The Poplar Bluff Chamber will be continuing to inform our area businesses and citizens of resources available to them as it becomes available. Check back frequently as we continue to update the following information.
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EXPANDED CORONAVIRUS LEAVE BENEFITS
Information from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce
The Families First Conronavirus Act takes effect on April 1. Is your business ready? The new Federal law makes important changes to leave polciies. These changes are aimed at helping workers who are sick or need to stay home for childcare reasons during the coronavirus threat. Business leaders need to act quickly and become familiar with the provisions of the law, as it could grant up to 12 additional weeks of paid leave to impacted employees. This includes many employers that are typically exempt from FMLA. The good news for employers is that the law requires the federal governemnt to pay businesses for salary expenses incurred while employees are on paid leave. Learn more using these resources from the Federal Department of Labor:
GRANTS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE FROM COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS:
- Facebook has launched a grant program for small businesses. You can read about it here. In addition to a grant program, Facebook also has a list of resources which you can access here.
- Yelp is providing $25 million in funding relief to small businesses, particularly restaurants and nightlife businesses, affected by COVID-19. This includes free access to page upgrades. You can find more information about how to qualify for aid here.
- The National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business special interest group, is offering legal resources and webinars related to the virus.
- If you run a restaurant or restaurant group, the Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation has information related to grants, financial programs and other resources for restaurants affected by COVID-19. This includes immigrant-specific concerns, USBG relief grants and a COVID-19 relief fund sponsored by the organization.
The State’s Shared Work program allows employers to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of laying off workers. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. Information is available here.
The Electronic Mass Claims Filing System is designed to assist employers and their employees during a temporary mass layoff. Employee information provided by the employer, allows the Division of Employment Security (DES) to file an initial or renewed unemployment claim on behalf of employees quickly and efficiently. Information is available here.
If your business is hiring, please contact us ASAP so we can post to our website and Facebook page. You can also contact the Missouri Job Center at (573) 840-9595.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) RESOURCES:
Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program
This interim final rule announces the implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act CARES Act or the Act). Sections 1102 of the Act temporarily adds a new product, titled the “Paycheck Protection Program,” to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 7(a) Loan Program. Section 1106 of the Act provides for forgiveness of up to the full principal amount of qualifying loans guaranteed under the Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program and loan forgiveness are intended to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide adversely impacted under the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Emergency Declaration issued by President Trump. This interim final rule outlines the key provisions of SBA’s implementation of sections 1102 and 1106 of the Act in formal guidance and requests public comment. LEARN MORE | Information Sheet | Application Form
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American People. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves health. LEARN MORE
Disaster Assistance for COVID-19
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. LEARN MORE
Financial Response to COVID-19: Things You Can Do for Your Business Now
Drowning in a sea of emails, websites, and information about COVID-19 for small business, entrepreneurs, and contractors? Not sure where to begin? Don’t panic, the Missouri SBDC at UMKC is here to help you navigate these choppy waters and get you back to smooth sailing as quickly as possible. LEARN MORE
SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service
Forbes: Cares Act To The Rescue. . . Phase 3 Coronavirus Bill Cares About Small and Midsize Businesses, Franchisors, and Franchisees.
FDA: FDA Provides Temporary Flexibility Regarding Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
WORKPLACE TIPS FOR EMPLOYEES:
The following is general workplace health and safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Stay informed about public health recommendations related to the coronavirus and other health threats by visiting the CDC website at www.cdc.gov. LEARN MORE
No changes to business hours unless specified.
- Baskin Robbins – Carry out available.
- Bluff Burger and Brew – Carry out available.
- Bread+Butter – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Brick Oven Pizza – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Bronze Owl Brewing – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Buffalo Wild Wings – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Burger King – Drive thru only. CarGo delivery available.
- Casa Grande – Carry out available
- Castello’s – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- China Garden – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Colton’s Steak House – Carry out available. Lunch deliveries on orders over $30 temporarily available. Call for details.
- Dexter BBQ – Drive thru or carry out available.
- Donut House – Carry out or drive thru available. CarGo delivery available.
- El Acapulco – Carry out available.
- Fazoli’s – Drive thru only. CarGo delivery available.
- Foxtrot Coffee – Carry out available.
- Godfather’s Pizza – Carry out, curbside, and delivery available. CarGo delivery also available.
- Haffy’s Sports Bar & Grill – Temporarily closed.
- Hardee’s – Drive thru only. CarGo delivery available.
- Imo’s Pizza – Carry out or delivery available. CarGo delivery available.
- Jimmy John’s – Drive thru or delivery available.
- Las Margaritas – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Lemonade House Grille – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Little Ceasars – Carry out available.
- Maya’s Mexican Restaurant – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- McDonald’s – Drive thru only. CarGo delivery available.
- Mike & Zach’s BBQ – Temporarily closed.
- Myrtle’s Place Back Alley BBQ – Carry out available.
- Pizza Hut – Carry out available.
- Popeye’s – Drive thru only. CarGo delivery available.
- Sonic – Drive up available.
- Steak N’ Shake – Drive thru only.
- Subway – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Taco Bell – Drive thru only.
- Taco Taco – Carry out available.
- The Fishin’ Pig – Temporarily closed.
- The Juice Cafe – Open for curbside and in town delivery for a $15 minimum order.
- The Lunch Box – Drive thru or CarGo delivery available.
- The Wine Rack – Carry out available. CarGo delivery available.
- Tio’s – Carry out available.
- Zab’s – Carry out, drive thru, and delivery available.
- 10Box Cost-Plus – Closing daily at 8pm to clean and sanitize all departments until further notice.
- Artfully Framed – Normal business hours.
- Bee hive – Normal business hours.
- Bluff Power Sports – Normal business hours.
- Casey’s General Stores – Normal business hours.
- The Deep Freeze – Normal business hours.
- Factory Connection – Normal business hours.
- Game Xchange – Normal Business hours.
- Generations Furniture – Normal business hours.
- Gift Connection – Open 10am – 5pm.
- Grand March – Normal business hours.
- Hefner’s Furniture – Normal business hours.
- Home Depot – Normal business hours.
- Key Drugs – Normal business hours.
- Menards – Normal business hours.
- Mills Iron Supply – Open M-F 8-5 and Sat 8-Noon.
- Missouri Running Company – Open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10a – 6pm.
- Nearly Perfect Shoes – Normal business hours.
- New Leaf Flower and Plant Shop – Normal Business Hours
- Office Depot – Normal business hours.
- Pack’s Do It Center – Normal business hours.
- Rent One – Normal business hours.
- Rob’s Flowers – Normal business hours.
- Scrapbooks From The Heart – Temporarily closed.
- Stinson Press – Open daily until 4pm. Also available via phone and email. Gift shop items also displayed online.
- Walmart – Closing daily at 8:30 P.M. Hour-long “senior shopping event” every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older from March 24 through April 28 before normal store hours.
- Walmart Neighborhood Market – Open 6am – 11pm.
- Whitworth’s Gift Chest Jewelers – Normal business hours.
- Dairel L. Denton, Jr. & Associates CPA, P.C. – Only taking already scheduled appointments in-person. Clients and new clients are asked to drop off information or they can Skype or telephone interview.
- H&R Block – Open with normal business hours
- Bank of Missouri – Drive thru only.
- Commerce Bank – Lobbies are closed until further notice. Drive through services available.
- First Midwest Bank – Limited lobby and drive thru open.
- First Missouri State Bank – Lobby and drive thru open.
- People’s Community Bank – Lobby and drive thru open.
- Southern Bank – Drive thru only until further notice.
- World Finance – Open M & F 9am-6pm, T-Th 10am-3pm. Open for all services curbside or by phone.
- Farmers Insurance, Fox Agency – Available by mobile app, phone, or email only. Dropbox available for payments.
- First Choice Insurance – Office closed to the public. Drop box available for payments, excluding cash. For assistance, call (573) 686-2870 or email email@example.com.
- Lisa Reynolds Insurance – Office closed to the public. Assistance available by phone. Call (573) 778-1516.
- Morse, Harwell & Jiles – Closed to the public effective March 20th. You can report claims, request quotes, make changes, or seek other services by calling (573) 785-3138. More details on their Facebook page.
- Eddy Justice, State Farm – Available by mobile app, phone, or online only.
- Susan McVey, State Farm – Available by mobile app, phone, or online only. Dropbox available for payments.
- Hillcrest Animal Hospital – Open with normal business hours. Clients who wish to remain in their vehicles may call the office upon arrival and an employee will come to their car to get/return their pet. Diagnostic and treatment plans can be reviewed over the phone.
- NewWave Communications – Modified hours: Seniors ages 60+ ONLY between 8am – 9am M-F. General hours: 9am – 1pm M-F.
- Poplar Bluff Public Library – Closed until further notice.
- Margaret Harwell Art Museum – Regular business hours to groups smaller than 10. Hand sanitizer available, social distancing required. Friends Sculpture Garden always open. Museum will be closed between exhibits 3/30 until 4/14.
- City playgrounds closed until further notice. Trails remain open at this time.
- Artist by Heart Photography – Still open and available for clients
- Bryant Restoration – Available to perform cleaning and disinfectant services to homes and businesses throughout Southeast Missouri. Call (573) 712-7738 for details.
- Fickert Fence Company – Normal business hours
- Foster Adopt Connection – Offices have closed to the public through April 1st. While staff are working from home, they are still available to continue support to the foster, adoptive, kinship, relative, and biological families of children affected by the child welfare system. Full contact list can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here.
- Health Partners Management Group – Still open and available for clients. Limited number of in-office employees, spread out for safety.
- Kissinger & Kirkman Investment Centre – Lobby temporarily closed to the public. May be reached by phone during normal business hours.
COMMUNITY EVENT UPDATES
- Poplar Bluff Heroes Turkey Hunt in April still on.
- Poplar Bluff Heroes Kid’s Run for May 9th is still on.
- All Poplar Bluff Public Library events are cancelled until further notice.
- The 9 & Wine Ladies Golf Outing will be rescheduled. New date TBD.
If you are an area business and want your store hours or special instructions included/updated, please contact us at (573) 785-7761, email Info@PoplarBluffChamber.org, or message us on Facebook.