McCook Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus

The McCook Chamber of Commerce is working hard to keep our members and community informed on available resources to help counter Coronavirus and COVID-19.

 

These resources will be updated as they change, so check back often! Our goal is to get resources to our members and community, that way we come back stronger following this pandemic.

State Grants

The new programs will be administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) in partnership with the Nebraska Departments of Labor (NDOL) and Agriculture (NDA).  Each addresses a specific economic challenge or need created by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce created this quick guide to help businesses evaluate and pursue coronavirus relief and recovery programs. This resource provides available application information, requirements and deadlines for the state’s “Get Nebraska Growing” initiatives unveiled today. This resource will be updated as new information becomes available

Please contact the McCook Chamber if you have any questions!

dawson@mccookchamber.org | 308-345-3200

Small Business & Livestock Producer Stabilization (SBS) Grant

The Small Business Stabilization Grant Program will provide grants to small businesses with 5-49 employees who were impacted by the coronavirus and meet certain eligibility requirements. The application period will open on June 15th, with applications due on June 26th

The Livestock Producer Stabilization Grant Program will provide grants to eligible livestock producers with 1-10 employees who have endured revenue or employment loss due to the pandemic. The application period will open on June 15th, with applications due on June 26th

The Workforce Retraining Initiative will provide funds to all of the State’s community colleges for scholarships and workforce training enhancements. Prospective students can apply for the scholarships online, through Nebraska community college websites, starting on July 10th.  Scholarship applications will remain open through the end of July.

The Nebraska Broadband Grant Program will result in new internet connectivity in communities where work-from-home, tele-education, and telehealth opportunities have been limited due to inadequate or non-existent high-speed internet service.  Broadband providers, with the support of local community officials, can apply for the grants from June 22-July 2, 2020.

The Gallup Back to Business Learning Journey will fund admission to a Gallup-led leadership training course for a total of 75-100 leaders from eligible small businesses.  The course promotes skills that will help businesses refocus and thrive following the pandemic.  Businesses can apply from June 22-July 2, 2020.

Chamber Resources

Nebraska Chamber Resources

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Centers for Disease Control remain the foremost sources of guidance and information related to business and employee actions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are the leading authorities as businesses prepare to contain the spread of coronavirus and avoid disruption of critical supply chains to support Americans and their health.

​The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has released new guidelines and best practices for businesses reopening. Find information for restaurants in Spanish and English, Child Care regulations, and other facilities. 

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) provides guidance to employers regarding best practices in respecting employee privacy and confidentiality, while taking appropriate measures to identify and contain the spread of COVID-19.

Small businesses seeking financial relief resources or emergency working capital to keep employees and/or support my operations can leverage a variety programs offered by the federal government. 

The Federal government has instituted a  Coronavirus Tax Relief package. There are extended tax filing dates for federal and state taxes. The Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit provides up to a 50% credit for qualified wages paid during the coronavirus pandemic. Caps apply.

The federal and state governments are offering enhanced unemployment options for reductions in force or work hours resulting from the fight against coronavirus.  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the federal government established funds for pandemic unemployment insurance benefits that are available to self-employed individuals and independent contractors.

Federal relief provisions require certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Employers must post these benefits to their employees as of April 1, 2020

​The Nebraska State Bar Association has linked material submitted by member law firms for education and other background on developing coronavirus issues, legislation and regulatory guidance. 

Professional Services

McCook Chamber of Commerce

Dawson Brunswick

(308) 345-3200

dawson@mccookchamber.org

Nebraska Business Development Center

Charlie McPherson

(308) 340-0422

cmcpherson@unomaha.edu

Nebraska Department of Labor

Josh Hanson

(308) 221-6645

josh.hanson@nebraska.gov

McCook Economic Development Corporation

Andy Long

(308) 345-1200

andy@mccookne.org

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Ashley Rice-Gerlach

(308) 655-0919

ashley.gerlach@nebraska.gov

Elected Officials

Health Resources

Business Resources

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