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

Olathe Chamber Restaurant Guide

Olathe Chamber Restaurant Guide

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.

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Olathe Chamber Frontline Fund

Olathe Chamber Frontline Fund

The Frontline Fund is designed to be mutually beneficial by raising funds to purchase meals from our restaurants to help feed our first responders.

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Olathe Chamber PPE Guide

Olathe Chamber P.P.E. Guide

As Johnson County begins a phased approach to reopening businesses, there are a lot of requirements and plenty of precautions that need to be made for that to happen safely.

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Recent News and Updates

July 31, 2020 - Back to School Webinar recap

Back to School Webinar recap

This week’s Zoom call provided members an update from Olathe Public Schools and the Spring Hill School District on the return to school at the local level. We were joined by John Allison, superintendent of Olathe Public Schools, and Dr. Wayne Burke, superintendent of the Spring Hill School District. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 31.

July 24, 2020 - A New Royal Era in KC Webinar recap

A New Royal Era in KC Webinar recap

This week’s Zoom call provided members an update from the Kansas City Royals about all of the exciting changes coming this year. We were joined by Royals VP of Publicity, Toby Cook, and Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, Jason Booker. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 24.

July 17, 2020 - KSDE Education Update Webinar recap

KSDE Education Update Webinar recap

This week’s Zoom call provided members an update from the Kansas State Department of Education. We were joined by KSDE Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson as he gave us an update on the KSDE plan to return to school this fall. The call took place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 17.

Navigating Change: Kansas' Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations

June 26, 2020 - Retail Real Estate in the Pandemic Webinar recap

Retail Real Estate in the Pandemic Webinar recap

Friday’s Zoom call provided members a look at the state of retail real estate in the current climate. We were joined by Lane4 Property Group’s Owen Buckley and he gave us an update on how the pandemic has affected retail real estate. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 26.

June 19, 2020 - Introducing the new JCCC president webinar recap

Introducing the new JCCC president webinar recap

Friday’s Zoom call provided members an opportunity to meet the new Johnson County Community College President, Dr. Andrew Bowne, who takes over for retiring President Joe Sopcich on July 1. He provided an update on everything going on at JCCC and what the immediate future holds at the college. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 19.

June 12, 2020 - Economic Outlook webinar recap

Economic Outlook webinar recap

Friday’s Zoom call provided members an opportunity to hear an economic update from Dr. Chris Kuehl, marketing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. Kuehl is the chief economist for several national and international organizations and offered members a glimpse of what the economy might look like in the post-COVID world. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 12.

June 5, 2020 - Olathe Health Update: CEO Stan Holm talks about what’s going on at Olathe Health

Olathe Health Update: CEO Stan Holm talks about what’s going on at Olathe Health

Friday’s Zoom call provided members an opportunity to hear an Olathe Health update from Stan Holm. The Olathe Health CEO provided an informative update about what’s going on at the hospital and what we can expect moving forward. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 5.

May Updates
May 29, 2020 - Federal Update: U.S. Senator Jerry Moran provides a federal update on everything going on and what comes next webinar recap

Federal Update: U.S. Senator Jerry Moran provides a federal update on everything going on and what comes next webinar recap

Friday’s Zoom call provided an opportunity to hear a federal update from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran provided an informative update on everything going on and what comes next. The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 29.

May 22, 2020 - K-12 Update: Education in a pandemic webinar recap

K-12 Update: Education in a pandemic webinar recap

Friday’s Zoom call provided an opportunity to hear a K-12 education update from Olathe Public Schools and Spring Hill School District to learn about continuous learning and what the immediate future may hold for education.

The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 22. This week’s panel included John Allison, superintendent, Olathe Public Schools, and Wayne Burke, superintendent, Spring Hill School District.

May 21, 2020 - State, Johnson County move to Phase 2 of reopening plan

State, Johnson County move to Phase 2 of reopening plan

Johnson County continues its phased approach to reopening the community to help promote economic health and personal health and safety.  The newest phase is Phase 2 and begins Friday, May 22 with some slight modifications. This plan aligns directly with Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan.

Under Phase 2 of the plan, gatherings are still restricted to 15 or fewer, social distancing of six feet is encouraged and masks are strongly encouraged in public settings. Casinos, community centers and theaters can open, and organized sports may begin.

Check out more information about the phased plan to reopen businesses here or take a look here at a breakdown of what each phase means to Johnson County residents. 

May 18, 2020 - State adds new phase to reopening Kansas plan & Testing available starting today

State adds new phase to reopening Kansas plan

Last week, Governor Laura Kelly signed a new executive order, which establishes a new phase to the plan to reopen Kansas. The new Phase 1.5 goes into effective today, Monday, May 18, and continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

Some of the key Phase 1.5 highlights are:

  • Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals continue to be prohibited.
  • Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses may open, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or with online check-in.
  • Fitness centers and health clubs may open, but in-person group classes may not occur and locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use restroom facilities.
  • In-person commencement or graduation ceremonies may occur with no more than 10 individuals in a room, gymnasium, or facility at one time as long as 6-foot physical distancing is maintained. Outdoor drive-through graduation ceremonies during which no more than 10 individuals are in the same area outside of their vehicles at a time (i.e. school administration, graduate, family members, etc.) are allowed.

Under Phase 1.5, the following, unless they are repurposed for use in an essential function under the Kansas Essential Function Framework, shall remain closed to the public:

  • Bars and night clubs, excluding already operating curbside and carryout services;
  • Non-tribal casinos;
  • Theaters, museums and other indoor leisure spaces (trampoline parks, arcades, etc.);
  • Community centers;
  • Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 2,000 or more;
  • Fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades;
  • Swimming pools (other than backyard pools);
  • Organized sports facilities, sports tournaments, sports games and sports practices; and
  • Summer camps.

Testing available starting Monday, May 18

Johnson County residents over the age of 18 with symptoms of coronavirus can now get a free COVID-19 test by making an online appointment with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment. Residents should seek testing from their primary health care provider first before making an appointment at JCDHE. Supplies and appointment times are limited.

Testing begins on May 18, at the department’s Mission and Olathe offices. Residents can schedule an appointment on the Johnson County website.

Learn more about the testing option here.

May 15, 2020 - Re-Entering the Workplace: Information that will keep you and your employees safe

Re-Entering the Workplace: Information that will keep you and your employees safe

Friday’s Zoom call provided an opportunity to hear from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Heart-to-Heart International about how to safely re-enter the workplace by providing information to keep you and your employees safe.

The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 15. This week’s panel included David K. McDonnell, Compliance Assistance Specialist at OSHA, and Dr. Agustina Boehringer, Associate Chief Medical Officer at Heart to Heart International.

May 11, 2020 - Re-Open for Business: A joint discussion with the State of Kanas and Johnson County on Phased Opening Plan webinar recap

Re-Open for Business: A joint discussion with the State of Kanas and Johnson County on Phased Opening Plan webinar recap

The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 8. The panel included Lynn Rogers, Kansas Lt. Governor, and Joe Connor, Johnson County Assistant County Manager.

Friday’s Zoom call provided an opportunity to hear about the phased approach to reopening the state of Kansas and Johnson County.

May 7, 2020 - Practical Tips and Solutions for Marketing your Business in Uncertain Times webinar recap

Practical Tips and Solutions for Marketing your Business in Uncertain Times

The call took place at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1. The panel discussion included marketing professionals who shared how strategies will evolve as we continue social distancing.

Friday’s Zoom call features Kim Kramer from Square Peg Marketing and Branding; Kevin Puckett from On the Top Search, LLC; and Ed Roche from Strategy LLC.

May 5, 2020 - Olathe Chamber members here to help with your PPE needs

Olathe Chamber members here to help with your PPE needs

As Johnson County begins a phased approach to reopening businesses, there are a lot of requirements and plenty of precautions that need to be made for that to happen safely.

Once again, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce has you covered. Please check his list of Chamber members who have personal protection equipment (PPE) available or readily accessible.

Check out the list of Chamber members here and see how they can help you as get your business ready to re-open, adjust your hours or otherwise prepare for the new normal as the phased opening begins.

May 4, 2020 - Kansas phased opening has begun, county plans similar opening on May 11

Olathe Chamber members here to help with your PPE needs

Last week, Johnson County Public Health Officer Dr. Joseph LeMaster signed an extension of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order until May 11. A phased reopening of business is planned to begin in Johnson County on Monday.

LeMaster said that the goal of the stay-at-home order has not changed, as the timing is focused on preventing undoing all that has been accomplished in terms of the trajectory of the disease. Johnson County has experienced positive trends in its case counts and other data. Check out more information about the four-phase plan to reopen businesses here.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners voted to table the Johnson County COVID-19 Recovery Planning Task Force recommendations, and the county will follow the phases of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Reopening Kansas plan. The Local Health Officer’s order to extend the governor’s stay-at-home order by a week in Johnson County means that the first phase is planned to begin May 11.

The biggest change from the county’s proposed plan is that Phase One will no longer include the opening of personal service businesses where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained (such as hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage therapy businesses, tattoo shops) as well as gyms, bars, outdoor playgrounds and sports courts; those will now open in Phase Two, no sooner than May 18.

In the meantime, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce leadership is evaluating the same information. Until then, all Olathe Chamber in-person meetings and events have been suspended until further notice.

Anyone looking for updates and information about the COVID-19 pandemic can find great resources and invaluable links at the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Resource Page.

The Olathe Chamber has also compiled a list of member restaurants and how they can serve you during this tough time. Check out the complete restaurant list here.

Finally, we know this is a tough time for everyone. Please take a look at our Chamber Connection page to check on any member job openings.

April Updates
April 24, 2020 - Unemployment Q&A and the Kansas Shared Work Program webinar recap

Unemployment Q&A and the Kansas Shared Work Program webinar recap

The Kansas Department of Labor will be talking about unemployment insurance and the Kansas Shared Work Program.

Panelists

  • Phillip M. Hayes, The Arnold Group
  • Laurel Klein Searles, Kansas Department of Labor Insurance
  • Shawn P. Yancy, Kansas Department of Labor Insurance
April 23, 2020 - COVID 19 Discussion with Kansas Nonprofit Leaders webinar recap

COVID 19 Discussion with Kansas Nonprofit Leaders webinar recap

Please join Laurel Klein Searles, Unemployment Insurance Director for the Kansas Department of Labor, as well as Unemployment Tax Chief Nicole Struckhoff for a discussion on the CARES Act and how it affects Kansas nonprofits.

April 21, 2020 - County evaluating stay-at-home order

County evaluating stay-at-home order

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s extension of the stay-at-home order for Kansas through May 3 gives Johnson County the time and ability to gather more data, maximize testing of various groups (random sampling of the general population, essential workers and residents of long-term care facilities) and collaborate with nearby Kansas counties and other metro jurisdictions.

The county will use that data and collaboration to help make the best decision for the county, during the week of April 27. During this time, the county will work towards the creation of a Johnson County Recovery Planning Committee to strategize and implement a phased approach to re-opening our economy at the conclusion of any stay-at-home order.

In the meantime, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce leadership is evaluating the same information. Until then, all Olathe Chamber in-person meetings and events have been suspended until further notice.

April 16, 2020 - Kansas extends stay-at-home order through May 3

Kansas extends stay-at-home order through May 3

On Wednesday, April 16, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly extended the statewide stay-at-home order for Kansas through May 3. Gov. Kelly issued the original stay-at-home order on March 28. Executive Order No. 20-16 went into effect on March 30 and that order supersedes Johnson County’s stay-at-home order that went into effect March 24.
Anyone with questions about the order should check the state’s Q&A about the stay-at-home order. Businesses seeking exemption may be visit the Kansas Essential Functions Request site. Questions about the order can be emailed to KEFF@ks.gov.
For more comprehensive information about COVID-19 in Johnson County, please check out the county’s COVID-19 resource page and new Johnson County COVID-19 cases dashboard.

April 14, 2020 - Kansas issues home-made mask guidance

Kansas issues home-made mask guidance

New evidence indicates that some people with coronavirus do not have symptoms of disease and can transmit the virus before getting sick. That means, the virus can spread to others nearby and from you when speaking, coughing or sneezing. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommends individuals use cloth face coverings when going out in public. Learn more about the use of masks here
Here are a few tips on using a mask in public:

  • Treat the mask as if it always has the virus. Never touch the front of the mask and then touch your face. If you do touch the front of the mask, clean your hands immediately with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol content).
  • Do not wear if the mask is damp or wet with spit or mucus.
  • Dispose of the mask or wash after every use. Wash the mask daily at a minimum.

Get some more information from the KDHE on the use of masks here.
For more comprehensive information about COVID-19 in Johnson County, please check out the county’s COVID-19 resource page and new Johnson County COVID-19 cases dashboard.

April 3, 2020 - Helping Olathe Chamber members navigate the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Webinar Recap

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

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 Updates
March 30, 2020 - State of Kansas issues stay-at-home order

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

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 - Stay-at-home order issues, City relaxing certain restrictions

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

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.

March 17, 2020 - A message from the Olathe Chamber of Commerce

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)

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.

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.