribute in their workplace with their other employment law notices. Information about the policies can be found here and the poster can be found here.
- Employment and Training Administration - This website outlines the unemployment insurance resources available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration - The OSHA website offers a variety of resources (alerts, interim enforcement guidance, control and prevention, etc.) designed to protect American workers from COVID-19.
- Wage and Hour Division - The WHD website provides fact sheets, posters, and frequently asked questions on implementing new Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Medical Leave.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Rumor Control Page
- How private businesses and others can partner with FEMA to fight COVID-19 (Updated March 27)
2) COVID-19 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.
- 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 AdamsGabbert: Utilizing 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 Technologies: Providing Technical Leadership and Essential Services in a Dynamic Work Environment. Sign up here to view the recording. (April 8)
- Foulston Siefkin: Implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (April 7)
- Foulston Siefkin: New 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:
- Guidance For Employers - Click here to download guidance for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus
- Workplace Tips- For workplace tips and resources for employers to combat the virus, please click here.
- Resilience in a Box- If your business needs help putting a plan in place, click here to use the U.S. Chamber Foundation's toolkit created in partnership with the UPS foundation.
- More Resources- For more resources, including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please click here.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has presented a legislative analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security (CARES) Act. Updated as of March 25.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published an Emergency Loan Guide and Checklist for small businesses. Updated April 2
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Grant Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the program provides $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities. Added April 16
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has published a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide and Reopening Business Digital Resources Center:
Kansas Leadership Center:
- Leadership support from the 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:
- ECJC provided a summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This analysis is from March 26.
- ECJC also has a resource page for small businesses.
- ECJC is launching a 6-Module Business Survival Series. Each Tuesday, over lunch, we will dig into a specific topic – from strategy to financial forecasting, cash flow, customer engagement, employee and process review, sales and marketing – all tailored to fit the uncertain times we’re in.
- Tuesday, April 28: Financial Clarity
- Tuesday, May 5: Gaining Financial Clarity: A Cash Flow Working Session
- Tuesday, May 12: Listening to Customer Needs: What Product or Service is Needed
- Tuesday, May 19: Costs, Improvement & Flexibility: Evaluating People, Processes and Technology
- Tuesday, May 26: Sales & Marketing: Ready, Set, Go Relaunch
4) Small Business Resources
- Surviving the Coronavirus - Resources for Small Businesses
- Coronavirus - Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
- Blog post from KC Sourcelink on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Updated March 27)
- AltCap Announces Small Business Relief Loan Fund to Provide Financial Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated March 31)
- Jackson Lewis LLP has a COVID-19 resources page with government resources and blog posts from Jackson Lewis attorneys. (Added April 6)
- Blog post on Forbes about what borrowers using the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) should know (Added April 10)
- FisherPhillips has a Frequently Asked Questions from small businesses that continues to be updated regularly (Added April 27)
5) SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES!
- These Chamber members have notified us of updates in their services, promotions, and donation needs.
- The Director of the Kansas Alcohol Beverage Control Division has temporarily authorized curbside beer and wine sales
- Do you have information to share? Contact Drew at email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.