A TALK Briefing | April 16, 2020
TALK Covid-19 Updates
Visit www.talklou.com for your COVID-19 Updates--search older content for the answers you need and check the maps links anytime for the virus progression. We are all in this together! Find the Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky on Facebook, and Linked In. Twitter: @talklou
TALK Partner Webinars Upcoming
Calm in the Storm - Meditation Series -- Every Friday via the Trager Institute and Anna Walton, LCSW-- at 12:30 pm ET now through May 1. Free.

How Can Business Re-open And Protect Public Health? Join the Kentucky Chamber on Tuesday, April 21 at 1:00 PM ET for a discussion on how business can re-open and protect public health with Lexington Fayette County Public Health Director Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Kentucky River District Public Health Director Dr. Scott Lockard, and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Executive Director Ben Chandler.

Discover Google tools that can help business owners work and manage their business during this time of uncertainty.  April 21 st , at 6 PM ET.

In the Modern Healthcare free Webinar for healthcare professionals, April 22 at Noon ET , the session will offer best practices for the use of technology in this critical mission, guided by experts in telehealth, and clinical communications.

WAC Virtual Speaker Series, 2020: There is Still an Election via Zoom on Thursday, April 23rd at 2:00 PM ET. Free. 

How Does Kentucky’s Economy Rebound From COVID-19? Join the Kentucky Chamber on Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 PM ET for a conversation on how Kentucky’s economy rebounds from COVID-19 with Dr. Paul Coomes. 
WAC Virtual Speaker Series, 2020: There is Still an Election via Zoom on Thursday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. EST.  Free. 

For Entrepreneurs through CO-STARTERS : Monday through Friday. 12 PM to 1 PM ET via Zoom. Registrants will be provided with a link to access the Zoom channel for this event. Begins April 27th. $39.

For Entrepreneurs & Investors: May 12, 6 to 8 PM ET -- Bunker Brews Louisville Virtual: The Pitch (Clients & Investors).
There are new COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Intelligent Chatbots that are now being offered free of charge to support counties and municipalities across Kentucky.  V-Soft Consulting, an IT consulting company, is partnering with the AI Innovation Consortium (AIIC), a group focused on the evolution of AI, to offer these chatbots as communication and education tools for the communities.  With these chatbots, county and city officials will be able to provide information about COVID-19 cases in the area, local testing centers, qualifications for testing, additional Q&A and surveys to capture relevant feedback on COVID-19 within their community.  For more information on the Disaster Recovery Intelligent Chatbots, please contact info@aiinnovationconsortium.org
If you know of a Kentucky entrepreneur that you feel deserves to be recognized please nominate them to the KY Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame.  https://www.entrepreneurhof.com/nominate
 Keep in mind that the criteria for induction are (in order of importance):
- Revenue & profit achieved
- Employment generation
- Contribution to industry
- Contributions to community-oriented projects and society
- Innovation of product or service
Tech Louisville offers a comprehensive training program intended to help people develop the skills necessary to be IT Support professionals. This program is offered at no cost to the participants and is facilitated by volunteer mentors that provide direction and guidance through a cohort model. There is a large waiting list of participants, so cohorts launch as soon as local IT professionals volunteer as mentors. TALK believes this is a great program for our community and encourages its members to consider volunteering as mentors. To learn more about the program, or to sign up as a mentor, please visit this site.

The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) recognizes the impact the pandemic crisis has made to manufacturing companies and their respective supply chains.
With Indiana being a national leader in manufacturing, the MEP is creating a database for companies with capabilities to fill the market needs.
The primary opportunities to serve in this initiative are:
  • Currently approved Indiana medical device manufacturers seeking technical assistance to increase output or capacity for their existing PPE products.
  • Currently approved Indiana medical device manufacturers seeking help finding suppliers to increase output or capacity for their existing PPE products.
  • Currently approved Indiana medical device manufacturers seeking assistance to produce new types of PPE.
  • Other Indiana manufacturers offering their capabilities or capacity to begin making PPE components or products.
If your company fits into one of the categories above, please submit your company’s information by clicking here , and one of Purdue MEP's industry experts will be in touch to assist your company.

Pre-recorded Verizon Webinars: The recent one was on Coronavirus Stimulus Programs and Your Business. Check out this webinar to play it back and the others in the series. Verizon is a TALK sponsor. Please Note: As of April 16th, The Small Business Administration’s $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program has officially run out of money. SBA is also 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 .

The currently available federal loan program is The Main Street Lending Program for small to medium-sized businesses.
Visit the World Trade Center Kentucky's "An Employer’s Guide to the Coronavirus." COVID-19 continues to impact Kentucky and our businesses globally. Unfortunately, it is NOT business as usual for the foreseeable future. Hear from an expert to see how to prepare your business for a future after COVID-19.
Check on The Status
Check on the status of your Federal Economic Impact Payment

This application will give you information about:
  • Your payment status
  • Your payment type
  • Whether we need more information from you, including bank account information
When hit with a ransomware attack, it can be tricky to decide whether to pay or not. Here, the CyberReadiness Institute, a TALK Partner, have a decision tree for prioritizing values and weighing risks during the Prepare, Respond, and Recover phases of an attack.
Join TALK Beginning April 24th at 2PM
for a CyberReadiness Training Series
For KY Resources:

For KY's Updates: https://kycovid19.ky.gov/
A coalition of government and philanthropy has joined together to create the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund that will deploy financial support to households, businesses, and nonprofit organizations working at the frontlines of the Louisville-area coronavirus outbreak.
Funding community needs
The goal of this Fund is to attract and provide financial assistance to help those who are disproportionately impacted by the virus and its economic consequences. Grants will be directed weekly by the One Louisville Fund Committee, whose membership includes representatives of the philanthropic, nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors.
The fund opened on March 16, 2020 and has supported nonprofit organizations and individuals in our community with $3,377,500 in grants.
This free six-week curricula which includes a badge and microcredential is in partnership with the CyberReadiness Institute nationally.
At TALK, we will offer a free six-week Friday at 2 PM session that will allow you to learn and achieve a Cyber Readiness Badge for your website or
social media. Register on Eventbrite !!

Fridays from 2:00-3:00 pm
April 24, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 8, 2020
May 15, 2020
May 22, 2020
May 29, 2020

For more information and resources, visit www.talklou.com!
Counselors for You: Looking to Make Ends Meet?

Operation Hope has free virtual financial services for those impacted by COVID-19 which include:· 
* Small business support / SBA lending
·      Consumer credit / debt deferment
·      Homeownership mortgage deferment / foreclosure prevention
·      Student loan deferment
·      Financial disaster budget planning
·      Money management education
·      Credit counseling
·      Gateway to newly announced federal assistance programs (FEMA)
·      Basic needs referrals: food, shelter, clothing

To access these services, impacted individuals and small businesses are encouraged to call the HOPE Inside Disaster hotline at 1-888-388-HOPE (4673) or visit the HOPE Inside Disaster website to be connected with a financial disaster recovery specialist who will assess their situation and provide personalized coaching and assistance.