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Wichita Resource Center on COVID-19


The safety, health and well-being of our community is of utmost importance during this challenging time. We all can play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and hopefully limit the impact on our region.

While the current health crisis has temporarily changed the way we do business, our commitment to collaboration for the advancement of the Wichita region remains strong. We are a resilient region with a shared dream of prosperity for all. 

Phased Plans

Federal | Opening Up America Again

State | Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas (Find FAQs here.)

Local | Sedgwick County Health & Economic Recovery Plan

Industry Examples

American Industrial Hygiene Association: Back to Work Safely Industry Recommendations
Guidelines for: At-Home Services Providers, Bar Industry, Construction, General Office Settings, Gym & Workout Facilities, Hair & Nail Salon, Retail, Restaurant, Rideshare, Taxi, Limo & Other Passenger Drivers-for-Hire and Small Manufacturing, Repair & Maintenance Shop
Sedgwick County: Guidelines for Businesses


Childcare Programs | CDC: Childcare Programs During COVID-19 Pandemic
Grocery | Kroger: Blueprint for Businesses
Manufacturing | Lear: Safe Work Playbook
Manufacturing | Kansas Manufacturing Solutions: Return to Work & Recovery Guide
Manufacturing | Kroger: Manufacturing Blueprint
Realtors | National Association of REALTORS: Coronavirus: A Guide for Realtors
Restaurants and Bars | CDC: Restaurants and Bars During COVID-19
Restaurants and Bars | National Restaurant Association: Reopening Guidance
Retailers | National Retail Federation: Operation Open Doors - Path to Reopen Retail
Youth Programs and Camps | CDC: Youth Programs & Camps During COVID-19


Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control on Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting
U.S. Chamber of Commerce State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance

May 15 | Article: Fisher Phillips: Beyond the Curve: Post-Pandemic Back-to-Business FAQs for Employers | Read
May 15 | Article: OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 | Read
May 15 | Article: U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business | Read
May 14 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with Foulston Siefkin, iSi Environmental Services & National Screening Bureau: Mitigating Business Risk During COVID-19 Reopenings | View Recording
May: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work | View Recordings
May 12 | Article: Sedgwick County Health Department: COVID-19 Recovery Guidance for Businesses | Read
May 6 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber & City Wide Maintenance: Reopen and Stay Open with the Right Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures | View Recording | View Presentation Slides
May 1 | Webinar: Kansas Chamber with Hinkle Law Firm, MVP Law & Facility Proz: Preparing for a Reopened Kansas | View Recording
Apr. 30 at 11 a.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Manufacturing Solutions: Managing Risk with Employees Back to Work | View Recording
Apr. 27 | Webinar: Martin Pringle: Return to Workplace Readiness: Practical Considerations & Guidance for Employers | View Recording
Apr. 21 | Article: National Association of Manufacturers: American Renewal Action Plan | Read
Apr. 15 | Article: Kansas Chamber: Relief & Recovery Agenda | Read

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Programs and initiatives passed by Congress to assist businesses

Paycheck Protection Program:
PayCheck Protection Program Application
     See Approved SBA Lenders     Find an Approved Lender with the SBA by Zip Code     PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

***UPDATE*** on Apr. 26
Notice: PPP Resumes on April 27, 2020
The SBA resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, Apr. 27, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. CST.

More Information

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
U.S. Department of the Treasury Small Business Assistance Page
      Paycheck Protection Program Overview      PPP Fact Sheet     
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
U.S. Chamber of Commerce on ELA Loan Guidance
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit for COVID-19 Impacted Employers
U.S. Treasury FAQs on the Paycheck Protection Program
Wichita Chamber Infographic on Small Business Loans Available Through the CARES Act

June 3 at 12 p.m. CST | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness | Register 
May 6 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: EIDL & PPP Updates: Checking Status/Approval/After You Get the Money | View Recording
May 4 at 12 p.m. CST | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball & KIOGA: Drilling Down on What PPP Means for the Oil and Gas Industry | View Recording
Apr. 30 | News Release: Federal Reserve Board: Expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program | Read
Apr. 28 | Wichita Chamber with Emprise Bank, Grant Thornton & SBA: Business Loans During COVID-19 | View Recording
Apr. 28 | Article: Grant Thornton: Paycheck Protection Program Overview | Read
Apr. 27 | Article: Martin Pringle: COVID-19 Business Relief Resource Guide | Read
Apr. 24 at 3 p.m. CST | Virtual Town Hall for Small Businesses with the City of Wichita | View Recording
Apr. 22 | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: COVID-19 Survival: PPP Guidance for the Self Employed | View Recording
Apr. 20 | Article: U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Independent Contractor's Guide to CARES Act Relief | Read
Apr. 16 | Phone Call: Congressman Ron Estes, Rep. Steve Chabot and KS House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins: The Paycheck Protection Program: A discussion for Small Business | Listen to Recording
Apr. 13 | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: COVID-19 Business Survival: What To Do After Your PPP Loan is Approved | View Recording | View Presentation Slides
Apr. 8 | Hinkle Law Firm: The CARES Act and More: Important Laws and Issues Affecting Businesses During the Pandemic - Part 2 | View Recording
Apr. 7 | Hinkle Law Firm: The CARES Act and More: Important Laws and Issues Affecting Businesses During the Pandemic - Part 1 | View Recording
Apr. 7 | AGH, Crossfirst Bank & Martin Pringle:  Live Q&A Event - COVID-19 Relief: Understanding SBA Loans and Other Opportunities Under the CARES Act | View Recording
Apr. 7 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: How to Get up to $10,000 or More From Uncle Sam For Your Business | View Recording
Apr. 2 | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: COVID-19 Business Survival: Navigating the CARES Act | View Recording
Apr. 2 at 1:30 p.m. CST | Webinar: AGH: CARES Act Emergency funding and tax relief | View Recording
Apr. 2 at 10 a.m. CST | Webinar: Foulston & Overland Park Chamber: New Federal Laws in the Time of COVID-19 | View Recording
Mar. 30 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Small Business Updates on COVID-19 Disaster Resources | View Recording | View SBA Funding Program Chart
Mar. 30 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with U.S. Congressman Ron Estes on the Federal Response to COVID-19 | View Recording
Mar. 28 | Article: BKD: COVID-19 CARES Act Approved | Read

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Payroll Tax Credit Federal tax relief for small to mid-sized businesses

Details Here     

More Information
U.S. Department of Labor FFCRA Questions and Answers

Apr. 30 | Article: IRS: COVID-19 Related Employee Retention Credits: Determining Which Employers are Eligible to Claim the Employee Retention Credit FAQs | Read
Apr. 7 | Webinar: Foulston: Implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) | View Recording
Mar. 24 | Webinar: Kansas Manufacturing Solutions: Coronavirus in the Workplace and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act | View Recording
Mar. 20 | Webinar: Martin Pringle Law Firm: Families First Coronavirus Response Act | View Recording

Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund Short-term, zero-state interest loans for the hospitality sector

Details Here     Apply Here

***UPDATE*** on Mar. 24

Due to the overwhelming initial response, we regret to announce that all our initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time. However, we are keeping our form open and will continue to collect information from Kansas hospitality businesses on the losses they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICT Bar Rescue Fund Fund for Wichita hospitality workers

Details Here      Donate Here     Apply Here

More Information
Apr. 9 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with Jeff Breault of R&J Discount Liquor & Jen Ray of The Monarch: Update on ICT Bar Rescue Program | View Recording

Kansas Health Foundation: Impact & Capacity Grants Grants for Kansas nonprofits

Details Here     Apply Here

***UPDATE*** on Apr. 23
PLEASE NOTE: Due to overwhelming response, the application deadline for Impact and Capacity Grants was closed on Apr. 24.


Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Federal emergency loans for businesses and nonprofits

Details Here      Read Before You Apply     Apply Here

***UPDATE*** on Apr. 17
Notice: Lapse in Appropriations
SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. 
Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

More Information
Apr. 14 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development: Conversation with your Banker: Navigating SBA Loan Process | View Recording
Mar. 27 | FAQs: Small Business Administration on SBA Disaster Relief Loans | Read
Mar. 23 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with Wayne Bell of the Small Business Administration: Information about the SBA Disaster Relief Loans | View Recording

South Central Kansas Economic Development District (SCKEDD) Disaster Relief Loan Program Loans for established small businesses

Details Here     Application

More Information
Coming Soon

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Save Small Business Initiative A nationwide program to address small businesses' immediate needs

Details Here

***UPDATE*** on Apr. 21
Due to overwhelming interest in this grant program, we have reached our capacity and we are not accepting new applicants at this time. 


More Information
Apr. 15 | Press Release: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches Nationwide "Save Small Business" Initiative | Read

Wichita Community Foundation Emergency Fund A community fund for nonprofits and individuals

Details and Apply Here

More Information
Apr. 8 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with the Wichita Community Foundation: Recent Efforts to Assist Wichita Non-Profits & Individuals | View Recording

Communications

Center for Disease Control Communication Resources

Apr. 23 | Webinar: AGH: Leading well during times of change and uncertainty | View Recording | View Presentation Slides
Apr. 21 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with Brie E. Anderson of WSU Tech: Digital Marketing During COVID-19 | Read Blog | View Recording
Apr. 9 | Webinar: Gardner Design: Uncancel Your Brand: Why good branding is essential, right now. | View Recording
Mar. 30 | Cox Media Offering Free Advertising to Local Restaurants | Read
Mar. 23 | Article: BKD: COVID-19 & the Hospitality Industry | Read
Mar. 20 | Article: Zoom Blog: How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event | Read
Mar. 19 | Article: Wichita Chamber: Customer Communication Tips in Time of Crisis | Read

General


Kansas Global Trade Services on COVID-19 and Global Trade Expert Roundup
Kansas Small Business Development Center FAQs
U.S. House of Representatives: Committee on Ways & Means FAQs on Recent Federal Action 

May 20 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Cyber Security for Manufacturing and Finance Industries | Register
May 14 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Adjusting Your Supply Chain | View Recording
May 13 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Cyber Security for the Healthcare Industry | Register
May 8 | Article: Iconic IT: Email Best Practices for Businesses: COVID-19 and Beyond | Read
May 8 at 12 p.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: Microsoft Teams: Navigating the Essentials to Enable Remote Work | Register
May 7 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Sink or Swim: Cash Flow is King | Register
May 6 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Cyber Security: What You Need to Know | Register
May 6 | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: Positioning Your Business for the Next 4 Weeks, Months & Years | View Recording
May 5 at 3 p.m. CST | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Managing Business as Unusual | Register
May 4 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Leading Your Business Out of the COVID Crisis Part 1 | View Recording
Apr. 30 at 2 p.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: Top Questions from Employers Regarding COVID-19 | View Recording
Apr. 28 at 2 p.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: Enabling Agility for Remote Business: Cloud Paths for Dynamics GP | View Recording
Apr. 28 | Webinar: Kansas Global Trade Services: Creating New Business Opportunities in the COVID-19 World | View Recording
Apr. 23 at 2 p.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: En Route to Financial Health? Three Business Drivers to Consider During COVID-19 | View Recording
Apr. 22 at 10 a.m. CST | Webinar: BKD: Business Continuity in the Midst of COVID-19: What You Need to Know | View Recording
Apr. 15 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: Working on Your Business When You Can't Work in Your Business | View Recording
Apr. 15 | Article: Kansas Chamber: Relief & Recovery Agenda | Read
Apr. 14 | Webinar: BKD: Facing the Crisis: How Nonprofits Can Respond to COVID-19 | View Recording
Apr. 13 | Article: ServSafe: Coronavirus Tips for Restaurants | Read
Apr. 13 | Article: USDA: COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide | Read
Apr. 3 | Webinar: BKD: SBA Loans, Payroll Tax Credits & General Business Planning Considerations | View Recording
Mar. 27 | Webinar: Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball: COVID-19 Business Survival: Navigating Impacts & Risks | View Recording
Mar. 27 | Article: BKD: Unprecedented but Not Uncharted: Lessons Learned from the Great Recession | Read
Mar. 27 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with Daniel White of AGH: Dealing with Difficulty and Uncertainty as a Business and as a Business Manager | View Recording
Mar. 24 | Webinar: Kansas Small Business Development Center: COVID-19 Best Business Practices | View Recording

Healthcare Information

Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 for Employers
Kansas Department of Health and Environment on COVID-19

Human Resources

U.S. Department of Labor on Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
U.S. Department of Labor on C
OVID-19 and FMLA Questions and Answers
U.S. Department of Labor on Employer Paid Leave Requirements under FFCRA
U.S. Department of Labor on Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the FFCRA


Apr. 3 | Webinar: Martin Pringle: FMLA & Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act under FFCRA | View Recording
Apr. 1 | Webinar: AGH: FFRCA & CARES Acts: What employers & HR professionals need to know | View Recording | View Presentation Slides
Mar. 31 | Webinar: USI & ThinkHR: COVID-19 Update and Employer FAQ | View Recording
Mar. 23 | Webinar: Foulston Siefkin LLP: An Employer's Guide to Coronavirus | View Recording | View Presentation Slides
Mar. 20 | Webinar: USI & ThinkHR: COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices | View Recording
Mar. 17 | Webinar: AGH: Workplace Response to COVID-19 | View Recording

Legal

Apr. 18 | Executive Order: Temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 people and rescinding Executive Order 20-18 (see differences here)
Apr. 16 | Executive Order: State-wide Stay-At-Home Order Extended until May 3
Apr. 9 | Webinar: BKD: COVID-19 Weekly Webinar Series - Cash Flow Projections & Business Planning | View Recording
Mar. 28 | Executive Order: State-wide Stay-At-Home Order 
Mar. 25 | Article: The Kansas Chamber with Hinkle Law Firm: COVID-19 FAQs - What Employers Need to Plan For | Read
Mar. 24 | Sedgwick County Stay-At-Home Order

List/Post A Job

Workforce Centers
Nation Job

Manufacturing

Apr. 8 | Webinar: Grant Thornton, National Association of Manufacturers & Manufacturing Leadership Council: Resiliency Strategies for COVID-19 | View Recording 
Apr. 3 | Article: National Association of Manufacturers: CARES Act: Q&A on Key Provisions | Read
Apr. 3 at | Kansas Manufacturing Solutions: CARES Act | View Recording
Mar. 24 | Article: BKD: Manufacturing & Distribution Checklist for COVID-19 | Read
Mar. 24 | Webinar: Kansas Manufacturing Solutions: Coronavirus in the Workplace and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act | View Recording
Mar. 23 | Article: BKD: COVID-19 Resources from the National Association of Manufacturers | Read

Tax Information

May 7 | Webinar: BKD: The New Normal - COVID-19's Impact on the People, Processes & Technology of Finance Departments | View Recording
May 6 | Webinar: BKD: COVID-19 Tax Considerations for Family Business Owners | View Recording
May 5 | Webinar: BKD: What's New with Form 990: Simplifying the Changes Amid COVID-19 | View Recording
Apr. 29 | Webinar: BKD: Valuation Opportunities for Planning Amid a Pandemic | View Recording
Apr. 17 | Webinar: BKD: Helping You Succeed with Key Tax Strategies & Managing Cash Flows | View Recording
Apr. 7 | Newsletter: Kansas Sec. of State Scott Schwab extends deadline for businesses to file annual reports | Read
Apr. 2 | Notice: Kansas Department of Revenue: Kansas Waives Penalty & Interest For Estimated Tax Payments in the 1st Quarter | Read
Mar. 21 | News Release: IRS: Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed | Read

Unemployment Insurance

Kansas Department of Labor on Mass Filing
Kansas Department of Labor on Shared Work Program

Apr. 24 | Article: U.S. Chamber of Commerce: A Background on Unemployment Insurance under the CARES Act | Read
Apr. 6 | Webinar: Wichita Chamber with the Kansas Department of Labor & The Arnold Group: An Update on Unemployment | View Recording 

Workplace Environment

OSHA on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
OSHA Resources on COVID-19


Mar. 22 | Article: Center for Disease Control: What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the Coronavirus | Read
Mar. 17 | Webinar: Martin Pringle Law Firm: Coronavirus & the Workplace | View Recording
Mar. 6 | KDHE: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | Read

 

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Community Resources

City of Wichita on COVID-19
Sedgwick County Health Department on COVID-19
United Way of the Plains

Education Resources

Nepris: Connecting Industry to Classrooms
United Way: Tips for Learning at Home

Apr. 10 | Webinar: WSU Tech: CareerCONNECT Covid-19 Resource | View Recording

Family Resources

Childcare Options 
HERO Relief Program
If you’re an essential worker who requires child care, Kansas is offering financial assistance to help your family during the pandemic.
Kansas Department of Health & Education Family Action Plan

Kansas Health Foundation Family Resources

Apr. 22 | Article: Kansas Children's Service League: Crisis Nursery | Read
Apr. 22 | Article: Kansas Children's Service League: Kansas Resource Guide for Caregivers | Read

Filing for Unemployment

Kansas Department of Labor on Filing for Unemployment
U.S. Department of Labor on Employee Paid Leave Rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Healthcare

Sedgwick County COVID-19 Testing Site Locator

Center for Disease Control on COVID-19 Symptoms

Center for Disease Control on What To Do if You Are Sick

Apr. 24 | Article: U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Health Coverage Options: Alternatives for individuals who have lost coverage amid the Coronavirus | Read
March | Article: Kansas Department of Heath and Environment: COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) | Read

Job Openings

Daily Job Postings with Workforce Centers
Kansas Department of Commerce Immediate Hire Job Portal
Nation Job Job Postings

Mental Health Resources

Center for Disease Control on Managing Stress & Anxiety in relation to COVID-19

Mar. 21 | Article: KVC Hospitals: To Address the Severe Bed Shortage for Children's Mental Health in Kansas, KVC Hospitals Adds 92 Beds | Read


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