Business Resources

Chamber Event Policy

City Info

Face Covering Declaration and Order. Face coverings or masks are required by both employees and customers in businesses of all sizes through April 15, 2021. Some exemptions apply. Read more here. 

Revision 11.20.20 — Having a medical condition is no longer allowed as an exemption to wearing a face mask or face covering in indoor restaurants, bars and taverns. For more see this document on page 5. 

City of St. Joseph Reopening GuidelinesGeneral; Restaurant Requirements; Retail Business Requirements; Recreation Venue Requirements; Fitness Center Requirements, Saloon, Tattoo Parlor & Contact Requirements, Bars & Taverns

Downloadable “Open for Business” signs:

Survey Results — Chamber Survey Conducted 5.22.20

Loan/Grant/Tax Credit Info

Funding available through Buchanan County and City of St. Joseph

Payment Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program — If you haven’t applied contact your lender so your information will be in when funds are available.

FAQs about PPP — SBA info

FAQs about PPP — Treasury Department

Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide — U.S. Chamber of Commerce

SBA – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

FAQs about Federal Programs Answered by Local SBDC Director

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Expanded Family and Medical Leave Rights — Who is Eligible and What’s Required

U.S. Department of Labor — Families First Fact Sheet for Employees, Fact Sheet for Employers and Questions and Answers addresses critical questions.

Spire Small Business Relief Program — Relief is available for local small business owners who need help with natural gas bills. Apply here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

News-Press Now Community Marketing Grant (Matching)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Save Small Business Grants Currently out of funds

GoFundMe Small Business Relief Fund Microgrants

State Info

Missouri Department of Labor
COVID-19 FAQ for Businesses and Workers – Unemployment, Workers Compensation Info

If the company is reducing hours but still operating, the Shared Work Program may be a good option. This allows employees to work few hours and receive unemployment benefits for the days they are not scheduled to work. More info here.

If a person is on temporary or permanent layoff, here is the link to file an unemployment claim.

If the person is permanently separated from an employer there are workforce training options and support which is explained in this Employment Transition Team video.

If an employer wants to protest an unemployment claim, see this page.

If a company wants to speak to a workforce coordinator about any of the above, the can contact Becky Weiderholt, Workforce Coordinator

Missouri Small Business Development Center — check this site for all things related to small business, including COVID-19 resources.

Advice from Professionals

Legal Advice – Polsinelli
COVID-19 What Your Business Needs to Know (Contractual Remedies, Commercial Contracts & More)

Tax Advice — CLA, The coronavirus pandemic has affected all areas of the country. In response to this crisis, the federal government is instituting changes to the tax payment deadline. However, the IRS did not extend the deadline to submit your tax return. Read the article here.

Summary of Families First Coronavirus Response Act — Murphy Taylor Siemens & Elliott P.C.

Missouri Enterprise Free Webinar Series — various topics, check them out.

City of St. Joseph Shopping Advisory — Please Post

Online Gift Card Resources for Business: Square, PayPal, Kabbage

Health & Safety

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Keeping Workplaces, Schools, Home and Commercial Establishments Safe
Latest Case Summaries, General Info on Symptoms and Health Tips

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

U.S. Food & Drug Administration