Olathe Chamber of Commerce Resources (amid the COVID-19 pandemic)

 

A message from the Olathe Chamber of Commerce

As we continue to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to be certain the Olathe Chamber of Commerce is doing everything we can to help keep our members and our community safe during these incredibly challenging times.  As always, protecting the health and well-being of our members and the entire community is our top priority.

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Olathe Chamber of Commerce Resources (amid the COVID-19 pandemic)

Olathe Chamber of Commerce Resources (amid the COVID-19 pandemic)

Olathe Chamber Restaurant Guide

We know this is a tough time for everyone and we want to help you get the information you need right now. While the lobbies are closed to in-room dining, that doesn’t mean our member restaurants are closed. We’ve put together a restaurant guide to let you know what each restaurant is offering at this time, whether it’s drive-thru, carryout, curb-side pickup, delivery, etc.

If you’re not comfortable eating out right now, we completely understand. If so, there’s still ways to help patronize our local restaurants. Help some of your favorite local restaurants or local retailers by purchasing a gift card now that you can use later. Anything we can do to support our local establishments will help us now and in the foreseeable future.

Recent News and Updates

April 3, 2020

Helping Olathe Chamber members navigate the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Webinar Recap

April 2, 2020

Helping Olathe Chambers with the SBA loan process

Join the Olathe Chamber as we host a special Zoom meeting with the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Kansas Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration

Helping Olathe Chamber members navigate the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan

9 – 10 a.m.
Friday, April 3
https://zoom.us/j/272129043?pwd=dEpXWXJ6UGI2M1ZJYWNJbXpDMVR5dz09
Meeting ID: 272 129 043 / Password: 014876

Featured panelists:

  • Monica Brede, Kansas Department of Commerce and Community Development Regional Project Manager
  • Jack Harwell, Kansas Small Business Development Center Business Advisor
  • Tom Salisbury, Small Business Administration Regional Administrator for Region VII

 

KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund available

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new community-backed $5 million small business relief loan fund was launched today by AltCap, supported by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (KC Chamber), the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) the Civic Council of Great Kansas City (Civic Council) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Check out more information about the fund here.

The KC COVID-19 Small Business Relief Loan Fund is intended to provide immediate relief to local small businesses experiencing extreme economic disruption and financial strain as a result of the necessary public health measures to “flatten the curve” and combat the virus. Kansas City’s leading business and civic organizations, including the KC Chamber, KCADC and the Civic Council, are calling for additional support from other business and community leaders to add to commitments from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; Michael and Leah Hoehn of Automated Systems, Inc. and Neal and Angela Sharma of DEG; PortKC; and AltCap to reach the fund’s $5 million goal.

March 30, 2020

State of Kansas issues stay-at-home order

This past weekend, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state of Kansas. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect March 30 and supersedes Johnson County’s stay at home order that went into effect March 24. Currently, the state order will expire on April 19, and if that remains the case, the county’s order, which when established was set to expire on April 23, would go back into effect.

The state is working on FAQs to provide more clarity on its order, and we will post a link to them as soon as they are made available. Questions on the state’s stay at home order can be emailed to KEFF@ks.gov.

As always, if you have any questions about the anything the initial Johnson County stay-at-home order, check here or call their helpline at 913-715-5000.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during the current COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

The federal government will release more information soon. In the meantime, please reference this document that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released to help guide small businesses through the whole process.

Olathe Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 resource page

Questions, concerns or just looking for information about the entire COVID-19 situation and how it impacts Olathe Chamber members? Please, let us help. Check out the Olathe Chamber COVID-19 resource page.

March 24, 2020

SBA disaster loan now available for Kansas businesses

Some great news for small businesses in Kansas. Governor Laura Kelly announced Saturday that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved her request to make loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses disrupted by coronavirus. The disaster declaration extends to all 105 Kansas counties, making low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital available for Kansas small businesses suffering substantial economic injury. Find more information here and here's a direct link to the SBA application.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund established for 501(c)(3) organizations

A group of foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals – including the United Way of Greater KC and the Mid-America Regional Council – has joined together to respond to the urgent needs of Kansas City 501(c)(3) organizations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This group has established the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund that will focus on urgent health and human service needs, where the community needs are highest.  The coordinating organizations, led by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, LISC Greater Kansas City (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and MARC (Mid-America Regional Council) have set an initial goal of $10 million, and hope to exceed that as community needs require.

Additionally, the Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation have partnered on a challenge grant to match donations to the Fund up to $5 million. The coordinating organizations hope the potential grant will be a catalyst for the community to give, and strongly encourage everyone who has the means to donate to the fund.

The fund will support relief efforts in the Greater Kansas City area, including Johnson County in Kansas. Grants will be made to 501(c)(3) public charities and public organizations.  
For more information about the fun or to make a donation to the fund, visit here.

City of Olathe temporarily relaxing restrictions

In light of the emergency order issued by the Johnson County Health Department requiring all restaurants, dining facilities, taverns, clubs, and theaters close in Johnson County, many businesses are adjusting to provide carryout or drive-up options to remain in business.

The City of Olathe is coordinating with the Olathe Chamber of Commerce to provide options to support businesses in this challenging time.

The City has decided to temporarily relax certain regulations and procedures for affected businesses for the duration of the emergency order. Check out the regulations and procedures included here.

For questions, please contact the city regarding building codes at 913-971-7900 and city planning at 913-971-8750

For more city information or other vital, city-related COVID-19 information, check here.

March 23, 2020

Johnson County, CORE4 partners issue stay-at-home order

Leaders from the regional CORE4 (Jackson County, Johnson County and Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri) announced the implementation of each jurisdiction’s stay at home order. These orders go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Individuals are directed to stay at home and leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities” as described in the Emergency Public Health Order. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care. Here’s a good resource on what businesses need to know.

Questions, please call the Johnson County Call Center. The number is 913-715-5000.

Kansas now eligible for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

Governor Laura Kelly announced Saturday that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved her request to make loans of up to $2 million available to small businesses disrupted by coronavirus. The disaster declaration extends to all 105 Kansas counties, making low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital available for Kansas small businesses suffering substantial economic injury. Find more information here.

Here's a direct link to the SBA application.

City of Olathe temporarily relaxing certain regulations and procedures

In light of the emergency order issued by the Johnson County Health Department requiring all restaurants, dining facilities, taverns, clubs, and theaters close in Johnson County, many businesses are adjusting to provide carryout or drive-up options to remain in business.

The City of Olathe is coordinating with the Olathe Chamber of Commerce to provide options to support businesses in this challenging time. The City has decided to temporarily relax certain regulations and procedures for affected businesses for the duration of the emergency order. Check out more here.

March 18, 2020

Let us help you promote your business or organization

If you’re open, let us know. We want to share your story via social media, our website and our weekly eFlash newsletter. Remember, the more you share with us, the more we’ll be able to help you. Please reach out to jbradford@olathe.org or scarson@olathe.org.

We buy local and remind our members to do the same

Our service and restaurant industries are among those hit hardest. Check here for a restaurant guide on what is available at each of our member restaurants right now. If you’re not comfortable eating out right now, we completely understand. If so, help out some of your favorite local restaurants or local retailers by purchasing a gift card now that you can use later.

Let us connect you with help

You’ll find a list of resources below that will provide information from local municipalities to state and federal government agencies. If you have any specific questions that have to do with legislature, please feel free to reach out to our legislative consultants. Here’s the latest from Bright & Carpenter.

Below are some valuable resources for our Olathe Chamber of Commerce members.

Local resources

Federal resources

For more questions regarding federal loan and grant funding opportunities, please reach out to the Small Business Administration and/or your local lender. If you do not have a local lender, please be sure to check here for a full list of our member financial institutions.

State resources

Legislative resources

 

Webinar resources

 

Here are some funding mechanisms for members

Information concerning utilities, bill assistance, other payment options, etc.:

A few COVID-19 member notes

Comcast is doing their part to help make life just a little easier for our customers during this time. They have opened their Xfinity WiFi network for free across the US and are offering low-income families several months of free Internet service  For the first time, Universal Pictures will make movies available in the home with Xfinity, Sky and other partners on the same day they are released in theaters, including DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls World Tour. Sky will also soon announce a number of ways they will lend a helping hand in our European markets.

HyVee is limited the first hour of grocery shopping in their stores – from 7 – 8 a.m., seven days a week – to customers 60 and over, expecting mothers, and those with underlying medical conditions that make them more susceptible to illness.

Evergy says anyone who was disconnected before their announcement that they were suspending disconnections can get power back by paying half of their account balance.