COVID-19 Resources

We understand the concerns of COVID-19, the threat that it poses and the many questions we all have. We would like to assist in providing resource information for businesses, your employees and communities that can help you during this time of uncertainty. We are working to gather a centralized page for your reference. Below are links to some useful resources for your business as well answer questions you may have regarding the virus and steps that you can take to help stop its spread, as well as various national, state, and community resources so that you can stay up-to-date with changes that are taking place. If you have additional questions, please email

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The Complete Plan 
The Summarized Chart
Reopening Guidance by Industry
Main Page with Additional Information 

KDHE Optional Guidance for Businesses & Employers: Here 
Links to Additional Sectors in the KDHE Toolkit: Here

Business Planning

Considerations for your business as you look to re-opening. What are changes that could be made now from long-term improvements to your business.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- The interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings. (CDC has provided separate guidance for healthcare settings.) This guidance also provides planning considerations for community spread of COVID-19.

Business Loans, Grants and Financial Assistance:

CARES Act- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security:
Information continues to be shared as programs are developed from the CARES Act. Below is information of the loan programs available and are updated regularly.

Program comparison for EIDL & PPP – This is for general knowledge purposes and not intended as official guidance. Please contact us with questions for which program will best fit your needs!

Small Business Administration:
Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance- The SBA website provides additional resource information Disaster Assistance Low-interest loan and advance for impacted businesses.
Recording of April 29 update information on EIDL on YouTube

Apply for EIDL Advance and Loan
SBA Updates Criteria
SBA Small Business Guide and Loan Resources
SBA Economic Injury Fact Sheet
Small business determination

Paycheck Protection Program –
Information has been released from the US Department of Treasury for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This program will be provided through local preferred lenders. Below are the links for the information:
Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July, 6th 2020 due to President signing the program's extension legislation and will end August, 8th 2020.  
Paycheck Protection Program top line overview
Information for Borrowers
PPP Application for Borrowers

Updated April 2- Interim Final Rural – Additional Eligibility Criteria
Local SBA Lenders:
Bank of the West
Citizens Bank of Kansas
Community National Bank
RCB Bank
Union State Bank

PPP Flexibility Act:
President Trump on Friday signed into law legislation.pdf

PPP Loan Forgiveness: 
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. For more information visit

PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form 
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrows 
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application for EZ 
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers using EZ

Additional Related links:
Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act: Section-by-Section

USDA COVID19 Federal Rural Resources
USDA COVID Response page with FAQ and resource links

Kansas HIRE Program
Initial funding has been awarded, applications are being wait-listed should additional funding be allocated.
HIRE 0% Loan Program application page: At this time this has expired, we will continue to update with more information.
Information FAQ sheet

Kansas Department of Commerce
Their web page has links to resources and a live chat option to visit with their staff.

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Save Small Businesses Fund – Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as we can. We hope these supplemental funds will help you get through the next days and weeks. To qualify, must employee between 3 – 20 people.
For details and to get additional information

Workforce Guidance:

Kansas Department of Labor
Information Resources for filing site
Employer Q/A Filing by Spreadsheet
Employer Shared Work Program
Employee Q/A on Unemployment
Unemployment Benefits page

Response Resource Letter – Here

U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published additional implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  WHD published its first round of FFCRA implementation guidance on March 24th. These discuss several of the details for medical leave, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.

Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas
Operations and updates for employers and employees – Here

Family First Coronavirus Response Act:
Family First Coronavirus Response Act poster -leave summary for non-federal employees

Guidance for Preparing workplaces for COVID-19

Tax Relief Information page
Economic Impact Payments to individuals

Kansas Executive Orders:

Kansas Executive Order 20-16:
Read Kansas Executive Order 20-16 in its entirety.

Kansas Stay At Home Order:
Per paragraph 9, section a: No individual leaving their home in order to perform an (essential) activity or function allowed under this order shall be required to carry or present any letter, identification card, or other paper proving that they are allowed to leave their home. Law enforcement officers enforcing this order should use their discretion and consider the totality of the circumstances as they determine appropriate enforcement action.

Kansas- Additional Executive Orders
EO No. 20-14 Temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of 10 or more people 
EO No. 20-13 Allowing certain deferred tax deadlines and payment 
EO No. 20-09 Conditional and temporary relief from motor carrier regulations 
EO No. 20-08 Temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing licensing requirements

3-24-20 -Business Leaders Meeting- FAQ Download

Recording of Business Discussion – 3-24-20

Details and information on COVID-19

Cowley County Health Department:
Current, and local information – Website with information

Extensive information on Corona Virus – COVID-19 for business and community – Here 
Stop the Spread of Germs Posters
English – Spanish – Chinese – Vietnamese
Additional print materials to print and post to share information
COVID-19 Symptoms Posters
English – Spanish – Chinese

Kansas Department of Heath & Environment:
Current Kansas Information  

Additional Informational Resources:

Congressional Ways & Means Committee information and updates on resources – Here

Phase III Package links
Health-Related Provisions
Unemployment-Related Questions
Oversight Provisions
General Questions

Travel Kansas is providing information to ensure safety of travelers –Travel Udates  & Resources ON COVID-19
Marketing agency, Bajillion, recommendations for tourism industry

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